Dream Destinations: Paris

It's been a few months since I started what I wanted to call my 'Dream Destinations' series and I think I was struggling with picking places to write about, because there's just so many I didn't know where to begin! We didn't think we'd get a holiday this year, after all we did buy a house and ended up having to cancel our wedding anniversary trip to Amsterdam back in March after our boiling broke the same week we moved in. But an opportunity has come up and we were able to book ourselves a new trip and after a bit of thinking, we picked another city to explore. James has done Paris before with his parents, but I've never been to the city itself so we thought this would be the perfect place to visit. I was sneaky though...

Regular visitors to my blog may know how much I adore Disney and have been craving a trip to Disneyland Paris for quite some time after we returned to the parks for Halloween in 2014. I've managed to wangle myself a day trip to Disneyland Paris as part of this holiday and I'm so unbelievably excited to be going back, even if it is just for the day. I'll be making the most of it don't you worry AND it'll be Halloween again! This place is so special and sentimental to me because not only is it where I hold some fond memories of going there as a family during my childhood, it was also mine and James' first holiday together so it'll be lovely to return once again with him.

But back to Paris itself, we have a list of things we'd like to see and do before I drag us off to Disneyland at the end of our week and I'll start with the place we're both most eager to get stuck into.

The Louvre
I've wanted to visit the Louvre ever since I realised it is in fact where the Mona Lisa is housed, along with countless other masterpieces from some of my favourite artists. I'm a huge lover of Da Vinci's work and there is something truly incredible about seeing it in person. Whether I'll be able to take photos inside this building I'm not sure, but to see these paintings with my own eyes will certainly be a few ticks off the bucket list. Even the grounds look spectacular and even if I didn't do anything else in Paris, I'd be happy just seeing the Louvre; that's how much it excites me.

Notre Dame
We love visiting cathedrals, especially when they're plastered in beautiful detailing and represent stunning architecture. I feel Notre Dame is quite an unusual shape too, I may find myself watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame before we visit...it's been a while since I've seen that movie and it would be nice to refresh my thoughts on how Disney portrayed such a magnificent structure.

Palace of Versailles
We're also big history lovers as well as museum explorers so it seems silly to not visit the grand French Palace of Versailles. I'm going to do a little bit of research around the palace before hand so I have a little bit of knowledge around it, but I can't wait to explore the museum and take some awesome photos of this place.

Eiffel Tower
You can't go to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower can you? To be honest, this is the landmark that I'm not overly fussed about surprisingly, but since we'll be in Paris it would be rude to not give it a quick visit and take some pictures.

Arc de Triomphe 
I know absolutely nothing about this monument and this is something I can tell I'll really love about visiting Paris; when you come home brimming with new knowledge! It's exactly how I felt when I returned from Rome a couple of years back and I love the feeling of knowing you've learnt something valuable, especially around history.

Although this is kind of a city break and we wanted to have something a little more relaxing this time around, the location of our hotel is perfect to just hop onto a shuttle to the Disney Parks and village or a train to a shopping centre and the city. It looks so relaxing and idyllic, with a spa, pool, gym, and gorgeous surroundings to chill in after a day of exploring Paris.

It's been that long since we've properly been away like this that I haven't blogged about it or filmed any memories so this is something else I'm super excited to document, being able to look back properly in the form of blog posts and videos. It's going to be awesome and very well deserved after such a busy year of working hard.

Thanks for reading,



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  1. Ahh you so deserve this break! Sam and I went to Paris for our anniversary a few years ago, it's such an amazing city (and I also snuck in a day trip to Disneyland!) I can't wait to hear all about it!
    Hels xx
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    1. *squeals* ahhhh this has made me even more excited! x x

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