There’s something about the magic of Paris that brings a smile to everyone’s face.
I’m lucky enough to have been twice, but sadly my photos from both trips were lost when my laptop was wiped a few years ago (in a time before I realised the necessity of backing up my stuff!). I still have fuzzy Facebook upload versions, but they’re just not the same, and I want to make those memories again!
When I saw the Accor Hotels ’24 Hours’ competition I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reminisce over my favourite areas of beautiful Paris, and of course because I’d love nothing more than to win a trip to my favourite city and explore some new ones too! So below is my entry:
How I’d Spend… The Morning
It doesn’t matter where you stay in Paris, you’ll never be far from a boulangerie. There is nothing better than being sat under the awnings of a quaint little cafe on the streets of the city, sipping a hot cafe au lait and munching on a freshly baked croissant.
With a warm full belly, I’d spend the morning walking along the Seine river towards the Notre Dame, taking in the sights and of course spending a moment to add a padlock to the bridge!
Then of course it’s time to explore the Notre Dame itself; a breathtaking cathedral that will make you feel at peace and awe-struck all at the same time. It truly is an incredible piece of architecture!
How I’d Spend… The Afternoon
After a relaxed lunch in a nearby bistro (perhaps Au Bougnat, which is right next to the cathedral), I’d then cross the river and walk along visit the Louvre.
I’m a huge Dan Brown fan, so the Louvre is always an exciting adventure into the world of the Da Vinci Code and his other books for me (he’s the main reason Rome and Venice are high on my lists to visit too!).
It’s a truly enormous set of buildings, so you can easily spend the whole afternoon there. Plus from what I can remember, under 25s with a European passport get free entry too!
How I’d Spend… The Evening
Of course if you’re going to be spending an evening in Paris, you have to see the Eiffel Tower light up in all its twinkly glory! To do this, you simply need a good view point, and be ready with your eyes open and camera at the ready for the turn of the hour.
Both times we visited were in December, so we didn’t have to wait up too long to see the lights. But if you’re visiting in Spring or Summer it would make sense to have dinner first!
Our favourite area for finding delicious, inexpensive restaurants is the Gothic quarter (yes it’s a tube ride away from the Eiffel Tower, not walking distance, but it’s worth it for the food!). Here you’ll find yourself stumbling across little squares hosting evening market traders, and getting lost down fun back alleys full of bustling bistros!
After a moonlit visit to see the Eiffel Tower, a visit to one of the nearby bars is the perfect way to round off the night (and the whole whistle-stop trip!). If you’re early enough, why not try out one of the bars in the Tower itself for a posh drink with a view, or if you’re out late, try a cocktail at Bar du Central just down the road.
How would you spend 24 in your favourite city? Why not enter the Accor Hotels competition too!
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