Think I finally fell in love with Paris!
Following on from the earlier post, I’ve been really excited to share with you my experience at the Le Bristol in Paris as it was absolutely amazing and helped me finally fall in love with French capital! Situated on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, it is in the centre of all the shopping, art and restaurants and is famous for it’s beautiful architecture.
Have any of you seen Midnight in Paris? I was watching it on the Eurostar and that’s the hotel where the main characters stayed and it looked so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to get there! Our room was spacious, with a huge bathroom and looked over the courtyard. I would wake up early in the mornings and go for a quick swim at their rooftop pool before breakfast, which consisted of the most incredible pastry basket!
The hotel staff were very attentive and recommended us some fab restaurants nearby including Les 110 de Taillevent which had a brilliant concept of pairing each dish with a certain wine or champagne. The hotel brasserie 114 Faubourg was probably the best meal I’ve ever had in Paris and served the most indulgent chocolate soufflé.
Now, a confession, I used to hate Paris. I detested the horrible taxi’s (god bless Uber!), general rudeness in some restaurants and I also didn’t find it that pretty. But I finally figured out why! My parents are wonderful and I love going on holidays with them, but they don’t enjoy sight-seeing much, or crowds or walking in general, so in the two times that we’ve visited Paris all we did was shop, eat and go to Crazy Horse (slightly awkward but a must!) I don’t mind the boutiques or the indulgent meals, but I also love discovering new cities on foot, getting lost and finding a random brasserie, to me that makes the experience unique and special. My husband and I wondered the Jardin du Luxembourg, strolled past the Grand Palais, stood in awe of Notre Dame and got a great view of the Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexandere III Bridge. We were getting really annoyed that we’ve been here twice and never seen any of it, so from now on if we travel to a new place with my family we’ll try to escape for a couple of hours and see it for ourselves, take a few wrong turns, before sharing all the best bits with them.
It was an eye-opening weekend, our hotel was one the main reasons we finally fell in love with Paris and we can’t wait to be back, merci beaucoup!
What is your favourite weekend getaway and travel tips? x