After my latest trip in February this year, I have now been to Paris a whole three times – only two of which I actually remember since the first time I was 11. Despite multiple visits, I have yet to do anything that’s particularly off the tourist trail but since I’ve loved my visits to Paris I’m going to share my incredibly touristy activities anyway.
Saturday 9th February – Monday 11th February 2019
After two days of exploring Paris by myself, spent wandering around museums and eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it (I’d had a great time), Saturday arrived and with it came my friends. I’d had a lovely time solo but I was looking forward to seeing them – I just had a few other things I wanted to do first.
Thursday 7th February – Friday 8th February 2019
For me, 2019 marks the first year of 30th birthdays (not mine). The first of these was at the beginning of the month. My housemate decided to use her 30th as an excuse to get a group of her friends to go to Paris for a weekend. Obviously I was game. In fact I was so game that I arrived two days before the weekend’s events kicked off. Continue reading “Five Days in Paris: Part 1”
I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many places that are worth the trip.
Continue reading “Nine beautiful cities in Europe”
3-9 August 2008
For my family and I, France used to be a regular destination for our family summer holiday. We used to go pretty much every year and spend a week or two in a villa somewhere like Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley or Provence. Continue reading “Photo Diary: Dordogne, France”
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 1,121 (as updated) preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 58. Only 1,063 to go then – I may complete my Seven Wonders list first: Continue reading “My UNESCO World Heritage Checklist”
Ellis’ Bucket List: see the seven wonders of the world.
I think the seven wonders are probably a regular feature on bucket lists everywhere: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Colosseum – with the Pyramids of Giza taking an honorary position as the last remaining wonder of the ancient world.
If you’re living on a budget, Paris is probably not an obvious choice of holiday destination – it ain’t cheap, but that doesn’t make it inaccessible to the average backpacker. As I learned on my last visit, you just need to know when to save and when to spend.
My first experience of Paris was as an eleven year old on a family holiday. I have hazy memories of the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and people rollerblading in the street but that’s about it. Paris is an amazing place but as a kid I was mainly just interested in the rubber face full of flour with woollen hair I got from one of the the souvenir sellers at the Eiffel Tower. Almost a decade later, I went back in a group to visit an old school friend on her year abroad. This time, I was ready to explore.