Friday, August 8, 2014

Paris Photo Diary: Lost in love

Sorry for the silence! There were about a million photos to go through. I'm in love with all of them, but I picked some favourites to show the main things we did while holidaying in Paris. I've decided to do a post consisting of the sites we saw, & to do a separate post later for the food we consumed. Yummy times ahead. :)

Westfield put us up in London for the first five nights of our trip, and we had decided that since we flew halfway across the globe, we might as well stay for a little while. Thus, Paris! 

We took the Eurostar across which was awesome, and it got us there in just over two hours. We stayed in a little apartment (booked via AirBNB) in the 3rd Arrondissement, Le Marais. We did our research and spoke to friends who lived in/knew Paris and were told this location would be a great start for Paris first timers, as it's very safe and central. And it certainly was!

Apartments on our street
From our balcony. GM2NY scarf, Zara skirt
If you'd like to know the apartment we stayed at feel free to shoot me an email. :)

Day Eight:
Montmarte was one of the places on the top of our list. We had read, and had been told that this was a must see. We fell in love with the row of artists set up alongside one another waiting to paint portraits, the little boutiques selling the most darling baubles and trinkets, and the life that exuded from the street performers. And of course, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica!

Yet another wall art piccy! 
Gelato pitt stop as it was at least 35+ degrees Celsius.

We found you! The Sacré-Cœur Basilica making an appearance. 
View from the front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica 

Day Nine:
Spent this day roaming around the Palace of Versailles, which is SICK by the way. A must do. It's so incredibly gorgeous, but also (in my opinion) incredibly ridiculous. (No wonder the nation revolted)

I'll probably post more pictures at a later date, there are so many gorgeous photos, including the gardens! After this, we proceeded to Champ De Elysses where many euros were spent on clothing. :3

Sia should go here.

Day Ten:
This day was our token tourist day. We woke up extra early because we wanted to fit in as many iconic sites as possible. We started in Le Marais and did some local shopping in all the lovely little boutiques, and then we went on to The Lourve, Ponte Des Arts (Love Lock Bridge), Notre Dame, Champ De Elysses, Arc De Triomphe & the Eiffel Tower. It was hectic, but we're so glad we made the effort to see it all.
Le photos ... (again, there will be more, but here's some goodies!)
In Le Marais

From a window in The Lourve.

Notre Dame
From the Eiffel Tower
Day Twelve:
Mont St Michel was recommended to us by family friends. We had a lot of things on our list of to do's whilst in Paris, but I am so glad we chose to visit this place. Mont St Michel is roughly four hours drive from city. We took a tour (a very pricey one) which included return transport, lunch & a guided tour. To be honest, the tour wasn't that great. Since the driving was a total of eight hours, we only had about four hours at Mont St Michel, roughly two of which were spent eating lunch (which was pretty meh). So try to do a tour without lunch if you'd like to spend more time on the island. Despite that, we made the most of it! Whilst here, you pass through a little mini village of art, food, and tourist souveneir shops, and then climb three hundred plus steps, admiring the architecture and scenery as you head up. If you have time on your hands while you're in Paris, I recommend going here!

Afterwards, some friends we made on the tour suggested that we view the Eiffel Tower from the Arc De Triomphe during sunset. So we did! We were incredibly tired, but it was well worth it. I never thought that the Eiffel Tower would be as mesmerising as it is. I truly fell in love the second I spotted it from afar. It's insane! It's as though someone cast a spell on me. (I'm actually serious)

Taken at 10pm. When the tower does a little light display for it's adoring city.

The language barrier made our daily ventures quite a struggle. Being unable to read or speak French made for some frustrating times. Despite this, Paris is now one of my favourite places in the world. The culture, history and life to this city is incredible. Pictures really don't do it justice. I can't wait to return!

P.S. I wish I could have added more photos but I didn't want to make this toooo long! But I will put some more up because sharing is caring. <3

Thanks for reading!

Photos by Jade.

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