After a hectic day at Disney, we had a slightly later start on our last full day in Paris. We had one main plan for the day and that was heading up to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, and so after a lazy breakfast on our balcony, we hopped on the metro over to the hub of activity at the bottom of the iconic landmark. In an ideal world, we would have woken up bright and early and been ready to climb the tower before the melting heat of the afternoon sun had started beating down on the winding queues, but instead, we stood baking in the throng of people waiting to jump in the lift.
The queue did move relatively quickly, however, and before we knew it we were taking in the jaw-dropping 360° view of the city. We were really lucky with our weather when we were in the city, and although it was a little bit too hot at times, we had a really clear day and the view stretched for miles. The sheer size of Paris is something I hadn’t really anticipated, and it was only upon seeing it all from such a height that it really began to sink in.
We spent a good couple of hours soaking in the view from the top of the tower, venturing up to the highest platform to really make the most of it. It was jam packed, as much of Paris was during our visit, and after we’d had our fill of the incredible sights of the city we headed back to ground level and set off in search of lunch.
As the day drew on we grabbed lunch in a bar just off of Champs Elysees before I popped into a couple of shops, as I was never going to visit Paris without just a small spot of shopping. I treated myself to a box of macarons from the infamous Ladurée, a few bits from Sephora – albeit slightly limited by hand luggage restrictions – and a quick spin around the Disney store in search of even more Marie merchandise.
Suitably exhausted from sightseeing and shopping we retreated back to the hotel to get ready for our last evening out in Paris. We had our hearts set on a good ol’ steak dinner and so headed over to the area around Canal St Martin to soak up some of the atmosphere in the République district. After our original restaurant of choice ended up being closed (despite all sources saying it would be open) we looked to Yelp for alternative suggestions and ended up with an absolute belter in the form of Les Parigots.
We enjoyed a mouthwatering steak dinner which was absolutely jam packed full of flavour, whilst indulging in a spot of people watching and quite possibly the best mojitos I’ve ever had. It seemed to be a pretty popular spot, and I fully understand why. I’d highly recommend paying Les Parigots a visit if you’re in the area and looking for something delicious to sate your appetite.
After dinner, we headed back to Montmartre in order to catch the end of Paddy’s beloved team’s match in a little Celtic pub called The Harp, a stone’s throw from the Moulin Rouge. Although not my first choice when it comes to ways to spend an evening in Paris, the bar did have fantastic cocktails so I was quite happy to stay for a while. Once the game had finished we wandered past the Moulin Rouge, which I was very keen to see as the film definitely ranks in my top ten, before hopping in a taxi back to the hotel.
On our final morning we had a few hours to soak in the city for the last time, so we headed back to our favourite spot on the steps of the Sacre Coeur once more. We packed a picnic of pastries and admired the view before sheltering in a souvenir shop from an unexpected downpour. Luckily it only lasted a few minutes, and we set off once more to explore the gorgeous area surrounding the Sacre Coeur. The tree-lined cobbled streets were alive with crowds of tourists and artists alike, which made them the perfect spot for a final dose of people watching with a chocolate crepe and a cup of Earl Grey.
Before long, it was time to head off to the airport and await our (delayed) return flight to Scotland. I was heartbroken to leave the city and I know I’ll be back again one day. I’m in no real rush to get back as there are so many other destinations I want to see, but I would quite happily head back to Paris should the opportunity arise. Like any city, Paris has it’s pitfalls, and it’s a city that I could never live in, but I loved seeing the sights as a tourist and know it’s a spot I’ll return to again and again. I could happily spend a week eating my way around the city and it’s suburbs, plus there are still so many sights I didn’t get to tick off like the Pantheon, the Montparnasse Tower, a trip out to Versailles and a day shopping at the Galleries Lafayette.