A Weekend in Paris

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For my birthday Mike surprised me and told me he was whisking me off to Paris which I was so excited about as I had no idea he had planned it. So a week later on Friday 31st October 2014 we hopped on the Eurostar and made our way to the city of love. We sat in the Standard Premier seats and had a bit of lunch and a few glasses of wine which passed the 2 hours away nicely. On arrival we made our way to our hotel which was called Fountaine Du Luxembourge. The hotel was quaint and quirky and I must say had a fab walk in shower – perfect for me! After we’d checked in we freshened up and headed out for a meal followed by discovering a very bizarre bar called Urgence which is hospital themed and you are given your drinks in baby bottles. Mike & I were worried we’d stumbled into a fetish bar at first…especially because everyone was dressed up for Halloween. The next day was amazing, we got up bright and early and headed out to discover the amazing city. We were so lucky because the sun was shining and it was really warm (wearing black wasn’t my wisest choice!) so we decided to walk around in search of Pont De L’Archeveche, known as the Love Lock Bridge to me. When we found it we were amazed by how many locks were attached to the bridge – it wasn’t surprising that some of the bridge was boarded up as it had started to collapse apparently. It was so cute seeing so many declarations of love on one bridge. After finding the perfect spot we attached our lock to the bridge of love and threw our keys into the river. We then got a taxi to the Eiffel Tower and had a little stroll around taking in the sites. It was time to search for Champs Elysees and we decided to walk so we could see more of the beautiful architecture of the city. En route we made a pit stop at the Plaza Athenee hotel where we had some lunch and a cocktail – Mike had the most expensive sandwich ever…€40!!! My cocktail was an eye-watering €29 but it was worth it as we thoroughly enjoyed sitting on a little terrace with our food and drinks basking in the Paris sunshine. After lunch we had a little mooch in the designer boutiques from Chanel to Gucci but I was a good girl and didn’t buy anything although it would’ve been lovely to say I had a designer piece actually from a Paris store. We finally arrived at the Champs Elysees and we just had a wander around some shops, grabbed a coffee in the Espresso bar and went to the most amazing beauty store on Earth…Sephora. Why oh why doesn’t England have one?! Hours had quickly drifted by and suddenly it was evening. As our stomachs began to rumble we approached another medical based venue called Drugstore Steakhouse close to the Arc De Triomphe. Inside was a cool bar and a large glass window so you could see the passers by. Along with a few delicious cocktails we got dinner; I had salmon in a creamy sauce with mashed potato and Mike had a burger. After a very busy day it was time to head back to the hotel to sleep. The next day we just headed out for breakfast then checked out of the hotel but before going to catch our train we got a taxi to Sacre-Coeur which is a beautiful church and around the area there are lots of street artists along with a stunning view of the city. Unfortunately the wheelchair access to the church was closed so I couldn’t go inside which was really annoying. After a fantastic weekend it was time to head home, I really enjoyed Paris and would definitely love to go back again and maybe go to the Louve. Thanks so much to Mike for surprising me with such a wonderful birthday gift.

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13 Comments

  1. November 3, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Sounds fab Jordan, I went for the first time for my birthday last year with my boyfriend and had a fab time too. Although it was like the hottest week of the year when we went, so I nearly melted while we saw all the sights!
    Looks like you found some interesting and yummy places to eat, we struggled to find nice places and ended up spending quite a lot on food that wasn’t even that nice!
    My favourite thing was the Sacre Coeur, I didn’t expect to love it so much but I thought the building was breathtaking – we didn’t go inside either though, just appreciated it from the outside and all the little streets around it.
    Glad you had a fab time anyway 😀 xx

  2. Janet harrison
    November 3, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Aww how wonderful for you Jordan , how romantic is Mike, not like his dad at all!!!!!!

    • November 3, 2014 / 5:18 pm

      I was so shocked he’d booked it, he’s not usually romantic haha xx

  3. Gabby Parris
    November 3, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Hi Jordan,
    I enjoyed reading about your time in Paris. I used to work on the board the Eurostar as Train Manager many moons ago. Re Sephora, I am sure we used to have one in Bluewater, it just didn’t stay very long so suppose a lot of people stuck to department stores or shops like Boots. They are missing out, aren’t they?! I LOVE Sephora and I can imagine you were like a kid in a Candy store. There’s one in Calais (Cité Europe) shopping centre should you ever go. X

  4. Sam Bick
    November 3, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    Hi Jordan

    Wow, love this blog looks like you had a fantastic time. All your pictures are great & really well put together. You look so lovely& stylish aswell, & I got quite excited as I have the same dress as you! (The colourful top with black skirt from asos!). Did you find getting around ok? I’d love to go but worry about using my chair there! X x

  5. kerry fisher
    November 3, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    It’s a beautiful place, brimming with romance and opulence, brought back some nice memories of my visit, thanks for sharing! X

  6. November 3, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous in all these pictures Jordan! Especially the one with the hat!

  7. Aly
    November 4, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Hi Jordan! What a lovely birthday suprise!
    I love the photo with you in the cream chunky
    sweater and sleek pony! So chic! xx

  8. November 5, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! looked like you had an amazing time! 🙂

    Emily x // EmGrace

  9. Margarita
    November 13, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Oh how gorgeous, you look fabulous Jordan! Paris is one of my favourite cities <3 x x

  10. November 15, 2014 / 11:04 am

    I love Paris! What a wonderful surprise x

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