A Birthday Spent in Paris

Hello lovelies! As anyone who follows my Instagram is aware, I spent my 22nd birthday feeling fabulous in Paris. It was everything that they said it would be and I thought I would document how I feel about Paris since it is the first time I have really travelled somewhere new in a long while…

London is a trap. It’s busy and chaotic and the sense of pride of living here grows through your bones even though you told yourself it wouldn’t. It entices you from hundreds of miles away, calling out your name to tell you the grass is greener (less of it but definitely greener). It tells you it will give you everything you want if you make the jump and, well, I did and it followed through on it’s promise. Like a person prays to a God, I pray to London and it delivers. But it’s so busy keeping me busy that it rarely lets meĀ go.

I treated myself to a trip to Paris. I wanted to walk the streets like a Parisian, effortlessly fitting in with my monochrome wardrobe and casual ease of direction. Paris is quieter. Paris is London but quieter and cleaner. I spent less time manoeuvring crowds since the streets were so empty and more time looking up.

 

Arc de Triumph

Arc de Triumph

 

Our hotel room

Our hotel room

 

Our balcony

Our beautiful balcony

 

The pretty rocking chair

The pretty rocking chair

 

The houses were white and cream, their black wrought iron balconies bursting with flowers. The people were well put together, with their understated fashion and their commitment to drinks with friends in bars filled with smoke, music and laughter. The food consisted of infinite sweets and, though I tried to explain that cake was not a food group, I was showered with pastries, macarons and chocolate until I was desperate for some vegetables!

The hotel was swanky, the staff helpful and kind, gracing me with champagne and macarons on my pretty balcony for my birthday and leaving notes of well wishes around the rooms every time I had been elsewhere for the day.

We wondered at sights such as the Eiffel Tower, we took a boat along the river, we watched the city of lights and ambled through museums, doing everything you’re supposed to do when you’re in the city of love. Everywhere was beautiful and Paris, far from feeling like a holiday, strangely felt like home.

Beautiful buildings

Beautiful buildings

 

The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower

The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower

 

We approached it from a side street

We approached it from a side street

 

It was so much taller than I expected

It was so much taller than I expected

 

We went right to the top of it!

We went right to the top of it!

 

Saw the 'city of lights' from above

Saw the ‘city of lights’ from above

 

And after a lot of stairs and wobbly legs, we appreciated it from the ground too!

And after a lot of stairs and wobbly legs, we appreciated it from the ground too!

 

My birthday, the 22nd of March, we wandered around the museums. We saw the Musee D’Orsay and adored the interior and the sculptures and the prettiest of pictures – like Monet! We crossed the river to the Louvre- but not before stopping for food! It was a day of admiring art, really, until we headed back to the hotel…

By the river

By the river

 

I learned that I'm more into architecture than art...

I learned that I’m more into architecture than art…

 

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a Monet

 

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A painting I stared at for minutes

 

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The inside of the clock!

 

The Louvre

Outside the Louvre…though it looks like that man’s umbrella from this angle!

 

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The Louvre

 

Roses in balconies

Roses in balconies

 

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Top hats for lights

has become somewhat of a date for terrorism. Unfortunately, though it tried it’s best, Paris could not mend my broken heart on the evening of my birthday when terrorism struck London. Westminster Bridge, not just our new bus stop to home and the place I fainted on New Year’s and the place we had our first kiss and the place full of happy memories, is an unavoidable tourist spot and at the heart of what London has to offer. The tragedy there got me right in the gut and I ended up spending my birthday night full of anger and sadness in the hotel bed.

Strangely, France, who can’t seem to catch a break from terror, were also intertwined with the incident and, though it’s crappy to be away from your home when something terrible happens to it, it was good to be in a country that got it and there was so much support for Londres in Paris. The Eiffel Tower lights were switched off to show respect.

 

Our last day was full of life and not taking anything too seriously. Let’s all just admit that the Mona Lisa is a bit shit and the paintings that surround it are much more worthy of your gaze. We admitted that we were hungry for real food and went in search of it and we, sadly, had to pack our bags, say goodbye to our lovely hotel room and go back to reality.

 

We visited the Moulin Rouge, where a big portion of my second book is set.

We visited the Moulin Rouge, where a big portion of my second book is set.

 

It was smaller than expected

 

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I wish I had seen the original…

 

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Then we saw the Pantheon

 

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It’s stunning.

 

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Truly.

 

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The ceiling of the Pantheon was my favourite

 

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This was cool.

 

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We saw Notre Dome but didn’t have time to queue. Next time!

 

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We had to stop at Laduree at the airport for world class macarons!

 

Go to Paris. It’s not too expensive to fly so stay in a 5 star hotel and be treated like a Princess. Eat so many sweet things that your teeth hurt. Laugh so hard that your stomach cramps. Explore so much that your feet swell. Love it so hard that your heart breaks when you leave it. It’s a magical, beautiful city that feels like home to anyone and I can’t wait to return and pick up where I left off.

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2 Comments

  1. April 8, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Very nice pics! I see you treated yourself to Laduree? Good stuff!!

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you, Marie. Actually, my boyfriend did! A very generous gift!

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