The Paris Diaries: Day 2

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Catacombs

Notre Dame Cathedral

Shakespeare and Company

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“Though I often looked for one, I finally had to admit that there could be no cure for Paris.” – The Paris Wife, Paula Mclain

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It’s pretty hard to explain the feeling of waking up and realising that you’re in Paris. It was absolute bliss sticking the kettle on and making my way through the stacks of magazines that I had purchase the day before from the kiosk near the top of our street.

Having walked over 35,000 steps on our first day, we felt as though we had taken a bit of a hit, but it honestly didn’t matter. We were up and ready to take on the day.

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Catacombs

One of the great things about travelling with someone else is that you can encourage each other to see places that you might not have known about otherwise. That was exactly the case when it came to the Catacombs of Paris. I hadn’t heard of them before but they were quite high on Simone’s list of places to check out.

For anyone like me who wasn’t aware of the Catacombs, they are former quarries which hold the skeletons of approximately 6 million Parisians. It’s crazy.

I’ve got to be honest, I was a little bit nervous about visiting them but purely because I didn’t think it was my sort of thing and could picture myself having the worlds biggest anxiety attack. Having said that, once I was down there I found it incredibly insightful.

If the Catacombs are something that you might like to visit, I’d definitely recommend pre-booking your tickets. We didn’t and ended up waiting in the queue for almost 3 hours. Luckily, the weather was perfect otherwise I might have cried myself into oblivion.

I didn’t take any pictures down there because I was too busy shitting my pants but you can read more about the Catacombs here.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame Cathedral was by far my favourite part of the whole trip. Once I was inside, I noticed myself beginning to well up and had a pretty good feeling that nothing was going to top it. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

If you think about how the cathedral was built with without any machinery or scaffolding, it’s almost impossible not to be blown away by it. Don’t be put off by the queue if you visit, it goes down really quickly and is definitely worth the wait.

Whilst you’re there, it seems a shame to leave without taking a stroll along the river Seine and looking at all the vintage book and art stalls. There’s so much to see and I honestly could have spent all day there.

Shakespeare and Company

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“I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.” – George Whitman

Across the river from Notre Dame cathedral is a bookshop which I had been dying to visit and It didn’t disappoint.

Shakespeare and Company is an English-language bookshop that since opening in 1952, has become a meeting place for writers and lovers of reading. When you first walk in, you’re met by a café that seems the perfect place to lose yourself in a good book and the further you go in, the more magical it gets.

You can read more about the bookshop itself here and if you do choose to check it out, I promise it doesn’t disappoint.

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Day 2 into our trip and I already knew that we couldn’t have chosen a better time to visit. The weather was perfect and we stayed out for hours each day. Strolling along the Seine when it is sunny just puts you in the nicest frame of mind.

One thing that had become apparent very early on was exactly how much Paris has to offer. Incredible architecture, small patisseries, stylist restaurants, chic boutiques and some of the best museums that I had ever stepped foot in.

Whilst walking around, I began to wonder if the magic of Paris ever wears off. I was struggling to believe that it ever could.

Henna x


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