The Paris Diaries: Day 1

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Eiffel Tower

225 Rue de l’Université

Champs Elysees

Arc de Triomphe

Settling In

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“Paris

teach me of your love

teach me of your cobbled streets

and rivers

teach me of your painters who sit by your bridges

teach me of the gardens and the cafes and the treats

teach me of the sun as it sets in the trees

teach me

for I will listen

teach me and I will paint it

with all the words it gives me.”

– Atticus

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The first time my sister ever visited Paris, she came home and said “I could see Henna living there.”

Ever since I was at an age where I could appreciate the city’s beauty, magic and history, I have been inspired by the Parisian lifestyle daily. As result of this, I felt as though I had pretty good knowledge of the city before I had ever visited, and it most certainly came in handy on my trip.

I get a lot of questions about Paris and what my recommendations are so decided to keep a little diary of what went down on my trip last week.

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Arriving

The first thing we did after arriving in the city was drop off our bags at left luggage. This was something that I had pre-booked and was so glad I did because it saved us having to lug our cases around until check in at the Airbnb.

Left luggage is a service that is provided at the station at a cost but you can also book through other companies at a much better rate. I used a company called Nanny Bag and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a similar service.

225 Rue de l’Université

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My friend Simone and I knew very early on that we wanted to walk as much as possible on this trip because we knew that we’d end up discovering some real gems of the city.

Once we had dropped our bags off there was only one place that we wanted to visit first.

225 Rue de l’Université is my favourite spot to view the Eiffel Tower. It isn’t very touristy and I just find it one of the most romantic views of the tower itself. As to be expected, the surrounding area is absolutely stunning too and because there aren’t that many people around, you really get to take the atmosphere in.

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Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe

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We were very lucky in that the Airbnb we had chosen was less than a two minute walk from Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.

As cheesy as it sounds, there was something so magical about seeing this view every time I made my way out for the day and it honestly put me in the best mood. No matter what the time of day, it always felt really special.

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Settling In

I think the first day of any trip is about getting a feel for where you are isn’t it? that’s exactly what we did.

The first day for us was about getting comfy, evening walks and just taking it all in ready for a day of exploring tomorrow.

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I said this over on my Instagram recently but the thing about Paris is, no matter how far away you are from what you know, it feels like home.

The moment I stepped out of the station everything felt so familiar, and that’s one of the many reasons I adore it.

Henna x


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