I wanted to pop this post up sooner, but the day it was due to go up was just after the Paris terrorist attacks, it deeply shocked and upset me, like I am sure it did with others and I didn't feel ready to publish this post at such a sad time - however now I feel ready to share this post.
If you follow me on Instagram or regularly read my posts you will know I recently (over two months ago) went to Paris with my husband for 4 days, it was my second time back this year and I loved it just as much this time round - you can read all about my last visit HERE & HERE.
Paris is such a big city with so many things to do, places to see and plenty of food to eat.
Me and my husband literally did so much in the 4 days we were there, we walked that much we were out like lights every night when we got back to our hotel but I appreciated it even more this time round, mostly because of Paris's beauty. (I'm still trying to get my head round why someone would want to harm this city)
Paris is such a beautiful city and it's architecture and sights never fail to amaze me.
We had an early morning flight from Manchester airport and we stayed in the - CAMPANILE PARIS 15 - TOUR EIFFEL hotel - I stayed here last time as it was literally on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower.
It's majorly basic but how much time do you spend in your hotel? Not a lot.
We got round everywhere using the metro or the train, it was so easy to use and the Rome2rio app which you can download on your phone was very helpful and told us exactly how to get to where we wanted to go and how much it was going to cost.
As I had been to Paris before, it was my turn to show my husband the sights and on the first day we headed straight over to the Notre Dame Cathedral and got some french crepes right away - when in Paris.
Our first night was spent with a few drinks under the Eiffel Tower, we were quite lucky we picked this night as it rained the rest of the two nights we were here.
It was blissful just sitting under here and watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour and talking about life.
The next day happened to be our wedding anniversary so we got up bright and early and opened our anniversary cards before getting crepes for breakfast and heading over towards the Eiffel Tower.
We weren't queuing for longer than an hour which was lucky as it got busier towards the end of the week and we saw bigger queues.
We got tickets to go all the way up to the top and it was a little scary but the views were well and truly breath taking as you can see from the photos below.
After we had spent some time here we hopped on the train over to Montmarte which was a lovely little village on the top of a large hill, this place is worth a visit for a few hours while your in Paris.
They had the cutest little side streets and the Sacre Coeur church was beautiful, I thought this church was more beautiful than Notre Dame and the inside was so enchanting, their was something about it that made me want to stay in there for hours.
You can also climb the 350 stairs to the top to enjoy even more breath taking views - I will be honest the spiral staircase was a little claustrophobic and at one point I though I might have a panic attack but I got to the top and the view was WOW.
After a while soaking up the views from the Scare Coeur we decided to get a bite to eat, there was so much choice but we ended up visiting a little patisserie bakery and we picked up a baguette for our lunch.
The desserts were a little tempting but we had to save ourselves for our romantic meal up the Eiffel Tower later on.
We visited the Moulin Rouge too, it was quite busy on the road round this area - I'd of loved to have come up here at night and see it lit up, maybe have even caught a live show.
After an afternoon in Montmarte we got on the train back to Champ Elysee's and took a walk down the long street lined with all the designer shops and visited the Arc De Triomphe, before heading back up towards our hotel.
We were shattered by the time we got back after being out all day so we took a nap for an hour or so before our meal which we had booked for 9.00PM up the Eiffel Tower.
Our meal up the Eiffel Tower was a truly special experience and maybe one that we will only do once in a lifetime.
We had a fantastic three course meal and I tried food I had never had before.
If your thinking of dining up here for a special occasion - DO IT!!!
On our third day we were up bright and early again, despite the weather the night before, it was a lovely sunny autumn crisp morning so we used this an an opportunity to get some photos outside the Eiffel Tower together before we hopped on the train to go and visit the Chateau of Versailles.
I'd highly recommend this place to go for the day if you want a trip out somewhere different or somewhere more remote.
It was such a tiring day as because we walked everywhere, I'd recommend a bike or a buggy for the day next time (I actually sprained my back from walking as much as I did in Paris when I got home, so be careful)
There are 4 areas to visit in the Gardens Of Versailles,
As you walk in your are mesmerized by the Palace Of Versailles where the history behind it is, that three of the french kings lived here before the french revolution.
In here you can see some of the most amazing works of art painted on the ceilings, the paintings and the historic interior is so beautiful and the hall of mirrors was absolutely breath taking to walk through,
Nothing quite prepares you for how big this palace really is, it would take a few hours to properly walk round this to take everything in - we visited here last and I think I was that tired from walking I didn't take it all in as I had hoped.
Next are the magnificent gardens which stretch on for miles.
We walked beyond the end of this photo in the far left hand corner to get to The Grand Trianon which was a smaller palace with similar paintings and historic decor to the Palace of Versailles, this was also beautiful.
My favourite place of all while visiting here was The Marie Antoinette Estate where Marie Antoinette lived, it was very private and hidden away- I loved that.
It had such beauty about it and the gardens and the areas that surrounded it were beautiful.
The vintage furniture inside was amazing and this estate definitely had the woman's touch.
Not far from Marie Antoinette's house was the Queens Hamlets, which looked like a storybook village straight out of sleeping beauty.
The cottages still in there glory were situated here, 5 of these were reserved for the queen and her guests while 4 others were occupied by peasants back then.
There was a farm surrounding it which was a home for goats, chickens and a small selection of other farm animals.
We spent most of our day here so when we had finished looking around, we headed towards the train station, we got some lunch and then headed back towards our hotel for a much needed short rest.
We spent our final night in Paris by going up to the very top of the Arc De Triomphe.
The walk up the stairs to the top wasn't as bad as the Sacre Couer but it was still a tough walk for me.
We stayed up there till the lights sparkled on the Eiffel Tower at 9.00pm before heading back to our hotel and stopping for pizza and cocktails on the way back.
Our flight back home was early lunch time the next day.
We had such an amazing time in Paris and I'm so glad I got to spend it with my husband for our second wedding anniversary.
Lots of Love