During my year abroad studying in France, I took full advantage of the opportunity to spend a weekend in Paris. I was lucky enough that my friend lived just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower.
I spent a weekend in Paris just a few months after the awful 2015 terrorist attacks on the capital; the city’s resilience was both inspiring and astounding. Attacks had wreaked havoc on the city just a few months prior but French spirit still filled the air.
We began my munching on divine confit de canard and visiting the coolest tiki bar in town.
I always prefer being shown cities through the eyes of locals. There’s no way my weekend in Paris would have been choc-a-bloc with hidden gems otherwise!
We climbed the Arc de Triomphe and sauntered down the Champs-Élysées. Then, we caught the metro to the oldest bookshop in the city.
Shakespeare & Co. is a writer’s paradise.
Friday evening was finished off in perfect style with a late-night visit to the Louvre, followed by a Marks & Spencer’s curry night.
The perfect example of British students pretending to be classy and then revealing their true colours, if ever there was one.
Saturday brought along with it the opening of the Six Nations rugby, which our group of friends had managed to nab tickets for.
I can’t lie, despite having lived with two rugby players, I had about 10% idea of what was going on when I first sat down.
The atmosphere was incredible, though, and it was an incredible experience to be present at the first sporting event since the Stade de France had been shut down due to the ongoing terrorist threat.
The crowd’s rendition of La Marseillaise was awe-inspiring and I can now proudly say I understand a lot more about rugby, which can’t be a bad thing!
The Food & Drink
For a truly Parisian end to the day, we grabbed some galettes for dinner and then sipped on fancy (well, on offer) cocktails at a local bar.
We meandered through Montmartre and the Musée d’Orsay on the final day of our weekend in Paris. The perfect end to a city which is bursting with creative energy.
While it’s no Amsterdam, Paris is still brimming with an incredible spirit that you find around every street corner. Just three months after the heinous attacks on the capital, it’s admirable how full of joie de vivre the city continues to be.
All in all, Paris is always a good idea.
What’s your favourite thing about Paris? Let me know in the comments below!