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One day we're gonna live in paris

02 May 2012

This is quite an odd post for me and quite late, recently i've been looking at holidays for the summer this led me to think back to all my past holidays. Back in February my boyfriend, two friends and I set of to Paris to celebrate my 18th birthday and I thought I would share the experience with you. Firstly i'll five you the pricing. We got the eurostar from Ebsfleet in the morning and arrived in Paris at 12:30, so we had the rest of the day to look around- Although it took us an hour and forty-five minuets to find the hotel due to the boys not wanting to take a taxi! We stayed at The Hotel Americain, although it was only rated ** I would recommend it, it was a small hotel with wonderful staff that went out of their way to help and who also spoke excellent English- good considering I can't speak a word of french! The hotel had very small rooms but this was fine as we didn't spend my time there and we got breakfast in the hotel that was a wine cellar converted into a breakfast room. We then left Paris on Sunday at 8:00pm, our travel insurance was also included all of this was for the small price of £220, I thought that this was a great deal!

Once we had unpacked and freshened up we jumped on the metro that was a few minuets from the hotel and attempted to go to The Louvre but on the way got distracted by the small attractions on the way, such as this cute little park that had an ice skating ring, carousel, candy floss stand and a pop corn stand! The weather on the first day was quite bright however it was extremely cold. Next a walk down the River Seine where there was this cute little bridge with padlocks on that was shown in Gossip Girl series 4 so I had to have a look at the cute message that were left. After a few hours detour we ended up in the gallery, that was much bigger than I imaged and It was wonderful, we spent a good few hours in there until deciding to get some dinner. For dinner we went to this tiny restaurant just around the corner, I didn't get the name of it- sorry. They had a range of French dishes and English dishes, i'm a fussy eater and stuck to a pasta dish where as they boys were brave and went for... frogs legs! 

On Saturday morning we all got up early had breakfast and made our way to the Eiffel tower, that we decided to walk up as the que for the lift was far too long, I honestly thought that I was going to die! However it was worth it, the view was amazing and i'm so glad I went there. After that walk up and down we were all tired and had a little rest before heading around to go shopping. 

 As Saturday evening was our last evening we all got dressed up and went to a lovely chines restaurant that was about a five minuet walk from out hotel, it was easy to get to and had great food! After that we went to the supermarket, get a few bottles of wine and watched some french TV as we were all so tired.

Finally Sunday morning- we went to the Arc De Triomphe, much bigger than I expected yet again, as you can see my boyfriend hates having his photo taken and the only on of him from the whole weekend is the one above! After that we went for a walk down the Champs-Elysees to do a little shopping and for s spot of lunch, of course I couldn't go all the way to Paris and not stop off at Laduree to get  few treats as it was Valentines weekend the window display was lovely! After a long while shopping we headed back to the hotel to pick up our bits and unfortunately it was then back to Gare Du Nord to catch our train!

It was such a lovely weekend and such a good way to celebrate my 18th, i'm hoping to go somewhere extra nice this summer! Any recommendations?

Paige xo



  1. Aww such a great idea for your 18th :) I have never been to Paris but really want to go, Rome is first on my list though. Those padlocks on the bridge are adorable, they have one similar to this in Cologne, Germany...such a sweet idea.xx

  2. It was so lovely, Rome is to- well of what I can remember I went there when I was about 10 but would love to go back!