Pennies in Paris

Our few days in Paris were wonderful. I honestly can’t get enough of this city, and don’t think it would be possible for me to visit it too many times. Christian had never visited Paris before, and I was so happy he loved it (almost) as much as I do. The divine food, the stunningly beautiful architecture and the many well-dressed Parisians – it’s enough for most people to fall head over heels for.

My first trip to Paris two years prior, hadn’t quite gone to plan. Long story short, I spent more money than I’d planned in Madrid, missed checking in for my flight to Paris by three minutes and spent a very long 8 hours at Madrid airport waiting for the next available flight. I was then stuck with little funds, and the knowledge that transferring my back up funds from my account in Australia would take a couple of days. Being lucky enough to have some family on that side of the world, my Aunt stepped in and saved my next few days. She purchased a train ticket to get me to Strasbourg from Paris the day after next, and I would stay with them until it was time for me to head back to London and then home again.

Because of my spend happy ways in Spain that last time, I only managed to have one day in Paris. I managed to alter my hotel booking to one night, took a bottle of water from my mini bar and complimentary sweets for ‘breakfast’, then took a free walking tour of the city. I had enough change to spend at ‘La McDonalds’ (where the tour stopped for lunch), then walked 20 minutes back to my hotel to book another tour online with my credit card. This next tour finished at a small bar offering two Euro glasses of wine and five Euro cheese platters. I had twelve Euros left in my wallet and used that to eat and drink! Paris in a day on a very tight budget! (Not ideal, is it haha)

Knowing this time we had three full days to explore, I wanted to see everything I saw the last time, but this time closer. I wanted to take my time wandering the streets and see more of them. And I wanted to eat all of the food!

We spent most of our time outside, taking in the beautiful details on buildings and enjoying the beautiful parks. We took a couple of walking tours, with Sandeman’s New Europe Tours, wanting to learn as much as we could about the incredible city we were visiting. One thing Christian and I both really enjoy is learning the history behind people and places, and these guys put a great twist on it with the guides given free reign to tell us about the facts that interest them the most, other tips you wouldn’t have heard before, even small travel and photo tips they’ve learned along the way themselves.

We treated ourselves one night going to the infamous Moulin Rouge. After reading countless bad reviews beforehand, we didn’t have high expectations, but that turned out to be in our favour. The inside of the landmark building was just incredible, and the over the top glitz and glamour of the show was a great laugh and great entertainment! The food was quite good, considering it was produced for such a large crowd (in particular the fact they were able to cater for me with a vegetarian, gluten free meal) and the wait staff were charming and attentive.

Over the duration of our stay we dined at quaint cafes and gourmet deli’s, found an entirely gluten free patisserie, shopped along the Champes Elysees, enjoyed lazy sleep in’s and cooked breakfasts in our small loft apartment. Even in the rain, Paris is incredibly beautiful and we loved our few days there.

Highlights

  • Wandering about the grounds of the Louvre Museum (maybe next time I’ll have the time to make it inside)
  • Dining at the Moulin Rouge
  • Exploring Montmartre
  • Taking in the view over Paris from the top of Tour Montparnasse
  • Dinner at Cave La Bourgogne

These are a few of our typically touristy photos from our stay. I count myself very lucky to have been able to visit this city again.

 

 

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