SO even though this little weekend escape happened way back in January I still thought it important to post it on the blog, partly because the pictures were too picturesque not to put anywhere and I’ve already exhausted my Instagram with Paris pictures. So voila, here you go.
The trip was a birthday surprise for Jack, who last went when he was a wee toddler and couldn’t remember anything about it except for loving Les Invalides, which sadly we didn’t make it to. I had already been twice and had done most of the most touristy things there are to do, but it didn’t stop us from moseying around the winding streets from the moment we left the apartment until after sundown, sparingly taking the Metro in a bid to see as much as possible in the four days.
Speaking of the apartment, we did REALLY well. We AirBNBed it (what else does anyone do these days?) and found a beautiful authentic poet’s apartment in Montmartre. I had insisted on staying in Montmartre because a) I’m difficult and b) it’s one of the known artists districts in Paris with the incredible Sacre Coeur overlooking basically the whole of central Paris. The apartment was on the top floor of a large, ornate block of apartments and it felt like you could see across the whole world out of the window, where the sunrise shone in and lit up the whole room. If you don’t like studio apartments, this wouldn’t be for you. The toilet, for example, was in the same room as the bed and in fact everything else. Not ideal, but at least I feel I know Jack a little better after that trip ;).
If you wanna stay in this little gem of a place just click here.
I won’t go into detail about our day to day activities in Paree because I’m sure you can guess the majority. We walked under the Eiffel Tower (we didn’t go up it because we couldn’t be bothered waiting for the queue to shorten and we wanted a crepe). We went to Place de Contrescarpe and basked in the delight of knowing Hemingway used to drink his coffee there (more me). We spent a lot of time in Le Marais because it’s possibly the best hangout spot in Paris, especially if you like quirky back-alley shops and falafel pittas. On this note, we did find a very recommendable drinks spot for all you night owls. If you like sitting on stools designed like Warhol’s Brillo Boxes in cosy cocktail bars disguised as laundromats, look no further than Lavomatic, your go-to speakeasy in Le Marais. You won’t be disappointed.
One other thing which was a definite highlight to my trip was spending time at Shakespeare and Company, the original library belonging to Sylvia Beach and frequented by many of the big names of the Lost Generation (like Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and my beloved Hemingway). I could have sat in that typewriting room for the whole weekend, if only it had a little fridge stowed under one of the benches.
Now I will finish writing and leave you to the pictures. I am off to watch Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson in it as a sort of #TakeMeBack, both to my trip and to the 1920’s.
Thanks for reading, as always, and lots of love,