Paris in a day

Paris is very BIG and it's highly unlikely you will see all of it in one day no matter how speedy your walk may be. However, you can definitely give it your best shot which is exactly what me and my friend Nicole did on our recent visit.

 If you're a planning a trip to Paris I'd highly recommend doing some research before you go, to get a good idea of where you want to go and what you want to see. This way you can plan your trip better ensuring you see as much as you can.

We decided to began our day at the Arc De Triomphe, which you can climb to the top off and get an amazing view of the city and the Eiffel Tower, if you're a student you can also get a ticket really cheap which is the same for a few places in Paris including the Louvre.

 From here we walked straight down the Champs Elysees which has every shop you could ever want so it's the perfect excuse to squeeze in a little shopping and of course be sure to pop into Laduree and pick up some yummy macaroons which you can munch on the rest of the way down. There's also a HUGE  Sephora which is a great place for hemorrhaging money.

 The Champys Eylsee is not the cheapest of places for food so if you're there I'd recommend slipping down a little side street as there are plenty of places where you'll find food just as nice but at half the price.  This is what we did and we ended up stumbling upon a lovely cafe where we both got a huge baguette each for only a couple Euros.

After refuelling we made our way towards the Eiffel Tower, soaking up all the Parisian ambiance on the way.  From here we got the river taxi which is such a great and relaxing way to get around and it allows you to hop on and off all day as it takes you to all of Paris' iconic sites. Plus, once the sun has set you get a lovely view of the city all lit up which is a much cheaper alternative to booking a river cruise. 

 Our first stop was the Lourve, we didn't go inside as we were only there for the day and had both been there before, but it's definitely worth going in to see all the amazing art if you have the time. By this point are legs where on the verge of no longer functioning and the blisters had got to the bleeding stage...tragic. So we made a quick stop to Angelinas to try their famous hot chocolate.  I can definitely see what all the fuss is about, you get a whole jug full of rich, creamy, melted chocolate accompanied by a dollop of fresh cream. If you love chocolate as much as I do then I'd say this place is a must, just to try the hot chocolate and if you have any room left, you can devour one (or two) of the delicious cakes they have to offer.

 Our final stop from here was the Notre Dame cathedral. It's free to go inside and is absolutely beautiful. We where luckily enough to be greeted by the sound of the choir when we got inside which gave the whole building a wonderful atmosphere.

By this point it was getting dark so we got our river taxi back toward the Eiffel Tower and watched the city slip into darkness. We walked up to Trocadero, grabbing ourselves a Nuttella crepe on the way, and once there watched the Eiffel Tower illuminations which was the perfect way to end the day.

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