// A weekend in Paris | personal travel tips //
Last weekend had me like: Saturday morning 8am waking up, having a cup of tea and getting ready for our trip to Paris! We had been planning this weekend vacation for quite some time and were supposed to fly out to Paris last year but had to cancel when the attacks took place the day before. As we were supposed to fly out that exact weekend, both the hotel as well as Air France were very kind, returning our bookings and tickets.
Day 1 //
Not to leave Paris and the French people hanging, we decided to give that city a second chance in March. Arriving into Charles de Gaulle airport around midday and being in the city less than an hour later, we checked into the hottest hotel in town. Les Bains, situated close to the Marais was once a bath for writers like Proust, before becoming one of THE night clubs of the 90ies, with supermodels and celebrities such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and the likes partying the nights away at this exact location! Only recently this hotspot underwent renovation and has since become a hidden gem in downtown Paris. Still featuring a nightclub with a pool set inside the club, the hotel has a fantastic bar, amazing architecture and some of the best interior design that I have ever come across. No wonder Nicolas Ghesquière (creative director of Louis Vuitton) was just coming out of the hotel, getting into a car as we were walking in and needless to say the OMG-I-know-why-I-love-Paris-every-time-feeling was complete.
After checking in, we walked along the streets of Paris towards the Marais with its boutiques and restaurants. Close to Place des Vosges, we took a seat outside this oh-so-French restaurant called “Royal Turenne” and enjoyed a Parisian lunch (my recommendations: the goat’s cheese salad, the meat platter and a glass of white wine) while watching the people stroll by. After grabbing a desert right next door at Café Pouchkine, consisting of – colourful and glittery Macarons (yes, they were actually sparkling!), we kept on walking across Place des Vosges down towards Notre Dame de Paris, along the Ile de la Cité and back to our hotel before heading out to a restaurant called Chez Julien – a total recommendation! After some well deserved dinner, we took a cab towards Pigale, the former red light district which is buzzing with stylish bars and Paris’ nightlife hotspot. Checking into Lulu White, we enjoyed a couple of very recommendable cocktails before calling it a night!
Day 2 //
Waking up in beautiful Paris on a Sunday morning is like something out of a movie. The sun was beaming through the curtains and I couldn’t but open the window in my pyjamas looking out onto those Parisian streets. We had breakfast in the hotel and started wandering around again. On our agenda: Montmartre (one of my favourite locations in all of Paris), Les Champs-Elysées, Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower. We did all in one go stopping here and there for a crêpe or coffee on the way. Evening dinner was had on the other side of Paris in a restaurant called La Gare. This stylishly converted train station has a beautiful bar and quite a large restaurant which was a little quiet on a Sunday night but sure is buzzing at the weekends. After another long day as well as an 8km walk, we fell into bed…
Day 3 //
On our last half day, we decided to order rom service for breakfast, which was not just amazingly delicious but the perfect way to start this day before packing up and making our last trip around the area of Place de la Concorde. We caught a cab to the airport and flew back home to Hamburg. Paris I am coming back for ya… xx Conny.
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