Paris Part Deux

I’ve wanted to come to Paris for so many years and I couldn’t believe I was visiting twice in the space of two weeks! My initial visit was for pleasure, but this time I was visiting on business.

Although we had some work to do whilst we were there, we still made sure we enjoyed the city in all its Spring glory. We booked an early Eurostar which meant we had the entire first day to enjoy to ourselves.

We checked into the New Hotel Roblin, a gorgeous hotel located on the Place de la Madeleine, between the Opera and the Champs Elysees. It has recently been renovated, and has a combination of classic and contemporary decor. 

After unpacking our bags, there was one thing on both our minds…food! So we went for a walk in the search for somewhere we could grab some lunch. 

We spotted a large chocolate stop near our hotel, which extended round the corner of the road to a restaurant and cafe. The black and hot pink design practically called us in, and we took a seat outside in the blistering sun. 

^^ Our view from the table. This magnificent building is a Roman Catholic church situated in the middle of the square, surrounded by restaurants and shops ^^

We couldn’t decide between the meat or seafood platter, so when in doubt, order both! 

Inside the restaurant there is a cafe which sells the most incredible selection of macaroons, tiny pastries and cakes. 

After lunch, we wanted to make the most of the beautiful weather, so took a stroll down the road and found ourselves in the gardens leading up to the Lourve. 

We past lots of fountains and ponds, circled by sun loungers encouraging people to sit back and relax. The gardens were full of like-minded people soaking up the sun and enjoying the view of the eiffel tower peeping through the trees. 

If I lived and worked in Paris, this is definitely how I would spend my lunch hours in the Spring/Summer!

At the end of the gardens we found the famous Lourve and took a seat next to it by the water before heading back. 

We made our way back to the hotel and received an email from a friend who had recently moved to Paris asking if we wanted to meet up that evening. A few hours later we met up with her and a few of her friends at L’Absinthe, a cosy restaurant/bar quietly tucked away from the traffic and tourists, full of local Parisians. 

I had one of the best evenings, drinking too much wine and eating too much cheese on crusty baguettes. Perfect. I left both my camera and my phone at the hotel (so stupid!) so was unable to take any pictures, but if you’re ever in Paris and want somewhere with good Parisian food and off the beaten tourist track, I highly recommend!

I climbed into my bed in the early hours and found that housekeeping had left a cute little Laduree chocolate on my pillow. How cute!

I woke up with a fuzzy head and feeling not very happy about the early start! I pulled myself out of bed and got ready for our first day of work in Paris which called for my favourite black work dress (which I have just also purchased in white for the summer). 

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Besides from working and meetings, the rest of my day was spend lunching at a lovely traditional French restaurant called Capucine, another recommendation if you want very good traditional Parisian food.

On our stroll back to the hotel, we stopped off at yet another chocolate shop on the corner. For some reason, the La Madeline square is randomly full of chocolate, caviar and truffle shops.

^^ I just wanted to jump on it and bite it. Don’t judge me! ^^

I got into bed with my bag of truffles and ate them one by one until they were all gone. I could have easily stayed in bed and fallen into a chocolate coma but we had a reservation waiting for a restaurant we had been recommended, and I was excited because it was located with a view of the Eiffel Tower which I couldn’t wait to see sparkling at night…

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