Thursday, 14 February 2019

48 Hours in Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day!

I did not plan for this post to go up on this very day but somehow I feel it is very fitting, as other than the City of Lights, Paris is also known as the City of Love.

In spite of my best endeavour to have a slow and steady start to 2019, I ended up making a last minute spontaneous trip to Paris at the beginning of the month.

During my Christmas-New Year holiday, my high-school friend told me about her upcoming trip to Paris and we both thought it will be lovely to spend some time together either in London or in Paris while she's in Europe. We ended up doing both which was lovely!

She spent the first part of her trip in London and I made my way to Paris towards the end of her trip.

Initially, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Paris as it was only for a short weekend trip and that I had just returned to work from a 2.5 weeks holiday. But I am so so glad that I did. Not only because the last time I was in Paris was in 2010 but I also fell in love with the City all over again!

Arc de TriompheSo today, I thought I'd share how to cover Paris in 48 hours. So if you are ever in Paris, even for a short period of time, you know it can be done. My very top tip is to walk - it is by far the best way to see and fall in love with the City.

Day 1 |

I was scheduled to arrive in Paris on Friday morning, however, due to the heavy snow condition in France, my scheduled train was cancelled. While getting myself booked on to another Eurostar train was easy, the rescheduled train was also slightly delayed, which meant I arrived in Paris later than I had hoped for. But there was still plenty of time for coffee, dinner and endless girly chats.

Hotel Des Champ Elysees, where I stayed in only a stone-throw away from Champ Elysees. Given it was only a short trip, I wanted to be right in the smack of where everything is so I don't waste time getting from one place to another.

One of my favourite restaurants in London is Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote. They have a number of restaurants in London - Marylebone, City, Soho and it's a shame the one in Canary Wharf had permanently closed. The most interesting thing about them is they offer customers a no-choice menu of a salad starter followed by steak-frites. It is the secret recipe sauce that gets me every.single.time. Given they originally started in France, I felt it is appropriate to give myself a gastronomy experience in Paris having been to their London restaurants many times before. I also wanted my friend to experience it and it proved to be a very worthy dinner venue of choice.

Day 2 |

Paris, France

The weather forecast was rain in the afternoon and as I really wanted to revisit Paris, I wasted no time in the morning, hoping that I would be able to cover everything before the weather takes a turn. Luck must have been on my side, there was no rain in the end and I certainly walked more than I had initially anticipated! A total of more than 26k steps, which is A LOT of walking for one day!

Armed with a flat white from Pierre Hermes, I made my way towards Arc de Triomphe. From there I walked towards and through Trocadero gardens to finally enjoy the beautiful sight of the Eiffel Tower.

Dior Avenue Montaigne

After a short lunch break, I wandered into Avenue Montaigne, which is one of my favourite streets in Paris. Walking past 30 Avenue Montaigne, where Christian Dior started, never fails to put a smile on my face.

Paris, France

Once I hit Champ Elysees again, I made my way towards The Lourve via Jardin des Tuileries before heading back to the hotel via Rue Saint Honore, with a pit stop at 31 Rue Cambon, because it will be rude not to, don't you think?

By the way, the Dior Concept Store on Rue Saint Honore is beyond gorgeous and beautiful. It reminded me of the fascade of shops on Bleecker Street in NYC and I absolutely LOVE it!

Day 3 |

48 hours in ParisIt was my last day in Paris. Having walked a lot the day before, I decided to take it easy. I started the day off with a small brunch consisted of French Toast at Pierre Hermes which was divine (& rich)! The brioche was light, soft and fluffy and when you cut a knife through it, you could tell it was drenched in creamy delicious goodness that oozed out of it *drool*

I then met up with an ex-colleague of mine for a spot of lunch with him and his young family at Le Marais, an area that I have not really ventured much before, but it is a very hip fashionable district in Paris filled with plenty independent boutiques, galleries and little cafes. We had lunch on the same street as the house of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Miserables once lived. I wish I had more time to explore the area, but alas I had a train to catch to head back to London. But I certainly want to check out this area if or when I am in Paris again.

So that's it - my whirlwind but a fun and fulfilled trip to Paris.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week - one more day til the weekend! Hurrah! x

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