We spent Easter weekend of 2019 in the divine city of Paris. It was our first time visiting the city and I wanted to share with you our unforgettable experience.
We arrived at Charles De Gualle at 8 in the morning on the 18th April. We got the train straight to our hotel so that we could leave our baggage there whilst we explored the city. We stayed at the Ibis Budget hotel in Montmatre, I will link the website here however, I would only recommend this hotel for those of you travelling for a short period of time and looking for a cheap hotel. If you do stay here please be careful if wondering round the area at night, although we were fine throughout our visit, you can't be too careful.
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Once we had left our baggage, we headed straight to the Eiffel tower, I was incredibly eager to witness her beauty. We travelled by metro, which is perfect for getting around the whole of Paris. For under 26 year olds, travel around Paris Zones 1-3 is roughly €7.5 and €4.5 at the weekend (this may have only been a discount at the time, double check before travelling) it is definitely worth getting. Before travelling we considered buying the 'Paris Pass' however, for us this was not worth the money especially if you're only in Paris for a few days, it works out cheaper to pay for your travel and excursions individually as you will find out further on. The Paris metro can get extremely busy just as you would expect in any large city so be prepared to stand for a while. If you travel to the Eiffel tower by metro I recommend getting the M8 to École Militaire, it is a short walk from here to the Eiffel tower and you will get amazing views.
The Eiffel tower is beautiful and taller than you think! If the weather is good I would suggest buying a baguette or croissants and sitting in the park in front of the Eiffel tower and taking the wonder in.
After this we visited the Notre-Dame, unfortunately we visited after the fire and so we were not able to get as close as we would've liked as it is all bordered off. Hopefully they will restore it and we can go back. If you take the metro, leave at Saint-Micheal-Notre-Dame situated on RER B and C. This allows you to walk along the Seine and pass all the trinket stores which are perfect for souvenirs and gifts. All souvenirs are around €2-€4 each which is great, make sure you take cash!
If you have time and perhaps if the weather isn't too hot you can walk to the Eiffel tower from the Notre-Dame as we did which takes around 1-2 hours, it is a beautiful walk with many great photo opportunities.
For breakfast you obviously need to eat croissants, France is famous for them, they're a little slice of heaven. We then travelled via metro to the Arc de Triomphe. Take the metro to Charles De Gualle - Étoile, located on M 1, 2 and 6 or RER A. This will bring you out facing the monument and is great photo spot. You can also take the subway to bring you out right in front of the monument on the other side of the road.
If you're one for lavish clothing then take a walk down Champs-Élysées, where stores such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton are all located. We did some fantastic window shopping here.
We then visited the Louvre, which is FREE for those under 26 and from the UK make sure you bring valid ID with you such as a driving license or passport. We didn't know this before visiting so I'm spreading the word. There is a great place to have drinks to the side of the Louvre, just be prepared for expensive pricing. One cocktail for us was €17!!! Although, very refreshing and worth the money in my opinion.
The Louvre itself is very photogenic and definitely worth some selfies.
As you may know the Louvre is the home of the Mona Lisa (which is a lot smaller than I thought) the painting has its own secluded room, just follow the signs within the museum.
Day 3 - Our final day
Unfortunately, I don't have much to write for this day, we visited the Moulin Rouge and went shopping in Châtelet - Les Halles, perfect for regular high street stores you would find here in the UK such as H&M and Zara. It also has a massive Sephora for all those makeup enthusiasts out there. Then we ate bubble waffles for €6.90 at Mon Waffle just a five minute walk from the shopping centre.
Other photos from our trip
All in all, Paris is a city worth visiting. Short and long visits work well, with many things to see and do and is perfect for families and couples. As with any major city be careful when walking around streets and in the metro and at night as there are many pickpockets. However, as long as you're sensible, this is nothing to worry about and don't let it put you off.