Travel Inspiration: Paris

Paris is known as one of the most beautiful and most visited city in the world. After visiting Paris several times, one thing i can say for sure is “Paris is always a good idea”. Paris to me is not a city, its a world of its own. Whenever I go to Paris, I just get lost in enjoying what the beautiful city has to offer.  This is my first trip as a tourist literally on my own as my husband was working there throughout my stay so i got the opportunity to explore the city by myself this time. If you haven’t travelled alone anywhere by yourself or want to travel and are unable to find a travel companion, then I would highly recommend Paris.

How to get there
The easiest way to get to Paris from London is through the Eurostar high speed trains from St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet (if you live in Kent). The comfortable Eurostar trains travels through the Channel Tunnel to the European mainland with journey times within 2 hours and 16 minutes. Eurostar recently offered 30,000 seats for a discounted price of £58 return in March so be on the look out for their deals.  Alternatively, there are frequent flights from Gatwick or Stansted airport with approximately 1 hour flight time.

 

5 things to know about Paris
Food: Paris is the world’s culinary capital hence eating is a ritual. The French take long meals that last over several courses and conversations. Whether it’s haute cuisine or baguettes, the locals know how to eat.

Sweet Treats: If you’re a sweet tooth like me you will be happy in Paris. Most meals will often end with macaron, a creme brûlée or a delicious pastry.

Weekends: Paris tend to wind down on the weekends with some shops closed on Sunday. However most restaurants and tourist attractions stay open even on Sundays.

The city of love: Paris is the city of love, one kiss no the cheek is usual for first-time greeting while friends and family can give each other up to four kisses.

Fashion capital: Strolling through neighbourhoods such as Champs Elysee and Rue St-Honoré can be like stepping into the pages of Vogue or even a fashion week runway. Even the most casual dresser poses a certain je ne said quoi. In a nutshell, the French knows how to dress well.

Formality: Parisians tend to be formal when it come to first encounter but it doesn’t take long for this initial iciness to disappear. I particularly found the Parisians i encountered on this trip to be very friendly and helpful. Plus most of them speak English which is a bonus.

If you’re like me that speak very little french, here are 10 basic french words and phrases you should know to help navigate the city:

10 French words and phrases to know
Bonjour/salut: Hello
S’il vous plait: Please
Merci: Thank you
Au revoir: Goodbye
Billet: Ticket
Droite/Gauche: Right/Left
Bon Nuit: Good night
Ca Va: How are you
Excusez-moi” Excuse me
tres bien: Very good
Ou est le metro: Where is the metro

Top 5 iconic sites
Paris has so many iconic sites and monuments such as Love Museum, Notre-Dame, Pantheone, Grand Palais, Saint-Chapelle. However, I would focus on the 5 I have visited recently. I visited 4 out of these 5 sites on this trip however, I have visited all these sites previously.

Eiffel Tower Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole, 75007



The Eiffel Tower was once though impossible to build
Though it caused a stir when it was erected in 1889, today Eiffel Tower is the world’s most iconic man-made structure and one of the most photographed site in the world. The observations deck is the highest in the European Union however, the queue to get up there especiallly during the summer months is not for the fain-hearted.
Top Tip: If you’re not too fussed with climbing up the observatory, the best location to take great photos Instagram or Facebook worthy is Trocadero on the Metro (Get out Exit 1)

Champs Elysees Champs-Elysees, 75008

 

 

A Bad day in Paris is better than a good day any where else
The famous Champs-Elysees is one of the world’s most splendid avenues with rows of well manicured trees, statues and of cause Arc de Triomphe at its base.

Arc de Triomphe Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008

Arch de triomph
This ornate monument is located on the western edge of Champs-Elysees honouring those lost in the Napoleonic and French Revolutionary wars. You can admire the arch from the street or climb the forty steps to the top for a triump of your very own.
Top Tip: If you’re brave like me, cross to the middle of the road to take a great photo

Grand Arch

Grand Arch Paris  

The Grand Arch is a building and monument in the business district of La Defense. La Grande Arche was inaugurated in 1989, with grand military parades that marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution.The Arche is in the approximate shape of a cube.

