Firstly, I’ll start off by saying our weekend in Paris wasn’t quite what we envisioned. I pictured romantic walks, cute coffee shops and stunning views. And although we got that to a certain extent, the reality was we spent the weekend avoiding the major protests happening across the city. It didn’t ruin our weekend by any stretch and I still had a wonderful time, but it definitely affected where we could go and how much we can see, which I suppose means I’ll just need to go back again soon!
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Hôtel Champs-Elysées Friedland, just 5 minutes walk from the Champs-Elysées. It was the perfect location for travelling round the city, with a metro stop just a few minutes walk away and plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby. The room was modern, and comfy with all the amenities we needed. Although we were on the main road the double glazing meant we heard very little, which we were extra grateful for when the protests kicked off in the street below! I loved the furniture within the room, and need to find where this desk is from because it is amazing!
What to do
Where to start on this?! There was so much to see and do, but having to avoid the protests meant we had to stick to a smaller part of the city. So we saw Notre Dame, The Louvre and the infamous lock bridge…which actually now has no locks on! We also discovered a cute little Christmas market too, where snails and mulled wine were on the menu.
Where to eat
There are so many little cafes and restaurants that you can sit down in all over the place. But one bit of advice my boyfriend said we should be aware of is that in general, if you can see a landmark from the cafe you want to go to, likelihood is the prices are going to be outrageous so its one to watch out for before sitting down at a table!
All in all a fab weekend, the hotel is a definite yes on recommendation, and it’s also worth checking out the places you want to visit before you go. Get down to Notre Dame and get a ticket to climb it early in the day, as they sell out fairly quickly! Lastly, like a lot of cities there are a lot of con artists/beggars/pickpockets around, so watch your stuff and don’t get into any conversations with people selling junk on the streets!