In May 2016 I was lucky enough to be taken away on a 2 night work trip to Paris.
I was working at a dentists as a receptionist covering maternity for a year and I felt really honoured that they invited me along. My boss had a beautiful apartment in the heart of Paris where we could all stay.
One of my favourite things about Paris is the quaint little Cafes dotted around. I could spend all day eating their delicious food, drinking coffee and watching people walking past, going about their daily business.
A simple, fresh, yet delightful Croque Monsieur (cheese and ham toastie). You can also order this with an egg on top, which is called a Croque Madame.
The weather wasn’t great as you can see from my photo of the Eiffel Tower!
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is definitely worth a visit, especially if it is raining outside. I am not personally religious and ensured that I kept a wide birth from the room where you ask for forgiveness of your sins but the structure of the building is really beautiful and the atmosphere is very warm and welcoming inside. There is an option to light a candle to remember a loved one which adds a personal touch to the experience.
The Galeries Lafayette Shopping centre was structully beautiful, like most buildings in Paris. The majority of the shops were luxury brands and way out of my price range, but we had a great time window shopping and stopping for a glass of bubbly.
We were all very well looked after when it came to drinks. I am no wine expert but Paris definitely provided me with the best wine and champagne that I have ever tasted. I would definitely recommend Prescription Cocktail Club. Never before have I been in a cocktail bar where you can have bespoke drinks made for you based on the ingredients that you like (maybe I just need to get out more).
This bar is a real hidden gem. Luckily we had been recommended it, otherwise we would never have known it was there. It is quite out of the way, tucked away down a side road and it doesn’t look particularly special from the outside.
Inside though, it was like stepping into a movie. The attention to detail in the decoration was amazing and the atmosphere was so chilled out, even at 4am when we left. The drinks were absolutely delicious, as were the bartenders creating them.
On our way home, unbeknown to us, Eurostar had allowed our train to leave early so we had to wait 6 hours for the next train. They agreed to upgrade us to ‘Business Premier’ due to the inconvenience, although I can’t say that they were overly apologetic. The food was designed by Raymond Blanc and although the seats weren’t that much better than ‘standard’, the meal was definitely worth it.