Paris – April 2018

Paris in the Spring time, just wow. The best time to visit! The warmer weather, lighter evenings and the blossom, oh the huge amounts of pink and white blossom against the blue skies. The weekend we were in Paris there was an end of April heatwave and all three days saw temperatures of 28-30 degrees. Although being 6 months pregnant, walking around the city was a little hard in the heat. Without a cloud in the sky and no natural shade from the clouds, when we saw a tree, we ran for it!

I last visited Paris in 2007 for my 21st birthday so it had been a while since I visited and it was my husband’s first visit. We hopped on the Euro star at St Pancreas, London and within 2 and a half hours we were at Gare du Nord in Paris. It is so easy to get to and if you book your tickets well in advance you get some great prices. We booked our tickets four months prior in December and paid £150 return, that’s only £75 each, a cost of a ticket from London to Manchester, bargain!

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We stayed at the Citizen M hotel on the River Seine in the city centre, right next to the Gare de Lyon station, so perfect for getting around on the Metro and over ground train. The hotel is very modern, everything is controlled via an iPad from check-in, to the lights, TV, music and the blinds in the rooms. All the furniture in the hotel, public areas and rooms, are Vitra. If you have been to the Vitra House in Germany you will understand! You know you need to get a life when you can name all the pieces, taking me back to my Conran days!

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We didn’t want to visit too many touristy areas, especially as it was so hot, we wanted to relax a bit. That said we still walked absolutely miles each day. Our hotel was walking distance to the Notra Dame Cathedral so this was our first stop. The blossom was unbelievable. The Cathedral is on one of two islands in Paris, Île de la Cite.

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We had lunch on the island and then ice cream from the well-known Berthillon. I had heard amazing things about Berthillon and it certainly did not disappoint. The best ice cream we’ve ever had, and that is a strong thing to say when you’ve been to Italy so many times! They were queuing out onto the street, we knew it was going to be good.

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We wandered over to Jardin du Luxembourg and sat to admire the beautiful gardens. Beautiful architecture, manicured lawns, and tulips galore! We stayed here until the sun went down.

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We then headed to Le Ciel de Paris for dinner at sunset, which is in the Montparnasse Tower. The highest panoramic restaurant in Paris. Defiantly a must when visiting Paris. It was incredible.

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The next morning, we headed to Hotel Costes for breakfast. This was the hotel I was treated to staying at for my 21st birthday so I was excited to go back. The hotel is very well known for its exclusive and renowned bar and courtyard.

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A trip to Laduree for their famous macaroons was a must!

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The highlight of the trip though, was the Jardin des Tuileries. We were completely blown away. I thought Jardin du Luxembourg was beautiful, but this is something else. The blossom, more blossom! We had a picnic lunch from a local patisserie and just sat in the park for hours taking it all in. Again, the architecture, the perfectly manicured lawns, insane bright pink blossom and the millions of tulips.

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After our very lazy picnic we explored the gardens more. The gardens lead straight to the Louvre to one side, and to the other, you can walk to the Place de la Concorde which then links to the Champ-Elysees, which then finishes with the Arc de Triomphe. And just off to the side is the route to the Eiffel Tower over the River Seine. A lot of walking though but the best way to see Paris, or any city!

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We found out the best place to see the Eiffel Tower is from Trocadero. Again beautiful gardens and the best views of Paris’ most famous landmark.

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A little sit down in the shade with a patisserie stop….

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Eiffel Tower views from Trocedero.

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Food on the go is easy to come by in Paris with cute little market stalls selling cakes, pastries and breads.

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Our last sunset in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe.

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And then back to the hotel bar to watch the rest of the sunset over the River Seine.

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Paris, you were an absolute pleasure with the most amazing weather! Until next time xx

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Claire

 

 

 

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