This was one of my favourite ever trips and do you know what? I hardly took any photographs! My camera is usually glued to my eye but this time I decided to relax and be in the moment a bit more. It must have worked because we managed to cram so much in to our two days!
Here are a few snaps and a few little highlights from our weekend...
On Saturday morning I discovered my absolute favourite street in Paris! The Rue des Martyrs is a pretty little street populated by boulangeries, chocolatiers, fruit stalls and shops selling fresh oysters, clams and other succulent shellfish! My good friend Rachel (who I went to visit in Paris with my girlfriends last Summer) told us about The Rose Bakery - a cute little cafe run by British born Rose and her French husband Jean-Charles so we woke up bright and early and made our way there for breakfast! The cafe itself is gorgeous and reminds me of the little bakeries you get down in Cornwall - it has little curved windows, a low ceiling, whitewashed walls and a nice, relaxed vibe. We were in the mood for coffee and eggs (which were both absolutely delicious) but I'll definitely be back one day in the afternoon to try some of the beautiful looking cakes!
We loved the Rue des Martyrs so much that we went back on Sunday morning too! This time we bought takeaway coffees and pain au chocolat from one of the little boulangeries and walked up and down the street in the sunshine. It was lovely to see the good people of Paris patiently queueing out the door for freshly made baguettes and pastries! Some of them had lovely wicker market bags - I would love to know where they buy them!
We walked all over Paris on Saturday - over 11 miles in the end! Here we are enjoying the sun outside the Louvre! It was a treat to walk in the shady Jardin des Tuileries afterwards - we also went to the Musee de L'Orangerie to look at Monet's tranquil waterlilies.
Spring has most definitely sprung in Paris and the flower stalls were piled high with colourful blooms - I love these pink and purple tulips not to mention the yellow ranunculus!
So many of the shops had pretty little Easter displays in the windows! They reminded me of those eggs you used to get, made out of cardboard with pictures on that you could put things inside, do you remember them?
Of course we had to stop off at Pierre Herme! We bought four colourful little macarons and took them to the Jardin du Luxemborg to eat in the sunshine. By this point it was early afternoon and the park was full of people reading in the afternoon sun! I love the way they have chairs scattered about that you can just drag over to whatever spot you fancy. We walked around the whole park and saw people playing a rather civilised looking game of boules as well as sailing boats in a sweet little pond.
We walked along the Seine and over the Pont des Arts and even squeezed in a visit to the Canal Saint Martin! Such a dreamy weekend.
Goodbye Paris! I miss you already!