Days One and Two – The Paris Diaries

On Friday, myself and 4 of my lovely friends got a Eurostar and jetted off to Paris for four days. My cruise posts were quite fun and successful, so I thought I would share with you all what I got up to in Paris!

After arriving in Paris around mid day on Friday, we ventured off to find our hostel and after some confusion between the words rue and boulevard, we came across our hostel. We decided to do Paris on a student friendly budget and this particular hostel worked out at £72 each for a 6 people private dorm with an en-suite. Perfect! The hostel also offered breakfast, wifi and storage for suitcases if you were leaving earlier/later than check in! We were lucky and got to the hostel a few hours before our check in and the room was ready! We unpacked and went out to start our weekend. It turns out our hostel basically overlooked the Sacre Coeur,if you were on a high enough floor, so we went off to have a look, and it wasamazing! We were blessed with bright blue skies and crisp,cold weather during our trip,which was gorgeous! After climbing all the stepsleading up to the Sacre Coeur, we wandered around the little christmas market at the top,and went inside.

After visiting the Sacre Coeur, we stopped off for some late lunch/early dinner at a restaurant down a street behind our hostel, before heading off for an afternoon at the Louvre! We found that all of the touristy attractions and museums we visited were in fact free for students aged 18-25, yay. The Louvre was stunning,especially at night, and we spent a good few hours there looking at all of the art we wanted to.

On Saturday we headed to the gorgeous Musee d’Orsay and it really is a lovely museum, with some amazing art! We then grabbed some lunch and sat on some steps outside the museum, overlooking the river. It was perfect! There were even five ladies sitting near us sitting champagne in the sun on the steps as well, hopefully that will be me in a few years! We then walked through the Tuileries and headed along the Champs Elysees. There was a really lovely Christmas market linking the Champs Elysees, so we grabbed a mulled wine and walked towards the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we stopped off at Sephora, where I made a sneaky Makeup Forever Mascara purchase. Just in front of the Arc de Triomphe is a road crossing, with an island in the middle and this makes for a perfect photo opportunity! we then grabbed a bite to eat whilst waiting for it to get dark, and then we climbed to the top – again free for students! After the climb, we went outside and were lucky enough to see the Eiffel Tower sparkling away in the distance.I really recommend doing the Arc de Triomphe at night if you can. After this we headed back to our hostel, got ready and went out for a night out in a club right next door to the Moulin Rouge,which was only a 10 minute walk from our hostel!

Hope you are all enjoying these Paris posts and look our for my next one!

Sophie xx