Perfect Paris

For those of you following my recent adventures you will have seen that Boo and I took a trip to France for Halloween.

After having a night at Disney, we spend the day in Paris with the highlight being a trip to the summit of the Eiffel Tower.

However we had spent the whole day in Paris and as I had taken a lot of photographs of our day, I thought I would share them with you all.

We got up and popped on the RER from Marne Le Vallee direct to Paris at around 10am. We had the intention of walking/bussing around Paris until 4pm which is when our ascent up the Eiffel Tower was booked for.

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Ready for a day in Paris

We arrived at the Metro Station near to Notre Dame (St-Michel Notre-Dame) and walked out into a bright sunny Autumn day.

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St-Michel

To one side was the River Seine and there in front of us was the impressive towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Notre Dame

Rising high into the skyline, the beautiful decorative stonework and sculptures literally took my breath away.

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Beautiful Stonework

Getting out my “proper” camera I took lots of shots of the edifice. It was just so beautiful.

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St Denis, Beheaded

Boo asked if I wanted to go inside, which I really did. So we joined a relatively small queue to get inside. Whilst waiting Boo regaled me with historical facts about Notre Dame which I never knew.

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Just Glorious

During October 1973, around the time of the French Revolution, a mob had gone on the rampage and using ropes had pulled down 28 statues and actually beheaded them with a guillotine! The statues then disappeared with no-one knowing of their fate. The oldest ones dated from around 1200.

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Stained Glass

In the late 1930’s several of the decapitated statues were found under an old Parisian market place.Then fast foward 184 years to 1977. The renovation of a local bank unearthed 21 of the original heads of the Saints and Kings. It was a significant find and most are on show in French museums now.

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Notre Dame Selfie

We queued up to go inside the Cathedral and hit it at the right time. It only took around five minutes to get inside, yet when we eventually came outside afterwards, the queued stretched around the block!

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The Rose Window

On walking inside the Cathedral there were signs everywhere telling us to be silent as a service was in progress.

Of course!

The day after Halloween is All Saint’s Day, an important Bank Holiday in France and so a full Church service was in flow.

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Notre Dame

We walked around the whole building looking inside all the little alcoves dedicated to different Saints, such as St Denis (the patron Saint of Paris) Joan of Arc and even Mary of Guadalupe. The statues and artwork were just sublime.

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Joan of Arc

I tried to move around noiselessly as I took non-intrusive photographs. As there was a full service going on, worshippers filled the seats. I didn’t feel it was right to take photographs of the service. It felt both disrespectful and almost sacrilegious. That didn’t stop a lot of people though, who took photo’s of the Bishop and also the congregation!

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Carved wooden screen

I stood for a few moments as the sermon and prayers were said. I felt blessed to hear them in such a revered place, and believe that even the most atheist of persons would have been moved by the location and its beauty.

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So beautiful

I lit a candle whilst there, in memory of those I have lost and also for those friends and loved ones that need a few prayers right now.

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In remembrance and In hope

Eventually we left the Cathedral to make our way to some of the other iconic sights.

Oh and before we did that we had a to have a mid morning snack and try some of the local food.

Well being a big fan, I had a Croque Monsieur from a small cafe near to the St Michel station and Boo had a hotdog!

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Croque Monsieur

Once our tummies were happy, we went back towards Notre Dame to get a day ticket for the Big Bus company. We have used this company in our adventures to Prague, Warsaw and Budapest so know it is a great way of seeing lots of sights whilst covering a lot of distance.

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On the bus Selfie

Paris was a lot more expensive than the other Cities we have been to, at around €35 for the hop on/hop off all day ticket. But even this was worth it.

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Notre Dame and Me

The bus route takes in all the sights that Paris has to offer and is a great way to get around. Plus you get a commentary (I think it comes in 8-10 languages) telling you all about the local area, the sights and interesting historical facts.

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Some of the Sights

We sat on the top deck of the bus so we could get a good look at everything. The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, The Seine, The Eiffel Tower, Galeries Lafayette and the famed Champs Elysees.

