Paris is Always a Good Idea

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No six words have ever been truer.

It was late on a crispy October afternoon in Berlin when I heard from an old friend back home who told me he needed to get away and go on an adventure. Being that friend who is always up for an adventure (anywhere, any time… just try me), I told him to book a flight and I’d see him in a few days at the Berlin airport for a trip to Paris to re-explore a city you could never fall out of love with.

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In under 48 hours we were on our way to Paris in the mild winter, eating croissants for breakfast and crepes for breakfast dessert (if that’s not a thing it really should be). We wandered through Le Marais, all the way through to St Germain des pres (my two favourite neighbourhoods in Paris), and got lost until we found a Laduree store, picked up some macarons and went on our merry way until the next food stop. After three days in Paris we had had our fix. We packed our bags, boarded a train to Stuttgart and made our way back to Berlin on the Autobahn.

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It was raining, miserable and grey when I first arrived in Paris to meet my British bestie, Emma, for a girls weekend in Paris. We had arranged a quick getaway to slot into my Europe adventures and for her to catch a quick flight over from London for the weekend. We checked in to our hotel on the Champs Elysees, an old hollywood style hotel that felt luxe once inside but busy and chaotic on the streets of Paris’ most high traffic street (both for pedestrians and cars).

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Rather than wait it out, we immediately made our way out onto the streets of Paris – running in the rain, dancing with an umbrella to shield us and walking as far as our wet, soggy boots would allow. We wandered all the way through to the Louvre, across the Seine into St Germain and found refuge in a number of bakeries and boutiques.

Emma in Paris - Photographed by: Brooke Saward

Paris on your own is quite a different experience and one that I (nor my hips) will ever forget. Croissants for breakfast soon became breakfast, lunch and dinner. One crepe soon became two and those salted caramels that melt in your mouth? I’d easily work my way through a packet a day.


And then there was the time I visited Paris with my father – the one man who I know will always love me unconditionally. We flew in from Rome and my father, bless him, turned to ask me the function of the Eiffel Tower. “I don’t know, dad. I just you just climb it” I responded, as if it weren’t a great big deal (alarm bells ringing in my head!!!!)

eiffel tower paris

There was also a time I visited Paris with a lost love, one that I would rarely speak about now, nor would I wish to admit that it was Paris that was the last straw to break the camels’ back. But it was Paris that made me stronger, Paris that made me realise I needed to be happy with myself first, before I could be happy with another.


The truth is that there is never a bad time to visit Paris, as Paris is always a good idea.

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    Sarah Wyland
    January 28, 2016 at 5:48 am

    This is wonderful! I’m taking my first trip to Paris in April, just 36 hours, but I plan to wander and eat my way through every last moment.

    January 26, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I have been to Paris many times – this last time solo. Your post has made me realize that I am now at a stage where I can visit for three or four days and use more time visiting other cities and countries while in Europe. It just never occurred to me that I don’t have to stay for a week or more (although it is still possible). Ah, the dawn breaks and what a lovely sunrise it is.

    January 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Brooke you are so right, no six words have ever been truer, currently on the train to CDG after spending few days in Paris. There is a sweet little temptation inside me not to get on my flight hehehe – I love Paris so much!!

    January 26, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Ohhh, Paris how I love you! Visited two times already, but Paris – and her macarons and crepes – is really a city you can never get bored with.

    January 26, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful <3

    January 26, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I can really relate to this as I have only visited Paris once with an ex, and while we had a great time, I have been a bit hesitant to go back due to stirring up old memories etc. I think I should though, as there are so many things that I still want to see, and “Paris is always a good idea”.

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 25, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Indeed, you can never go wrong with Paris. I’ve only visited once, but I would go back there in a heartbeat! I still want to roam the halls of Versailles, feeling like Marie Antoinette and be all bohemian wandering through the Latin Quarter and all the left bank of the Seine.

    January 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Paris sounds absolutely amazing!! Xx

    January 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful story! J’aime Paris!

    January 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Yup, true words! Paris is always a great idea <3

    January 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    missing paris so much right now </3

    January 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Such precious stories… Paris is always a good idea.

    January 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This is so cute! Who doesn’t love Paris *sigh*

    January 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I love this post! Paris was a dream of mine for so long and now I can’t wait to return!

    January 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

    YES! I may be biased because I live there… but I absolutely love Paris!!!!

    January 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I’m going to be in Paris for Valentines with my love, cliche I know, but I cannot wait to eat all the croissants with jam and macaroons and last time I was there I found a place that had gelato squished between two macaroons sooo I will be hunting that down again 😀

    shannon off duty
    January 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Words to live by

    Charlotte Buckle
    January 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I have always wanted to go to Paris (what girl hasn’t) but I never really saw how beautiful it can be and what fun can be had there! Someday !!
    Take care,
    C |

    January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    What a fantastic post! I just recently wrote a blog post about Paris as well and now I’m desperate to go back. You’re so right, it’s impossible to fall out of love with Paris. Your photo of the Eiffel Tower and carousel is stunning.

    January 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    you just blew my mind with the concept of breakfast dessert. gonna have to try that! plus the pictures look great.
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    January 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Makes me want to go back asap!