Tuesday, August 6

Paris, 4: Candles, Crepes, & Coffee


After spending a couple of jam packed and unforgetable days in Paris with Anna & Kathy, our last day sadly sprung upon us quicker than we would have liked.
Since we were embarking upon the Eurostar to London in the late afternoon, we had the whole morning and lunch to explore.


With some classic, crumbly croissants and a glass of juice, we prepared ourselves for some more sightseeing on the banks of the Île de la Cité





After nibbling all of the finals croissant crumbs, we headed off to find this rather familiar sight.
Welcome to the marvel that is Notre Dame, a centuries old cathedral which in past generations was the focus and symbolic centre of most peoples lives.
It really does take your breath away!




With the stunning architecture, the glowing candles, and the absolute silence out of respect, Notre Dame is mesmerising.
It was truly a place where you could just sit with your own thoughts and ignore the outside world in your little sphere of peace.








Its stain glass windows are famous world wide, and hopefully from my pictures you can see why!
They dominate the cathedral, embracing everybody in the shadows of their colourful light.



Finally, we managed to drag ourselves away from this circle of peace and into the gardens outside.
Colourful, bright gardens and ancient streets curved their way around this stunning cathedral.











The sun was beaming down on us as we looked out upon the shining Seine.
Sadly we only had an hour or so left amongst the beautiful high rise streets, so we setted off to the nearby Pompidou Centre for our final lunch.



We found a gorgeous little creperie, hidden away down the side of this famous modern structure.
There was incredible graffiti, a delightful and busy playground, and a tuneful guitarist playing in front of our eyes.



Without a doubt, it was such a lovely way to end our Paris trip.
Scrummy Nutella & banana crepes, delightful music, and a calm peace as you could watch the busy flow of tourists pour by.




Having packed our bags, we headed off to the Gare du Nord once more.
Coffee, Haribo & croissants in our bags, we finally arrived back in London.
Paris was such an incredible few days and I can't recommend it enough for those wishing to visit.
Entry into the museums/Versailles etc can be free if you reach their criteria, (check this out before online).
Food needn't be expensive if you look around and prioritise through picnics and delicious dinners.
And the Eurostar price can be an absolute steal if you book it far enough in advance.
So from a student perspective, Paris is unbeatable.
Culture, good night life, incredible food, proximity, history, and just a beauty that is unique to itself.
And all of this whilst not breaking the bank balance?

Paris, I love you.
I'll be back soon!


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16 comments

  1. I've loved your posts on Paris, I'm moving there in September and you've given me some great ideas! I just graduated from Leeds, and I've loved your posts on old haunts too. Here are my Parisian finds: http://worthwakingupfor.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/eat-drink-do-paris.html Xx

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    1. Ahh a fellow Leeds girl! Big congrats on graduating!! I'm very, very jealous that you are moving to such a beautiful city, all the best for your time there. Checked out your finds too, really annoyed I missed Shakespeare & Co. I must have walked right past it :( xx

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  2. You've made me really really want to go to Paris, hope you're having a fan time in the USA!
    Lottie xx
    beautyandacookbook.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Always next Summer Lottie! Do and impromptu trip! Thanks hun, it is absolutely INCREDIBLE! No idea how I'll blog about all of this! xx

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  3. Your photos are really beautiful! :) Both architecture photos and food photos are really great! May I ask what kind of camera you're using? :)

    xx
    Camilla
    kapteinmoe.blogspot.no

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    1. Aww thanks Camilla! Really sweet of you to say :) I use an Olympus Pen camera, (I wrote a little bit about it here if you want to check it out.)
      x

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    2. Great, thanks! I'm considering buying myself a new camera, so I'll definitely consider that one :)

      xx
      Camilla

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  4. I don't think I'll ever tire of the novel concept of catching a train to a different country. That's what I love most about your part of the planet. The close proximity of other countries and cultures. How lovely!!! Thanks for sharing Em xx

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    1. Agreed! I love the fact that I can go to Paris on a day trip, ridiculously handy! XX

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  5. Love your Paris posts! I never went inside Notre Dame when I went but from your photos it looks incredible! That architecture is just WOW!xx

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    1. Thanks Paprika! Likewise for yours! It really blows your mind with the stain glass windows! xx

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  6. Travel snacks are essential! Haribo and croissants are the way forward.
    Paris is so beautiful.. wish I could be heading there now.

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog ||

    Xx

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    1. Literally one of the best combo's ever, especially Orangina ones! xx

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  7. I've just been looking through all of your Paris photos - I'm so jealous! I went there two summer's ago and it was so beautiful. It looks like you had a lovely time! x

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  8. Wow, your trip was indeed fulfilling! And your photos surely expressed the fun you've had while in Paris. :)

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  9. Amazing photos! Just reminded me why I love this city so much!

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