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Parisian Panorama

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Cleopatra’s Needle

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Arc de Triomphe

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Champs Elysees

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La Seine

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Stunning

Of course I took hundred of photographs of EVERYTHING!

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The Louvre

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The Louvre

Eventually we had completed the full tour and it was around 2pm.

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La Tour Eiffel

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Stunning Scenery

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Beautiful Architecture

Time for Crepes!

We both went for a hot cinnamon sugar crepe and it was delicious. Totally full we hopped on the Metro to take us up towards the Eiffel Tower where the next part of the day was to come.

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Making Crepes

You can see a full post on my Eiffel Tower adventure here! 

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Yum!

After the Tower Sparkle we headed back on the RER to Marne Le Vallee. Tired and hungry .

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Long Island Ice Tea

A quick visit to the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Village with some cocktails finished the day off perfectly. A Long Island Ice Tea was the drink of choice, along with a meat filled platter that really filled a hole.

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The Rainforest Cafe

We packed our suitcases once we got home as we were due to check out the following morning before making our way back to England.

Another trip away successfully completed!

Leave a comment

  • Kayleigh McManus

    This looks amazing & your outfits are the cutest x

  • This looks like such an amazing trip! Despite it being so close, I’ve somehow never quite made it to Paris but it’s definitely on my list for next year! 🙂

  • I love Paris so much! one of my favourite cities in the world x

  • Sugar crepes used to be my favorite ones when I was little. I couldn’t wait for my mother to make them and then fill them with sugar for me while still warm. It looks like your Paris trip was a success. The hop on hop off bus was definitely way much expensive than in other European city.

  • Looks and sounds like you and Boo had a great trip Tanya, and I’m so glad the weather was so good for you. I have to admit, Paris is my least preferred European city, but you’ve made it look beautiful with some fabulous photography and even better fashion x

  • Melanie

    I used to spend a lot of time in Paris. Not been for years. The rer is easy to get to Paris. Looks like you saw all the sights and rainforest cafe looks lush x

  • La French Connection

    I hope you had a great time in my homeland. Paris can be amazing and you seem to have picked really cool places to have food (which to me makes half the trip).

    Mika | http://www.la-french-connection.com

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    You took some amazing photos. I havent been to Paris in years

  • Another great set of photos. You really packed a lot in! Your first outfit is fantastic, I love the skirt on it.

  • kitty kaos

    I adore your friendship with boo you always have such lovely adventures and Paris looks simply amazing x

  • I am a huge fan of the Big Bus tours, and the one in Paris is so worth it. I also doubled up and did the night time one as well to see everything lit up x

  • Laura Dove

    Ahh what a gorgeous trip you had! We love paris and have been several times now, it’s one of my favourite places in the whole world!

  • Jinzo_2400

    You Brits are so lucky to be able to hop the Channel and visit was a lovely city like Paris. So much history to be seen and experience. And you know darn well all those people taking pictures during the church service- Americans.

  • Mellissa Williams

    Sounds like a great trip away. Paris is one of my favourite cities and I love that it is so close to us

  • FussFreeJen

    I absolutely adore your outfit, you look fabulous. Perfect for Paris! I so want a trip there myself, and it sounds and looks just as I would like it to be.

  • Lauretta

    Oh those are beautiful architecture! I’m loving the outfit too.

  • Baby Isabella

    I’ve never been to Paris but my folks have and they loved it. I’d love to see the Eiffel Tower in person! x Love the outfits

  • Your pictures are all so lovely! It makes me really miss visiting Paris with the family… maybe next year 🙂

  • Ooh, I always love learning the history of places and that’s so interesting about the decapitated statues! Those stained-glass windows are to die for too – you took so many beautiful pics! <3 xx

  • Katrina Downie

    Looks like a lot of fun I bloody love building pictures always have always will

  • Kara

    I think almost everyone in my family has visited Paris except for me. I would love to visit one day and am hoping hubby gets the hint soon