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Photo Diary: 36 Hours in Paris

One of my birthday presents from my boyfriend this year was a surprise trip to Paris at the end of March - he's just the cutest! We bought and moved into our new house earlier that month so it was the perfect time to have a little break from all the moving-related stress and take some time out for ourselves.

We've both been to Paris before so we weren't too fussed about rushing around all the usual tourist spots. I always feel like the best way to experience a city is just to take it easy and soak up the atmosphere rather than desperately trying to cram in all the sights just because that's what you feel like you're supposed to do there. We stayed at the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe Hotel which was perfectly located for a chilled out weekend - we were right by the champs-elysées and just a short metro ride away from everything else. After checking in to the hotel, our first port of call was a little bistro next to the Arc de Triomphe where we tucked into croque madame whilst watching the world go by. Tummies suitably full, we hopped on the metro down to the Notre Dame and had a browse of the Parisian homeware stores nearby - there was some seriously pinterest worthy pieces on offer and it took a major dose of self-restraint to resist temptation and come away empty handed.

As an English Literature graduate, it was only natural that I was going to be making a beeline for the Shakespeare and Co bookshop. It was fairly crowded but the building is beautiful (so many little nooks and crannies) and there was a cute cat having a snooze upstairs so all in all it was a successful visit. We found a little cafe nearby and spent the rest of the afternoon stuffing ourselves with crepes and ice cream before heading back to the hotel for a pre-dinner snooze (I'm a granny okay!?).
Dinner was a relaxed affair at another restaurant just up the road from our hotel. A few strawberry mojitos and an impromptu photoshoot in front of the Arc de Triomphe later (Graham now has a picture of me standing in front of it in a flamingo-esque fashion with my eyes closed as his phone background...) we tottered back to our hotel room. 

We got up pretty early on the Sunday morning and went out for a 10k run in the rain (we met at running club so this is actually far more romantic than it sounds haha!). It was such a lovely way to see the city before all the crowds were up and around. We headed to Ladurée for a well-earned lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering in and out of shops along the champs elysées. After one last coffee in a teeny little coffee shop we caught the train back home to England with lots of happy memories and a tacky eiffel tower statue for our book case. Until next time, Paris!


  1. Oh Paris is so lovely <3

    1. It's gorgeous isn't it, I'm desperate to go back already! X


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