Paris In Spring (Part Quatre)

Sunday in Paris…

Our boutique clothing hanger in the flat.
Our boutique clothing hanger in the flat.

The most amazing shopping experience.
The most amazing shopping experience.

Gelato tastes better in the sunshine with friends.
Gelato tastes better in the sunshine with friends.
Sunday shopping!
Sunday shopping!

Sacre-Coeur
Sacre-Coeur

The streets of Montmartre
The streets of Montmartre

I really loved traveling to Paris (twice!) during my time in Europe. It felt so jetsetter to simply jump on the Eurostar and turn up in Paris for the weekend two hours later. The mystery and glamour of the French was captivating with every street and shop we visited. Paris is a place I used to write off as overrated; I’m so glad I returned and was able to revise my opinions!

Spring in Paris (Part Trois)

I have two more posts this week with photos from Paris!

Overlooking Rue Houdon during dinner.
Overlooking Rue Houdon during dinner.
On the way to Crazy Horse on the metro.
On the way to Crazy Horse on the metro.
By chance exiting the metro at sunset. Pretty skies plus the Arc de Triomphe equal happiness.
By chance exiting the metro at sunset. Pretty skies plus the Arc de Triomphe equal happiness.

Window shopping on the way to the show.
Window shopping on the way to the show.
That blue, though.
That blue, though.
Crazy Horse!
Crazy Horse!

Late night street crepes from our French charmer.
Late night street crepes from our French charmer.

C’est magnifique!

Paris In Spring (Part Deux)

Saturday was filled with shopping, walking, and (mostly) sunshine!

We stopped by Shakespeare and Company after breakfast, putting in a little work at the typewriter upstairs while we browsed. 

Enjoying the beauty of the Parisian streets we wandered, walking down Boulevard St. Germain to the Diptyque flagship store, to the Luxembourg Gardens and across the Seine past the Louvre.

Not quite ready.
Not quite ready.

Luxembourg Gardens.
Luxembourg Gardens.

Le tired.
Le tired.

Lovely Laduree.
Lovely Laduree.
All the macaroons!
All the macaroons!
Outside the Louvre and so. many. tourists.
Outside the Louvre and so. many. tourists.
The opera house. *Probably* not haunted by the Opera Ghost....
The opera house. *Probably* not haunted by the Opera Ghost….

We stopped by our flat to freshen up (and take some photos) before heading out for our Parisian evening.

Paris In Spring

Paris was an amazing weekend getaway back in January with my work friends Tracy and Jen. We joked after our Eurostar debacle which delayed us almost three hours getting to Paris that maybe we’d return in the spring. Well sure enough we managed to find a good ticket price and a free weekend, and were off again to lovely Paris!!

We learned from our time in January and planned our trip with an extra night. This made all the difference! On Friday afternoon we took the Eurostar from St. Pancreas and arrived in Paris around 6:30. It was still light outside and we were ready for a lovely weekend!

It was an easy 15 minute metro ride from Gare du Nord to our airbnb in Montmartre where we checked in and freshened up before going to dinner. We part walked and part taxied to our place, Robert et Louise. It was a complete deja vu meal and it was divine!

Escargot, a bit of vino and the best duck confit EVER.

Our fab find from January became a Paris tradition for us, one I hope we can return to somewhere in the future!

We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to a gorgeous day in Paris. Continuing our throwback to our January trip we took the metro to Pont Marie for breakfast at Cafe St. Regis.

The cutest petit chien dined at the table across from us with his owners.

And we had the most fabulous grump of a waiter, who loved us but repeatedly called the till a whore and muttered other obscenities while scurrying about with the breakfast rush.

After breakfast we strolled past Notre Dame and began a day of shopping!!

Paris in Winter (Part Deux)

After breakfast we walked west along the Seine, admiring Notre Dame and all the beautiful architecture. It was a bit rainy and grey but we were in Paris!!!

My lovely travel companions obliged a request of mine to visit the Musee d’Orsay. When I visited Paris in 2007 with my parents this was a stand out museum for all of us. The focus on impressionism and the breathtaking interior of this former train station make it a must in my book. The train station closed in 1939 when its platforms became too small for the new longer trains. It reopened in 1986 as a museum and is located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris.

Afterwards we walked along the Seine back towards our flat. This was a surprising favorite moment of mine from the trip. It was very enjoyable just to walk along the cobble stoned path and soak in the Parisian vibes. 

We stopped in at Shakespeare and Company, a legendary English bookshop, and had a tasty lunch before grabbing our bags and heading back to Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar to London.

I was pleasantly surprised just how much I loved Paris despite it being such a short trip. I enjoyed the city the first time I visited but a combination of a metro strike, the weather and being sick meant it was never a stand out spot for me. This time around I felt more connected to the culture and simply just loved it! So much so that I returned with Jen and Tracy earlier this month….but that’s a tale for another post!

Paris In Winter

Throwback to Paris! At the end of January I took a very quick trip to Paris with two of my coworkers Tracy and Jen. We met at St. Pancreas and were off on the Eurostar!

Unfortunately we encountered a delay en route; the train in front of us had a mechanical issue and we were stopped for almost three hours.

Jen and me before the dreaded delay.
Jen and me before the dreaded delay.

We had a lot to chat about and the time went by somewhat quickly, but we arrived in Paris at 6pm and missed the shopping we had planned to do Saturday afternoon. Eurostar were stars about the delay, refunding us our ticket price for the journey to Paris and letting us push back our return to London the following day for a bit more time.

We dropped off our bags at our airbnb near Notre Dame and walked through the Marais area to a restaurant recommended by Tracy’s friend: Chez Robert et Louise.

This was absolutely amazing! Tucked away on a quiet little street this quaint restaurant just oozes French. The tables are squeezed together and there is a area downstairs as well, however I highly recommend booking the window table.

I had to get escargot and it did not disappoint! Garlicky and buttery, yum yum.

Then our main courses arrived and oh my gosh. This duck. Shut the front door, this is absolutely on the list of the best meals I have ever had. Duck confit that just melts in your mouth, with scrumptious green beans and roasted potatoes.

We lingered over a round of coffees, saying for the first few times of many over the weekend how amazing our meal was.

After dinner we fancied a bit of a walk to digest from our spectacular dinner. We walked through Marais and up to Montmartre to see the Moulin Rouge!

This has been something to see on my bucket list for years upon years….pretty much since the film Moulin Rouge.

Spectacular, spectacular indeed!

Close by (up many, many steps) is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris….otherwise referred to as Sacre Coeur. It’s at the summit of Montmartre and provides breathtaking views of the city. It was late when we visited and there was the most wonderful hush over the area; it really was a moment during our trip that I will cherish.

When in Paris you get crepes. We stopped at a cafe close by Sacre Couer. Over live music (we of course requested Edith Piaf) we enjoyed our treats. Banana and nutella for me; no brainer choice!

We took the Metro home and tucked in for a very short night sleep!

On Sunday morning we happened upon a cafe close by our abode called Cafe Saint-Regis. It was a complete impulse stop in search for breakfast and turned out to be absolutely wonderful!

Cappuccino, fresh orange juice and a pain au chocolat.

Toast, assorted jams and butter, and an egg with soldiers.

Another restaurant, another table by the window! This was a perfect start to the day before we headed out to explore!