The city of love, although in our case it was the city where we went for the weekend to celebrate the birthday of my mum.
We packed our bags, got on the flight and arrived in Paris at 2pm. We booked the Mecure Hotel which was just a little out of the city. The staff were friendly and welcoming and helped us with our luggage to our room. The rooms were clean and tidy, the bathroom had a marble effect on the wall, which was stunning. I am obsessed with everything marble. The hotel was amongst a lot of shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. There were also great transport links for the Metro and Trams into Paris Central.
The first morning there we had breakfast at the hotel. It was a good experience trying some new foods. It was an all you can eat style breakfast lay out with plenty of choice from breads and cakes, hot beverage, cereals and fruit. I tried this marble (MARBLE AGAIN!!) cake, which was moist and delicious. I also had sausages, which now I'm thinking weren't sausages but some sort of chiritquo meat, and bacon with beans.
After breakfast we head into central Paris Via the metro, as soon as you stepped off the train you could already see the Eiffel Tower. We headed in that direction and when we came close I was actually quite disappointed. It was a lot smaller than I expected. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't it.
After the Eiffel Tower visit we walked towards the direction of the Moulin Rouge, which meant that we past some of the most amazing cake shops I've ever seen. There were bakeries every other shop and the streets was clouded with the smell of fresh baked dough. At the end of this wonderful smelling street we came across Laduree Macaron shop. Three words for you; had to try. We bought two macarons each. I tried the Rose and Marie-Antionette and my mum tried the Pistachio and Raspberry. I think it's fair to say they were amazing. On route we came across the Louvre Museum, we didn't enter but we had time to take some great images and a walk around.
Moving on we then came across the Moulin Rouge which looks just like it does in the images you see on social media. We didn't again go in but we had a drink in a nearby café and took in the views. Up a slight hill is yet another Instagram favourite which is the La Maison Rose Café, as seen in the image at the beginning of this post. It was pale pink and very cutsie looking. there were crowds of people stood around taking pictures. We wanted to go in but by the time we reached it the cafe had closed.
So continuing our walk up the hill to peruse the Montmartre. When you reach it you see this beautifully designed huge building and then you turn around and see these incredible views of Paris. The fencing had all love locks on it, which was just adorable. The down side is that it was so busy you had to squeeze past crowds to get anywhere.
After trekking back down and going for food at a BBQ ranch house we went to the mall in which we came across this ginormous Christmas tree just hanging in the middle. It was incredible. The mall had so many floors from beauty and accessories to food and cafes. We spent a couple of hours wandering around.
Overall Paris was a great experience. However I felt that it is built up to be an incredible city with an amazing buzz but I didn't feel it and neither did my mum. We enjoyed it but wouldn't rush back. Quite frankly we were a little bit disappointed by the fact it didn't give us much vibe comapred to other places we have been such as New York.