Ah, Paris. It’s a city of culture and beauty.
Having only ever been to Paris for Disneyland when I was 4, I was excited to experience the city and see all the monuments that are so widely talked about.
Day 1 in Paris
We arrived in Paris in the afternoon; at the airport we picked up a Zone 1-5 unlimited travel pass that would let us go to and from the airport and even to Disneyland. I always recommend buying a travel pass, it means you don’t have to worry about where you’re going or if you get off at a wrong stop.
We were staying at The Royal Fromentin hotel in Montmartre, so we headed there to check in and drop our suitcases off. The hotel was really close by to the Moulin Rouge and loads of adult shops, however it wasn’t a bad area or noisy! If you walked a few streets away, you were suddenly hit with lots of pretty cafes, shops and cobbled streets with people painting.
If I went back to Paris, I’d definitely stay in Montmartre again as it was so nice and being only a few minutes walk away from the Sacre Couer – which was beautiful especially on the sunny days we had.
We decided to visit the Eiffel Tower late afternoon on day 1; it took us so long to get through the queue that we didn’t get down from the Tower until 9pm. We definitely should have pre-booked tickets!
The Eiffel Tower was a lot different to what I expected, from down on the ground it doesn’t look like there’s much on the tower, but there’s a restaurant, cafe, shops and even a film theatre.
This whole day was dedicated to Disneyland Paris. I’d bought the cheapest tickets I could find for Disney, which meant we could only go to one park during a weekday and at off peak times. I was fine with this as it meant the park would be a tad quieter!
Because we’d bought a travel pass, we just had to hop onto a train that took us all the way to the Disney Village. The journey from Montmartre to Disneyland Paris took about an hour but it was enjoyable to watch the scenery whizz by. We were also entertained by the amount of buskers that came onto the train rapping/singing/playing electric guitar.
Disneyland Village is open really early and closes late, so even when the main parks aren’t open you can still find somewhere to eat or shop for your souvenirs. I was surprised to see they even had a Lego shop!
Disneyland Paris is an amazing theme park. Even if you’re not that into rides, there is something for everyone. It’s like being in a big video game but at Disney you can actually go into every shop.
My favourite land in Disney was Frontierland with all its Wild Western decorations. There is so much thought that goes into Disney that it’s unreal, even the cleaners have different outfits for each land and the bins are branded!
We went for food at the Cowboy Cookout just because I saw Jessie nearby. I was glad I chose that place as they had a country band playing Johnny Cash songs and the choice of food appealed more to me than anywhere else.
The food isn’t cheap in Disney so we had brought our own snacks and juice with us as the snacks there were mainly just tubs of popcorn, glazed doughnuts and expensive sweets. It is worth checking out a lot of the shops in each land, as every shop sells something different. In Adventureland I bought a Disney t-shirt that had a cool Lion King style pattern on it.
Don’t miss the evening parade where you can see the Disney princesses and drool over Flynn Rider. The show at park closing time was amazing; the characters were projected onto Sleeping Beauty’s castle and each song had a display of fireworks after it.
It was sad leaving the park but hopefully I’ll be able to go back again soon!
It was a lovely sunny day, so we properly explored Paris. We first visited Notre Dame, the queue was pretty long but thankfully it only took about fifteen minutes to get in. Inside, it’s massive and really pretty with its stained glass windows. It’s free to go in and there’s a lovely park surrounding it.
Next, we visited the Arc de Triomphe where I kept thinking back to the National Lampoon film where they get stuck going around the roundabout. You could pay to go under it but as I’d spent a few euros in Disney, we avoided it.
From the Arc de Triomphe we walked to the Champs-Élysées then to the Louvre. By the time we got to the Louvre, our legs were in agony. It was a lovely walk but as we’d been on our feet the day before at Disneyland, it was a tad too much walking.
Champs-Élysées was good to see; I’m really not into designer labels though so I wasn’t that excited to see certain shops. However, I was excited to see that they had a Zara Home shop and an M&S!
The Louvre was a lot different to what I imagined, I thought it stood in a really open part of Paris but it was surrounded by majestic buildings and was at the end of a long park (that had ponies!).
That night we had a lovely meal at the Le Chat Noir in Montmartre (just across the road from our hotel). Happy hour was on, they had live jazz and the staff were really friendly – I so recommend it.
On our final day, we walked around Montmartre and visited Sacre Couer again on an even sunnier day. We wanted to take it easy as our feet were knackered. Lots of shops are shut on a Sunday in Paris but there were quite a few still open in Montmartre. We went into a cute biscuit shop and ate the tastiest macaroons I’ve ever tried. We also visited The Wall of Love where love is written in lots of different languages, n’awww.
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