La Vie Parisienne

la vie parisienne

If you missed my incessant flailing over the last few months: I WENT TO PARIS!

squeals

If I ever learn French and aren’t bankrupt then I am SO MOVING TO PARIS. I’m honestly so in love with it – I’m still in love with London, but Paris. I just want to sit in a cafΓ© eating croissants and writing sappy poetry in cursive script for ever and ever. The architecture makes me weep. It was just such a lovely place to visit – if you squinted, maybe some parts could be London, but it felt a lot more…warm. Like cartridge paper in comparison to printer paper? SEE, PARIS JUST MAKES ME WANT TO WRITE SAPPY POETRY. God.

I went with Girlguides i.e. a large group of fellow excitable girls – we usually go camping, but we went upmarket this year?! *shrugs* I’m not complaining. πŸ˜› I was especially excited for this trip because I recently fell head over heels for Les Mis, and about half the book takes place in Paris. There’s a great Les Mis in Paris tour that I took with me, if you want to visit any of the sites in the book! My misplaced French patriotism was really having a moment. (VIVE LA FRAAAANCE!)

les mis paris

We took the Eurostar from St Pancras, where I stalked the bookshops and flailed because ‘Lauren Aquilina played on that piano’. My friend attempted to teach me backgammom, but it was the teensiest magnetic version known to man. I was an utter failure. By the time we arrived at the rather fancy youth hostel near Gare du Nord, I was a strange combination of ridiculously excited and dead tired? I don’t recommend it.

paris The first day was pretty much the only day we woke up promptly. We headed down to the river to look for the boat-bus. Whilst we were waiting, we took photos of all the love locks on the Passerelle de SolfΓ©rino bridge. I got very excited by Paris architecture, because have you seen the buildings in Paris today. They’re so beautiful. Curling balconies feature greatly.

love locks solferino paris

We took the BatoBus (what have they done to you, lovely French bateaux?!) > up to the Natural History Museum and wandered around the gardens eating lunch and getting lost. After that, we took our sweltering selves back on the horrific pun of a boat-bus and went up to the Eiffel Tower!
paris eiffel tower
We didn’t actually go up the tower, but I took a ton of photos and basked in my general Paris feels. The fountain across the bridge started to look very inviting. Though you I’m sure you weren’t supposed to, we paddled in it anyway. I figured it was one of those things like climbing the lions in Trafalgar Square: you’re technically not supposed to, but everyone does it anyway.

The second morning was filled with a tour of the Paris sewers. That sounds gross but, ya know, feel some sympathy for Jean Valjean. (Thank you, Victor Hugo, for the lengthy description of the sewers using information from your friend Bruneseau.) (Actually, it’s a pretty great historical reference. And sewers can be exciting too.) They had a part of French Les Mis in the gift shop, so I took a photo of that next to the copy I was carrying with me. Everyone told me I was mad but I WAS I PARIS and I’d be darned if I wasn’t going to carry my book to weep over. (Anyway, all the best people are mad.)

pontoon island paris sewersWe had lunch on some lovely mini forest island pontoons down the road, and I sang a lot of Les Mis. Afterwards we visited the Arc du Triomphe – weird stuff happened and we weren’t allowed to buy tickets as a group so we didn’t go up it, but I looked at all the fancy flowers and names. EEK IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Later on we went to the fountain again, and most people got…well, utterly soaked. We were rocking the drowned rat look. πŸ˜‰

paris arc du triomphe

However fashionable drowned rat look may be, isn’t actually that great for travelling on the Metro. It was really cool to see the Underground-y system somewhere else – THE CARRIAGES WERE DIFFERENT AND LIKE ACTUAL CARRIAGES and also you had to open the door yourself so, like, sometimes you could jump off whilst the train was still slightly moving. The wonderfully safe things we did. (I think the line we took back to our youth hostel wasn’t the most well-looked-after, though. Some of the others were less dishevelled.)

paris sacre coeurWe might have missed going up the Arc du Triomphe but we did visit the Sacre Coeur! It’s at the top of a hill – as well as a horrific amount of steps, yeuch – so the view over Paris is pretty great. Another 300 steps up the tower and PANORAMA HEAVEN. There was also a weird amount of graffiti up there. I didn’t know whether to scream in anger or empathise because…you know, I can see it would be a romantic place to ask someone to prom. (I kid not. Someone had scratched ‘Prom?’ into the wall.)
paris louvre
After a somewhat distressing shopping break where we managed to lose my friend (never fear, we found her), we returned to the youth hostel for lunch. Later that afternoon, we set out to the Louvre and for a birthday dinner. We actually had two birthdays on our trip, which I thought was rather impressive timing.

