If you follow me on any of my social media, you know that my boyfriend and I spent the last few days in Paris, from December 31st to January 3rd. We had the best time there and I’m so excited to finally share my experiences with you!
Our adventure started on December 31st of 2017 at Cologne central station. We took the Thalys to Paris Nord at 16:43 and it thankfully arrived on time. We expected to arrive in Paris at around 20:00 but already had an hour delay when we got to Aachen because the bad weather conditions caused a tree to fall on the catenaries so we had to take a different route. I wasn’t too mad about it as long as we made it to Paris before midnight, which we thankfully did. They also gave out free lunchboxes because of the delay so… 🤷🏽♀️
When we arrived in Paris Nord at around 21:15, we just wanted to get to our hotel to relax before heading out to celebrate the New Year. There were some troubles with our room in the hotel we originally booked so we had to spend the first night in a different hotel which was a little bit more out of the center. We left our room at around 23:20 and took the metro to the Louvre and sat by the Seine where we had the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower and waited until midnight.
We counted down until midnight, obviously kissed at midnight and drank the champagne my mom gifted both of us. I would like to note that if you want to visit Paris on New Year’s Eve, don’t do it for the fireworks because you’ll be disappointed as there won’t be any. However, seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at midnight was still magical and so is spending New Year’s Eve in the city of love with the person you love.
We took the metro back to our hotel at around 0:40 and when we got there, we went straight to bed because we were exhausted and had to get up early to check out.
At this point, I want to give a huuuge shoutout to the Parisian metro system. There was a metro every 4 minutes and it was even free on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, something I definitely was not used to…
I set the alarm for 9:00 because we wanted to eat breakfast before checking out and after that we went back to the hotel we originally booked because the issues were fixed.
We put our things in our room, relaxed a bit but also couldn’t wait to start exploring the city. Since our hotel was quite close to the Notre Dame, we started our tour there.
From there, we moved on to the Eiffel Tower, which took us longer than I expected.
Then we strolled around the area close to the Eiffel Tower for a few hours and went back to our hotel in the evening.
Another day, another sightseeing tour.
Since we’ve only seen the Louvre in the dark on New Year’s Eve, we wanted to see it in the daylight and I must say, it’s one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen.
Afterward, we made our way to the Arc de Triomphe via the Champs-Élysées, where we bought delicious macarons at Pierre Hermé, which we later ate by the Eiffel Tower.
Even though the weather wasn’t at its best, we decided to take the metro to the Sacre Coeur and look at Paris from above but the weather conditions were anything but ideal for that. 😅
This was our last day in Paris and we wanted to eat as French as possible.
We got Croissants for breakfast at Du Pain et des Idées, I got two normal ones and one with chocolate and my boyfriend got two normal ones and one with bacon.
Our expectations were quite high as the bakery had won several awards but the croissants lived up to them. Though we had to wait quite long and even outside of it – as the bakery is very small – it was so worth it.
We had to take the Thalys back home at 17:55 so we almost had one whole day to spend in Paris ahead of us and we didn’t have a plan so we did what everyone without a plan does: we strolled through the city.
However, we both knew what we wanted for lunch: crêpes, we just didn’t know where to eat them.
My boyfriend wanted a savory one and I wanted a sweet one and turns out it’s harder than expected to find a place that sells both. We ended up at La Crêperie Saint Honoré eventually and my boyfriend had a crêpe with ham and cheese and I had one with Nutella. 🤤
And because we still had more than enough time after lunch, we stopped at Galerie Vivienne, the most beautiful gallery I’ve ever seen.
Lastly, before heading to Paris Nord, we went up the hill to the Sacre Coeur again because the weather was better than the day before… at least in that moment… we were just very lucky it stopped raining right when we got there. 😄
After enjoying this beautiful view – even though the Eiffel Tower is missing – we made our way to our hotel to get our suitcases and went to Paris Nord train station. I must admit, we almost didn’t make it to our train on time because finding the right platform took us longer than expected but we made it eventually.
I tweeted that I already know I’m coming back to Paris because I loved it so much. Have you ever been to Paris? What are your favorite spots? I’d be happy if you shared your experiences in the comments! ☺️