Today I wanted to post a little photo diary of my trip to Paris in June (7th to 11th) with my boyfriend.
We went on holiday for 5 days, 3 days at the two Disneyland Paris parks, a full day in Paris and the last day we spent chilling around the Disneyland Paris Village.
I’ll be posting a little photo diary of our days in Disney too but today is for Paris!
It was sooo warm the day we visited Paris and we literally walked from 10am to about 6pm exploring the city all on foot!
It was around 30 degrees, roughly a little more, so it really was a hot day, especially for the amount of walking we done!
We got off the train at the top of the Champs-Élysées where the Arc de Triomphe is.
We had a look around the Arc de Triomphe and took in the sights around us.
Neither have us had visited the actual city of Paris before.
We then took a very long leisurely stroll down the Champs-Élysées – this was mainly because I couldn’t stop pausing to take pictures of the beautiful buildings towering above us.
We had a look in and around various shops and just took in the sites of this beautiful city.
The walk from the top to the bottom of the Champs-Élysées is quite long let me tell you!
We carried on walking all the way from the Champs-Élysées down to the Louvre.
I think it took us about an hour with all the stop starting and it is just under 2 and a half miles in distance for reference!
The walk to the Louvre is absolutely beautiful – I’d really recommend doing it if you’re able to.
We walked past a nice little pond/fountain where people were sunbathing and even splashing about in!
Then we walked through a beautiful park, we walked through the middle of it on a path, but surrounding the path was trees and cute little restaurants, bistros and shops – oh and a yummy crepe bar where we got a crepe to snack on.
Once we got to the Louvre it was again just so beautiful. The architecture in Paris is just gorgeous and so old looking and authentic.
We wanted to go into the museum but the queue was too long for our liking so we just admired it from the outside.
Even from the outside it is a sight to be seen.
I would definitely like to visit again though and book tickets to go in prior to going there.
Next on the list was, of course, The Eiffel Tower. After all, you can’t visit Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower!
We decided to take a very long scenic route to get there. We weren’t in a rush as we knew we had all day, so it was really nice to have a nice leisurely walk through the city of Paris, taking in all the sights as we went.
We walked along the River Seine which was so pretty. It has restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment areas and even sports/exercise areas all along it.
I actually wish we had even more time to wander along it as was just so tranquil and pretty.
As you get closer, the Eiffel Tower is honestly breathtaking, you can’t grasp how tall it is until you see it in person.
Before we went away I tried to book tickets to go up there to avoid queuing on the day as I’d heard horror stories of queues being hours long!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t book tickets as I’d left it too late and I was honestly, really upset. I thought this meant we wouldn’t be able to go up the Eiffel Tower – I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crushed, as sad as that might be.
We queued to get into the Eiffel Tower (as in underneath it), which anyone can do for free, which only took us about a 10 minute wait. The wait was mainly caused by the security checks going on – something that I definitely am not complaining about, the more the better, in my opinion!
Once in there, there were four different queues, for each corner on the tower. We walked over to the furthest corner on the right (I’m not sure what direction that was sorry! I want to say South but I’m really not sure) and eyed up the queue. Having spent three days in Disney already, we weren’t strangers to queues and decided we may as well just do it, see how long it takes.
Much to our surprise, we were only queuing for about 30-45 minutes, which really is not that long at all – I was expecting at least a two hour wait! So we were really happy about that and after paying our 17 euros each, off we went to climb the beast, let me tell you – there was a lot of climbing!
We got the first floor which we had a wander around. Even at the first floor, which is 172 feet from the ground, you feel incredibly high up and the views are just beautiful.
We then walked up to the second floor which was a staggering 377 feet off the ground!
It was such a clear, sunny, gorgeous day, so we could see for miles around us.
It truly was amazing and a sight I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
We spent quite a while up the Eiffel Tower, taking in all the sights, taking a lot of pictures and generally just having a lovely time together before slowly descending back down again.
We then went for a walk in the gardens surrounding it, taking more pictures and soaking up all the sun!
We made our way back to the Champs-Élysées in our own leisurely time which was so lovely.
One place I was desperate to go to was the Laduree shop/restaurant as I adore macarons and you can’t not visit the original Laduree when in Paris!
Unfortunately we didn’t get to eat in there but I did pick up some yummy macarons which were devoured the day I got back.
After this we were very hungry so after much deliberation we went to Five Guys for the first time.
I know, I know, not Parisian, at all!
Neither of us had ever been though, so we decided to try it and it was delicious, let me tell you!
After that we were both knackered after walking literally all day, we walked 13 miles!! So we hoped on the train back to our hotel.
All in all, it was such a lovely and enjoyable day, with my boyfriend.
I always love seeing new places and it’s another place I can tick off of places I’ve visited.
I’d love to go back to Paris again, especially when the nights are a bit earlier, to see the Eiffel Tower lit and sparkle, so hopefully that happens one day!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip to Paris.
I was intending on only posting a photo diary but got a little carried away giving details of our trip – I hope you liked it anyway!
Have you ever been to Paris? If so, what was your favourite part?