Paris | To See, To Eat, To Do

Monday, January 22, 2018

My first getaway of 2018 and what a perfect choice it was. I well and truly left my heart in the 'City of Love' this past week and here's why you will too...

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To See & To Do
Cliché as it may be, you simply cannot visit Paris without seeing its three most iconic monuments; the infamous Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomph and if you're into your art exhibitions then of course the Louvre must be at the top of your list. I would highly advise heading down early however as even in January which I wouldn't consider as 'peak season' the queues were piled high. I regrettably didn't manage to see the Eiffel Tower lit in all its glory in the evening definitely the perfect excuse for me to make a Parisian return right?!

For a stunning overview of the city, catching a glimpse of each of these beautiful Parisian sights the Wheel of Paris is a must. For just 12 euros per person step inside your carriage as the wheel sends you high into the heart of Paris not just once but twice to ensure you don't miss a thing.

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As one of the biggest four fashion capitals in the world, if you're a shopping lover then Champs Élysées is a serious must. Home to glamorous Parisian favourites including Louis Vuitton, Ladurée and Chanel; alongside high street names 'Zara' and 'H&M', then of course for the beauty lover there lies 'Sephora'. (I may or may not have splurged just a little bit too much.. maybe) And once you have reached the end of this shopper's paradise, you are greeted by the architectural beauty that is the 'Arc De Triomph'. I was simply blown away by the intricacy and detail that had gone into the creation of this landmark monument. Head down the stairs into the underground pedestrian walkway for tickets to a more in-depth talk upon its history, however if you just want to freely enjoy its beauty; head on past the queue and up the stairs to then admire at your leisure. And if shopping centres are more your thing as opposed to parading through crowded streets then be sure to pay Galaries Lafayette a visit on your trip. Home to well known favourite fashion brands including Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Chanel and Gucci, plenty of places to eat and drink surrounded by lavish interiors; this department store is perfect for both a day out or a glamorous browse.

And of course, the little kid inside of me just had to pay a visit to Disneyland Paris. The hour metro journey to this joyous destination was truly worth it, from the moment you step into the park until leaving you are filled with magic around every corner. From the thrill of the rides, the intricacy and detail that has gone into every piece of the park from the carriage designs to the realism of the 'robotic' characters; cheering on the characters as they parade through the kingdom on an array of beautifully designed floats, an array of foodie delights to tickle your appetite in the Disney Village and lastly ending your day with the most magical of firework displays whilst clips from classic Disney movies are projected onto the castle telling a story of both magic and happiness; Disneyland truly fills everyone's heart with joy no matter what age.

To Eat
If I were to describe my Parisian break in under 10 words I would probably have to go with something along the lines of 'The biggest food coma hangover of my entire life'. In other words, I certainly ate; a lot. Central Paris is certainly filled with restaurants galore and for those that miss their home comforts; as with the majority of cities you will find plenty of Pret a Manger's, Starbucks and McDonald's plotted around the city. But for those that want to discover those hidden little gems there were a few I came across throughout my duration in the city. Now, gimme all the macaroons.

Taking cover from the rain whilst exploring the city, I found myself in Le Café Gustave. Just a short walk away from the Eiffel Tower offering classic favourites including burgers and fries, pasta, pizza and bolognaises. Within just five minutes of placing my order, my bolognaise was freshly placed in front of me. If you're looking for a classic hideout with quick and friendly service, good tasting food and a generous portion for the price then this is one for you. I must admit the drinks were slightly over priced at around five euros for a glass of orange, however the exceptionally quick table service made the extra payment worth it for sure.

Fancy a sweet treat? Luckily for you Paris has plenty. Staying in the area of 'Montmarte' you will find 'La Creme de Paris' offering its customers the tastiest of treats from savoury brunch offerings to tasty crêpes and delicious ice creams. Now, all you need to do is dig in. Reasonably priced too, my boyfriend opted for a classic Nutella crêpe whereas I went for a 3 scoop serving of ice cream (Coffee, chocolate and vanilla.. just incase you were wondering) and certainly a big statement but I can honestly go as far into saying it was one of the nicest bowls of ice cream I have genuinely ever tasted. And I like ice cream, a lot. For just 10 euros 50 (4,50 for the crêpe and 5 for the ice cream) these sweet delights were worth every penny. Also open until 2:30am, perfect for those who fancy a midnight ice cream run or are looking for a cure to their drunken woes before hitting the pillow.

