A few weeks ago (well a month) myself and the girls donned our berets (literally) and jetted off on a girls holiday to Paris for the weekend! It was a much needed girly holiday after missing my friends so much when we were away in NZ. As you know I am scarily organised so I actually organised and booked the trip from NZ in June!
There were six of us in total myself, Laura, Kaley, Chrissy, Stacey and Daker! I won’t introduce how I know everyone or it will take all day. We flew on the Friday night on Air France and as half the group are teachers so we needed an after school flight. After a very long security and a few drinks we boarded the plane. Air France were fantastic and for an hour flight we got a lot of in flight perks such as wine and food (one of the air stewards took a liking to us and gave us two bottles of wine each and a large bottle of champagne- I think he thought we were on a hen do). The flight was so quick that laura thought we were going down when we started to land.
We were staying in a lovely little apartment in the Gare du Nord area which was pretty central and near to lots of lovely little bars, bakeries and restaurants.
Now if I tried to tell you every little funny quote and thing we did this blog would be a novel, but let me just say that I had such a brilliant time so many laughs and random moments! One of my favourites has to be us all stumbling into a locals bar one night and meeting the local 76 year old alcoholic Elaine who took a liking to us and started shouting ‘Show me the way’ as it was the only English she knew, to which Laura replied ‘Bon Pantalon’ (nice trousers). She was also pretty flexible putting us all to shame whacking her leg on the bar no problem.
We had such a fun time exploring the city and on the Sunday night Stacey, Laura, Chrissy and Daker went home and me and Kaley stayed on until Tuesday.
Those who left on the Sunday felt they had ample time in Paris to see the sites and therefore I would 100% recommend it as a cheap weekend get away that’s close to home! The flight is only an hour and we paid around £70 each return, flying out on Air France and back with easyJet! Accommodation prices range considerably so there is something for every budget!
We did and saw a lot of things whilst in Paris so I will share my top five with you:
1. Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
We had a brilliant time at the Eiffel Tower, it may seem a cliche but it really is a must in Paris, the view is amazing. They have a champagne bar at the top, which is a little pricey at €13 a glass but we were treating ourselves, and had a lot of fun taking pictures in our berets with champagne in hand! I would advise booking in advance like we did to avoid queuing as they were horrendous. By booking in advance we got straight in, and on our limited amount of time it was worth it. Tickets to the very top are €17 each.
2. Open Top Bus.
I think all of us agreed that the open top bus was a brilliant way to get around Paris. They came around every 20 minutes and had two different routes (one for central Paris and one for the bits further out such as Moulin Rouge). We used Big Bus Paris which is €33 euros for a 2 day pass. We saw most of Paris from this bus and had such a laugh people watching and spotting funny things. I can recommend Big Bus as they had a great commentary and some excellent songs!
3. The Louvre.
On our last day as a 6 we headed to the Louvre and it was such a sunny day. The only reason we really came was to see the Mona Lisa and look at the glass triangle outside, which most tourists do. It’s €15 entry, if you are under 26 and in the EU it’s free (getting old as I didn’t qualify as I am 26). Anyway it’s worth a visit and quite impressive from the outside, the Mona Lisa on the other hand is quite underwhelming.
4. A night out in Montmartre.
When myself and Kaley were left to our own devises we spend both nights out in Montmartre which is where the famous Sacre Couer is and Moulin Rouge. This area had a fantastic atmosphere and many quirky little bars and restaurants! I would defo recommend a bar crawl round here like we did.
5. French Bakeries.
This one might seem obvious but definitely pick up a baguette or a croissant whilst in Paris, they are amazing!
So after a lovely few days we headed home. Get yourself to Paris if you haven’t been, it was my first visit and I loved it. It was lovely to catch up and have lots of girly chats so thanks for an amazing weekend girls!