All good things must come to an end, including the most wonderful long weekend in Paris. We spent our last evening in Montmartre, in the area around our hotel, which far surpassed my expectations. The lovely Terrass Hotel, which is a stone’s throw away from Montmartre cemetery (we could see it from our window) is a fabulous place to stay, both in terms of comfort and location. The staff there knew our trip was to celebrate my birthday and we arrived to find a bottle of wine and lovely handwritten note in the room. It was very nice wine too! The photo above is from the 7th floor rooftop bar/restaurant. What an amazing view!
Skirt: Asos. shoes: Biba, clutch: Asos.
For dinner we strolled up the hill to the Moulin de la Galette, a charming restaurant near the top of Montmartre.
One thing we just had to do was try absinthe – not a drink for the faint-hearted. If you’ve never tried it, I can only describe it as a more intense version of Pernod. The barman seemed a bit taken aback that tourists would want to drink it, but trust me, one is enough!
So that’s the last of my posts on our Paris trip. I’m off to France again at the weekend, but this time to the more tranquil location of Brittany.
Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!
Our second full day in Paris was just as busy as the first. We had intended to visit both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in one day, but after a few hours in the Louvre we realised you need the best part of a day to do it justice, so we decided to leave the Musée d’Orsay for another visit (hopefully in the not-too-distant future!)
Of course the Mona Lisa is the Louvre’s big attraction, but there is so much more to see. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites to share with you.
She seems to be saying “There there dear, it’s really not that small”.
A rather saucy painting of Gabrielle d’Estrées, mistress of French King Henry IV, and one of her sisters. Tweak. Maybe she’s trying to tune in to Radio 1.
We hadn’t planned our trip to coincide with the end of the Tour de France but nevertheless, it made the weekend that little bit more special. After leaving the Louvre and having lunch, we had just enough time to wander up the Champs-Elysées to see the cyclists whizzing by….again and again. You see we hadn’t realised that the final stage involved going up and down the Champs-Elysées several times and it just so happened that we’d stopped outside Sephora, so while the husband took loads of photos I treated myself to a little shopping spree!
As tired as we were, we just had to see the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, which was a ten minute walk from our hotel. The view from the hill is spectacular – it was worth the trek up all the steps. We realised afterwards that our metro tickets worked on the funicular! Oh well, it was a good leg workout . I loved Montmartre, it has a really great vibe about it. Having stayed in Paris three times now, each time in a different area, this was definitely my favourite.
Top: M&S, trousers: Asos, shoes: M&S, bag: Juno.
I have one more post to come on my trip to the City of Light, so until then…
After spending our first full day in Paris walking around in the heat and climbing the hundreds of steps up the Eiffel Tower it was time for some fun and relaxation! We soon found ourselves back at the tower for a cruise on the Seine which was the perfect way to see the city on a warm summer’s evening.
Dress: Max Azria, clutch: Asos, shoes: Carvela
The cruise ended back near the Eiffel Tower just in time to see it sparkle, as it does every evening at 10pm for five minutes. After that it was on to the Moulin Rouge for the most fantastic show, with spectacular acrobatic routines, fabulous costumes and a woman wrestling with huge snakes in a tank of water on the stage! Oh and course there was the Can Can!
Watching the show while sipping champagne was the perfect end to a truly fabulous day.
My next Paris post is all about the Louvre and seeing the end of the Tour de France!
Until next time….thanks for reading and have a lovely day!
Paris is without doubt my favourite city and so when it came to celebrating my birthday (it was a big one!) there was only one place I wanted to go. I’d been unable to do all the touristy things on my previous trips to the city as I’d been there to run the marathon – climbing hundreds of steps the day after had definitely not been an option! Of course you can take the lift up to the second level of the Eiffel Tower (you have to take the lift from there up to the top) but you need to get there early if you don’t want to queue for ages. If like us you arrive around midday on a Saturday in July it will be quicker to take the stairs!
The spectacular views are well worth the burning thigh muscles though!
It was a swelteringly hot day and I was so glad of the breeze at the top….before the long trek back down.
Outfit details: Ben De Lisi for Principles top, Asos trousers, M&S Footglove shoes, Juno satchel. Les Nereides necklace, Asos chain bracelet, handmade beaded bracelets.
After all that walking and climbing stairs it was time to have a well-deserved late lunch and then get ready for a cruise on the Seine followed by a night at the Moulin Rouge!
Stay tuned for the next installment, including some stunning photos of Paris at sunset 🙂