Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery.

It’s fair to say that our last day in Paris rolled around WAY TOO FAST, but at the same time, it couldn’t have come at a better moment. After a long night seeing what the streets of Paris had to offer, we were a little tired in the morning and didn’t have much of a game plan in terms of how to spend our last few hours.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

So true to Alice and Beth style, we decided to wing it, picking a random metro stop on the map and taking a gander – which much to our surprise meant exploring THE largest cemetery in the whole of Paris.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

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Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery   Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery   Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

We honestly could have spent hours wandering around the final resting places of many a- fallen soldier and famous star, but with a long coach journey ahead and no guarantee of being able to recharge our tech (the epitome of a first world problem if you ask me), we left the grounds and stopped by a quintessential Parisian café for hot drinks, people watching and er selfies…

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Oh boy do I love to people watch. It really is the most fascinating thing, watching total strangers go about their day as they cross roads, talk on phones or just walk looking ahead. How funny to think that I’ll most probably never ever see these people again (heck I can’t even remember what half of them looked like); and that even though I was looking at them, I had absolutely no idea who they were, what their names were, where they had come from, their whole back story – it truly is so fascinating.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

All warmed up from our hot chocolates and coffees, we headed off to the coach station, stopping at the nearby shopping mall.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Nearing check-in time, we made our way to the coach station where we waited for our coach to leave and snacked on sweets for about the umpteenth time – we at so many sweets on this trip that we’ve taken a vow to never eat sweets ever again…

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Then boarded the coach and started the long journey back to London.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

We stopped at customs to have our bags and passports checked.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Then it was back in our metal tin that didn’t feel as claustrophobic as on the way back, but that was probably because the coach was practically empty.

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

Exploring Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

And then before we knew it, we were home sweet London home.

alice

xo

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night.

After a long day spent traipsing around Paris, with a battery-less camera and phone, the idea of passing out for the night seemed most ideal, especially with a long journey home the next morning. For about three hours we crashed – though I did pop into a nearby Darty (kind of like Curry’s) to buy a new charger for my phone – listening to music and allowing our bodies to rest. We then decided that as it was our last night, we should make the most of our time in this incredible city before we ended up regretting going to bed instead of seeing more of Paris. We had only intended on walking down the street to see what was down there, but ended up seeing so much more.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

We walked along a canal and through the square near where we were staying.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Then found ourselves walking further in search of Notre Dame and the Louvre.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Having spent the daytime wandering around Paris, it was like stepping into a totally different world seeing Paris by night. Almost as though night-time is when all the magic happens. Maybe it was because I’m a London girl, but walking through the streets of Paris at night felt so natural and casual, and although it felt like being a new world, the thought of walking through a foreign country at night didn’t faze me one bit.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

We walked for god knows how long until we saw a bright structure that we recognised from earlier in the day – the Eiffel Tower.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

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Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Walking on still, we stumbled upon a Christmas market, which was kind of funny because earlier in the trip Beth and I had been complaining we had been unable to go a good Christmas market yet.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

There were sweets, macaroni and cheese, candy floss as big as my head.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Realising that we had most probably gone the wrong way in search of Notre Dame and the Louvre, we continued on our walk, passing the Eiffel Tower for the last time.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

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Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

An extended walk along the Seine later, we FINALLY came to a sign pointing to the Louvre.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

It was then time for chocolately nourishment despite the fact we were both high from a potentially fatal candy floss overdose and anymore sugar in our systems was definitely not necessary.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

When we got to Notre Dame it was lit up like a Christmas tree – literally – and most definitely worth the wait.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

After a few too many snaps and the dissipating levels of sugar in our blood, it was time to head back for a good night’s sleep before a long coach ride home.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

We hopped on the metro…

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

…and made our way home.

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Exploring Paris: Paris By Night

Then fell straight to sleep.

alice

xo

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs.

With only one full day in Paris, Beth and I knew we had to make the most of our time in the fabulous city, so we decided to jam it full with activities that included visiting the Eiffel Tower (natch) and the Catacombs. Knowing it would be a long day full of photo-tastic things, I had charged my phone through the night, only to find THAT MY CHARGER HAD BROKEN :O and that my phone had been on 1% for the whole night – I know, TRAGEDY! Luckily I had my camera to shoot the day’s fun festivities.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We started our day by fuelling ourselves with a Parisian breakfast of pain au chocolat and baguettes swathed in butter. I’m not a breakfast person, but it was soooo good.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We then set off for the day in search of the Eiffel Tower.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

And made our way up to the very top – squealing with excitement and terror the whole time.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

When we finally reached the top, it was like being on top of the world. Above the clouds, the sun shone fiercely and brightly (making it a little hard to take a picture without getting blinded hahaha), where we stood in awe and couldn’t stop grinning and smiling.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

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Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

After a while at the top, we started making our descent downwards, back to the gloom but splendour of the city.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

We stopped for a hearty lunch.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Then made our way to the infamous Catacombs… where we waited in line for what felt like FOREVER.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

The Catacombs were nowhere near as scary or terrifying as I had expected them to be, but they were insanely fascinating, interesting and a whole lot of fun.

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs  Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

By the time we reached our hostel, we were ready for bed and crashed out for the night…

Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs  Exploring Paris: Eiffel Tower & Catacombs

…or so we thought…

alice

xo

Paris Bound.

It’s weird to say that two weeks ago, Beth and I set off bright (in actuality it was still really dark) and early in the morning for Victoria Coach Station to make it on time for our coach to grand PAREE.

Paris Bound

Several hours and a ride in what felt like a ride in a tiny metal tin later, we arrived in France, where the clouds were grey and it was spitting.

Paris Bound

We continued on our journey, stopping at Charles du Galle airport to let a few people off the coach before continuing on our way to Paris. Finally arriving, we managed to make our way to where we were staying, and prepared ourselves for our first night in Paris.

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound  Paris Bound

Paris Bound

While we had agreed to try and find somewhere nice to have dinner, upon stepping out of our accommodation, we saw an empty restaurant across the road and decided on staying a little closer to home.

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Obviously being in France I had to try some snails, and much to my surprise they were absolutely DELICIOUS and I gobbled them up as quickly as I could, wishing I had ordered twelve instead of six – I know, I know, #firstworldproblems hahaha.

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

After such a long day and feeling totally famished, we ordered two pizzas, which we realised far too late that we should have just shared one, as neither of us managed to finish our own; and a shared a litre of wine between us. You read that right: ONE LITRE OF WINE. As you can imagine, we were drunk before our food arrived.

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound  Paris Bound

Paris Bound

With food in our bellies and tasty wine in our veins, we went out for drinks and people watching, while discussing politics, education and just about everything else… before calling it a night and heading to bed.

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Paris Bound

Despite being tired from the long journey, our first night in Paris was so much fun and we were so excited that every five minutes, one or both of us, would say ‘I can’t believe we’re actually here. I love it so much.’

alice

xo