Bonjour mon amour!
Last Friday I ventured off on the Eurostar to Pareee with my babe Fran as a little Birthday getaway, as well as the opportunity to create loads of lovely content to share with you all. It was a very short but sweet trip as we were only there for around 36 hours, but boy did we manage to pack a lot in! So I thought i'd share how to get the most out of a short stay if you're thinking of heading there for the weekend, or even just a night like we did.
First of all planning is key. We had made a note of everywhere we wanted to go, things we wanted to see and do, and outfits we wanted to photograph before setting off so that we could do our research and see what was near to what in order to plan out the two days. We arrived around lunchtime on the Friday and left on the Saturday evening so had a good day and a half there. I'd reccomend to plan out the places you'd like to eat and drink at too as there are only so many meal times within a 36 hour period, so you need to make them count! We had a great recommendation for crepes - a place called Au P’tit Grec - and let me tell you it was hands down the best crepe I’ve ever had (and I’ve had A LOT) so you absolutely need to pay a visit there if you’re planning a trip to Pareee!
Secondly, i'd say staying in a good central location (or somewhere nearby a lot of the things you want to do) is essential. I had been dying to stay at the Hoxton after seeing so many beaut snaps and as we were only there for one night we thought lets just do it. We managed to get a deal too so always keep your eyes and ears open for any special offers at the hotels you'd love to stay at. I couldn't rave anymore about our stay there - but there'll be a separate post on that coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!
Walk as much as you can. Exploring on foot is the best option when you're in a new city as you're always going to come across things and places you may not have otherwise known about so it's a good way to see lots of things rather than being stuck in a cab or on the metro. It's also great for walking off the 343678 pastries and crepes you're definitely going to eat! Don't get me wrong though, using the Metro to get from place to place if they're a bit further afield is great and definitely helps with squeezing as much in as possible!
There was a few things on our list that we didn't quite get round to doing but all in all i'd say we jam packed an excellent amount into the trip and we'll definitely be back in the not too distant future i'm sure! It's quicker for me to pop to Paris than it is to get back home to the North East!
Here is my little Parisian address book, a quick reference if you liked the look of any of the places we went!
The Hoxton: 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
L'apartment Sezane: 1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 Paris
The Frankie Shop: 14 Rue Saint-Claude, 75003 Paris
Merci: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris
Cafe de Flore (FYI the service is terrible here): 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Au P'tit Grec (best crepes of life): 68 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Shakespeare and Company: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
APC Surplus Store: 20 Rue André del Sarte, 75018 Paris