One of the reasons it was so good was because I got to squeeze so much into the little time I had there. My chummy Sophie did an amazing job as acting as my tour guide for the whole day taking me to each place and telling me about them in turn.
The day started in Brussels. We had to leave her house at 5:30 am to be at the coach station at Gare du Midi for 6. In total, it took us 10 hours there and back travelling via coach as this was the cheapest way to travel, leaving us with 6 hours to cram as much as we could into this small time slot.
Once we arrived in Paris, we jumped on the Metro at Bercy and travelled to Trocadero to see the Eiffel Tower. The view from here is absolutely stunning. You get a clear view of the tower and a lovely view of Paris. This gave us a chance to take some beautiful photos in the daylight.
From the Eiffel Tower, we jumped back on the Metro at Trocadero to Charles de Gaulle Etoile to see the Arc de triomphe. The Arc de triomphe stands for those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and has the names of the soldiers and generals inscribed on the inner and outer walls of the structure. Beneath the Arc lies the tomb of an unknown soldier from World War 1.
From the Arc de triumph, we walked down the Champs-Èlysees, a street well know in Paris for expensive shops and real estate. At the end of the Champs-Èlysees there was the Christmas Market. There was a lot of different stalls selling hand made merchandise, roasted chestnuts, dried fruit, mulled wine, crepes ect. It was very festive and made me feel like it was still Christmas especially with the beautiful lights and the fake snow on the roofs of the stalls.
After a spot of indulging in the dried fruit and chocolates, we made our way to the Place de Concorde. This is a square surrounded by buildings, water fountains and statues. It is so beautiful the view is breathtaking. From the Place de Concorde, we walked down Rue Royal to Laduree where we purchased 4 of the most delicious macaron’s I have ever tasted. I chose Lemon, Raspberry, Vanilla and Pistachio flavour. They were incredible.
From Rue Royal we walked through Jardin de Tuileries to the Lourve. Lourve originally housed the King, but now it is an art museum housing art such as the Mona Lisa.
After the Lourve we made our way to the Pont de Arts. This was one of the places I wanted to come to most whilst in Paris.
The Pont de Arts is a bridge that crosses the Seine River. People have been attaching padlocks to this bridge and the railings and throwing the keys into the river to show a sign of commitment. Me and Sophie attached a padlock with our names on for a sign of friendship. I think the idea is lovely and it adds a unique quirky touch to the bridge.
We then got the Metro to Place de Clichy and had lunch in a cute restaurant called Paradis de Fruit. The food was incredible, not the mention the delicious well deserved cocktails we sipped on.
After lunch, we hopped on the Metro at Rome to Blanche to take some pictures of the Moulin Rouge. This was only a pit stop as we was swiftly running out of time by this point. We definitely took too long having lunch and drinking cocktails. It cut our day a bit shorter than expected.
From Blanche we got on the Metro again to Anvers to see the Sacre Coeur. The Sacre Coeur is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We took the Finiculare to the top of the Sacre Coeur so we didn’t have to treck it up all the steps. Not only is this a beautiful monument, it is also the tallest point in Paris. From the top of the Sacre Coeur, there is an incredible view of Paris including the Eiffel Tower. It is beautiful and truly breathtaking.
From the Sacre Coeur, we got the Metro back to Trocedaro to see the Eiffel Tower one last time before returning back to the coach station. We timed this absolutely perfect. On the hour every hour, the tower lights up and flashes. We got there with 1 minute to spare to see this.
From Trocedaro we hopped back onto the Metro to get back to Bercy to catch the coach. Unfortunately, the coach was leaving at 6:30 and we didn’t allow ourselves enough time to get from the Metro to the coach station. Pulling into the station at Bercy, we realised it was 6:30. Sprinting out of the Metro and up the hill towards the station I have never laughed so much. I don’t know if it was nerves in case we missed our only coach back to Brussels, or the fact the pair of us looked hilarious sprinting up a hill in heeled boots with bags, arms and legs flailing everywhere.
As I approached the top of what felt like 100 stairs (taking 3 at a time to get to the top), the coach was just passing. Like a crazy woman possessed, I ran into the middle of the road screaming stop and waving my arms like a loony. This is most definitely the highlight of my trip. It was unbelievably funny, luckily we had a lovely bus driver who let us hop on in the middle of the road.
All in all the day was perfect despite the rush, bus sprinting and packed schedule. I wouldn’t change any of it.
Thanks you Sophie for being my personal tour guide and giving me an incredible day. You truly are the bestest friend!!
Love Tilly xx