Paris.

Have you ever visited a place that doesn’t really feel real? A city bursting with life. The city of love and romance, History and Art. Paris is one of those cities that never gets boring.

After weeks of browsing Booking.com and looking at hotel after hotel we found a cute little hotel just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower. We wanted something close to a metro station as it was our first trip to Paris, so that we could easily move around the city and so ‘Hotel Eiffel Petit Louvre’ it was. This quaint little contemporary hotel (with golden bug wallpaper) was the perfect stop for a young couple on a city break.

We didn’t wait around to start exploring Paris and the first place on our list was… The Eiffel Tower (duh!). For an iron tower it is pretty amazing, especially at night. We decided against climbing it as Aiden couldn’t bare the thought of listening to my constant whining (I’m not what you would call the athletic type, but I blame asthma). Instead we pulled out our trusty travel companion (Citymapper app) and started our 35 minute walk to the Champs-Élysées. From a young age and watching many Mary-Kate and Ashley movies, Passport to Paris being one of my faves, I always wanted to see the Arc de Triomphe and I’m not gonna lie I was slightly disappointed. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but having to stand in the middle of a very busy Parisian road to take a picture of it was not it. It was still a beautiful monument though, don’t get me wrong. We had a lovely lunch in a little restaurant with a really nice view of the Arc de Triomphe which was probably our best meal in Paris! I actually enjoyed the Pizza in France more than in Italy, how strange.

As we were in Paris for my birthday I just had to go to my favourite place on earth…Disneyland! We have already been to DisneyWorld Florida together and unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see the fireworks display which I was very disappointed about as it was something I had always wanted to see so we knew it had to happen this time. We spent day two in both disneyland parks going on all the rides in the freezing cold. Can I just say that I am not a fan of rollercoasters, so when we got on ‘Crush’s Coaster’ expecting a kids ride, you can imagine my reaction.

There is just something so special about Disneyland that makes you feel like a little kid and fills you with so much happiness. It finally came to night time and I was super excited for the Illuminations Fireworks. We found a nice little spot to stand and watch and they began. Now, I was emotional enough just watching the display but when I looked around and Aiden had pulled a little black box out of his pocket and gotten down on his knee, I probably looked as though I was ready for a breakdown. So yeah, we got engaged in Disneyland and it was probably one of the most perfect days of my life.

We spent our last day wandering around Paris but didn’t go far as it was raining pretty heavy and we spent some of the day in the hotel room watching ‘Can’t Pay, We’ll Take It Away’. We didn’t make it to the Louvre or Notre Dame this time unfortunately but that definitely gives us an excuse to go back.

Paris was definitely an experience and a trip I will never forget.

Until next time,

Elisha.

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