Paris

French Escapade

I couldn’t think of a better way to launch my travel section than with a lovely trip down memory lane to one of my favorite cities, the City of Lights. As far back as I can remember my dream was to travel. While others dreamed of shoes, bags and dresses I only pondered about where my next adventure would take me. It hasn’t hurt that I’ve added gorgeous additions to my closet as a result of visiting so many wonderful places, after all girls will be girls, but for me there is no better feeling than venturing through a new city and discovering it’s hidden wonders!!

I traveled to France in March for a quick break during the school holidays. Weather isn’t ideal in Europe at this time of the year but we packed super warm and decided to brave it!!

Having traveled to Paris before, I was looking forward to taking my kids to Disneyland, once again dining along the famous Champs Elysees and shopping up a storm!

We decided to start out at Disneyland. We arrived quite early from Dubai and went directly to our Hotel at the Disney Park. The Park offers a selection of hotels, each with its own theme .We stayed at The Disneyland Hotel spectacularly situated at the entrance of the park. This hotel is the only 5 star option however bare in mind that the term 5 star is used generously in this case! Its neat, clean, comfortable but looks a little tired inside. We had an absolute ball at both parks: The Disney Hollywood Studios and Disney Land Park. I felt like a child again and enjoyed it just as much as my little ones. Its best to book directly with the Disney hotel or through a Disney agent in your area. If possible take the fast pass option as this really saves time and avoids spending valuable hours in long cues. I definitely recommend Euro Disney over Hong Kong Disney any day!

After a fun filled few days at Disney we headed for the center of Paris. This is about a half an hour drive by car. You could also use the public transport options connecting Paris and Disneyland. We checked in for the remainder of the trip at the Marriot Hotel Champs Elysees. The location of the Marriot is perfect, on the main street of the city. If its your first time in Paris this is where you need to be, you are a short distance away from most of the main Parisian attractions and there is easy access to food outlets, public transport and tour bus services. The Marriot Hotel Champs Elysees is a reasonably priced, 5 star hotel with neat and cozy rooms, modern décor and excellent service. I chose this hotel because the Champs Elysees is so vibrant and in close proximity to all my favorite shopping spots, including the makeup heaven Sephora! Almost everything is in walking distance, the Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. If your feet are barking from all the walking try a cab, bicycle or one of the tour buses to roam around this amazing city.

The InterContinental Avenue Marceau is another good hotel option in this area.  My two favorites are the Four Seasons Hotel George or Hotel Fouquet, pricey but simply exquisite!

My favorite shopping spots included the golden triangle: (Avenue George V, Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne), Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore for luxury shopping and a trip to the famous Galleries Lafayette which in my opinion is a must!! Make certain you visit one of the Christian Louboutin boutiques scattered around the city and take the time to stop for a delicious crepe! If you’re up for a splurge try dining at Fouquet where you’re bound to bump into a star or two while sipping on your soup. Alternatively spoil your palate with delectable macaroons, marshmallows and meringues at the famous Laduree café.

Paris is a great city for a week of fun, food, shopping and touring… romance is a given, it is Paris after all. The famous city of lights has so much to offer its impossible to cover in one trip let alone one post! It’s one of those cities that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy and has you deciding to return over and over!!

Lotsa love

Raeesah

 

 

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