A little further down the road you will come across 'Happy Days Diner' and if you're into the look of retro American diners then this place is worth it purely for the Instagrams. With several restaurants dotted around the city, its dreamy blue and white interior immediately caught my eye; garnished with retro fifties American advertisements and a classic Pepsi Max vending machine, I then fell even further in food heaven with the stacked maple syrup pancakes. Serving up classic American favourites and fifties style milkshakes alongside vegan options, this place is a must for all.

Have you ever visited Paris before? What did I miss? - Leave your recommendations below and give me an excuse to go back! Planning a trip to the City of Love? Be sure to let me know if you visit any of these places.
Until next time, au revoir & bon voyage!

Get Your Sh*t Together In 7 Days

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hold up January! Incoming... Motivation has landed!

Oh January, how I love to like and hate you so much. Your promise of new beginnings and a new lease of motivation reels me in but halfway through the blues begin to sink in; the motivation dwindles and I'm still broke af from Christmas. Payday holla at me.

So whilst our good pal motivation is in town for the weekend, how can we ensure he's ready to unpack his bags and is here to stay? He's had a long journey and doesn't want to burn out too fast, from Monday to Sunday here are seven steps you can follow to get your sh*t together in just seven days...

No rest for the wicked as they say, use your Sundays to prepare for the loooooong week ahead.
On today's agenda:

  • Plan in the week's schedule - Here you should make note of what events are in your agenda for the week. A big meeting in work to prepare for? A hot date night on Wednesday? Dinner with the girls on Friday?
  • Step two: Review your bank account. Based on the above work/social events you have pencilled in for the week, it's time to make a note of any upcoming or outstanding bills. From this you should be able to set yourself a budget on any excess cash you have free to spend.
  • Lastly, meal prep. If you work an office job like myself you will understand how easy it is to binge on excess rubbish, (Honestly half the time I eat purely out of boredom) and all those lunches your buying each day; the money mounts up trust me. Not only will you be saving that dollar but you will be more likely to be eating clean too.

Monday blues or Monday motivation, however you view Mondays it's time to make them a day whereby you start as you mean to go on.

  • Set your alarm half an hour earlier, get yourself a good breakfast and head on out for a morning walk, a jog or get on down to the gym if that's more your thing. 
Trust me, I know just how difficult it is to wake up in the morning especially in the winter. Straying from my cosy bed into the frosty outdoors isn't particularly very appealing but you will feel so much more energised and ready for both your day and your week to begin.

  • Once you're up and ready or in the evening if you prefer; set yourself some time aside to clear your e-mails. I receive so many junk e-mails from companies and subscriptions over the weekend and as a blogger it's a good time to review any exciting PR mails which may have dropped into your inbox that you might have missed.

Moody Tuesday? That's a thing of the past from now on.

  • Today's task? Set yourself a goal of the day; This may vary each week depending on what you currently have outstanding. From forcing yourself to head to the gym or getting that company presentation complete which you've been putting off for a while, this is a nice way of getting sh*t done and continuing on with those 'Monday motivation' vibes from the previous day.

Midweek pick me up? Yes please.
Keep your mood afloat and your mind relaxed by setting yourself some time aside to invest in you. From a bubble bath and a face mask or half an hour reading in bed; today should be all about you.

Thursday thoughts? Teach yourself something new.
For me personally a big goal of mine this year is to learn more about photography and so on this day I'll be setting aside some time to research and expand my editing skills. Got a hobby you wish you knew more about? Wanting to develop in your job to potentially earn that promotion? Make today an investment into your learning.

They don't call it TGIF for no reason. Take the night off, you deserve it.

So we've cleaned our minds, we've cleaned our e-mails, we've cleaned our eating; now it's time to clean our space. From replenishing your workspace, cleaning your makeup brushes, emptying your bag (you wouldn't even believe the amount of receipts I hoard in mine each week..) it's crazy how much junk can pile up, and a clean space makes way for a clean mind, right?

Missed anything off of this list? What do you to do keep yourself organised? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time,

On The Gram

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