Friday 12 March 2010

I'm going to Paris!

On 21st March - next week, pretty much - I will be hopping on the Eurostar and zooming off to a place which holds chocolate, wine, cheese, cake and pastries in very high regard. My spiritual home, perhaps.
I'm not sure I've ever been to Paris, which is sort of a bizarre statement to make. But I'm sure I'm not alone in the fact that I spent spells of childhood on holidays and coach trips and random school trips, and they all sort of merge into one. As far as I recall, I've never been. I haven't actually been to France since I was 16. There's so much I want to see and do. I'm so excited about taking lots of beautiful photos, too.

And - AND! - I actually am French, as I love to tell people. Mostly because I only figured it out a few years ago. And because as far back as I know, my family is boring and English. But yes - je suis francais! (I know, the grammar in that sentence is almost definitely wrong) My father's surname is Vernon, and my mother's is Duncombe, and apparently, both these names are French, and therefore French = moi. Also, I look great in berets. And I love cheese. And wine! FRENCH.

Anyway. I am desperate for suggestions of things to do! I know that the sights and sounds and the food and the drink and the food will keep me busy (did I mention the food? I'm really quite excited about the food.) but I'd hate to come back and find out that I missed out on something amazing.

To start you off, here's my list so far...

Laduree Macaroons

THEY ARE SO PRETTY. And, I hear, tasty! If I make it to London on Saturday, I may be checking out the shop in Harrods, in advance.

The Eiffel Tower
Because you cannot go to Paris without seeing it, APPARENTLY. Also, apparently, you can see it from every windows. Because movies NEVER LIE.

The Catacombs

Inside, secretly, I am a morbid, gothy little freak. I ♥ creepy. But it's a secret. Hush.

The Louvre

We will stare at the Mona Lisa and we will smile. ENIGMATICALLY.

And finally...


Because I'd gone at least half an entry without mentioning them. Honestly, this is the part I'm most excited about. Well, after seeing two of my lovely friends who I haven't seen in absolutely ages.

I'm totally printing out this list and taking it with me. I would love to go to the Moulin Rouge, but I fear my budget will not stretch to it. But never mind.

Aaaand now you - go!


  1. SEPHORA!!!!!! Lol not exactly very touristy but seeing as the UK doesnt have one why not :) I love it, its huge. Enjoy your trip xxx

  2. You'll have so much fun! Take scarves and gloves and other such warm things, trust me haha ;) Also, you MUST visit the Sephora store on the Champs d'Elysses! Enjoy Paris :)


  3. Oh how exciting! I haven't been to Paris for years but absolutely love it.
    I found "Pauper's Paris" by Miles Turner perfect for lots of tips of cheap eats and junk store shopping.

  4. Ooooh SEPHORA. I LOVE SEPHORA. I'm going with an American, so it won't be a novelty to her, but I might drag her along, regardless. Although I'm already making her bring me tons of cheap OPI so maybe I shouldn't.

    I will definitely be checking out that book, too, thanks! Sounds like perfect Eurostar reading to me...

  5. I can't wait to read the blog about your wonderful trip!! Eat EVERYTHING.

  6. I have no idea about places to go and things to do but I hope you have an amazing time :)

  7. I'm very jealous and I can't wait to see the photos!

    I have a friend who has been to Paris a couple times. The last time she was there she ate at a restaurant in the dark. The host/hostess guides you to the table and you eat your food in pitch blackness. It sounded very interesting.


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