This weekend my sisters, (and my new sister Mrs Bakrania) came to visit! After picking the girls up from Gare du Nord, we headed to their hotel in Gaîté. Their room boasted an incredible view, and I couldn’t quite believe it. Despite beginning with a very questionable “lunch”, it ended up being a great trip.
These girls know how to shop, and if you have siblings/friends with similar traits, these are the places you need to go to.
- Champs Elysées: There are loads of stores here, and we ended up checking out quite a few! Stores range from Sephora to H&M, to even Louis Vuitton. At the end you reach the Arc de Triomphe, which is quite great! We didn’t get around to climbing to the top and checking out the view, but it is still definitely something I really want to do.
- Rue de Rivoli: I’ve heard this is the equivalent of Oxford Street, and it does seem that way. There are an endless number of shops, as well as a few bars and cafés. We went towards the end of the day, when we were all quite tired to explore it to its fullest potential.
- Opéra/ Haussmann/ Galeries Lafayette: I forgot to take my sisters here (oops) but there are also several stores! Les Galeries Lafayette have been described as the “heart of Parisian shopping”.
It’s probably a bit embarrassing how little we managed to see, but between me having Uni on Saturday (gross) and then getting us lost every 5 minutes, it’s quite unsurprising…
- La Tour Eiffel: We went on Saturday evening and then again on their last day on Sunday. Trying to climb it on a Sunday is impossible- unless you’ve booked tickets online!
- Louvre: We got several fantastic photo opportunities, but we didn’t go and appreciate any of the art… This is probably the 4th time I’ve been there and I’m yet to actually set foot in it and see what is inside. Although, I think I went in on a school trip a few years back.
- Les Invalides: Can we still tick it off the list, even if all we did was walk past it?
Of course there’s an endless list of things to do in Paris, and after this weekend, there’s plenty left to do for the next trip ;). Things I still really want to see include the Catacombs, as well as the Musée d’Orsay. I should probably get round to doing these things as opposed to just listing them all the time…
I don’t actually remember all of the restaurants we ate in (sorry), but on Saturday evening we went to a Lebanese place near the Eiffel Tower, which is useful for those looking for an extra late dinner- we went at around 11pm and their kitchen was still open!
We also went to Little Italy for dinner one night, which was quite lovely! The food came quickly, and again, it is open quite late. Although they told us the kitchens close at 11pm, people were still being seated and served at 11.30pm, and we even got dessert way past that time.
The girls also went for breakfast/lunch in Gaîté, whilst I had uni (sob sob). The place was called Le Plomb du Cantal, address: 3 rue de la Gaîté.
Whilst I haven’t really been missing home as much as I thought I would be, it was definitely nice to have a piece of home in Paris. It was literally the best weekend, and I’m so glad they came to see little old me, struggling with my new found French life.
À BIENTÔT, MES SOEURS. :*
Special thanks to Arti for all the fab photos.