It was our final day so I thought I wasn’t going to be able to see any sites on my Les Mis tour, but it turned out that we were eating just round the corner from the site of the Corinthe/barricade! Yep. THAT BARRICADEEEE. *screams*

les mis barricade film

In the movie/musical, the Musain is mushed with the Corinthe, but they’re different places.

I think I passed on some excitement to my friend

I think I passed on some excitement do my friend

Where the Corinthe would have stood

Where the Corinthe would have stood

Me being excitable and flappy

Me being excitable and flappy

paris notre dame

That definitely deserved full size photos, right? LES MIS TAKES PRIORITY OVER THE EIFFEL TOWER. Duh. πŸ˜› Anyway, we followed that on with a trip to the Notre Dame – we were looking for a lights show, but after watching a film about organists for half an hour we realised this was a complete lie. So that was a great success, haha. It was fine, though, because then we all got glowsticks and started a flashmob with a street performer in the square. *coughs* All casual-like. (I’ll never be able to listen to Cheerleader again, argh.)

Unfortunately, that was the end of my trip! PARIS, MY LOVE, I SHALL SEE THEE AGAIN. NEVER FEAR. *sheds a single tear* Maybe I’ll join in with all the weddings and get married to Paris. πŸ˜‰ (Though, of course, London remains in my heart too.) I had the most amazing time, and there was so much still to explore. If I ever get the chance, I would definitely visit again!

Have you ever been to Paris? Are there any places you’re just dying to visit? Would you want to see more London-y things on my blog? TELL MEΒ ALL THE TRAVEL FEELS. πŸ˜€

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18 thoughts on “La Vie Parisienne

  1. I REALLY WANT TO GO TO PARIS TOOOO. Looks like you had an AMAZING time πŸ˜€ You can get married to Paris?? I know people get married to bridges and stuff, but I didn’t know you can get married to a city! I wonder if cities are monogamous or if they’re married to a couple of different people haha!
    Great post and pictures πŸ™‚

  2. ALL THE LES MIS, ALL THE LES MIS. *flailflailflail* Ah, yes, the sewers, how much I know about their history now. Anyway, your photos are awesome and OMG THE BARRICADE AND THE MUSAIN. Ack I so want to go now! XD Awesome post!
    Also: oooh, London, I would love to learn more!

    • *flaaaills* If we ever learn about the Parisian sewers at school, I am SO READY, seriously. BARRICADE OMG STILL NOT OVER IT. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚
      Oooh, thanks for your feedback! I’m thinking of looking at some fandom sights in London? HOPEFULLY. I just need a day when it’s not raining, hehe. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Thank you for sharing all your Paris feels! I’ve never been, but everything leads me to believe it’s an amazing place to visit. I’d love to visit someday soon! And yes, I’d love to read/see/click more about London ^^

  5. Paris is such a lovely place! I visited as a little tiny grasshopper but I would love to do so again — although my French has degenerated to the point I’ll speak it worse than I did last time XD Also I wasn’t a Les Mis fan then so clearly I have not unlocked all Paris achievements.

    • Aah that’s so cool! If you ever visit again then I do hope you have a lovely time. Haha, my own French is VERY limited… It isn’t good to hear.
      *whispers* Do I hear things about Les Mis? XD

  6. OH MY GOD I LOVE PARIS TOO! We went last year and the architecture was just BEAUTIFUL. I am also obsessed with the French language so I spent most of my time walking around the city gawping at anyone speaking French :’) We are going to New York in December and I AM SO EXCITED EEEEK! I’ve definitely caught the travel bug!! This was such a fun post to read thank you! -A x

    • OH WOW YAY PARIIS! So much love for the architecture, eek. ❀ SO PRETTY. I'm in theory learning French right now, but in practice…well, erm, I'm absolutely terrible.
      NEW YORK EEK! I've never been to the States but I would so love to go — it sounds amazing! I hope you have an absolutely fabulous time. πŸ™‚

  7. Oh my goodness, I am so jealous you saw the Padlocked bridge; that’s amazing! I love French architecture, it gives me shivers of joy when I see pictures of buildings over there. And the Louvre! Wow. I’m just outrageously jealous. I’m actually (very slowly, I might add) learning French, and it’s a really pretty language. So glad you had fun. I had fun reading, haha. See ya!

    • I think it was a different one to the more popular padlocked bridge, but they removed the locks on that one?! French architecture really is just so beautiful. ❀
      Oh, wow, awesome! I'm learning it at school, but I don't know if I'll ever do it justice. I'm really glad you enjoyed reading! πŸ™‚

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