12 April 2012

Petite Paris Diary

Monday April 2nd:
Arrive in Paris by Eurostar! :) such a lovely way to travel, met up with Emma and Nat at St. Pancras (they travelled down from Manchester, I travelled up from Bath) and we checked in with our bags. The whole process was infinitely easier and quicker than at an airport. We spent the 2 hour journey time assembling our lists of what to do in Paris, to include: Go up the Eiffal Tower, on a boat cruise on the Seine, go to 'le Petite Zinc' restaurant, see the Notre Dame cathedral, Louvre and generally all the sights, and of course eat lots of delicious pastries/cakes/sweets.

We arrive at our hotel in and ditch our bags and seek out food, on exiting our little hotel I am delighted to see that we are steps away from the Folie Bergiere music hall, what an icon! Its looking quite run down these days but still nice to have this lovely dancing lady to greet us in Paris:

(The Folies Bergère established in 1869 in Paris, France, is a music hall which was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s through the 1920s - past performers include Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf and Ginger Rogers)

We find some delicious dinner in a  little cafe, I have duck and the girls have steak, and none of us can resist some apple tart for dessert :) and head home to bed

Oh what a lovely day! sunny and hot, the perfect day to wear my new 'palazzo pants that I'm not quite sure about but my mum bought them for me so I should give them at least one outing' we had some trouble finding that perfect french patisserie but hit the jackpot in Saint Germain - the artsy area of Paris and by the Luxembourg gardens which is where we feasted on cakes and bread. Tres Bon!

Staying in St Germain for the evening, we went to 'Le Petite Zinc' restaurant which was recommended to us.What a gem! like being on a divine art nouveau ship. The food was excellent and we were treated to a parisian jazz trio seranading the restuarant, dreamy!

We visited the Sacre Couer, Notre Dame and the Musee Carnavalet: a large Parisian house chock full of things from Paris of days gone by :)

Thursday: Had bowls of coffee and Delicious pastries in a place called Le Pain Quotidien, Apparently there is one in London too. I want to find it and live there! absolutely perfect to set us up for the rest of the day (although the waiter thought we were all incredibly greedy for having two pastries each, clearly the Parisians are far more self controlled! :P)

To round off our Thursday and last full day in Paris, we cruised along the Seine in a boat tour taking in some lovely views of the Notre Dame, and went to the very top of the Eiffel tower (terrifying and windy!)

After a Bomb scare at the Gar du Nord, We travel home to blighty on our good friend the Eurostar, Thankyou Paris, its been lovely!



  1. Refreshing post! It looks like you had a great time!

  2. Lovely blog.

  3. thanks for letting me live vicariously through your paris diary! I really like the photo of you with the coffee, it's so cute! x