Throwback Thursday? Not any more.
It was a cause of alarm when I realised my beloved Paris snaps were lurking on my old blog instead of here. So, I thought I’d do a little throwback post to share some of my favourite pictures and adventures from June 2014. Enjoy!
Paris by day
I had the classic Paris experience: macarons at Ladurée, window shopping in Champs–Élysées and strolling around museums (for the record, La Petit Palais is excellent). Admittedly, it was set against the less chic background of wilting under the relentless thirty degree heat, but you can’t have everything.
Everything looks beautiful. There’s delicious food everywhere. And aside from the pickpockets (common sense will protect you from those), Paris is a super safe city, full of really lovely, kind people. Cheers to the lady who told me my pants were on display (backpacks and mini-skirts are just the worst combination). You’d only get pointing and laughing in London.
I fell a bit in love with the city on this trip. Hopefully you’ll see why…
The Eiffel Tower
No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to la tour Eiffel. Look at me trying to be all sassy. Here’s a few tips for a successful trip:
- Go when it’s quiet – week days and early in the morning are usually to be the best times to visit
- Be prepared to queue, regardless! Even when I arrived very early on Monday morning, I queued for 40 minutes (still beats the couple of hours you might have to wait otherwise!)
- If you can, buy your tickets online so you can join the fast-track queue. They sell them in specific time slots, but don’t release many – so be quick!
It’s worth the queues for the amazing views – and I’d recommend visiting all three floors to make the most of it! I’m lucky as, of all my fears, heights is not one of them! I loved the top floor – a small platform close to the very top! At 896ft up, you can see for miles and miles and miles! Even if you’re a bit scared of heights, I’d recommend pushing past your fears for this – you won’t regret it.
Paris by night
If you thought Paris by day was beautiful, wait until you see it by night. Picture stunning white buildings set against a dusky pink and blue sky, the faint sound of jazz music escaping the buzzing bistros and the smell of delicious food in the air. As darkness falls, you’ll get to see Paris live up to it’s reputation as “the City of Light”. Trust me, it’s well deserved. Strolling through Paris at midnight was one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. No wonder Woody Allen dedicated a film to such a spectacular combination.
…and the Eiffel Tower makes a reappearance
The Palace of Versailles
There are two things you need to know about the Palace of Versailles. The first is that it’s a vast expanse (67km, to be exact) of flawless architecture, perfectly pruned greenery and general jaw-dropping beauty. And the second? The queues to get into the Palace itself are flippin’ massive. But luckily, the grounds are just as stunning.
Fun fact: Louis XIV, who was behind the big expansion of the Palace of Versailles, was a bit of a character – as all Kings tend to be – and thought he was a God on earth – as all Kings of the time tended to do. That’s why Versailles’ gardens are so bizarrely perfect – he wanted to show that he was more powerful than nature itself – I can’t help but wonder how many gardeners he had to employ. When you look around, you’ll notice quite a few references to Apollo, the Greek/Roman God of the Sun. This was because King Louis modelled himself on the Sun God, having played him once in a play. Which sounds weird, but if you think about it, it’s probably no weirder than fifteen year old girls modelling themselves on Kim Kardashian.