Sonny and I just got back from a two-day trip to Paris. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that we recently relocated to London, after spending a little bit over a year in the Bahamas. Travelling from within Europe is quite easy in comparison to the US, so I knew that once we moved here I HAD to go see my cousins in Paris. Luckily for us, the Eurostar offers a sweet deal on their bookings (there's a catch). Eurostar has launched a new program called Snap Eurostar, which allows you to book, using your Facebook and receive access to discounted train trips within Europe.
The catch is that a) you must book using your Facebook and b) you will only find out your booking details 48 hours in advance. This can be tricky for some people but for us it wasn't a huge deal, except for the fact that 48 hours in advance I still hadn't received my booking details and had to stalk (read: contact) Eurostar to find out when the train was departing. I had originally planned for a three-day trip, thinking that maybe we would arrive in the afternoon on Wednesday the 4th, but instead we arrived late Wednesday evening, so we lost a day. I had to readjust our itinerary to fit two days.
Despite arriving late to my cousin's apartment in Paris, we managed to have somewhat of an early morning the next day to get our sightseeing started. Our first stop was at Du Pain et Des Idees for the petit dejeuner. Like most patisseries, there wasn't much seating inside so we ventured to the plaza and enjoyed the Parisian morning in the plaza near Republique station. Once we finished our breakfast we were off to see the sites.
Our first stop was Montmartre, the home to Sacre Coeur. If you don't' want to climb a billion stairs you can use your metro day pass to take the tram to the top of the hill. After taking a stroll around Montmartre we walked to Moulin Rouge to snap some quick photos then jumped on the Metro to get some lunch at Le Petit Cambodge.
Next, we hopped back on the metro and headed towards Opera Garnier and the Arc de Triomphe. We did stop for an hour or two at a cafe to charge our phones and rest our feet. Then we were off to the Trocadero to get some snaps of the Eiffel Tower. We knocked out the next few things spontaneously since they were along the same metro line.
We finished off a great busy first day in Le Marais and some wine at La Favorite.
I was worried about running out of data so I mapped out our metro directions on Google Maps beforehand and screenshot + had Sonny take notes in a notebook of which metro we needed to take from each point. A cool little trick I learned was that you can turn your cellular data on to get the directions, have google start navigating and then turn your data off after, and Google maps will still guide you. That way we saved our phone battery and our data.
Followed by Shopping at Rue de Rivoli
They have a great deal during happy hour for a plate of charcuterie + cheese and a bottle of wine for $30. (Get off at the Abbesses metro stop and it's a 5 min walk). This is a really hip place as well.
Overall, our trip to Paris was such a great experience and I'm looking forward to returning in the Spring time. I must add that the Parisian people were very polite, friendly and helpful! We did so much in just two days. It can be done! Look out for my Paris Guide coming soon! In the meantime check out my Paris Pinterest board and see the rest of my pics on Instagram 🙂