Stumped as I was for something to do to celebrate my 23rd, when my mum ventured the idea of escaping to Paris for a bit of a mother-daughter holiday, I jumped on it. It was literally booked about ten minutes later.
The weather was sunny and warm, and we walked around, ate lovely food, shopped, and visited a few places I hadn’t been before (and some places I simply love).
Somewhere we visted that I hadn’t been to before was the Canal Saint-Martin, in the east of Paris. It was packed along its edges with people enjoying the sunshine and browsing the boutiquey shops along the banks.
We stopped in a trendy crêperie for some caramalised apple goodness.
Someone get these Parisians a beach!
I really recommend visiting the Marche aux Puces (flea markets) to anyone who’s planning on visiting Paris. It’s easy to get to, just take the line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday and follow the crowds. There’s a massive market that’s sprung up around the edges of the actual market, make sure you don’t get fooled into thinking that’s what you’re looking for! Head for Rue Rosiers, and Marche Dauphine, and explore from there (you can get a map from the website). Track down some moules-frites for lunch 🙂
My favourite part of Paris, I think, is Montmartre. We spent a good part of our last day ambling around, exploring the area behind Sacre Coeur that is remarkably void of tourists and very pretty, with little craft shops, a park and great views over the city. I like the feeling of space you get up there – the rest of Paris can at times feel very hemmed in.
I’ll be back.