Paris – Day One

Following on from my previous blog post, I’ve put together a guide of what I got up to in Paris over four days, starting with day one – here goes…

After catching the early morning Eurostar from London, we arrived nice and early to Paris with the rest of the day ahead of us to start exploring.
We checked-in to our hotel, Sofitel La Defense, before midday and then headed out with cameras in hand to explore….Travel blog Paris - 02Travel blog - Paris 01Firstly, we headed to the Jardin de Luxembourg.
This central park is huge and is the perfect place to wander around, have a French baquette picnic or just a Parisian snooze under a tree….
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We wandered down the streets around the park and came across this quaint bakery where we stocked up on baquettes (hey, it’s France!) and macaroons before returning to the park for a little picnic…
Paris 036 Paris 037 Paris 045Fueled up for the afternoon, we wandered around the beautiful streets of St-Germain as we walked towards the Seine….
Paris 052 Paris 053 Paris 054The sun started peering through the clouds as we strolled along the Seine to Notre Dame…
Paris 058 Paris 062Paris 080 Paris 081We then explored my favourite part of Paris – the two iles, which are located just behind the Notre Dame.
Unfortunately, rain stopped play for a bit so there was nothing left for us to do but head for cover in this little wine bar, Sorza.
This bar is located on the ultimate foodie street in Paris, Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, which is lined with cheese and wine shops, ice cream parlours and wine bars – careful, you could easily spend a whole afternoon on this street alone!
Paris 070 Paris 072 Paris 069The sun quickly reappeared and we headed to underneath Pont Neuf to watch the boats go by…
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The Eiffel Tower is by far one of the most famous sights in the world and, embarrassingly, I had never been there before.
We headed over around 4pm to make sure we saw the views from daylight through to the evening when the tower is lit up with sparkling lights and lasers…
Paris 097 Paris 099 Paris 103 Paris 106 Paris 115 Paris 125 Paris 130 Paris 136 Paris 142 Paris 149We dived in to a nearby bistro after for some more French wine and foie gras and prepared for another jam-packed second day in Paris.

To be continued…..


With Love From Paris….The Weird and the Wonderful

Oh, Paris!
The perfect winter destination
With so much to see and do, you definitely don’t need sunshine to enjoy this enchanting city.
With Couture Week just ending in Paris this week, I’ve been going through my photos of my time in the French capital…. While I put together posts about what I got up to and show how we fitted everything in over four days, below are some of the weird and wonderful things that you are bound to only see (and get away with) on the Parisian street.
Starting with some unique street art….Do car chargers exist everywhere!? Crazy, if not slightly scary statues….
Rollerblading police…..
One of a kind restaurants…..
World-class street acts….
And flamboyant metro stations….

Christmas Day

It was that magical time of year again.
The whole house was up early to check that Santa had left presents under the tree….
DSC03041……which he did and this year he had been to all the right shops….

The day always starts with a mountain of chocolate and satsumas for breakfasts…
DSC03043…. before the Christmas jumpers come out….
Christmas jumperAfter sharing gifts and opening our presents, it was on to the big task of cooking the Christmas lunch.  This year it was my turn…   Christmas turkeyThe table was set….

…and we cracked open a bottle of champagne and started with melon wrapped in Prosciutto….
DSC03053 DSC03054…and followed it all up with the mighty main course – turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, special sprouts, peas, stuffing, pigs in blankets and gravy….
Christmas dinner

…everyone finished with clean plates – even the apple and bacon covered sprouts were all gone!
DSC03055After all the excitement, food and wine it all started to get a bit silly before we all collapsed into a giant food coma….
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My last Christmas Day in the UK before the big move to Singapore.
Next year it’s my brother’s turn to cook Christmas lunch – I can’t wait to try his festive pizza!