June 11, 2012 in Category Europe,France,Paris,Scarlett Adventures...

Champagne, Carousels And Stumbling Off Boats…

A couple of weeks before we headed off to Paris, The Boyfriend and I sat down to plan some of the fabulous things we wanted to do while we were there…

Of course I use the term ‘sat down’ loosely; having absolutely no organisational skills the reality was The Boyfriend sat on the computer tapping away into Google, while I lay on the couch swigging cheap wine from the bottle and shouting unrealistic suggestions at him.

Anyway – considering that he’s still a student and most of my measly pay packet tends to go on stationary I don’t need, sponsoring dogs in the local animal rescue and Tesco-value vodka – we were hardly in a position to book all of  the elaborate experiences we would have liked to.

Nevertheless, you only get one first time in Paris, so we wanted to make sure we booked one fancy thing to do while we were there. So after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing (in which I nearly paid £150 each to attend a glorified cheese-festival) we decided on a champagne cruise down the River Seine, with O Chateau.

Well quite frankly, it was fucking wonderful!

I can’t stress enough how relaxing and enjoyable the trip was; not only did we get to see some the sights we hadn’t had the chance to visit, whilst having all our questions about both champagne and the city answered… but the “3 glasses of champagne” we were expecting, instead seemed to be a loose measurement for “your glass will never be empty”.

As we staggered off the boat around 6 glasses of champagne later, the carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower suddenly became much more appealing than it had been a few hours earlier…

So before my boyfriend could remind me of our deal where I try not to humiliate him in public any more, I paid my3 euros and climbed onto one of the horses, ready for four minutes of being laughed at by hoardes of tourists.

Considering there was only me and one disgruntled toddler on the whole carousel, I (once again) found myself the subject of a shocking amount of photos taken by a couple of giggling Japanese women…

So, as always, if you see any of these images on a “Drunk White Girl’s For Sale” site, give me a heads up.

Just to clarify, I haven’t received any money or freebies whatsoever in return for writing this post – I genuinely do just think the trip is a must-do for anyone visiting Paris.

 

29 comments… read them below or add one

Beverley | Pack Your Passport June 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

Haha, this would SO be me! Carousel before champagne cruise: “naaah that’s for kids!” Carousel after champagne cruise: “Omigod I’ve not BEEN on one of these since I was a kid, let’s go!!”

*cue boyfriend walking off and finding nearest pub/bakery/anything to disassociate himself from me*

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Scarlett June 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Haha yeah that’s exactly what he did – not before staking some pics to “remind me of my embarrassing behaviour” lol xx

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Melissa June 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

You are so darn cute. And this sounds AWESOME! I’m loving all your Paris posts, it’s getting me so excited to be there in just two months! :)

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Scarlett June 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

Ahhh thank you honey! I’m so excited for you, you’re going to have an absolute ball!! xxxx

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Elle June 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Ah Paris! I can’t tell you how many glasses of champagne I’ve not-so-gracefully guzzled down while in that city. The carousel though… solid choice!

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Scarlett June 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Haha Elle – a girl after my own heart xx

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CeCe June 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Oh Champagne…my guilty pleasure! I won’t judge you regarding the carousel because that is something I would do too! Here’s a toast to having NO SHAME!

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

Cheers to that CeCe! x

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plantdotty June 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I loved this post…brilliant. I had a strong calling to jump on the carousel with you!x

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Haha Plantdotty – I wished someone had, it might had distracted attention from me having someone else on it other than a toddler! xx

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ShimonZ June 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

marvelous post… actually, the things you can see after the third glass of champagne are do fine… that it doesn’t really matter where you are… as for the horse ride on the merry go round… I haven’t tried that yet.

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Thanks Shimon! There’s a first for everything 😉 x

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Jess June 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

favourite part of this post is this line: ‘while I lay on the couch swigging cheap wine from the bottle and shouting unrealistic suggestions at him’.
You are hilarious!

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

haha Jess! I wish my boyfriend agreed! xx

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Christina Majaski June 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You look awful pretty for drinking at least 6 glasses of wine. I try to hide cameras after 2. Also, I think 3 glasses of wine in french is actually 6. I’ve heard that before.

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Ahh thanks Christina – I look mental in he last one, but nothing new there. Really? I wish I’ve have heard that, I would have taken full advantage xx

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Waegook Tom June 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Forget the boyfriend, you go on as many carousels as you want! I think my boyfriend would have a similar reaction. They can hang out together and snap photos whilst we go on children’s amusement park rides. Deal? Done.

Also, a cruise down the Seine involving endless champagne? Erm….ding dong where do I sign up?!?

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Haha Tom, you’ve got a deal. My boyfriend also doesn’t approve of my singing kareoke at every possible opportunity – so I’m int he market for a partner in crime there too if you’re interested. xx

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Stasha June 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Champagne buzz in Paris. How decadent! fun photos, glad you had a great time.

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Stasha :) x

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2girlsonabench June 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Sounds too fun and we will toast you with cheap champagne from our backyards in Van Nuys, CA! Cheers to Paris!

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Scarlett June 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Girls – I’m so jealous, have a glass on me! x

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Spencer June 13, 2012 at 3:27 am

I agree it is definitely a must do thing whilst in Paris. I am happy to say I have done it too!

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

It’s fabulous isn’t it Spencer! xx

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Kris June 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

All I say is more power to you if your hair looks that amazing after all that! (Though after watching a whole lot of Hostel movies, I’m afraid of any undue interest by unknown parties.)

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

Haha! Thanks Kris xx

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Toni June 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Aww I know how excited you were to go to Paris and I’m SO glad that you had an amazing time especially that you didn’t throw up on the carousel haha.
Hooray to never-ending champagne! :)

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thanks sweety :) And here’s to the ever flowing champagne! xx

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Mike June 19, 2014 at 4:16 am

Sorry we’re getting over here late, Scarlett! Things took an odd twist over the past three months so it’s been a lot of catch up. We are totally thrilled for your awesome trip and never having a glass of alcohol empty is always a good thing! I don’t do well on rides that go in continuous circular motion though. Btw…I’m constantly hollering for Phoenix from the couch while swigging a beer…so I’m with ya there LOL! Great post :)

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