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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…

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