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    Your Guide To The Best Places, Restaurants And Activities In Paris

    I have just come back from the most amazing surprise birthday trip to Paris! Surprisingly I have actually never been to Paris even though I’ve been to France many times, so this was very exciting to finally tick it off my bucket list.

    Where To Stay in Paris…

    Hotel Beige-

    This was one of the most beautiful hotels I have stayed in. Hotel Beige is located right in the heart of Paris and only a 20-minute walk from the Louvre. The interior of this hotel is so aesthetically pleasing and like its name the recurring colour is beige. As soon as I walked in I was in complete awe of this hotel. The staff are so incredibly friendly and helpful. Like most hotels in Paris, the room is small but still perfect for 2 people. The best part of the room was by far the balcony, you have amazing views of the surrounding area. The hotel does serve breakfast and dinner for an extra price of €25 but we skipped this as there is a lovely little bakery beside the hotel and some other great dining options.

    Transportation in paris…

    For all transport, I would highly recommend downloading the Moovit app as it gives live transportation times as well as suggesting the best route to your destination.

    Metro– The metro is by far the easiest and fastest way to get around Paris. When buying tickets it can be a bit confusing as there are a few options. If you are travelling within the city you need a Ticket +T this will allow you to use the metro within the city. You can buy these tickets at any station and they can also be used on the bus. If you are spending a few days in Paris you can get a booklet of 10 tickets for €20.

    If you are travelling to and from the airport you will have to purchase a separate ticket which is a little bit more expensive. With both please hold on to your tickets as you may be checked on the metro and some stations have gates in which you need your ticket to get out so just keep it safe.

    Bus– If, like me, the Metro breaks down the next best option would be to use one of the many busses in Paris. This is another great transportation option as most of the buses come every 10 minutes within the city, it won’t take long at all. You can use the same tickets you buy at the metro or your booklet just make sure to scan them through the machine. If you do not have a ticket you can buy them on board but they only take cash.

    Walking– Paris is a great place to walk around and explore but I wouldn’t advise walking everywhere as it still is a pretty big city and it is easy to get lost. If you do plan on walking I would again advise using an app like Moovit to help with directions.

    What To Do…

    La Galerie Dior-

    This is one of the most beautiful museums in Paris. The museum takes us into the heart of the Christian Dior universe.

    As soon as you walk in you are welcomed by this beautiful rainbow wall which includes some of Dior’s most iconic pieces. You will be taken through the life of Christian Dior and see some of his early designs as well as some of his iconic dresses.

    This museum is a must if you’re a fan of fashion!

    Palais Garnier-

    One of the most beautiful and famous opera houses in the world. The building itself is an artful masterpiece built in 1861. If you are a Phantom Of The Opera fan like me this is also the opera house which the phantom haunts in the famous book written by Gaston Leroux.

    Whether you take a guided or self-guided tour you will see some of the most beautiful spots inside the opera house including the world-famous staircase which is just breathtaking.

    Versailles-

    One of France’s most important and beautiful historical landmarks. The Palace Of Versailles is a 17th-century chateau which spans over 800 hectares. This palace has a rich history, from the royal residence of many kings and queens to the building in which the peace treaty was signed in 1919.

    The Palace is open to visitors year-round and you can explore some of the 2,300 rooms including the iconic hall of mirrors and the king’s apartments. Many of the rooms hold beautiful historical artefacts and paintings. Including the gorgeous interior one of the most beautiful parts of Versailles is the gardens. These gardens include Marie Antoinette’s English gardens, the royal stables and The Trianon Estate.

    Now, this is a bucket destination for almost everyone including French citizens so it can be extremely busy at times. I would advise booking yourself in for the very first slot of the day so you will be able to get some amazing photos of the rooms including the hall of mirrors. You can go here at any time of the year but if you are hoping to see some of the beautiful nature and flowers then spring is a must!

    Louvre-

    I didn’t go into the Louvre as I was only here for three days and as soon as I saw the line I was a little turned off. If you choose to go into the Louvre please pre-book your tickets in advance as it is always crazy busy and you will be waiting in line for over 20 minutes. Even if you don’t plan on going into the Louvre I would advise walking around it as even the building itself is absolutely beautiful and the park beside it is a lovely place to relax and grab some delicious food. Please be careful around here though as there are a lot of scam artists and pickpockets around this area so just hold tight to your phone and your other belongings.

    The Eiffel Tower-

    Can you really go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower? There are so many great spots to see the Eiffel Tower and you may be tempted to spend some money to go up and see the surrounding view but trust me when I say there are far better places that are a lot cheaper.

    You should try to go to the Arc De Triomphe which has just as good a view with far fewer people. Another great option would be the rooftop of Gallerie Layfete beside the Palais Garnier. This is completely free and you will get a gorgeous 360-degree view of Paris.

    Where to eat…

    Bambini

    This beautiful Italian restaurant is located right along the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower. The food here is absolutely amazing! Paris can have some very expensive food but I found this restaurant to be only slightly above average.

    The interior is absolutely beautiful and the staff are so friendly and nice and if it’s your birthday they will bring you a delicious dessert and sing you a happy birthday. The best thing about Bambini is their pasta and boy is it good!

    Victoria Station

    This is a little hidden gem within Paris, Victoria Station is a lovely little restaurant located in one of the oldest passageways in Paris. I spotted it while walking around and I just had to go in! The restaurant itself has a train-themed interior and you sit in one of the carriages. The seats are really nice and comfortable and the setting itself feels very intimate. For the most important part, the food is absolutely delicious! I got their burger and oh my it did not disappoint.

    GiGi’s

    Now, this would be probably the most expensive and fanciest place on the list. GiGi’s is a lovely Italian restaurant with the highlight being their balcony as you get the most beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and if you’re lucky enough they might even sit you at one of their tables by the window so you can see it sparkle.

    Depending on what you get here it can be above average ranging to very expensive so I just went for the classic margarita pizza and honestly, they are huge! with the starter bread and this, I couldn’t even finish it so I would advise sharing it between you and one another. The pizza really was delicious and the view of the Eiffel Tower just made it that extra special.

    Paris Tips

    • Scammers are almost everywhere in Paris. I would recommend doing a little bit of research on some of the most common scams around the city so you can try to avoid them. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are just some of the spots within the city which has the most amount of scammers.
    • Be careful of your wallet and phone! Pickpocketing is another huge petty crime within the city and these people do it for a living so they are very clever and most of the time you won’t even know it has happened. While on the metro do not take your phone out especially near the doors as it is very common for them to grab them and run just as the doors are closing.
    • Wear comfortable shoes. Please don’t make the mistake like me of choosing a fashionable pair of shoes over comfort as you will be doing a lot of walking and my feet definitely paid the price.

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