I crossed the first travel goal off my bucket list – #70 Go to Paris to celebrate my birthday. YEY!
This gorgeous weekend away with a few of my best friends was the perfect way to celebrate my 21st birthday. It was packed full of sunshine, prosecco, laughs and pastries – 4 things every 21 year old needs. We couldn’t have been more lucky with the weather (which definitely sweetened the whole experience), and as we ended up going over the French Bank Holiday, there was a very chilled vibe which I loved.
Between us we had quite a list of things we wanted to do: we of course wanted to do some iconic sightseeing, visit cool and ‘unknown’ Paris gems, indulge in the city’s finest treats, and celebrate in style. Upon reflection, I think we pretty much managed to pack all of this into our 3 day 3 night stay!
We spent the majority of the trip pretty central because our amazing apartment was only a short walk from everything we’d want to see or do. On the second day we made our way to Canal Saint Martin which had a refreshingly edgy vibe compared to the bars and restaurants that surrounded us.
I’m so pleased we decided to go, and would definitely recommend it this summer!
Things to Do in Paris
We knew we were going out on Saturday night so would probably be feeling a little fragile on the Sunday, so wanted to get the site seeing out of the way. I know a lot of people, myself included, often want to steer away from tourist attractions when they go away, but they are a big part of the city/country and not seeing them would be like going to a cake show but not trying any cake. (Is there such a thing as a cake show? There should be!)
We spent the full day wandering from site to site, (The Louvre > Arch de Triumph > Eiffel Tower) stopping off at cafe’s and bars on the way.
If you’re going to the Eiffel Tower and it is a nice day, I would definitely recommend taking a picnic or some champs/beer and sitting on the grassy area. It says you’re not allowed to drink, but everyone around us had wine and nothing was said.
After a long day of walking in unbelievable heat (in true Brit style, there were one or two lobster arms on show that evening) we headed onto Boulevard Saint Germain – a really long street of cafes, bakeries, designer shops, restaurants and bars. Paris restaurants are always buzzing and week nights are a much bigger thing for them than it is for us, so weekends tend to be a little quieter; but it was still a very vibesy evening.
Wearing Zara Black Cami Dress available in store and ASOS Ridley Peep Toe Boots.
As predicted, we were feeling slightly fragile, so after spending the morning in our apartment eating a spread of pastry, cheese, crisps, yoghurt, bread and fruit, we steered away from the centre to Canal Saint Martin. The canal was gorgeous and the shops and restaurants surrounding it were bright and vibrant; giving us an instant hangover boost. The night finished with banana and Nutella crepes – perfect! If you’re looking for a cool place to go away from central Paris, I would definitely recommend Canal Saint Martin.
I’m still a vegetarian, my food picture just looked like mush unfortunately – still delicious though
Our flight wasn’t until Monday evening, so we were lucky enough to pretty much have a full day in Paris. We went for a big brunch at Paul’s (I think this is a French chain) with coffee, eclairs, pain au chocolat, crepes and yoghurt. It was a very filling but delicious start to the day. The famous Love Lock Bridge was being taken down this day, so we rushed over to see it before it was gone and then wandered off to Notre Dame, taking a peek at the markets and stalls that perch along the river – I even invested in a gorgeous painting for the feature wall in my bedroom of art from cities I have visited. The Notre Dame is breathtakingly beautiful both inside (free entry) and outside – definitely have to go and see this if you are there.
If you’re going to Paris this summer, I hope you have the best time. If you’re not, book it now!