As it was Easter weekend (3rd to 6th April), we decided to make the most of it and go to Paris for 2 days. Everyone usually thinks of Paris as stupidly romantic and even though I went with my boyfriend, we weren’t any more romantical than usual.
Instead of flying, we opted to travel via Eurostar. It was expensive, but if I’m not a frequent Eurostar traveller, and I figured it was one of those ‘(not)once in a lifetime’ experiences. Our train was in the afternoon which was a nice change from having to wake up super early to catch a flight. The journey was like any other train journey, only difference was that my ears popped every now and again. There’s a bar inside but neither of us took advantage as I had a bag of Chewits (I’m so cool) so we OD’d on sugar instead.
When we got to the station, the excitement of being in Paris put us on a bit of a high. The weather wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either. It was overcast and rained a bit. Nothing us Londoners couldn’t handle.
The first thing we did was make our way to our Hostel. It was around a 10 minute walk from Gare du Nord station and fairly easy to navigate (thanks boyf). The hostel itself was nice, we got a free drink at a bar/restaurant a little down the road.
Seeing as we got there late afternoon/early evening, we decided to go out for dinner at this cute little 100% gluten-free café called Noglu. We had a three course meal and it was on the pricey side. I would go into depth about what I had, but I can’t remember. I did however, take a photo of our main.
It had way more fat than meat (not sure if that is a French thing or?) which made it a deceivingly smaller meal than hoped for. We then went back to our hostel (the room was more hotel than hostel).
The following day, we woke up early and went on our exploring adventure. We visited the following places: Notre Dame, Louvre museum, Louvre Palace, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysée. I’m certain we walked past a number of popular touristy places but I can’t remember them all.
I didn’t take many photos as we were trying to see as many places as we could (we walked everywhere) in that day. We spent the most time at the Eiffel, as we were not able to book out tickets in advance so we had to wait around 2-3 hours. It was cold and my feet were killing me (I made a really, really poor choice of footwear all in the name of fashion – I highly regret this and I know I would have had a much better experience in this city if I had worn comfortable shoes). I am really afraid of heights by the way but I grin and bear through my anxiety.
We took the lift to the second floor and the top and the views were really nice. You could see everything, but it was ridiculously windy at the top. I definitely had to hold onto the bar because of said fear (even though it’s caged and there is no possible way you could ever ‘fall off’).
We caught the lift back down to the first floor and decided to hang about over the clear floor (I shat myself and mister boyfriend had to drag me onto it at which point I was still shitting it). I was in utter agony at this point. The cold weather definitely made my feet hurt way more and I was limping. I have never been in so much pain before in my life (no exaggerations). Despite my terrible foot pains, we walked down the stairs to ground level which was actually quite nice.
After we had had enough of our exploring, we decided to go in search of a gluten-free bakery called Biosphère Café. This place is a gem! I don’t have photos of our food (because clearly I don’t roll that way) but I can tell you we had an amazing fresh fruit juice with gluten-free pizzas and crepes for dessert! We bought off the set menu (pizza and crepe) and that wasn’t pricey at all. However, we ended up spending around €65ish altogether thanks to the macaroons, cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake (all gf btw). Totally worth it. The service was great and if I ever go back to Paris, I’m definitely going back!
On the way back to our hostel, we popped into a small corner shop and bought lots of sweets (as you do). I was so glad to be back in after a long, exciting (albeit painful) day.
Moral of the story is WEAR COMFY SHOES. I cannot stress this enough. I’ve learnt my lesson. 😀