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Surprise 3 Nights Christmas trip to Paris


Thinking about Christmas makes me happy and excited at the same time, and if a holiday is in the plans as well, I am over the moon. When making plans for this Christmas I was really excited about the market in London, but while checking their website and wanting to book a hotel in London, I found by mistake a lovely 3 nights holiday, with flights, to go to Paris and the price was too good not to check it. Of course, I entered the website and in less than half an hour, me and my boyfriend decided that we would spend a romantic Christmas in Paris. We had never been to France before, so we were really excited. We never went to the Christmas market in London either, but Paris sounded way more exciting, especially when living in the UK.


Since it was Christmas, most of the attractions were closed, but this didn’t stop us. The weather was not so bad for the end of December, so we spent a lot of time wandering around the city. We stayed at the lovely hotel Atelier Montparnasse, in a small but cosy room. The hotel was in a really nice area, Montparnasse District, really close to the metro, so every morning, we were waking up, having coffee and breakfast and leaving the hotel until late at night. Paris has a special charm at night when all the lights turn on. Wandering the streets of Paris is the perfect way of spending Christmas, especially if you are with your other half. Cold and a little dark, but still extremely romantic and welcoming, the city centre of Paris really charmed us, and we can’t wait to go back there.

Being there for the first time and only for 3 days, we became a little touristy and visited all the attractions that the city is known for. So, we took the metro and started searching for the best places to visit in Paris during Christmas.


 

1. GALERIES LAFAYETTE


We started with Lafayette’s Galleries because it was Christmas, and every year, they do something amazing with the decorations and the huge tree inside this shopping centre. This year was about candies and balloons, and they called it Spectacular Spectacular, but all I saw was Candy Crush.



Galeries Lafayette during Christmas in Paris with a view from the inside balcony, seeing a huge Candy Crush themed Christmas tree

 

2. EIFFEL TOWER


Of course, we couldn`t miss the Eiffel Tower. It`s Paris! We wanted to go to the top, but we wanted to take the stairs instead of the lift. And we did it. The view from the top was awe-inspiring, a great way to get warm in the winter, a lovely place to have a coffee and decide where to go next based on the views.


The best view of Eiffel Tower, seen from Trocadero Garden

 

3. TROCADERO GARDEN


After going up the Eiffel Tower, we crossed the Seine to the Trocadero Garden, in order to get the best view of the Eiffel Tower, take some photos and continue our journey in discovering Paris’ city centre.


Trocadero Garden seen from Eiffel Tower, in the background is the whole Paris viewed from above. The best panoramic view point you can see in this city.

 

4. ARC DE TRIOMPHE AND CHAMPS ELYSEES


We walked from Eiffel Tower to Arc de Triomphe and the whole Champs Elysees entered some of the shops and took loads of photos. After finishing this route, we stopped to eat something on the end of Champs Elysees and decided to head back to the hotel for a lovely night out in a small pub in the neighbourhood, where we enjoyed a couple of cocktails before sleep.


View of Arc de Triomphe from the Champs Elysees boulevard

 

5. LOUVRE MUSEUM


The next day we started by taking the metro to the Louvre Museum and enjoying a short walking route around the Seine. The museum was impressive and massive, the online pictures are not doing it justice with people focusing on the small pyramid for the perfect photos.


Louvre Museum inside square in the winter, filled with people and in the middle the glass pyramid

 


6. NOTRE DAME


The second stop was Notre Dame, where the cue to go inside was until the other side of the street (the only thing I don’t like when I visit popular attractions is that they are overcrowded), but this time it was totally worth it. It was the most impressive cathedral that I have ever seen inside. The outside is lovely, and the view with the Seine near is perfect, but the inside is something that you have to see to realise how good it actually is.



Notre Dame Cathedral viewed from over the Seine river in the Christmas

 

7. LES HALLES, SAINT EUSTACHE AND LE CENTRE POMPIDOU


Leaving Notre Dame, we were looking for a warm place with some nice food, so we crossed the Seine and stopped in Les Halles shopping centre. After a proper meal, we wandered around the Le Centre Pompidou (that, unfortunately, because of Christmas, it was closed), entered another amazing church, the Saint Eustache and walked around the Nelson Mandela Garden. Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel for a relaxing night.


Saint-Eustache Church in Paris

 

8. CHEESE AND MACARONS


For our last day, we wandered around the small streets of the city centre, going around the shops, listening to people speaking French, trying different things like croissants, baguettes, macarons and cheese! This was our perfect way to relax before coming back to work.


Authentic Croissants, macarons and French coffee in a Paris coffee shop

 

Even if we missed some important things and places in Paris, I am thrilled that I had the chance to spend Christmas in this beautiful city, with my better half and I know that we will be back someday for a more extended trip and see everything, especially Disneyland, that I was disappointed that I didn’t have time to see. I am still a child inside, after all!


People walking in the night on the streets in Paris in the Christmas season


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