04/06/2015

Travel Diary: Paris, France


Just over a week ago now, I took my first ever trip to the beautiful city of Paris. Granted that I'm 21 years old and have done a decent bit of travelling so far, it surprised even myself that I was yet to tick Paris off my list, considering it is just over the English Channel from London. The main reason for the trip being: seeing the French Open at Rolland Garos. I have wanted to attend for years (I'm on course for the Grand Slam of tennis Tournaments by 2020!) but aside from busyness with uni or work, this year was the first chance I've had to go! In the spirit of making a trip of it, my sister and brother both came along to Paris with me for 4 nights.

Having always wanted to visit Paris, I guess my expectations were pretty high but the city certainly delivered. We were blessed with beautiful blue skies and sunshine everyday, which is always a winner in my eyes! We were staying in an area not far from the city centre called Place D'Italie. Once we arrived in the French capital, the tourist in me was keen to do some exploring and the first stop had to be the landmark that defines Paris: The Eiffel Tower. My sister, brother and I spent the evening catching up by the river over good street food and a glass of wine before heading up the Eiffel just after sunset to see the epic city views.

My favourite day (a contender for my favourite day so far this year!) was seeing the tennis at Roland Garros. I literally love watching sports events, racking up a tally of American football, baseball, ice hockey and basketball while I was living in New York, and tennis is no different! We had tickets for the Suzanne Lengen court (second best) at the tournament and spent the day watching the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori battle it out on the clay. I'm a huge tennis fan and have been playing since I could hold a racket and for those of you who don't know, I even represented Yorkshire a few years ago! I don't get to play as much as I'd like to right now but still love to keep up with the professional levels! All in all, it was a fab day, I'd 100% recommend attending the event if you ever get the chance! And yes.. I've already bagged tickets to Wimbledon!

The next couple of days were a whirlwind tour of Paris main attractions. Between brunching and a spot of shopping, I saw the Notre Dame, Arc De Triomphe, Grand Palais, The Louvre and even went on a river boat cruise! My outfits for the days out included the Misguided khaki trench coat (which is sold out but the short-sleeve version is available here) along with roll-neck tops (very Parisian chic) plus my trusty Topshop low heels.

I'm hoping to go back to visit Paris in the future and explore some of the lesser-known hidden spots! If you've got any Paris recommendations or have visit the city before, let me know in the comments!

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