Autumnal Afternoon in Paris

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Oh sweet Paris. The city that captures the romance in our hearts, is home to ALL the cheese, beautiful buttery pastries and chic, sassy errythang. My kinda place.

I (like quite a few others, probz) remember Paris like any 12 year old on a school trip would. Sipping thick chocolat chaud (sounds SO much better than hot choc, right?) with my pals whilst gazing up at the glittering Eiffel Tower, visiting Disney Land (obvs) and not much else. I have been meaning to go back and explore as a grown lass for a while.

As my USA home gal Emily was only over in Europe for a short while, she was desperate to nip over to Paris for the day. y’know, Casual.

This sounded pretty mental to me (it was) but why not? It really is SO close. We hopped on the Eurostar at dawn and within a few hours BAM here we were, in the centre of the most beautiful city, washed in that hazy golden morning light.

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I’m gonna be completely honest here. Our day is Paris didn’t go as shmmoothly as we had hoped. Firstly, we spoke no french (lol) and didn’t know how to navigate the city. In short, we got lost and confused. But it’s alright because I was in Paris with one of my bestest pals, we just laughed through the madness.

We started our day strolling through a VERY beaut Jardin des Tuileries, just ahead of The Louvre. It was so serene and beautiful with the crisp leaves and soft autumnal sunshine. I really love how the ponds are lined with seats, such a perfect spot for snoozing in the sunshine.

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Obviously I was just so overwhelmed with the beauty of it all that I couldn’t take a photo (I legit thought I was Belle from Beauty and The Beast #noshame).

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Tour Eiffel is just more majestic than I will ever be.

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We found a pretty sassy place to shoot a few snaps too.

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We were in desperate search of some sort of delicious pastry and strong coffee.

As inexperienced Parisian ladies about town, we didn’t find what we were really looking for unfortunately and would LOVE some recommendations of where to try next time!

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We eventually made our way down to the River Seine to hop on our boat tour, which was absolutely dreamy and I really recommend it, especially for a first timer.

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It was just so lovely to sit and watch the monuments glide on past, appreciate and take it all in. Blissful.

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After a relaxing few hours, we had some time before heading up the tower.

We bought pretty average macarons #doitforthegram and relaxed beneath the tower. I can imagine is is SO lovely in the summer for a cheeky picnic and bottle of wine, the only downside is the hoards of men trying to sell you souvenirs. I really, really didn’t fancy 5 Eiffel tower key rings for 1 Euro for the 102938th time. lol.

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Heading up the Eiffel Tower is a beautiful experience, especially as the sun is just starting to set.

You really see the city in all its beauty, stretching out in front of you. There is something lovely about the lack of sky scrapers, it just adds magic to the old romantic Paris, unique and breathtaking just the way it is.

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We zoomed back down, just as the sun set over Pairs.

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The journey back was c r a z y, messy and made me a bit of an anxious mess BUT we made it on time (just) to our Eurostar and tucked up in our beds with a cuppa T by midnight.

Conclusion? Paris is dreamy, hectic and requires planning. Stay the night, take your time and avoid the tourist spots if ya can. And rink lots of wine / eat lots of cheese.

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  • Aww these photos make me so happy, you girls are adorable! Love the photo from the Eiffel tower. I keep saying I want to pop over for a day trip (I’ve been there before) but the planning and travel might be chaotic by the sounds of it?!

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

    • They will be such lovely memories! :) Need to get them printed out! Yesss, it is hectic but I reckon if you had the idea in your head just to go purely for strolls, a bit of shopping and lots of good food / wine would be so lovely! Immy x

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I think getting lost in Paris is the best way to discover the city in depth! I am in love with this post, Immy. That macaron shot by the Eiffel Tower is absolutely dreamy. So jealous that you get to be there with your friend too! Might have to pop over someday in the future with my galpals for holiday. x

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

    • I think so too, we had so many random adventures it was hilarious! Thank you so much Ash :) Oh man it was so good (despite not being the best I have tried lol) Yes it is the perfect place for a gal pals get away, my friend LOVED it! Immy x

  • So many nice photos! I love your dress!! x

    Tash
    natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

    • Ah thank you, it really is a bloggers paradise haha! Thank you, just had to whip out the tulle skirt for Pairs! Can’t go wrong >:) Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    Sounds like a hectic but also a super lovely day! Beautiful pictures, especially those taken from above! Gorgeous. I haven’t been to Paris in aaaages but really want to rectify this wrong soon. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • It was equal measures of both haha! I know, looking over Paris is one of the most beautiful sights, especially at sunset! You do! It is easy to forget how close we are! Thank you for stopping by lovely lady :) Immy x

  • Hectic days are the best! Your photos are gorgeous. I can’t speak for pastries, but Cafe Esmeralda BEHIND Notre Dame (so not a part of that touristy section in front of the cathedral) is pretty good for a snack and a cup of coffee!

    Kiersten

    • They are indeed, just wish I spoke a smidgin of french haha! Ooooh thank you for that – sounds amazing! Will pop it on my notes for next time I head over! Immy x

  • Brooklyn

    What a fun day trip!
    I’ve never been to Paris but everything about it just seems wonderful <3

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

    • It was so much fun! It is such a beautiful place, I absolutely recommend going one of these days! Immy x

  • Yes it was the best weather! I did it in 36 hours last week and I thought that was actually a good amount of time. Citymapper works in Paris too which is just an absolute life saver for getting anywhere!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • It was PERF, so happy the sun was shining! Oh yes, hat does sound like the perfect amount of time! No way! That would have been a life saver… Now I know for next time lol! Immy x

  • Oooooh, I’m going to Paris on Saturday and this post made me so excited xxx
    Sophie Cliff

    • Oooooooh yes so you are my love! Hehe that is going to be amazing, you will have such an incredible time. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures :) Immy x

  • Aww such a lovely post :) it’s great when you’re with someone you can just chill with and laugh if things don’t go to plan. Looks like you both had a gorgeous day! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • It really is the best thing isn’t it?! Takes so much tension off if you just laugh about it! :) Thank you Lucy! Immy x

  • Rachel Spross

    Great post and great photos! Paris is my favorite city in the world. Sounds like you had a great time!

    xoxo
    Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/saffron-dress/

    • Thank you so much Rachel! :) It is SO beautiful, wish I had a little more time to explore. Can’t wait to go back! Immy x

  • A burst of life

    Ah!! We also just came back from visiting Europe incl Paris for 4 days! It will always be one of my favorite places in the world! Sounds like you needed much more time to enjoy all the Parisian treats! Also realized the non-touristy places are way better than any all the others :)

  • Wow! Your blog has beautiful pictures:)
    and you look gorgeous in that outfit.

  • Hayley Rubery

    LOVED this post lady – Paris is one of my favourite places! If you head back; head to Angelina’s for the DREAMIEST hot chocolate you will ever drink, walk to the top of the Sacre Coeur as the view is so beautiful! Visit Galleries Lafayette as it’s just the most stunning shopping mall (make sure you check out the rooftop too as the views are pretty darn epic! Head to Notre Damn and have a wander inside, a walk along the Champs Elysee with a stop at Laduree of course!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • Your photos are BEAUTIFUL and youre making me crave a trip to Paris, I’m desperate to go back!

    It’s funny how people from outside of Europe come to visit and get so excited about how close we are to all these amazing cities, we really do take it for granted. When I lived in London one of my best friends was an Australian girl and in the 2 years she was in London she’d seen more of Europe than I had in 27 years!

    You did so well for lost tourists and it looks like you got the most beautiful weather x