Our Visit to Paris: Day One

Just got back from three nights in Paris with my hubby so wanted to share with you what we got up to and some of our photos and tips for anyone else thinking of going for a trip.

We stayed at Hotel Waldorf Madeleine on Boulevard Malsherbes, a four stay hotel which we got a great deal on via Expedia which included the Eurostar tickets and the hotel. Plus, because we booked using Quidco, we got some cashback on the trip too. If you’re not already using Quidco, you need to!

Hotel Waldorf Madeleine in Paris is in a great spot, walking distance of all the designer shops on Rue Royale, Laduree, Place de Concorde, Lourve and Champs Elysee. Would really recommend this spot if you want a great spot and a bit of luxury. The hotel at full price is very expensive, but if you book late you can get a bargain!

On the first day we walked along the Champs Elysee and browsed their Christmas Market, your typical European Christmas Market full of yummy food and tacky gifts. We ate Churros (or Chi Chis are they are called in French).

We loved this gingerbread stall and couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this unfortunate merchandising….

Champs Elysee is the Paris version of Oxford Street, so you’ll find your big high street shops here, I popped into Sephora, but there wasn’t much that we don’t already have in the UK now. However, in the Disney Store, I couldn’t resist this photo opportunity.

At the end of the Champs Elysee, after a long walk (and singing of this song) you get to the Arc de Triomphe and in case you don’t know what that looks like it’s this….

We walked up a gazillion stairs of the arches spiral staircase, which was painful. Good exercise, but yes, be prepared, it really is ALOT of stairs. Hubby took this photo, I couldn’t, I’m not brave enough. You can read Matt’s book blog here.

Apparently, the theme of day one in Paris was going up tall buildings, because we also managed to cram in the Eiffel Tower visit too, which we chose to do a night. It was flipping freezing, but seeing the city all lit up at night was amazing, well worth doing at night as well as in the day if you have time I think.

And in case you don’t know what the Eiffel Tower looks like at night, here’s a photo…

Find out what we did on Day Two in Paris tomorrow.

Have you been to Paris?

What are your favourite things to do in Paris?

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