Oh Paris was even lovelier than I remember. I’ve been so often but this time was just so lovely. We didn’t go for that long, but two days provides you with plenty of things to do. So here’s my Paris guide from my 48 hour trip!
From Dublin you have a choice of Aer Lingus (CDG), Cityjet (CDG) or Ryanair (Beauvais) to get you to Paris in just over an hour. We flew to Beauvais which is 90km from the city, and takes about an hour and a half on a bus to get into Porte Maillot from where you can get a taxi or Metro to your hotel. Charles de Gaulle is a lot nearer, but also commands a higher price for your ticket.
We stayed at the Hotel Louvre Piemont (www.hotel-louvre-piemont.com), which was is on Rue de Richelou, right next to the Louvre for your first museum stop. Surrounding the area are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops for people watching as well as being a short walk from Opera. You can expect to pay more than €150 for a standard hotel in Paris. Our triple room which was really spacious was €229 for the night.
A must stop for any fashionista is a drink at the Hotel Plaza Athenée, home of many an Instagram post thanks to its famous balcony which provides a jaw dropping view of the Eiffel Tower. One word of warning, this hotel is beyond five star and has the prices to match. Cocktails start at €30, but it’s worth every cent.
Le Nemours is what you can expect of the perfect Parisian coffee shop. A beautiful terrace to sit outside and sip on a cappucino, and watch the world go buy. Also known to have the best hot chocolate, and it’s only around the corner from the Louvre.
At Christmas time Galeries LaFayette is known for its spectacular Christmas tree and this year did not disappoint. The landmark department store also has a fabulous rooftop to look out over the city from Sacre Coeur to the Eiffel Tower.
Walk down the Champs Elysées and veer onto the side streets that house the world’s most famous luxury brands such as Dior and Chanel. Dior’s Christmas balloon was well worth stopping traffic in order to get the perfect outfit shot.
Coat, Pretty Little Thing, shop it here
Jeans, Paige, Shop Jeans here
Boots, Glamorous at USC, Dublin 1
Hat, River Island, Shop it here
Bag, from a selection at Christian Louboutin
Have a meal at Pink Mamma in Montmartre (Big Mamma Group Restaurants), right next to the Moulin Rouge. This Italian is the place to eat, with it’s array of Italian food, and secret bar in the basement. Their cocktail menu is divine, and the staff are really friendly. It doesn’t take reservations so eating early is best.
WHAT I WORE IN PARIS – SHOP THE POST