A few postcards from my time in Paris with Crabtree & Evelyn last November …
The beautiful bar and lounge in Novotel Paris les Halles, where we stayed.
Our jam-packed itinerary for the 36 hours that we spent in the city.
I was spoilt for choice at breakfast with the gluten-free counter.
Beautiful decor at Le Dôme du Marais, where we had lunch after visiting the Feel Unique beauty pop-up.
Then came a whistle-stop taxi tour around all the major landmarks in Paris. It was fast. We had about 5 minutes at each destination to walk around and snap a few photos (including these that were taken outside The Louvre).
It was amazing to see the ‘Love Lock’ bridge but all that remains is a single strip, as the Pont des Arts bridge actually partially collapsed under the weight of hundreds of thousands of padlocks.
Tiffany & Co. on the Champs-Elysées. Stepping inside just before Christmas was really quite magical.
I had to have a generic tourist photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, right?
I can only apologise that it’s taken so long for me to publish these photos. The last few months of 2015 were very busy and as I was fortunate enough to travel a few times throughout November and December, I’m definitely behind on the content that allows me to share these experiences with you! So please bear with me.
So as I’m sure you know, in late November I travelled to Paris with Crabtree & Evelyn. You can read about the purpose of the trip here but aside from visiting the beauty pop-up, we were lucky enough to have a quick tour of the city, including a stop-off for lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever visited. Velvet chairs, lavish decor and an elaborate dome-shaped skylight were just a few of the features that had me silently mouthing ‘wow’ once or twice during the meal. And any restaurant that has a rack of high fashion magazines in its conservatory (and actually, any restaurant that has a conservatory) gets a thumbs up from me.
After lunch, our cars were waiting to pick us up for the speediest city tour I’m sure I’ll ever experience. We hopped from one landmark to the next, stopping for only a few minutes each time to take photos. But despite the rush, it was still so magical to see the different monuments – bringing all the photos and movie clips to life. I had been to Paris once before when I was very young but my only memory is getting to the top of the Eiffel Tower and being so cold that I couldn’t feel my fingers. So, armed with my striped Moschino gloves to warm my poorly-circulated hands, I was very excited to see the city again.
From the architecture and the cobbled streets, the cafes and the coffee (the Parisians do coffee very well), to the shops and the sights, Paris is like no other European city. It has a unique beauty that can’t be rivalled. It’s sophisticated, it’s charming and it’s quaint, in the strangest of ways. I feel like my time there last year was all too fleeting and I fully intend to go back over the next 12 months. In fact, I vow to go back. I have no excuse, it’s just a train ride away.
Love, Beth xo.
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