14 Sept 2015

J'adore Paris Day 1 | Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower & Arc de Triomphe!

Hello Lovelies. Welcome back to Beautiful You!

A couple of weeks ago I went on holiday with my family and for this year's trip we decided to go to Paris. This is somewhere that my mum, my sister and I had always wanted to go so we decided to book a 5 night trip for the four of us and I thought I would share what we got up to with you guys!

We arrived on the Monday night around eight o'clock so we didn't really explore much that evening, however we did discover that our hotel literally overlooked the Eiffel Tower so we were able to get some pretty amazing photos of that. We headed out for dinner at one of the restaurants that were near to our hotel and it turned out to be one of the nicest meals of the whole trip, I had a caesar salad and a creme brûlée.

The Tuesday was out first full day in Paris and I have to say that we managed to do a lot in one day which we were all quite pleased with as we wanted to fit everything in whilst we were there. We looked up a lot of itineraries online and we found one that we thought would work for us and tailored it a little more but this is something that I would definitely recommend doing. Having your days mapped out and planned makes your trip so much easier as you don't have to waste time each day figuring out what you are going to do.

The first thing that we decided to do was to go up the Eiffel Tower, we knew the queues were going to be quite long for this so we decided to get up and do this early so we would have enough time. If I am completely honest with you, I didn't even think we had to queue for that long, so if you are worried about waiting for ages don't be because you won't have to and the views are definitely worth it!

Next we jumped on the open top bus tour which literally takes you from one end of Paris to the other and it gives you a great overview of the city. Some of the sites you see are The Paris Opera House, The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, The Notre Dame, The Champs de Elysee and The Arch de Triumphe.

The first stop that we got off at was the Notre Dame, now I am not one for going into churches because I find it quite hard walking around them but I have to say the outside of the building was really quite spectacular! I did go in just to say that I have walked around it and I donated some euros to the church but I didn't say inside for very long. After this we went to find some lunch and of course I had a croque monsieur! Whilst we were walking around this area we stumbled across the Love Lock Bridge and my parents put a lock on it (how cringe!) only joking I love them really!

After we had explored for a while we jumped back on the bus and took it all the way to the other side of Paris to the Arch de Triumphe. On the bus you can listen to a tour guide speaking about the buildings you pass and when he talks about the Arch, they warn you that there are 43 stairs after the lift, which we decided was okay and we went to go up.  Only after we had paid for our tickets, made our way to the entrance, showed the attendant our tickets and started to climb some stairs did we realise that we had gone in the wrong entrance and we had to walk up over 400 stairs all the way up on of the columns! I can safely tell you never to do this and to always ask someone where the lift is because I thought I was going to have an asthma attack at the top! The views were amazing so this definitely made up for the awful trek up to the top though.

On the way to the Arch de Triumphe us ladies spotted a Sephora on the Champs de Elysee, being a beauty blogger and a general make-up lover, we clearly had to go in. I did buy a few bits but there wasn't really much that I wanted as they have different stock to the US Sephora so I didn't go crazy.

After this we jumped back on the last bus back and explored the Trocadero area and went to see the Palais de Chaillot which was opposite the Eiffel Tower. My mum and I had just bought selfie sticks at this point from a little French man so we went a bit crazy.

After this we just ordered dinner from the hotel room service as we didn't want a late night before we had to be up early the next day. Although it was only the hotel's room services I think this turned out to be one of my favourite meal of the entire trip, I had a huge burger and it tasted amazing!

So that pretty much sums up our first day in Paris. If you are looking to go to Paris and are interested in how much things costs or anything like that then just leave me a comment below. I hope you enjoyed reading this regardless and I will see you all soon for another installment of my Paris trip!

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