Paris – The City of Love

Audrey Hepburn certainly knew what she was talking about when she said ‘Paris is always a good idea’. There really isn’t a bad time to escape to Paris, be it Christmas time and ice skating half way up the Eiffel tower or Spring, taking a walk through the botanic gardens eating macaroons, or even soaking up the sunshine on a beach by the Seine.

After checking into our hotel (Four Seasons George V) and dropping our bags, we immediately took to the streets. Paris is such an easy city to visit from London too, so no excuse!

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts. If there is anything you take away from this, is choose your district wisely. Paris is rather small, but even as a first timer I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to see.

Day 1, we visited the Louvre – it is an all-day place to be. Most people do their research and go to see only what they want. Seeing everything would be extremely tiring both physically and mentally. We hardly noticed how quick 3 hours went – and we had hardly touched the place.

After spending almost the whole day at the Louvre, we headed back to Four Seasons to get ready for our 9 course tasting menu that awaits. (purposely haven’t eaten much today as I know how stuffed we will be tonight.)

Four Seasons is somewhere I highly recommend – every Hotel we go to the staff, service, architecture never lets me down! George V is something else, it’s a must visit whilst in Paris, even if it is just for brunch or Cocktails.

Day 2, after breakfast we headed out to explore again, with no real agenda we ended up browsing some shops down Avenue Montaigne before stopping off at L’Avenue for lunch.

L’Avenue is located in the 8th arrondissement – it is one of Paris’s trendiest spots. Their shrimp risotto is to die for!!!

We spent the rest of the day perusing the Parisian streets, getting lost and accidently trying out most of the cocktail bars we walked past.

Some of my favourites are listed below…

Le Mary Celeste

You may not have heard of most of the ingredients which go into their cocktails – but have faith in the mixologists behind the bar. Each cocktail is perfectly blended and paired with the tapas style dishes on the menu.

Le Ballroom du Beefclub

Hidden behind an inconspicuous black door, the tell-tale sign being the bouncer standing in front – give him a nod and you’ll be permitted entrance to the underground speakeasy via a spiral staircase.

Hotel Raphael

This bar has the best views over Paris, the terrace offers breath-taking panorama of the iconic Eiffel Tower to one side and Arc de Triomphe to the other. Cocktails are just as good as the view!

The last night of our stay (after numerous cocktails) we headed back to the Hotel and went to the spa to chill before we head back to London tomorrow.


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