2014 Travel, The Paris Edit

13 Aug

I’ve made it to 28 years of life living in England, and I have never experienced Paris. Despite this, it has always been a thing of dreams to me; a city entwined with romance and cloaked in illusion. I can’t help but think of the Chanel advert with Nicole Kidman, where she disappears off into the Parisian night, or alternatively (another Nicole Kidman related daydream) Moulin Rouge, and for this and many other reasons, the city has always been on my list of places I needed to see.

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So last weekend, the boy and I packed a bag and headed off for a birthday weekend (his) in Paris. In all honesty I can think of a whole host of other cities he would have rather spent his birthday weekend, but seeing as we couldn’t go for mine he graciously gave his. Because he’s good like that.

Window display in Laduree, home of the French macaron

Window display in Laduree, home of the French macaron

My experience of Paris was slightly different to where it had been positioned in my dreams. It involved food poisoning, closed establishments, delayed flights (both ways) and end of the world style rain. But hey ho, these things happen, and mainly to me. Despite all these things that I feel like were designed to make me giggle rather than cause problems, we had a fantastic weekend. We ate cheese (he) drank wine and coffee, and we moseyed along beautiful streets with stunning architecture, wondering what it would be like if we were Parisian and lived in such a wonderous city.

L'Arc de Triomphe on a grey Saturday

L’Arc de Triomphe on a grey Saturday

Has my opinion changed? No. the boy made a comment when we were walking around that the internet has ruined travel. He thinks that you have seen all these places before, so when you arrive its underwhelming and gone is the sense of surprise you experience when you see something for the first time. I see it from the flip side; I think that the internet has given you the option to choose, allowing you to whittle down the list of places you want to visit until you have an ultimate power bucket list, ready to hit hard and explore.

L'Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

L’Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

We were in the city in time to see the parade through the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate 100 years since the start of the war, so were privy to the pomp and circumstance of the army march. They lit the flames and laid the poppies, and then we watched as the canons were fired. It was a real privilege to be there for this occasion, and purely accidently too.

The Eiffel Tower itself

The Eiffel Tower itself

As well as the beautiful postcard ready sights Paris has to offer, the hotel was pretty special. We booked a night in the Hotel Splendor, which was magic themed. The highlight was the staircase, with magician’s hats adorning the banisters. Very unusual!

Notre Dame, sans Hunchback

Notre Dame, sans Hunchback

We also had time to visit Laduree, the winner in French macarons and my inspiration to take a macaron making class. A friend of mine bought me a box of the delightfully coloured marvels when we moved into our old house, and I savoured them like I had never eaten before. Thus began my affair with the macaron, so I was pleased to get in line to view the rows of brilliantly covered sweet treats.

Saint Chappelle, before the end of the world rain began

Saint Chappelle, before the end of the world rain began

Paris, even in the rain and grey still had mystery for me. We visited the Arc de Triomph, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Saint Chappelle and the Champs Elysees, but didn’t get time to see Montmartre, the Sacre Couer or any of the Bastille.

The Money Shot

The Money Shot

Eiffel Tower | Paris | France

Eiffel Tower | Paris | France

But next time, as in the words of Howard Koch, “We’ll always have Paris”.

Crazy stairwell in our hotel

Crazy stairwell in our hotel

Have you been to Paris? What was your favourite part?

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10 Responses to “2014 Travel, The Paris Edit”

  1. prenin August 13, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Glad you had fun sweetheart!!! :)

    Been to a few places, but not Paris! :)

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

  2. Paul August 13, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I was in Paris 40 years ago when i was a teen,and it was amazing – no end to the sights.I liked MontMartre (the artists) and the Eiffel Tower. We went out to visit Versailles as well and it was astounding. Absolutely incredible that it was a private home for royalty. Just no end to it and the gardens were unending as well. I’d like to go back sometime but that is not likely at this point. Thanks for the great pictures and the post Tinkerbelle.

    • tinkerbelle86 August 13, 2014 at 8:38 am #

      I would have loved to go to Versailles. Having never been to France more than a couple of times, I have suddenly realised what it has to offer. SO many gorgeous little towns and gites – its definitely on the rent a car and visit list for next year.

  3. gapyahgal August 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Oh this looks so wonderful, I’m very jealous!

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge August 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Moseying is always the best

  5. setinmotion August 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    I definitely agree with your opinion on travel – it’s great to see photos of amazing places online, but it’s another thing entirely to see it in person, experience the culture, hear the local language, eat the traditional food…

    I was in Paris last year and thought it was great, but it was actually London I fell in love with! I’m from Australia, so unfortunately it’s going to take a lot of scheming on my part to get back there soon.

    • tinkerbelle86 August 14, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      London is a lovely city, I take it for granted living here. I’ve been trying this year to do more sightseeing of my own city, and im really enjoying it!

  6. Jamie Rose (Petite Panoply) August 22, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    These pictures are awesome and are making me wish I was traveling right now. I’ve never been to Paris but I’d love to someday!

  7. Christine August 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I have been dreaming about going to Paris and when I got there, it didn’t blow my mind. I was disappointed. The only thing that I liked was visiting the museums and Sacre Couer.

    I would love to go back to France but maybe not Paris. I would love to go to the countryside or the south of France.

    • tinkerbelle86 August 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      France has suddenly started appealing. I would love to find a little gite in Provence and spend a few weeks chilling out.

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