I took my nan to Paris’ Red Light District. For her birthday…
It wasn’t on purpose, but it kind of was! It was a 2 day trip and her first time in Paris, as was it for my younger sister. I’ve been to Paris a few times: on a school trip, for work, with a large group of friends and as a duo – so I thought a good base would be near Montmartre (where landmark Sacre Coeur is – the church on the hill) and also due to it’s good/direct metro lines to other sights.
But on our way to Sacre Coeur we took a wrong turn and ended up walking past several “night clubs” and “fancy dress” stores. My sis and I were looking from dildos to each other to our nan like:
Anyway, we made it to the church (thank God!) after the long hike up the steep roads of Montmartre and on the way down stopped off for lunch at Italian restaurant (stop judging!): Le Corrylis. The food was 11/10 and the wine was LIT. Evidence below:
In the evening, we went to see the lights of the Eiffel Tower and took a boat cruise down the Seine with Bateaux Parisiens. You can add a meal at the Bateaux Parisiens’ restaurant as part of the cruise which I was recommended, but unfortunately there was a private party going on. So just before midnight we wound up down a side street (not avec strip clubs) eating steak frites and drinking more wine.
Day 2 began with a boujie breakfast at Angelina’s who have THE best hot chocolate ON EARTH. Nan even bought some back to make at home (#ChristmasPresentSorted)
La Maison Angelina’s also create some quintessential French patisseries including my fav: Saint Honore (caramelised choux pastry, Bourbon vanilla cream and whipped cream 👅). So if you don’t want to go for a boujie breakfast you can grab something sweet (or if you’re boring but have dollar you can go for lunch 👀).
Now, if you have or know of a Caribbean elder, you know how much most love their gardening! So we HAD to walk through the Tuilleries Garden which is a garden from the monument Concorde to the Louvre – and this is where the photoshoot began!
After seeing my girl Mona, we took an Uber (the driver was Spanish which was a blessing for me because my French es no bueno) to the Eiffel Tower. If there’s one thing you take from this: pre-book your Eiffel Tower ticket before you get to Paris; and if you’re feeling fancy book lunch at Restaurant 58 – 3 courses for €42.50!
We then took another Uber (nan’s feet were hurting) to Arc De Triomphe/Champs Elysees and my sis and I spent what felt like an eternity in the PSG store (and we all nearly missed our flight).
Several souvenirs later, two train terminations on the way to the airport and the quickest run with a 80+yo pensioner through airport security, we were finally in the queue for the l’orange seats of EasyJet.
And then our flight was delayed. 🙃