48 hours in Paris

December 2nd 2014katie

Paris

We took a quick little hop over to Paris at the weekend, my main 30th birthday present to Josh. Unfortunately it coincided with us both being cripplingly ill with bad colds, so we kind of took it easy and spent most of the time near to our Airbnb in the Marais district. Luckily with St Pancras only half an hour from our door and our apartment the same distance the other side, the Eurostar trip itself was super easy so the travelling wasn’t too much of a backbreaker.

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That was no bad thing really as the Marais is a totally charming area, stuffed with beautiful boutiques, cool restaurants and cosy cafes. I haven’t really scratched the surface of Paris before, but I’d definitely stay in this area again. It’s a little out of the way of the tourist sites like Monmartre and the Eiffel Tower/big museums, but we weren’t really interested in those so it worked out great for the quieter pace of our weekend.

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On our first stroll we found a fabulous flea market, the Brocante Du Troisieme, which had totally taken over a long, wide street lined with bistrots and fromageries. Prices were more more reasonable than many fleas I’ve been to lately and there were lots of tempting goodies.

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As usual, we found a favourite local coffee shop and went twice. Loustic made a perfect long black and had nice cookies and bagels for breakfast too.

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We had a fabulous decadent, energy-giving brunch at Twinkie’s – for around 20 euros you get a hot drink, juice, bread and spreads, and a choice of American, French or English breakfasts. All set in a cosy, kitschy little cafe space.

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Just round the corner from Twinkies, the Passage de Grand Cerf is a beautiful shopping arcade lined with little boutiques of vintage and crafty treasures.

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Also nearby there is the Musée des arts et métiers, which should be subtitled Museum of Awesome Old Machinery. From the practical to the quirky, there’s hundreds of fantastical machines to admire. There’s an original Foucault’s Pendulum quietly ticking away in the attached chapel and a mini-scale Statue of Liberty as well.

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I managed to squeeze in a bit of fabric shopping – you can read more about that over here.

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We had some good food – none of it French, ha ha. I was mighty impressed by how much veggie and organic food has popped up since my last visit. We had good pizza at La Briciola, fun and fast udon in Japantown (just above the Louvre), a vegan burger at Hank’s, and a lovely healthful salad bowl at Cafe Pinson. One thing I noticed is it all seemed rather expensive compared to London, hovering at the 50 euro mark for a simple pizza, gelato and drinks for two for example. Hey, at least the wine’s cheap though.

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Ghibli fim cell, Musee Art Ludique

On Sunday morning we walked down the river to Le Musée Art Ludique, which currently has a huge and comprehensive exhibition of original Studio Ghibli artboard drawings. It was utterly absorbing to see the time and effort (1200 storyboards per feature film) put into creating these animated films. At the end you could get a photo taken against a green screen which placed you into a cell – fun! It’s on until March and I definitely recommend it if you’re a Ghibli or illustration fan.

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This was at close as we got to tourist stuff; a hike to the top of Monmartre and a peek at the tower from a distance. It was nice to get re-aquainted with you, Paris – I won’t leave it so long for another visit, I’m sure.

Comments (16)

  • Mondomulia

    December 2nd 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I was also there at the weekend and stumbled upon the flea market in Le Marais! Paris is always so charming!

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:54 am

      It was lovely, we hit just at sundown so it was very picturesque :)

  • Charlie

    December 2nd 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I’m heading to Paris for the first time in a couple of weeks time and just for the weekend. I’m so excited and will definitely be adding the Studio Ghibli exhibition to my hit list!
    Cx
    charliedistracted.com / Bloglovin

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:54 am

      Have fun, hope you make it to the exhibition!

  • Jess

    December 2nd 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Paris is so magical, I’ve only been once but these pictures make me desperate to go back! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Vera

    December 2nd 2014 at 2:29 pm

    You made me miss Paris so much… isn’t it a wonderful city? I’m glad you had a great time, and happy late birthday!
    With love,
    Vera
    http://theflashwindow.weebly.com/

  • Kat

    December 2nd 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Aieee I love Paris, especially at this time of year! And you sure saw a lot for 48 hours of not going very far – I’m very jealous!

    http://thelondonplaybook.wordpress.com

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:54 am

      Turned out to be a good tactic, and a good area to be in :)

  • Malgosia

    December 3rd 2014 at 7:51 am

    This is why I need to move to London – so that Paris is only a train journey away. lovely photos, as always!

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:53 am

      We’re very lucky to have Europe on our doorstep!

  • Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure

    December 4th 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’m dying to see that Ghibli cells exhibition! So cool that you can be digitally manipulated into one. I loved the Passage de Grand Cerf when I was in Paris this summer – we were staying just around the corner and bought a card from L’Illustre Boutique :) Looks like you had a really enjoyable trip! x

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:53 am

      Ghibli was fab, I hope you get to it. I’d definitely stay near (and pop into) Grand Cerfs again.

  • Camille

    December 6th 2014 at 2:53 am

    I enjoying reading about a side of Paris that doesn’t usually make it to people’s blog posts! Bravo for sticking it out while sick.

    sillymedley.blogspot.com/

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:52 am

      Got to make the most of it, and we ended up having fun in our little corner :)

  • Mira

    December 7th 2014 at 12:25 am

    Oh you make me want to go back to Paris right now! Although I have already been there 4 times, there are always more things to see and do xx

    http://booksandmacarons.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. Katie

      December 10th 2014 at 11:52 am

      Definitely, it’s like London in that way with its little villages!

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