Un Petit Paris Blog

Un Petit Paris Blog

Paris was one of my favourite cities, out of our recent European Adventure. It was truely romantic, I don't care how cliche that sounds, it honestly was. I felt more in love than ever, I felt more free and creative than I had in a long time and all the while being fuelled by fresh crispy baguettes and smooth buttery croissants.

eiffel tower paris france

 
eating a baguette in paris

 
The sun was hot, the sky was clear, and the breeze perfectly brushed back my hair as I closed my eyes and smiled, taking a bite of the best creme brûlée that had ever graced my lips -  You have not eaten a real creme brûlée till you have had a parisian creme brûlée .
eating creme brûlée desert in paris france

 
escargot at a hostel in paris

 
We tried Escargot the very first night - a tasty delight but rough on the mind.  We walked for hours exploring the back streets, in awe of the beauty that simple residential apartments were blessed with. Their tiny balconies and wooden shutters were like a loved-up movie set.
​We were lucky (in a way) to have spent 3 extra days in this wonderful city. Due to too much wine and the hypnotic achievements of le Paradis Latin Cabaret performers, we left our passports at the check in desk of the show. I'm actually glad we were so stupidly drunk. This was a great testing point for our relationship and the time we had together was cherished for the rest of the cramped camping trip. I obviously wouldn't advice anybody to lose their passport, but if the unfortunate event occurs, try your best to just go with the flow. Appreciate the positives and accept the unexpected adventures that come your way. ​

I still dream of this city. I look at my little metal Eiffel Tower and am filled with wanderlust for my next Parisian adventure. If you are planning or just thinking of converting your mind to French bonjour's and Euro's in your wallet, here's some extra information to get you started...
park in paris

 
curtis and mikayla jane travels on a boat in paris

 
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Tips

Learn a little bit of French - yes, no, hello, thank you, please and goodbye. Smile, be friendly and use these simple words as often as possible - a little goes a long way! Whenever entering a shop, start with 'Bonjour, do you speak english?' Most people will reply with a smile and a yes or no. It's polite on your part and a great way to establish clear communication.
metro snapshot near eiffel tower in paris

 
​Metro - there are over 300 stations within the city. You can literally get anywhere! It's a flat rate of €1.90 for any trip. You can bulk buy tickets which works out cheaper if you are there for a few days or longer. The system is super easy to work out and there are heaps of information booths around the stations.​On the Maps.me App, which I highly recommend downloading, it shows a giant M for the metro stations, this was the easiest way for us to find the closest stations.
​Long hot days in summer. Don't underestimate the greatness of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Not only for sun protection but for cute pictures throughout the streets.
​Make sure to drink lots and lots of water too. Most public attractions have drinking fountains near them. Take advantage of them and fill up your bottles! Saving time and money.
​If you're fit and able, you can walk everywhere. There's nothing that's out of about a 4km radius. The furthest and steepest destination is the Sacre Coeur, but it is worth it once you get there. Walking  saves you a lot of money, and you also get to see a lot of the hidden, of-the-track gems throughout the city.
map of points of interest in paris france maps.me

 
menu board of desserts in paris france

 
Most Cafes/Brasseries do entree+main / main+desert for a set price. We found this to be the easiest and cheapest way to grab lunch and dinner. The servings were usually big enough to share. We shared all meals in Paris, meaning we halved our costs, didn't waste anything and maintained our physiques ;)Our hostel, St Christopher's Inn Paris Canal, (which I recommend) was on the outside edge of the city, meaning we had to catch a train in each day. But we found that bakery's and cafes were nearly half the price of such within the city itself. We would take advantage of this by buying a snack (croissant/custard flan) and keeping it in our backpack for later on.

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Things To See / Do

The Roue de Paris

 
To gain the best views of the city, you can climb the Eiffel Tower or have a ride on The Roue de Paris, both for around the same price. This is great for either day or night, or both to get an exciting comparison.
Musee de l'armée paris france

 
Visit the Musee de l'Armee, home of Napoleons Tomb and a whole treasure trove of the history and pride the city has to show off.Opening hours are a little complicated so make sure to check on the official website before planning a visit. The building itself is enough to drop jaws in awe. It is an absolute architectural masterpiece. Even if you're not a budding history fan, I would recommend going for a walk and a gawk anyway.
La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre (the scare coeur) paris france

 
 La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre (The Sacre Coeur) paris france

 
Two of the world's most impressive and famous churches are found here, La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre (The Sacre Coeur) and Cathedrale de Notre Dam de Paris (Notre Dam Cathedral). Both are a must-do. Again, the architectural awesomeness of not only the outside, but inside are mind-blowing. Both are free to enter, but have reserved areas for prayer and meditation. There are many opportunities to donate once inside, if you wish to do so, but there is absolutely no obligation. Please keep in mind, that these are places of worship and great significance to the hundreds of people visiting. Respect the space, silence and people.
Cathedrale de Notre Dam de Paris (Notre Dam Cathedral) paris france

 
chandelier inside of Cathedrale de Notre Dam de Paris (Notre Dam Cathedral) paris france

 
Cathedrale de Notre Dam de Paris (Notre Dam Cathedral) paris france

 
inside of Cathedrale de Notre Dam de Paris (Notre Dam Cathedral) paris france

 
map of Parc des Buttes Chaumont paris france

 
For a great afternoon stroll I'd recommend Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Head to a nearby bakery, pick up some goodies, a towel and head on down for a relaxing romantic picnic. This park is quite large, with many different walking trails to chose from. In the centre of the park is the Temple de la Sybille, a large network of tracks and hideaways carved into the rock. It's the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon just to take in the surroundings and have your own little 'I'm actually in paris...' moment.
Probably the world's most famous museum, The Louvre, is another must-do. This place is HUGE, so do set aside a few hours to a few days, depending on your artistic enthusiasm, to cover all this museum has to offer. Of course, being the home of the lady herself, The Mona Lisa, do expect crowds and an early start is recommended. The building itself, again, is an incredible feat, so do make sure to have a good walk around of the grounds outside.
mona lisa painting paris france the louvre museum

 
map of Ile Saint-Louis paris france

 
This next place I have dubbed gelato island.
Ile Saint-Louis is home to Paris's best gelato and an entire street dedicated to it and all things delicious and sweet. There is no way you can walk down it's main road without finding something to satisfy your sweet tooth. It was truely incredible finding this little gem when we needed a pick me up from our tragic passport-losing venture.
It's the island directly across from where Notre Dam Cathedral is located, and is easily accessible via the connecting bridge.
Shopping! There is only one street in Paris where this word gets taken to the absolute next level... Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Chanel all call this street home. You'll casually see Ferari's, Lamborghini's and Bentley's. If you ever want to feel as poor as dirt itself, or inspired to work a little harder towards your goals, go for an afternoon stroll along it's promenade. (I recommend the afternoon because there are no overhanging pergolas or shade cloths, as to maintain the 'look' of the street, so it is very open and we did get very sunburnt.)
mikayla jane travels on avenue des champs elysees at tiffany and co eating ice cream

 
Finally, the last must-do thing i'd recommend is a river cruise. These are fantastic for either day or night and give a fantastic new perspective of the city and its main attractions. We went with the company Bateax Mouches, running every 20-30 minutes the cruises go for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes and having commentary in english and french throughout the boat. They also offer dinner cruises and show cruises, something definitely on my to-do list for next time!
scrapbook of paris france mikayla jane travels

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