#12Countries12Months – Part 1: Paris

Come along with me on a whistle stop tour of my first of twelve destinations; Paris!

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Late last year I came up with a plan; to travel 12 countries in 12 months. Travelling has always been a big thing for me, my ‘happy place’ – there’s always so much to explore and I’m ready to explore it. I started brainstorming, planning and before I knew it, an idea was born (I wrote about the project in depth here). I kicked off my 12 month project with my first stop to Paris with one of my best friends Megan (see the outfits we shot whilst in Paris here and here).

I think this was my fifth trip to Paris, I first went when I was back at school and instantly fell in love with the city. It’s so heartbreakingly beautiful (every bloggers dream for pictures as it’s so picturesque!), I actually visited back in November with two of my best friends and put together a city guide from my trip which you can read here! 


 

During my 12 trips I am keen to share as many different types of holidays as possible, from budget to luxury, from a beach break to an action adventure, from a city break to long haul break. This way I hope to shine a light on locations that you may never have thought of going to previously, or somewhere that you’re on the fence about visiting!
Paris seemed like the natural choice to start my project with as it’s one of my favourite cities (apart from NYC – more to come on that soon!). Whilst there I took as many snaps as I could that would capture the city in it’s best light, I also jotted down some places that I’ve been to and would recommend to visit or that looked amazing and I say, heck visit anyway!

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“What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” –  Charles Dickens

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Points of interest…

  • Palais Royal – SO perfect for blog pictures, this is where I shot my Next outfit
  • Palais Garnier Opera house – a great hub of culture!
  • Galleries Lafayette – the best shopping centre ever – a must visit!
  • Jardin du Luxembourg – situated in between Saint Germain and the latin quarter.
  • Trocadero – the best view of the Eiffel Tower & where I shot my La Redoute outfit
  • Champs Elysee – a great street packed full of high street/high end shops, a definite visit!
  • Jardin du Tuileries – the gardens around the Louvre, great for a picnic/hot chocolate break!

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Dining in Paris…

  • Angelina – the best hot chocolate you’ll find in Paris – to dine in or take out!
  • Paul – A great patisserie if you’re looking for a quick sugar fix or bite to eat!
  • Laduree – A must visit, even for the pictures alone (and some takeaway macaroons of course!).
  • Le Bouillon Chartier – A really tasty, cheap, traditional French restaurant – a must visit!
  • Le Lobby at the Peninsula – An amazing restaurant for a special occasion/fine dining experience!

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Culture…

  • Louvre – Allocate half a day to wander around this museum as it’s huge and there’s so much to cover! (and see Mona OBV!)
  • Eiffel Tower – An obvious one, but a great choice all the same – you have to check out the views from the top!
  • Musee D’Orsay – I loved this museum, it used to be an old railway station and has some great French impressionist artwork! (you also get free admission if you’re 18-25 and live in the EU so take your passport/ID!).
  • Arc de Triumph – Great for photo ops, it can get busy so try and visit at a quieter time!
  • Notre Dame – I love Notre Dame, it’s such a beautiful church – try to visit during a service as it’s a great experience!

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“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” Ernest Hemingway

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Where to stay during your visit…

  • Holiday Inn Opera – A great budget hotel in an excellent location, a stones throw away from the Opera/Galleries Lafayette, really central with good metro links.
  • Novotel Paris Les Halles – A lovely mid-range hotel again in a great location, situated near the Chatalet station with great metro connections around the city.
  • The Peninsula – A beautiful, 5 star luxury hotel – I would highly recommend this for a special occasion or treat!
  • Park Hyatt Paris Vendrome – I walked past this hotel and it looked stunning, set on a beautiful street surrounded by designer shops, another special occasion/splash out hotel!
  • citizenM Charles de Gaulle – A fun, vibrant hotel located near the airport, a great one if you need to be close to the airport!

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The Citizen M hotel, Charles de Gulle…

During mine and Megan’s trip we stayed at the citizenM Charles de Gaulle hotel for our first night. I’ve never stayed at a citizenM hotel before but I absolutely loved it, the hotel was so fun and vibrant (so many photo ops!). We arrived at the hotel around 11am, fresh off our flights/eurostar – we dug in to breakfast (and lots of coffee as we’d both been up early doors!).

We used the self check in systems which literally took one minute and it gives you your key card, so no human contact needed (perfect when you’ve been up since 4am and feeling a little grouchy!). We checked into our rooms, set the ‘relax’ lighting on and jumped into the super comfy beds for a quick nap before heading into central Paris to shoot some outfits!

This hotel is an absolute must if you’re looking for somewhere to stay close to the airport, you can literally walk there in under 2 minutes. It’s great if you have a long flight ahead of you and want to get a good nights sleep somewhere that isn’t going to break the bank. If you’re looking to play tourist in Paris then I’d recommend staying in central Paris as this hotel is around a 40 minute train ride from the city centre. A great hotel all the same, and one to definitely be checked out! Also, read Megan’s amazing review here!

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Why thank you!


So, there we have it – my first of twelve features on where I’ll be travelling this year! Don’t forget that I’m also going to be vlogging each trip (yes this is all new to me, so please bare with me – sure it can only get better over time, right?!), head over to my YouTube channel to subscribe so you won’t miss a vlog!

I have some super excited destinations confirmed which I can’t wait to share – next stop, Iceland!

 

4 Comments

  1. Angharad 28th January 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for a while now, and I feel compelled to tell you what a lovely, inspiring, positive and exciting post this is! I enjoy reading your upbeat and friendly style of writing, interspersed with cool quotes and beautiful photography. A great entry!

  2. Ariadna 28th January 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Looks like such a fun trip! The pictures look stunning! I might be going to Paris soon, so I’ll keep this post saved and visit some of the places you mentioned. I’m so excited to read all your future travel posts! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  3. Erin Russell 30th January 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Aaaah this series has me so excited! I have been abroad once since my son was born 4 years ago, and no plans of going anytime soon, so I will be exploring through your posts this year, crying each time lol! I so dream of Paris, this is on my bucket list, I need to just go already your pictures are beyond beautiful, hopefully can drag the other half to Paris lol, more chance of going to Beirfest lol!

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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