With Paris only across the water and a journey time of just over two hours then why not take a weekend break from your hectic schedule and enjoy everything that Paris has to offer, we’ve compiled our “add to your itinerary list” on your short break, in the city of love. #wheninparis
1. Getting there – “There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.” – Orson Welles
We agree with Welles here and we want to save you time with security, check in, and passport control, why not get the Eurostar from St. Pancras, you only have to be there 30 minutes early, plus if you upgrade to business premier, you travel and dine in luxury with a three course meal, designed by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc and arrive at Gare du Nord in comfort.
2. Architecture – Look out for the beautiful architecture of the Parisians, they are well known for their Baroque architecture. Places to most certainly stand in awe of are – The Pompidou Centre, Elysee Palace, The Louvre and Eiffel Tower, the list could go on! Down every twist and turn you’ll be sure to find something of architectural interest. When you walk down the side and back streets look out for buildings covered in art, the Parisians really have added a modern twist to the ageing buildings, sometimes even the art feels as if it was curated into the building’s design and structure.
3. Museums of Paris – Paris is full of museums, you can be almost guaranteed to find a museum or gallery on every street. A visit to The Louvre is a must, see the world famous Mona Lisa and works by artists such as Eugene Delacroix and Michelangelo. Just over the river from The Louvre is the Musée d’Orsay, originally a train station in the 1900’s, it is now home to great works of art from the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet. Our final must see museum is the eccentric Pompidou centre on the Rue Saint-Martin, just a short walk from The Louvre. The building itself can’t be missed as the building wears its interior structure on the outside, with its garish pipes piercing out of the building, but they’re all there for a reason, with the idea of all the pipes, lifts and stairs being on the outside of the building you are free to do as you wish with the inside of the building without interruption. A pre-warning to you however these destinations all are very popular so be ready to queue at each museum with like-minded people wishing to observe the beauty of the Masters.
4. Shopping – Paris is well known for its wealth of shopping staying in more tourist destinations you will find your high end luxury and chains, head to Champs-Élysées if you wish for this as you will find an upgrade to our own Regent Street. It is an opportunity to explore all the designer boutiques alternatively pay a visit to Rue Montmarte to find shops such as Elevenparis nestled in-between small french boutiques, a must for anyone with a love of fashion. Known for fashion however this city will offer you shopping outside of tourist hotspots such as market-places or more street-wear down back lanes.
5. Food – If you’re a real foodie then Paris is for you. Walk down any street to find a cute patisserie or boulangerie, buy a typical baguette and picnic in Tuileries Garden where you will be noticed by cleverly curated sculpture. Whether you want to try the French delicacies frogs legs and snails, i’ll leave that down to you. However stumble into a bistro and sample the finest food Paris has to offer, these can be found on every road that Paris paves in front of you and offers the best opportunity to have a true French experience.
Danny Keeling & Joshua White