We arrived in Paris in the morning and dropped our things at the two bedroom apartment we rented for four nights in the 13th arrondissement. We went to buy food and supplies at a local shopping centre and afterwards we hopped on the Metro to La Tour Eiffel. Luckily it was the only day that it rained, unfortunately that meant queuing for quite a bit in the rain to go up the tower.
Because we were queuing for so long we got to see the view from the top as it started to get dark and all the lights around the city began to turn on which was pretty amazing. I've been to Paris twice before, once when I was 9 and again for a day when I was 15 but I had never seen the view from the Eiffel Tower at night. You can see from one of the photos above that there are lights all over the tower and they twinkle every hour on the hour which is such a pretty sight.
After that we got some dinner in a little Italian restaurant we just happened upon nearby. We all had pizzas and an €8 bottle of still water between us! Yes, €8 for a litre of water!
We decided to end our first day strolling down the Champs-Élysées. It is so gorgeous at night, especially the Arc de Triomphe all lit up.
There were two things I really wanted to do on the Champs- Élysées, one was to visit the Ladurée café and the second was to buy a little something in Sephora. Luckily the guys indulged me and because everything is open quite late we got to do both! If you ever get to visit Paris I encourage you to visit Ladurée, it's worth the extortionate prices just to see the inside of the café. The photos above could never do it justice. Kate was so impresed even though she wasn't crazy about her thick dark hot chocolate (which cost €6.90). She said it was one of her favourite things we did there. I got a Café Creme which was unbelievable and we shared 4 mini macarons (I had Pistache, my favourite flavour).
Before getting the Metro back to the apartment, I quickly ran into Sephora to grab a Chanel lipstick. I could have gotten it a few Euro cheaper in the duty Free but like the sap that I am I really wanted to buy my first Chanel lipstick on the Champs-Élysées. I'll be showing it to you soon!
As you can see from the photos we may have smuggled some extra guests on the plane with us. Beemo from Adventure time and Doctor Who himself Matt Smith came along for some fun. You should see what they got up to!
More Paris posts coming next week, I hope it wasn't too boring but I do love seeing what other people do when they visit places so I thought some of you might find it interesting. I'm also writing a post with my advice about/ a guide to an inexpensive stay in Paris.