Here’s the second blog post in my little Paris series. You can read the other here and may be able to tell I was even more camera happy during the first day of my trip than of the others put together but there you go! In my last post I left off on the evening of our first day and after we went for an early evening stroll along the Seine in golden hour we could feel our tummies rumbling and all we had on our mind’s was steak!
Last month we had our Texan friends to stay for a week and within that decided to take them to Paris for a few days. We saw the shiny January sale deals on the Eurostar and couldn’t resist! Nick and I had both been before and to be honest I may have been as many as 6 times. My family were a bit obsessed with France, hence my real name, Thérèse. The last time I went was as a student and basically slept in, ate McDonalds, hung out in H&M and trawled second hand shops. I wouldn’t exactly say we made the most of it! It was certainly nice to head back as an ‘adult’ and take some time to hang out in local cafés and eateries as well as dabbling in all those tourist check points. We had a great time and Paris in Spring really is beautiful! I’m not sure who ‘they’ are but ‘they’ really aren’t lying about Paris in Spring time. I also forget just how beautiful the architecture is everywhere you look. In the centre there doesn’t seem to be such thing as a ‘dud’ building. No seventies concrete jungles breaking up the wrought iron, Art Nouveau glamour. The cherry blossoms were out in full force and besides the ever rude Parisians and beyond grim public toilets, the whole adventure was so much fun and even though it’s ‘the city of romance’, I think it was made more fun exploring with friends.
Well as you may know if you already follow my Instagram, I recently went on a gorgeous trip to Budapest! I was so excited for a city break, particularly as I’ve never been to hungary before. Much as I know how necessary a chilled out beach style holiday is for my sanity, forcing me to hit pause, I get particularly excited about exploring a totally new place, absorbing some culture, trying new foods and being inspired by colour, shape and pattern in architecture. Budapest had received shining reviews from all my friends and family that had been and on hearing how reasonable it was we decided to head there for 6 nights. The idea was to see the sights at a leisurely pace and prevent that ‘I don’t even feel like I’ve been on a holiday’ feeling.
Kindly Air bnb covered our stay in the city, which I was beaming about as I love that sense of having your own apartment as a base and getting a small taster of what it’s like to be a local. I scouted out this gorgeous Air Bnb property a while ago and was totally taken with the bright, clean decor and attention to detail. If you follow my blog you can probably tell why it had me at ‘hello’, seeing as the place is clearly loaded with white and minimal charm, along with those pure white floors I dream of on a daily basis!