Paris getaway | A quick guide to visiting Paris

With streets lined by beautiful architecture, landmarks, cute cafés at every corner, and let’s not forget it’s world-renowned sophisticated style – what’s not to love about Paris? The European city ticks all the travel boxes and will truly capture your heart. It really is the perfect place to wander, relax, enjoy food and explore stunning sights. 

We visited Paris for a one-night getaway last weekend. As you’d imagine, Paris is a tough cookie to cover in less than 48 hours! Hence the reason for me publishing this (very) quick guide. Hopefully our experience across the channel will give you some travel inspiration or help you get started if you’re planning your first trip to Paris! 

Paris Getaway Eiffel Tower

Why Paris?

One of our New Year’s resolutions this year was to expand our travel horizon. We got a taste for it in 2018, so we want to let the spontaneity continue and explore even more this year! We’re both Post Malone fans and as a pure coincidence, our anniversary happened to fall on his Paris tour date. So we thought what a fun way to celebrate hey? 

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Tour Eiffel, AccorHotels Group

With a 5-minute walk away from both the tower and the nearest Metro – you couldn’t go wrong with this hotel! We were even chosen as guests of the day, which meant we received a premier room upgrade with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The room was finished beautifully with complimentary champagne (yaaas), a Birchbox (absolutely loved this touch as I have been thinking about purchasing a subscription recently) and a luxury Paris chocolate bar. It made the occasion that extra bit special! I’d fully recommend this hotel due to the excellent service and location, it deserves a 10/10 for our short stay. 

Paris getaway birchbox subscription

Travel: Getting to Paris

From London St. Pancras, we travelled on the Eurostar to Paris in under 3 hours. Leaving London at 5:40am (yes I know, gross right?), but arriving so early was well worth the lower fare and luckily I snuck in a cheeky little nap in on the train. The whole process was super easy, we arrived 45 minutes prior to our departure, giving us plenty of time to get through security checks, passport control and most importantly, to buy our first pain au chocolat.

Top tip here: Fare prices vary a considerable amount. Do your research to find the most cost-effective journey and be prepared to be flexible on your travel days to get a savvy price.

Travel: In Paris

First things first, use. the. metro. Paris is a big place and there’s a lot of walking involved to see the sights and explore the diverse neighborhoods on offer. (Monmatre is tucked away in the North of the city and home of quaint and artistic streets and is definitely worth a visit!).

For two tickets, we paid 11.95 for unlimited day travel. Once you get into the swing of it and remember that ‘sortie’ means exit, it’s easy to use and the signage is straightforward. A quick search on the Maps iPhone app will tell you exactly where the nearest metro is and what line you’ll need to take.

If you’re reaaaaally not feeling the metro or walking anymore, release your inner child and hire a scooter! You can use the Lime app to locate and unlock scooters around the city for a cost of 0.15 euro a minute. Much fun to be had indeed. 

Food

Ok, we weren’t great at this – le Big Mac was a fav. Time was of the essence and we wanted to cram a lot in so opted for fast food. I had great fun practicing my GCSE French skills by listening out for our collection number though… 

Attractions and sightseeing

Here’s a little insight as to where we visited.

Le Louvre

Paris getaway a quick guide le lourvre

Paris getaway le louvre

A walk through the pretty streets of Monmatre

Paris getaway Monmatre

 
Champs-Élysées, Arc De Triomphe 

Paris Getaway L'arc de triomphe
Why I recommend Paris

Above all, the culture, buildings and post-card settings are well worth the visit. Wherever you’re taking a trip with friends, family or your partner, there’s something to please everyone. The city of love is high on my travel list to revisit, that’s for sure.

Are you planning on visiting Paris soon? Or do you have any recommendations of where to visit, dine at or to adventure to? Let me know below!

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11 Comments

  1. March 5, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    This trip sounds so dreamy.I love the photos you took,you look absolutely GORGEOUS,the red lip is so Parisian hehe.

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  2. March 7, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    I visited Paris for only 12 hours once and was able to do most of what you suggested, just on a more rushed schedule. Love all the places you listed! Montmartre was a surprise to me the first time I visited.

    • The Diary of Rebecca
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 5:55 pm

      It’s so nice there isn’t it. Wow I imagine you had a pretty busy 12 hours then! xx

  3. March 7, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    You have a lovely blog and your photos are stunning.

    • The Diary of Rebecca
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks Marie! I’m looking forward to keeping up with your blog 🙂

  4. Leigh
    March 10, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    I went to Paris years ago with all my friends with school – it was the most amazing adventure but I don’t think I appreciated it properly because I was so young and our main goal was to do Disneyland Paris. I mean obviously meeting Minnie and Mickey is amazing but I would love to go back with my partner, Chris, and get lots of romantic pictures together with the Eiffel Tower and everything. Brilliant snaps! X

    • The Diary of Rebecca
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 7:47 am

      I would like to visit Disneyland Paris next time maybe! Yeah, I can imagine it may be a completely different trip with your partner, you’ll both love it I’m sure! Thank you 🙂 xx

  5. March 10, 2019 / 11:24 pm

    We made the same resolution and Paris has been on my list for a while- such a helpful post, thank you!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • The Diary of Rebecca
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Glad it’s helped Soph, I’ll watch out for your travel posts in 2019! x

  6. March 12, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Paris but it looks amazing. I might have to just pop over for a night like you did!

    • The Diary of Rebecca
      Author
      March 19, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Do it! It’s so easy for a last minute trip 🙂

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