Another year, another wonderful trip to Paris at Christmas. This has became a bit of a tradition for Ed and I and now it is one of our favourite things to do.
This time we opted for Opera, which is somewhere we had never visited before. We like to try new places each time, and explore new things. We like to mix it up so that each time has a new adventure. Obviously we still repeat some of our favourites!
Our hotel was close to Galeries Lafayette, which I’ve heard so much about but never visited. So this was top of my ‘New Experiences’ list. We stayed in a beautiful hotel called Millennium Hotel, we decided to spend a little more on the hotel this time and we did not regret this!
This hotel is in a great location but it also offers typical Paris. We entered the lobby to be greeted by a very pleasant receptionist, we arrived earlier than check-in but the room was ready. I’m always thankful of this because I like to freshen up after an early start and public transport.
My favourite part of the hotel was the elevators! They were so Parisian and chic and I bloody loved them. The room was an average size for a a weekend break on a budget but it had some great Parisian touches that made it my favourite one so far.
This hotel was really reasonable and because we booked as a package deal, the weekend away (travel & accommodation) was £240pp.
The metro was a two-minute walk from our hotel which was perfect. As I mentioned before it was also close to Galeries Lafayette, so walking to a popular destination was easy!
This was just a two day getaway, so we tried to keep it action packed. As this was our third visit in three years, we had done most of the main tourist attractions. This time we wanted to keep it more local and try and be Parisian rather than tourist… I know we are tourists, but let’s pretend.
After a quick freshen up, we headed straight to Galeries Lafayette. If you haven’t been before then I would say it was similar to Selfridges. It also had an amazing Christmas tree that ran through the middle. That alone looked amazing, but then we noticed it started moving with balloons and presents falling from the ceiling. They had sone it very well!
We needed to stock up on carbs and so we stopped at a cute little lunch spot and rammed in a burger and I have to say, the best chips I have ever tasted!
Somehow, now I’d fuelled Ed, I had managed to persuade him to visit the YSL museum. I still have no idea how I managed this… It must have been because we were in the city of love.
‘The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits the couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house, alternating between retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions.’
On arrival the queue did not look too bad… but let me tell you, it moves VERY slowly! I don’t even recommend getting a ticket beforehand because that too was slow! The museum only opened in October 2017, so that’s probably why you’re queuing for longer at the moment.
The museum is located at 5 avenue Marceau where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections. It even contains his office exactly how it would have been. That was probably one of my favourite parts of the visit. As you walk in, you watch a video of his time as a designer and then wander around his beautiful collections. The visit costs 20€ and they say to allow about 45 minutes to see everything, but you can be in there for as long or short as you need.
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
Ed and I walk A LOT when we are in Paris, so comfort is key. But we are in Paris, so you gotta keep it chic too! These boots you’ll have seen many times and they are the perfect walking boots. I feel like I’ve worn them so much that my feet have actually moulded to them, they come we me every trip. They also make me feel a little more put together than trainers.
You can’t go wrong with black skinny jeans, so that was a no brainer… Now just for the top. I needed it to be cosy but as I mentioned, I’m in Pairs, so I need chic. Can you get more chic than Bella Freud? This new jumper is my favourite piece and after much deliberation on colour… Black just rules all fashion rules!
The jumper also transformed beautifully into my evening attire, so that I didn’t have to pack a whole new outfit!
A cross body bag is also essential, preferably a small one so that you don’t get shoulder ache! Cross-body means you keep you belongs close and you don’t have to think about it once its on… Again, it’s also a little more chic than a rucksack!
EVENINGS IN PARIS
When we finished in the museum we took a stroll around some side streets and explored Paris until we reached this incredible sunset…
To me, this is what life is really about. We stopped, took a few photos but then put our phones away and just soaked in this moment. It was stunning and Paris seemed to stop for a slit second to watch the pink sky. How lucky were we to see this view when being so close to the iconic Eiffel Tower too!
We went back to the hotel to spruce up for the evening and then we set out to find a local restaurant… preferably one with no tourists! Montmartre is Ed’s favourite place in Paris. We found a great place there last year, so we took a trip back to find somewhere new.
Everywhere was so busy and we were turned away from some really gorgeous places. One was so beautiful and sadly full, but they had a sister one around the corner that they pointed us towards. It was called Le Petit Parisian. This one was slightly alternative, with gadgets and gizmo’s hanging from the ceiling, exposed brickwork and peeling paint. Despite all this, we absolutely loved it. AND the food was amazing. I went for duck and Ed went for smoking chicken, all of which was made to perfection.
We finished off the night with a walk back through Paris’s highlights.