The Scarlett Guide To… Your First Trip To Paris…

Before I jetted off on my trip to Paris I, quite literally, asked anyone and everyone for their advice on how to spend my four days there…

…so to ensure that the Circle of Life keeps on ticking and all that jazz, welcome to…

The Scarlett Guide To… Your First Time In Paris

Relax…

This is the single most important piece of advice I would give to anyone headed to the city of love for the first time! Paris has such a vast selection of things to see and do, it’s practically impossible to fit every single thing on “Trip Advisor’s Top 20” list into a long weekend.

One of the most enjoyable things to do in Paris is to wander the city at your leisure; viewing the gorgeous architecture, stopping for a Nutella crepe anywhere that takes your fancy and exploring the streets for the authentic bars to enjoy a glass of afternoon wine.

 If you plan your trip too much you will see every single one of the major sites, but you’ll miss Paris and all her hidden gems altogether.

Instead, pick a handful of landmarks you couldn’t bear to miss out on seeing, and allow yourself the time to explore the streets around them and take in the Parisian ambience.

(On a side note, I also suggest you eat everything. Seriously, you might *think* you’ve had enough Nutella Crepes for one day, but you haven’t.)

Go on a cruise…

Cruising down the River Seine was easily one of my favourite parts of the trip – not only do you get a glimpse of some of the landmarks that you might not have had the chance to visit, but with a huge selection of different cruises available, you can pretty much tailor it to your interests. Looking for somewhere to eat? Go on a dinner cruise. Like a lot of champagne? Well, I’ll tell you all about my cruise another time…

Choose the jugs of wine…

Before I jetted off, everyone I spoke to told me that Paris was ridiculously expensive – so I assumed my wine intake would be well under what I would have expected from a stint in France. But enjoying a vino in a Parisian café doesn’t have to break the bank. Rather than spending around €19 on a standard 75cl bottle check the menu first; almost every café, restaurant and bar will sell a 50cl jug of House wine (usually a decent Sauvignon Blanc) for around €6. Buy two and… well, happy days.

Take supplies to the Eiffel Tower… 

I assumed the gardens of the Eiffel tower would be crawling with bars and cafés, but when I got there, I didn’t pass a single one. There’s nothing nicer than lying on the grass, soaking up the sun overlooking one of Paris’ iconic buildings, so if you fancy lunch (or better yet, a box of wine) make sure that  you pack  your own – unless, of course, you fancy paying €5 each for a Mr. Whippy ice cream like we did…

 

And finally…

 Be careful around the public toilets… 

(I know this photo is completely irrelevant, but I don’t tend to stand around taking pictures of public toilets… so instead I thought I would take this opportunity to reiterate the point that you should eat everything – Paris is totally worth getting fat for…)

The public toilets around the major tourist hot spots, clean and disinfect themselves after each use – so, whatever you do, don’t head straight in after someone else, wait until the cycle is finished. If it hadn’t have been for a nice French fella who dragged me out by the back of my cardigan who knows what fresh hell I would have found myself trapped in…

Enjoy yourself hotties, you only get one first time in Paris…

20 comments… read them below or add one

Jenn May 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

You are so funny. If I ever make it to Paris– I will bring enough money to enjoy Paris on a case of wine and then some!! LOLOL!

Cheers, Jenn.

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Scarlett May 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

It’s such a gorgeous place Jenn, if you ever get the chance I would definitely recommend going! xx

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Naomi May 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

‘One of the most enjoyable things to do in Paris is to wander the city at your leisure; viewing the gorgeous architecture, stopping for a Nutella crepe anywhere that takes your fancy and exploring the streets for the authentic bars to enjoy a glass of afternoon wine.’

I would like this in my day right now, thank you very much 😉

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Scarlett May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

Me too Naomi! Such a perfect day! xx

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Melissa May 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I am totally bookmarking this link for my trip! Also toilets can disinfect themselves? We need some of those here in Canada!!

PS what a cute picture of you!
PPS if you’re free while I’m in Europe you should come down and have a coffee or something! I’ll be in London and Paris at some points :)

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Scarlett May 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I know Melissa – I wish they had them in England too. So much cleaner! Ahhh you’re too sweet. I’d love to have coffee when you’re in London – I’m only a half an hour train journey away so it’d be lovely to pop down and meet up. Have you planned any more for the big trip?xx

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Shells May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I love French food and Money and crepes (more food) I could go on and on. I have always wanted to go so thank you, I really enjoyed your tips on being prepared and keeping the costs down for some vino! :) I’m in US and I want to learn some French, I am on a serious budget. Do you have any recommendations?
Thanks do much for this great list!
Shells
P.S- cute website!

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Scarlett May 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Me too Shells! Sorry lovely, I’m not the best person to ask about learning French – I had lessons for 5 years in school and I was still stumbling over ordering a plain margarita pizza and a glass of house vino! I imagine there are loads of online course’s though! Keep an eye on groupon, they always have language-study deals… and in the meantime buy yourself a cheap phrase book to get started with the basics. You would be surprised how much you’ll learn without realising. xx

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Shells May 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Monet not Money, ugh autocorrect!!! :)

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plantdotty May 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Love your take on Paris, and your top, and……the wine!x

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Scarlett May 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

Thanks Plantdotty :) I love the wine too :) xx

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Adam J Williams May 25, 2012 at 1:36 am

Paris is one of two places that I never ate a bad meal. (New Orleans is the other) Their street food vendors are incredible. And I, like you, couldn’t get enough Nutella Crêpes.

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Scarlett May 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

You’re right about the street food Adam. I could’t believe how many jars of nutella I saw walking down one road – it’s surprising I didn’t come back a stone heavier! xx

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Shells May 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Thanks Scarlett,
LOL, yeah I know French isn’t easy. I only took a half of a semester, knowing you took 5 now, I believe it will be an uphill battle but well worth it. Hey if I can learn some important phrases, I’ll take that! 😉 Thank you, I’ll check out groupon and a phrase book!

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efrutik May 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Great, fun, and low pressure tips! Definitely jotted down some for “first” in Paris! You are fun, thanks!

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Scarlett May 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Efutik :) x

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Casey Camilleri June 9, 2012 at 3:20 am

Hahaha this is an awesome post. Love the food/wine suggestions. I’m going to need it. First timer for me will be in August! 😀

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Scarlett June 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

You’re going to have a wonderful time Casey! I’ll look forward to hearing how your trip goes :) xx

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Spencer June 19, 2012 at 4:25 am

I love Paris! It is such a fascinating city with so much to see and do. I especially love the ambiance and the food. How awesome!

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Scarlett June 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

Me too Spencer :) xx

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