At the start of April, we made a last minute decision to take a trip to Paris for the weekend. It was the first time our friend had ever been so we tried to squeeze as much as possible into two days.
We stayed in a great penthouse apartment right by Notre Dame with the most amazing collection of books and artwork; it felt like we were living in a gallery! The best thing was waking up on Saturday morning (after arriving late on Friday) and opening the windows to fresh spring air, blue skies and a street lined with the typically Parisian cream Haussmann buildings. After a quick bakery breakfast we caught the train to Versailles to explore the palace and gardens. It was the most perfect weather so we hired bikes and cycled all around the grounds. I hadn’t been to Paris in spring before but it was such an amazing time to be there with all the flowers in full bloom – so many tulips, daffodils and cherry blossoms. Thankfully I’d taken my hay fever tablets or I would have been severely struggling in this picture perfect paradise!
We spent most of the day at Versailles before heading up to Montmartre for dinner at a cute restaurant I’d stumbled across back in 2010 where we had the most delicious (and inexpensive) home-cooked French food. We finished the meal off with a divine chocolate fondant cake with mango sorbet, and a white chocolate mousse. This kept us fuelled for our night walking tour of Paris – first stop the Sacre Coeur for a view of the city and the glittering Eiffel Tower, down through Montmartre, past the Moulin Rouge, and then across to the Trocadéro to see the tower up close.
Sunday was a bit more chilled out. After a short walk along the river to the Louvre and through the Jardins, we dropped our friend off at the Musee D’Orsay to see all the delights, and we made our way to Le Marais, one of my favourite hoods in Paris, for brunch and a wander through the trendy streets and shops. If I lived in Paris, this would be the area I would want to be – although I would probably end up poor as my favourite French brands Sandro and Maje have their flagship stores here! We regrouped at the apartment later in the afternoon and managed to squeeze in a walk through the nearby Luxembourg Gardens before we had to head to the station to go back to London.
All in all it was a pretty delightful way to spend a weekend!
© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.