 

Lovre museum

Louvre Museum Louvre museum
Louvre museum is the world’s largest museum and one of the most historic sites in the world. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres.

5 random observations

  1. The French work quite long hours, its not unusual to find them at work until 8pm.
  2. The French are quite polite, helpful and they warm up to people quite easily.
  3. The metro in Paris is very efficient even though the trains aren’t as modern as the ones on the London underground and transport for London in general, they are very reliable, frequent and always on time with no cancellations or delays.
  4. Paris attracts loads of tourists from America and Asia. I met so many American tourists around Eiffel tower besides, I also met three ladies from Thailand. Those ladies particularly flew in from Bangkok just for the July Sales.
  5. The hotels in Paris are usually very small with the bathroom only fitting one person. Hence, it was rather surprising the hotel we stayed was quite spacious.

 

Have you visited Paris before? What did you love most about Paris? What is your favourite attraction or monument?





 

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. July 10, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    You look gorgeaus in the white dress!

  2. July 10, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I agree, Paris is always a good idea and I love to escape asap. In fact, I’m planning a trip in September! It looks like you had a fab time whilst your hubby was working and you look tres chic!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  3. July 10, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I have yet to visit Paris, but it is at the top of my list. And your experiences and photos increase the wanderlust! This is one of the first posts I have seen that includes some of the new city architecture and skyscrapers.

  4. July 10, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I love Paris! And it’s so easy to get there on the Eurostar. I will need we get bored of seeing the Eiffel Tower or any of the other sites. And the food, oh the food! Looks like you had a good trip x

    Amanda | http://ldnrose.com

    • Folakemi
      July 12, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Paris is so beautiful, I can go there over and over again 🙂 Thank you for reading and leaving a comment x

  5. Style Vicksen
    July 12, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us! The pictures are beautiful!

  6. Cindy
    July 12, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Always a dream of mine to go there! Glad I can live through you and your blog

  7. July 12, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I love Paris and how accesible it is from European cities. Great post and travel tips

  8. July 12, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    These are great pictures! Looks like you had a blast!

  9. July 12, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Love this guide! I’ve traveled between London & Paris when on vacation there using Eurostar twice before and it was so easy!

  10. Jamie
    July 12, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    My mom lives in France. I go twice a year. Isn’t if fabulous?!

  11. Jeanie
    July 12, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    Some day I’ll go to Paris!

  12. Natasha Barclay
    July 12, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Love your post ! Love Paris! Definitely will take few points when travel next time xx

  13. Florence Guimaraes
    July 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Aww I so want to go back to Paris after reading your post 💕 It is so beautiful place..

  14. July 13, 2017 / 1:08 am

    This post is sooo great I cant wait to go to Paris one day!! Love the ice cream tho

  15. July 13, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Looks like an amazing trip!!!

  16. July 13, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Wow so many beautiful images of Paris, I esp love the food shots…that icecream looks like it was amazing!! So glad you had a great trip

  17. July 13, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I love your outfits. You look tres chic 😉 <3

  18. July 13, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I’ve never been to Paris, but your post makes me feel like I need to put it on my travel bucket list!

  19. Nazira Sacasa
    July 14, 2017 / 2:29 am

    So fun! I’ve always wanted to visit Paris

  20. July 16, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I have never been but you sell it very well! Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales – hope to see you again on Tuesday!
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  21. July 24, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Wow what an amazing trip. Looks like you managed to fit a lot in! I’m impressed.

    • Folakemi
      July 24, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      It was awesome indeed, looking back now i definitely fitted loads into a short space of time 🙂 Thanks for stopping by x

    • Folakemi
      July 24, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you, loved that shot too. You should visit when you have the opportunity, its such a beautiful city no doubt.