Friday, 11 July 2014

Paris Memories

Timehop is a nifty little app, isn't it? Except today it tells me that exactly a year ago I was on my way to the airport ready to fly to Paris and it's made me a little bit sad because I wish I was going again! I'd always really wanted to go to Paris and then last year on my birthday Paul surprised me by saying he was going to book for us to go the following summer. I was so excited I actually burst into tears! Even if he did try and trick me by hiding a Paris guidebook in a Kindle box... (I would not have been impressed if it actually turned out to be a Kindle, but that's a whole different post!)

Instead of feeling sad that I'm not visiting again this year, I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane. Care to join me?

The Eiffel Tower at dusk - so sparkly!
We flew at around 1.30 in the afternoon which was quite a nice time, as it meant we didn't have to get to the airport too early! I love flying (taking off is my favourite part!) but the flight was quite short, around an hour and a half I think. Once we landed we had to try and navigate our way to Paris city centre from Charles de Gaulle airport which was a lot less than enjoyable and did actually threaten to spoil my good mood at finally being in Paris! We managed it in the end though, and eventually managed to find our way to our hotel, Villa de Allessandra. It was lovely!

The hotel was really near to the Arc de Triomphe and we had a little stroll in the evening to see it and also looked around the rest of the area and walked down the Champs Elysée.

How cute is this little cinema?

The second day was the day we really took Paris in our stride and walked all around, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, Lover's Bridge and Shakespeare and Company bookshop. It's such an amazing little place!


Our padlock on Lover's Bridge!

On the third day, we went on a little day trip to the Palace of Versailles:

Sunday 14th July was possibly my favourite day. My favourite film is Amélie which any fellow fans will know is filmed around Paris and especially in Montmartre. Before I even knew we were going to Paris, I'd heard there was a special route you could walk that would show you the scenes used in filming, and we managed to find some websites that outlined the route for you - this one and this one were particularly helpful! This was so exciting for me, and now I can say I've had tea in Amélie's cafe! In the evening, we were out and about watching the fireworks for Le Quatorze Juillet which were amazing.

Montmartre is full of lovely shops like this one!

We couldn't go to Montmartre and not try and find the famous Moulin Rouge!
Le Sacré Coeur

Monsieur Collignon's vegetable shop - from Amélie

The cinema Amélie goes to, to watch people's faces in the dark!

Amélie's cafe!

This post ended up being a lot longer than I thought but I just wanted to reminisce! I hope I get to go back to Paris one day, I'm sure there are lots more things to see, but even if I never visit again, this Paris adventure was one I'll always remember. Paris, je t'aime!

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