Paris is always a good idea!
Paris is favourite city to visit – it is just so darn beautiful! So when Mike found a good Eurostar deal suggested a night away in the City of Light and Love, I was delighted!
We stated the weekend with one of the first trains out of London on a cold Saturday morning in London and arrived just before lunch time in Paris.
After a quick metro ride we booked into our hotel, Des Saints Peres, in our favourite part of the city Saint Germain. We had a lovely stay at Hotel Des Saints Peres and would recommend the hotel to others. The Hotel has a perfect quiet location close to the metro, lovely helpful hotel staff and charming interiors – what more could you ask for?
We weren’t quite ready for lunch yet so we headed over to the Jardin du Luxembourg for a wander and a coffee.
The people watching here is just so fun! Fabulously chic women wearing Hermès and Chanel and dapper men in Barbour jackets.
Jardin du Luxembourg is our favourite gardens in Paris. Although, a bit more impressive in the spring and summer months, the gardens still do not fail to impress in mid January.
After a tour around the gardens we went for lunch at Maison Marie which ended up being a great find. Lovely modern french food with friendly service.
We even tried snails for the first time! Something I had to get my head around a bit, but the ended up just tasting like garlic and butter more than anything else.
Bellies full, we decided to walk of lunch with a walk through Jardin des Plante and then along the Seine.
The sun even decide to come out a bit, giving us a lovely view of Notre Dame. The great thing about walking along the river in Paris is that it is a lot less touristy then actually being at the sites, which means you get the view without the crowd.
We crossed over at Pont des Arts and joined the rest of the tourists at the Louvre. The Louvre is definitely worth a look, but when you have the time! Given we were only in Paris for 48h we gave it a miss on this trip.
Instead we headed over to the Palais Royal, which is just opposite the Louvre. The site home to Daniel Buren’s controversial art installation, the Colonnes de Buren- candy striped columns of different heights, which I happen to think is pretty cool.
The day was coming to an end so we headed back over the river to St Germain.
After a couple of hours resting our tired feet back at the hotel, we decided to wet our appetites with a couple of drinks.
We started at the famous Cafe de Flore, one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris with some very upscale clientele. The cafe has been home to famous writers and philosophers including Pablo Picasso.
A Gin and Tonic for me and a Negroni for Mike!
Our second drink, Bellini this time, we took at the Cafe de Flore’s rival and equally as famous, Les Deux Margot, which was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. The cafe is just across the street from Cafe de Flore and we were keen to see how it measured up!
Although both Cafe’s were very lovely, I think my favourite of the two would have to be Cafe de Flore.
We had a lovely french dinner around the corner and fell soundly asleep looking forward to another day in Paris.
More on our Paris trip tomorrow!