A Weekend in Paris
I've just got home from our ten year anniversary trip to Paris, I'll be honest - I have major withdrawal symptoms. Honestly every time I travel I realise how much I love seeing the world and documenting it - on that note, there will be a lot more travel posts on rush & teal this year.
I was unsure how to set out blog posts from our little trip, I didn't go mad on creating content because first and foremost we were there because it was our anniversary and stopping to take a photo of every little thing would of taken away the magic of that really. So I settled on doing a little travel diary on this post and then a couple of hotel reviews, I will do a guide to Paris in a few months after I've been again in March (yes, I've already got another trip booked to go back 🙊).
For those of you who didn't catch my Instagram post the other day - we celebrated our ten year anniversary, a decade since we decided to have a little go at a teenage romance and in fact turned out to be the real deal. It's mad how fast time has gone, I still feel like fifteen year old me when I'm with Morgan!
I'll do a more in depth blog post about these two beautiful places but whilst we were in Paris we stayed at citizenM Gare De Lyon on the first night and on the second night we headed over to The Hoxton Paris.
citizenM was an utter surprise to me, I've seen countless bloggers stay there and seen the amazing bed and fun decor but I was honestly blown away by everything it has to offer. From the fast check in, crazy fun interiors, mood-lighting and the fact that this particular one has it's very own private rooftop bar.
Having stayed at both The Hoxton Shoreditch and Holborn, I was sure I knew what I going to get from The Hoxton Paris. Sure enough, it's interiors were effortlessly cool as expected, but I was pleased to see how it had a real Parisian touch rather than being a duplicate of it's London sisters. Filled with beautiful light, greenery and gorgeous wicker and velvet chairs, it was so up my street. Also, the staff! Just incredible, they spoilt us knowing it was our anniversary - more of that in the blog post.
Here's the little post I wrote specifically about The Hoxton, Paris.
Last time I was in Paris, Eliza and I made our way around the city purely eating avocado on toast. This time I thought we would try a few different places, I'm not sure Morgan would of appreciated the same meal every day! Although I will note, I got my avo fix at least once on the trip!
Some highlights were eating at Paris New York, which was recommended by Hayley - safe to say this was so up Morgan's street... even if we did spent nearly twenty euros on two pints. If you're a burger fan, definetly head there - just be prepared for a little queue. We were really fancying some pizza so we headed to Pizzeria Popolare after seeing Liv write about it on a blog post last year, hands down best pizza I have ever eaten, the cocktails were good too! Oh and if you want a quick bite, Boneshaker Donuts are incredible.
Also whilst we stayed at The Hoxton we did try out their restaurant Rivie for brunch. After a chilly walk around the city their coffee warmed me right up and the avo on toast was to die for. Whether you're staying there or not, definetly head in for some brunch!
Drink wise, if you happen to stay at citizenM Gare De Lyon - head up to their rooftop bar! We nearly gave it a miss but decided to have a little look and trust me, we didn't regret it one bit. It's pretty chilled, with beautiful views over the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Plus their cocktail menu is pretty damn good, the blue one made me forget quite a bit.
Also The Hoxton has it's very own speakeasy Jacques' Bar - this is a cosy spot with a pretty fun menu and brilliant decor. Again, we nearly headed straight back to the room but we lost a few hours here over a few cocktails and many, many gins.
This wasn't a particularly sight seeing based holiday, we've both done a lot of the main sights before - we just wanted to have a wander and spend time together really but that being said, here's a few places worth noting down, because even chilled breaks have must dos right?
Le Marias is a brilliant part of Paris, filled to the brim with cute coffee shops and independent shops. Some of my fave places there are Fragments, Ob-La-Di, Papier Tigre and The Frankie Shop. Also, the lovely receptionist in The Hoxton recommended Morgan and I should head to Ile Saint-Louis - the streets are beautiful, filled with lovely restaurants and fairly lights AND apparently the best cream.
I usually avoid tourist spots like no tomorrow but we headed to the Catacombes on their other side of the Seine. It was bizarre and a little spooky but really really interesting. If you have the time definetly go and see, wear trainers though - 130 steps down would be horrendous in anything else!
P.s. Every time I go I end up at Palais Royale - I can't resit, you get the best snaps there!
Hope you enjoyed the smallest little round up, I hope to do a little bit more of a detailed guide after I've been again in March but yes, I'll pop the two hotel reviews up soon too - all in the name of more travel blogging!
If you have any recommendations, please pop the below! I'm off again in March and am always looking for new places to see!
P.s. Have you signed up for Slow Sunday Club yet? The third edition comes out Sunday 11th February.