paris

There’s nothing like Paris in winter.

Brisk walks shopping along the Champs Elysee, the refreshing chilly air kissing your cheeks as you wander down to The Louvre, the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night.  Ahh it’s just enchanting.

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So with the magic of Christmas well and truly over, and with the travel bug inside of me getting restless, it was time to inject a bit excitement back into my life. Heading over to Paris for a few days with my partner in crime (my mother) is just what the doctor ordered.

February is the perfect time to go to Paris, as the city of romance prepares for love whilst the tourists have all flown away looking for warmer climates which just leaves the Parisians ready to show you a truly French time.
With our explorer hats firmly on, we headed out ready to see what Paris had in store for us.  But like all big adventures you can’t be Christopher Columbus on and an empty stomach can you?!?!
Brasserie De La Tour Eiffel located just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower was the first stop on our agenda.
A warm, soft Parisian croissant, with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a warming hot chocolate is the perfect breakfast to kick start your day the French way. Brasseries in Paris usually look very, well, Parisian obviously.  And Brasserie De La Tour Eiffel is no exception.  Beautiful décor, great service and some of the best people watching in Paris… what more could you ask for?

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It’s located just on the corner of Avenue de la Bourdonnais and Quai Branly (which is the road that the Eiffel Tower is on).

It’s the perfect breakfast spot to watch Paris wake up and start off the day.  My only piece of advice would be, don’t go past 11am as it becomes incredibly busy.  It’s in the perfect location for anyone visiting the Eiffel Tower who wants a spot of food, or to have a little sit down from all the sightseeing.
We bundled ourselves up with scarfs and coats ready to set out and say Bonjour to the leading lady herself.  The Eiffel Tower.

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 Red checked Zara scarf // Jack Wills Henlow skinny jeans in worn indigo // Zara blue & white combined striped top with necklace // Elbow patched Zara light grey blazer //Koalabi Attunga red boots

Now there’s one thing in Paris both my mum and I have never done, (nor did we even know it was even possible) and that’s going up to the top of the Arc De Triomphe.

 

My mum stumbled across it in a book and finding something that neither of us have done before in Paris is like looking for water in a drought, nearby impossible. With the excitement of discovering something new, we (unknowingly) started climbing the stairs eagerly ready to see what treasures were waiting for us at the top!

 

And it is a long, long way to the top!  I mean seriously, they need to have a sign at the bottom saying this is a long old climb.

When we did finally get to the top, panting like puppy dogs, we waited inside whilst catching our breath just watching people say the same thing as we did… “Well, I didn’t expect that!” quickly followed by, “they really should warn you that there are a million steps”.

So this is your official warning:
*WARNING* There are 284 steps to the mid-level and a further 64 steps to the top! Yes that sounds like a lot and it’s feel like a whole lot more when you are climbing them!
But once you get to the top it’s miraculous at how quickly you forget the tiring workout you just endured and become mesmerised by the view.  It’s simply breath taking.

 

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