One day in Paris

meintheraininparis If you only had one day in Paris how would you spend it?

As we woke on Sunday it was  pouring with rain but we had Paris at our feet, and 24 hours left. 

We opted out of touring the Louvre and headed straight to the Musee de l’Orangerie. It is hidden inside the Tuilerie gardens close to Place de la Concorde and I absolutely love their floor dedicated to Monet’s waterlilies. These canvases are so enormous that you will need to sit down for a while just to fully appreciate the details. meandmymonet pastelsOn the second floor of the museum is a small range of rare artworks from Picasso to Matisse, as well as a seasonal exhibition. roadsignsAfter two hours inside the museum we walked up the Champs Elysees towards the Arc du Triomphe. My friend Gemma had heard that the view on top of the Arc was not only better than the Eiffel Tower, it was also far less crowded. parisfranceEven though I’ve lived in Paris, climbing to the top of the Arc du Triomphe was a first for me and I’ve got to say I loved it. The views were stunning and you even get to have the Eiffel Tower behind you. meandtheeiffelAfter we caught our breath on top of the Arc (ladies you better be fit or keen to develop those butt muscles),  we walked down to the Eiffel Tower. As we crossed the river the sun started shining for the first time and suddenly Paris became like it is in the movies. Birds singing, children playing, tourists being ridiculous. meandtheeiffelhandstand flowers parisisbeautiful Parissign Just as you imagine Paris in Summer!One thing that you must tick off your list of things to do in Paris is go to a Patisserie and order everything in sight. Between two people we ordered five desserts and proceeded to find the closest park so we could devour them all. meandmypastriespastriesinabix Our first course were the lemon tarts, which had a creamy and not too bitter filling. pastrieslemonFollowed quickly by a white chocolate mousse with raspberry sponge. I honestly have no idea how a lady ought to eat this without cutlery so I just unhinged my jaw like a snake and went for it.meandmyraspberrytartraspberrytartcaughtBusted! It was absolutely worth all the mess I made- flavour savers for the train ride back in my opinion. I really think that if you are going to do Paris in 24 hours then this is the best itinerary for you:

  1. Musee de l’Orangerie
  2. Champs d’Elysee
  3. Arc du Triomphe 
  4. Eiffel Tower
  5. Patisserie Julien

If you don’t take the train around Paris it does mean that you’ll be doing a fair bit of walking but I feel that only justifies the need to order a third dessert even more. 

Please share with me your favourite places to eat, shop and be a tourist in Paris.

Paris, mais oui!

My friend Gemma wanted to celebrate her birthday in style, and nothing oozes style more than Paris. 

Straight after work we all bundled into the EuroStar and with only five minutes to spare we realised we were seated in carriage 1, not 16, so began running like mad past every passenger on board. 

After a midnight arrival into Paris, we went straight to bed and began dreaming of fresh croissants. 

While I do want to tell you about what we did on Saturday, you all know that food is kind of my thing.  (Understatement of the century)

So let me show you, course by course, our birthday dinner at a French bistro called L’Assiette. This is the kind of restaurant situated in the middle of nowhere, where the menu is in French and everything from the snout to the tail is available to eat. 

Luckily we are all adventurous eaters and nothing but the plate of lambs head put us off.pigknucklesTo start we had fried pigs knuckles, which were deboned and absolutely delicious. snails Followed by a dozen garlic and tomato snails. snails2This is where Gemma re-enacted the famous scene from Pretty Women but unfortunately the tongs got stuck to her fingers, causing much loud giggling and snorting from our table. lambTwo of us ordered the stuffed lamb with potatoes and what we believe is a side of something from the sheep’s insides. We are still unsure as to what exactly it was but it tasted a lot like liver. The gravy is what made this dish, it was rich and more-ish. pork bellyThe others had pork belly with risotto and asparagus, which was the special of the day. I forgot to ask to try this dish but according to the girls, it was their favourite over the lamb. chocolatesouffleFor dessert the birthday girl had chocolate fondant while the rest of us could not resist the words salted creme caramel. saltedcarameldessertI had heard that this was their speciality but words cannot describe how delicious and rich it tasted. thesignoutsideAfter three courses and two bottles of wine, we stepped out into the cold night to meet some friends in Bastille and rub our contented bellies. 

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Welcome beautiful readers!

My name is Christiana. I am a London based lifestyle blogger who is always traveling. To say I love food is an understatement, I live for it.  This blog was first created as a place to share my original recipes and quickly developed into a life directory to guide people needing fashion inspiration, travel guides, restaurant reviews and a bit of life advice. 

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