This Summer we decided to a city break to the classic romantic city of Paris. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was sweet that Dave chose Paris as the destination but I have to say that as a city I feel that it is slightly overrated.
It is a city bursting full of stunning architecture, delightful food and drink (though blooming expensive), plenty of places to explore and of course culture. I also do plan to go back in the future but there was one or two disappointments, while we were there.
As I am the planner out of the two of us, I decided to let Dave to choose the city and hotel for our next vacation. Dave chose Paris and a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower, plus it was a four star hotel. He chose Le Parisis Paris Tour Eiffel, as he could see it got a lot of fantastic reviews on trip advisor and of course the beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, we got the stunning view but I couldn't say that the room was up to the four star standard (the bathroom for example had mould all around the shower). It was a shame that the room we got given wasn't grand but we learnt a lesson at the same time. However I don't want to rant and rave about the things we didn't enjoy in Paris, as it is minimum. Well Dave wasn't too impressed with the pricing of Pepsi Max/Diet Coke.
Anyways when we arrived the weather was glorious, however I didn't check the weather forecast before we left so I ended up buying some new clothes as I wouldn't of survived the baking heat. Before I forced Dave to come with me to get some suitable clothes, we grabbed some food at this restaurant called Le Bistrot De La Tour. Please avoid like the plague. I wish we did. They conned us out of a bottle of water (most restaurants gives you a free bottle of water) and the food was so average. We left and returned back to the hotel.
After having a cheeky nap in the afternoon (as I had been awake since 12:00 in the morning) I booked me and Dave to go on the Eiffel Tower. Luckily for us it was a 10 minute walk. If you are a bit like me and get anxiety or just like to know where you are going, I highly rated an app called Citymapper. I know I will definitely using this app in the future. Simple to use and pretty self explanatory, even an idiot like me can use it and not get lost. Another thing I advise is booking your tickets beforehand. It is less stressful and simple to do, you can even get the tickets sent to you by text. Personally I used this website www.toureiffel.paris/en/rates-opening-times. I chose for us to go at around five in the afternoon, so it didn't feel as hectic. Of course there is going to queuing, but to see the stunning view of Paris from above is completely worth it. On the first floor (there are three points of the Eiffel Tower) I was also able to enjoy some sorbet, which wasn't too over priced for two scoops costed five euros.
During our stay in Paris as I like to be organised, knowing exactly what we will be doing, I decided to book through Trip Advisor and chose to do Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-off Tour. If you do anything while you are in Paris, I would definitely suggest doing the tour. We were lucky enough to have a cracking tour guide called Marcus, who told us plenty of random facts about Paris. He was hilarious and gave us some suggestions of what to do in Paris as on Sunday, regrettably I didn't have a plan. I was also finally able to see the Moulin Rouge, going to see a show there is also pretty expensive. I'm hoping that one day we will go back to Paris so I can see a show (hint hint Dave). It was worth the money and I also added a thirty minute river cruise down the Seine River which was also enjoyable. Unfortunately after we did the river cruise I wanted to go and have dinner by the river. Please avoid going to La Terrasse Vedettes de Paris. Don't get me wrong the snails I tried were tasty and the duck I had was average but poor Dave paid twenty euros for bland fish and chips. Also the customer service there was pretty appalling, one of the waitress would rather coo at a small child than do her job, also the waiter who delivered our mains nearly spilt my dinner down me. Luckily while we were out there, we did come across two lovely restaurants which I highly recommend.
On the Friday night we stumbled into this stunning restaurant called Café Primerose. I loved the vibe of the restaurant the décor was fabulous. My apple juice, see above, got put in a cute glass bottle (I like the small touches). I also got given these cute small jars of condiments. As I didn't use the jars the waitress was kind enough to let me take them at the end of the meal. I have to say I wanted to make sure, while in Paris I ate authentic food which I did. It might not look attractive (see above) but my main course of Duck with a apricot and pistachio sauce, was probably one of the most amazing meals I have ever eaten. The customer service was out of this world, the bloke who brought us in the restaurant was polite and asked us if we wanted to sit outside or inside (we chose to sit inside). Our waitress was brilliant, she indulged my awful French and gave me a high five when I pronounced crème brulee correctly. Definitely suggest coming here if you come to Paris.
Another restaurant we came across was called Café des Officiers. The customer service there was also lovely, so polite and who also indulged my dreadful French. I said crap instead crepe, but he was patient and also gave me a high five, when I finally pronounced it correctly. Though I have to admit that it was expensive, it was certainty worth the money I thought so anyways.
So when it came to Sunday, there wasn't really a set plan. Looking back now it would of been better if we did. Another lesson which was learnt. We decided, well it was more like I decided that we should go to Avenues Des Champs-Elysees. Marcus the tour guide said that Abercrombie and Fitch converted an Mansion into a shop. Well of course I had to go and see for myself, it certainly didn't disappoint. Though I wouldn't pay using euros as you can go into a store in England and get a better price. Of course I took pictures of all the expensive stores I saw, but walking into any of them, hell to no. They would judge me and think ewwww British girl walk your poor arse out of here. We should of just spent the morning there and went to a zoo in the afternoon. I did enjoy a tasty macaroon and ice cream pot from Laduree (slight gutted we didn't have a meal in there). Having the ice cream pot was a lot cheaper though. By Sunday we were pretty skint. We also used the metro to get to Avenues Des Champs-Elysees, which wasn't as complicated as I thought it was going to be. It is a lot more quieter and less busy unlike the London Underground thank god.
All in all, Paris was a city that I might of not fell in love with but a city where I would certainly return in the future. There are still certain places that I would love to visit. Like the Opera Palais Granier, the Louvre, The Palace of Versailles, the Catacombs, the Moulin Rouge and I cannot forget Disneyland Paris. What I will say is make sure you have plenty of euros, plan ahead and maybe not go in the heat of the Summer, if you want to do plenty of walking and sightseeing as you might melt.