A few weeks ago I visited Paris for the weekend. A perfect short getaway…
Last year in November, I wrote my first blog about ‘how to live like a Parisienne’ and a sequel couldn’t be missed. So here it is:
Perfect for this short getaway is to travel by train. The Thalys brings you from Liège Guillemins to Paris Gare nu Nord in two hours (if you’re travelling from the Netherlands). Please make sure you buy your tickets in a discount period. That will save a great deal of time and money.
The only disadvantage of traveling by train to Paris, is the time schedule. On our way back, from Gare du Nord to Liège, the train departed at last around six o’clock. That’s quite early for leaving the beautiful city of Paris. So we’ve figured out a new way to stay a little bit longer. The Thalys to Brussels is departing later on the evening. So just take the train to Brussels and then change to the intercity to Liège Guillemins. In time, it’s just 20 a 25 minutes longer. No big deal, right?
Visiting Paris this time was quite hot. On Saturday it was 37 degrees! So we spend our first day shopping in shops and warehouses with air conditioning.
On Sunday we spend our day wandering the street of Paris. We visited the Dôme des Invalides, Jardin du Luxembourg, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and many more sightseeing spots. It was again very hot, but not that warm as Saturday. I could see on my Iphone that we walked around 18 kilometers in Paris, that’s a lot right?
As you all know, I am a die-hard researcher on the internet. So before we pick an hotel, I always sort out the best hotels in Paris by reading in blogs, searching on Instagram and reading reviews on Tripadvisor (so you might think there are more interesting things to do, but humor me for the moment). After careful consideration, Hotel Mathis was the absolute winner for our trip to Paris this time!
Source: Hotel Mathis
Review: in one word, perfect! A lovely hotel with great service and a fantastic location. The hotel was super stylish and very Parisian! The interior was exactly to my taste: black and gold combined with a 60’s touch.
The hotel is located nearby Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Rue Saint-Honoré (the famous expensive shopping street). And I got a really nice present when we arrived in our room: I giftset from Sephora (yeah). So reasons enough to choose this hotel for spending the night in Paris.
Bistrot Francois Felix
We found this spot by accident and we are glad we did. The service was outstanding and the food was the best we had in Paris. It’s a great little bistro in a back street within the high end shopping district (side street of Rue Saint-Honoré). I ate Boeuf Bourginon and it tastes how my mother makes it (perfect).
Globetrotters pay attention!
So this might sound a little bit cheap but every time I visit a beautiful city, I always purchase a matching key hanger. So every time I look at my key ring, it always reminds me of the beautiful cities I visited.
So now I am writing this blog about the Parisienne feeling for the second time, it occurred to me that there is a book available about living the Parisienne life. Hmm.. maybe a must-read.
Available at Bol.com
Honestly, I cannot wait to go to live the Parisienne life for the third time. But until then, who has to offer me some good information about really cool hotspots and shops in Paris?