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This time next week, we will be in Paris for a few days. E has some work over there, so I decided to snag a cheap Eurostar ticket in advance and tag along for a mini break! After E’s work bits are done, we will be having dinner with friends and spending a day doing whatever we please in the city.

I’m no stranger to Paris, having been there a few times with my family and a couple of times since with E, who was actually born there but then moved to the South of France. The last time we were there, it was just a very quick one night stop before heading down South, but he did take me there for my 21st birthday which was wonderful (these photos were taken on that trip….over 5 years ago.)

Even though E knows Paris fairly well and I have ticked off most of the most popular tourist attractions, I am on the hunt for off-the-beaten-path gems in terms of foodie places (restaurants, cafes, patisseries etc.) and good spots for shopping that isn’t Galeries Lafayette. Especially for good, every day flat pumps, as mine are starting to die on me and I can’t find shoes in the UK small enough for my feet (a UK size 2-2.5)!

I would also love to climb up somewhere high (that isn’t the Eiffel Tower) to get a great view for some photos of the city from above, and I am definitely going to be stopping by at one of those big French pharmacies to stock up on skincare, as I am very loyal to La Roche-Posay and Bioderma in particular.

So, if you’ve been to Paris, live in Paris, or done any research on Paris, please share your suggestions – we will have one full day of complete freedom in the city, and I plan to drag E around to all the best places and impress him with my knowledge. Help a girl out?

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  • Reply New Girl in Toon

    Charlotte's just been to Paris and written some lovely posts about it (and her blog is generally really lovely if you haven't seen it) – she's here – http://www.theteadrinkingenglishrose.com/Hope you have a great time x

    May 16, 2014 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Margo @ gutenblog yall!

    Yes ma'am – I believe you saw my post, but I blogged about my top 10 things to do in Paris just a few weeks ago. πŸ™‚ http://www.gutenblogyall.com/2014/04/paris-in-10-steps.html

    May 16, 2014 at 7:10 am
  • Reply everywhereplease

    I went quite recently (dying to go back though, I love it there!) and we climbed up the Arc De Triomphe – it's obviously quite touristy, but there are amaaazing views at the top and it was great for photos. Have you been to Shakespeare and Co? It's a bookshop on the left bank, definitely worth a visit if you've got time πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2014 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Grace McMorrow

    There's a beautiful view of Paris at the top of the department store Printemps! There's a casual restaurant and rooftop deck so you can enjoy the view, it's one of my favorite spots in Paris, especially at sunset (check what time the store closes though because it might be before sunset)!

    May 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply OtherMix

    Sorry I can't help you with Paris, never been there before!P.s. For the Running High interviews, a few questions I have to ask you, before I can personalize the interview;- How many times do you run each week and how many K's?- Outdoor or Indoor? Are you running alone or with others?

    May 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply The Neologist

    Go up Tour Montparnasse! It's a hideous building but a slick lift ride to the top and it has an amazing view of Paris and the Tour Eiffel so well worth it. Have a good time!

    May 18, 2014 at 12:17 am
  • Reply Louise

    I've never been to Paris and feel like it's a huge gap in my travelling CV but I console myself by telling myself it's because I'm waiting to find the perfect person to go with πŸ˜‰ Hope you have an amazing time! xxx

    May 18, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Bridget

    It's pretty pricey if I remember rightly, but Le Georges is the restaurant at the top of the Pompidou. The food is nice, the view is outstanding and completely different from the usual Paris views :)Looking forward to hearing about your trip!B xx

    May 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I've never been, so can't wait to see what gems you find πŸ™‚

    May 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply miho

    thanks for the tip – i love her blog! x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply miho

    i am bookmarking the heck out of that πŸ˜‰ x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply miho

    i am definitely going to try going up the ADT – thank you!! i know of the bookshop but actually have never been i don't think… another one to cross off my list! x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply miho

    oh yes i know Printemps – i didn't know there was such a place at the top of it though, i will try to get there and hopefully the weather will be nice too πŸ™‚ thank you! x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply miho

    i answered these on your blog post πŸ™‚ x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply miho

    oh wow – never knew about that one. sounds amazing, it's at the top of my list now! thank you x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply miho

    it'll definitely be worth the wait πŸ™‚ it's not going anywhere! x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply miho

    that sounds really interesting – going to look it up, thanks Bridget! x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply miho

    i shall report back! (but really you need to go – i guess it's one of those places so close to us that we take it for granted and think "we can go whenever" and end up not doing it!) x

    May 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Two things. One, I'm SO SAD I missed this post :[ That's what I get for not reading my blogs in forever. Two, I'm so beyond jealous you're going to Paris slghlsjghsdhgs.

    May 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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