• A Weekend Trip To Paris: Pt 1

    hello freckles paris day 1 arc de triomphe

    A last minute trip to Paris. I knew I wanted to go somewhere after graduation but I’m not really a ‘sit on the beach and soak up the sun’ kinda girl. I like to be out seeing things and getting a sense of the culture. Paris has been one of the cities I’ve wanted to visit for years and I can safely say, I’d very much like to go back soon

    Hello Freckles Paris Seine Eiffel Tower

    We arrived late Sunday afternoon and had a walk down to the Arc De Triomphe and got some food but it was Monday when we really started ticking the things off my to-see list. 

    Just walking around Notre Dame and taking in all the Parisian streets was fun. Then we walked further down and I could see the Eiffel Tower. I know it’s a pretty tall thing and we could see it from our hotel window, but to actually see it was a completely different story. It didn’t hit me quite as hard as seeing the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin (where we literally walked around the corner from our hotel and there it was) but it was still a pretty special sight!

    Monday was actually Bastille Day, or as it’s known in France, Fête nationale or 14 Juillet. I knew we were in for a treat (just wait until you see the firework photos) but it was so lovely to see how proud the French are of their country and I do wish I’d seen the military parade. We did see the planes and helicopters fly overhead when we were sitting outside a cafe, but I think seeing the full parade would be such a great experience. We did see some highlights on the news in the hotel room and it looked incredible. Maybe next year?
    Hello Freckles Paris Louvre
    Walking past The Louvre and off we headed up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc De Triomphe. Since we’re both under 24 and EU Citizens, we could go up the top for free. It’s pretty good to check out things like that as it’s a great way to save a few euros. If you’re over 24 or not from the EU it’ll cost you €8 which is still pretty good!
    Hello Freckles Paris France Arc De Triomphe View
    Hello Freckles Paris France Arc De Triomphe View City
    I’ve not yet mentioned, but it was actually pretty warm over in Paris. On the Monday I think it was around 26° so after our walk around we headed back to the hotel for a break and to plan out where we were heading for the fireworks. If there’s one thing you need to know about Paris on Bastille Day, it’s this – get yourself to a decent vantage point early, especially if you’re wanting to take photos. It gets busy and if you want food, take it with you or book well ahead as the restaurants will be super busy. Ee got lucky when we spotted some street food and had the best crepes in Paris (they actually were too, the ratio of nutella to crepe was perfect) If we get the chance to go back I think I’ll head closer to the Eiffel Tower and try and get somewhere to sit/stand around the Champ De Mars with a picnic! The firework display lasted 35 minutes and there was a lot of blue, white and red – the French colours. It really was amazing and how lucky to have booked our trip to coincide with the 100th anniversary. 
    Hello Freckles Paris Eiffel Tower 14 Juillet Bastille Day Fireworks
    By the time the fireworks ended it was past 11:30pm and our metro line wasn’t running anymore. We opted to walk back since it was a nice warm night (and why waste money on a taxi when you can see the city at night?) and although it took us over half an hour, I really didn’t mind.

    Paris is huge and my first top tip would be to wear comfy shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking!  

    Look out for my next Paris installment same time next week! You can also check out my Berlin posts: 1, 2 and 3.

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  • Reply Fiona Dunn August 5, 2014 at 8:08 am

    The fireworks look amazing! I'm more of a culture over sunbathing type of holiday-er too but I've never been to Paris but it looks amazing 😀


    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      It's no doubt the best firework display I've seen. It's a great city, there's so much we didn't have time to do, so I definitely want to go back x

  • Reply Kayleigh Lindstedt August 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    OMG I love your post! I'm going to Paris in 15 days and reading this has made me so excited! It's my first visit so I'm trying to plan ahead and see and do as much as I can 🙂 loved the firework photos!

    K xx

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Ooooh that's exciting! Yeah, definitely plan ahead. I wish I'd spent more time planning so we could have done more while we were there. Hope you have a great time! x

  • Reply Kate Drury August 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

    If I ever went to Paris I think i'd be so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff to do! It looks beautiful though, and those fireworks!

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      There's so much to do! I could have easily spent a week there and still not seen everything I wanted to!

  • Reply Jessica Edmunds August 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oh my gosh it looks like you had an amazing time, I was supposed to go and I realised my passport was expired the day before how absolutely stupid is that :'( the pet shop looks adorable I would've taken the dog home hahah xxx

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Aw no way?! That's such bad timing. I know, if I could have taken the little pug with me I would've! x

  • Reply Emily August 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Oh wow looks like you and such an amazing time! I'd love to go to Paris one day! The fireworks look amazing too!

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    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      I hope you get the chance to visit, Emily 🙂

  • Reply Melissa Nadine August 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I'd love to visit Paris, it looks gorgeous!

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      It is! I can't say how it might be in the winter but in the summer it's amazing, so warm!

  • Reply beautyqueenuk August 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I would have left the store with the doggy, far too cute x

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      I wish I could've!

  • Reply Nicola Hudson August 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Paris is one of my all time favourite places, I absolutely love it! Your photos have made me really want to hop on the Eurostar!

    • Reply tasha August 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Awww, give in to the temptation, Nicola! x

  • Reply Kelly McKenny August 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    It looks so beautiful! I love Paris and want to go back so badly!

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