Sarah LOVES Paris

When I was a student I lived in Paris for four months and I've never forgotten it! We rented a small apartment on Rue Blanche, near Montmartre, and I worked in McDonald's. Every day off, I jumped on the Metro and visited all kinds of places: parks, galleries, shops, cathedrals, more galleries. It was utterly wonderful.

If you ever get a chance to visit Paris, go, go, go! It's such an amazing city and I can't wait to go back!

Some of my very favourite things to do and see
in Paris:

1. Visit the Mona Lisa in the Musée du Louvre, known as the Louvre.
The Louvre is enormous, but no trip to Paris is complete without a visit. Grab a floor plan as soon as you get inside, work out what you'd most like to see and stick to your guns. Otherwise you'll get lost in there and ten hours later wonder where the day has gone!
www.louvre.fr

2. Visit the Rothkos in the Pompidou Centre
OK, I admit, like Seth and Amy, I'm a Rothko nut. But the big glass covered gallery with its primary coloured plastic pipes outside is worth seeing alone. If you like modern art, it's a must.
www.centrepompidou.fr

3. The Eiffel Tower
I never went up the Eiffel Tower when I lived in Paris, it seemed too touristy, but now I can't wait to climb it again (yes, we used the stairs, far more fun than packed lifts, if a bit tiring). The view from the top really is amazing, especially at night, when the city is lit up by millions of sparkling lights. It was the world's tallest building until 1931, but even these days, its towering height is pretty impressive.
www.tour-eiffel.fr

4. Boat Trip on the Seine
From the water you can see some of the fabulous Parisian architecture in all its glory, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the bridge where Amy and Seth meets in Bridesmaid Blitz - Pont des Artes, or Passerelle des Artes.
Most of the boat companies have a boarding point on the river just under the Eiffel Tower.
www.bateauxparisiens.com or www.bateaux-mouches.fr

5. Mooching Around Montmartre
I LOVE Montmartre. I guess it's because I lived there and spent a lot of time wandering its windy cobblestone streets. From the late 19th century it was a mecca for all kinds of artists, writers and poets, and it has a cool arty vibe to this day. It even has its own vineyard, graveyard, and windmill; and the view from the Sacre Coeur church is spectacular.

Recently I stayed in a small townhouse hotel in the heart of Montmartre, and ate at this fab bistro-bar called Au Relais. In fact I celebrated my birthday there!
In Bridesmaid Blitz, Amy and Clover get their bridesmaid dresses in a little shop in Montmartre, and Mills stays with a French host family in Montmartre. It's a place after my own heart!
www.aurelaismontmartre.com

6. Musée d'Orsay
Yes, another gallery! But you can't miss this one - it has one of the most amazing art collections in the world. It used to be a railway station, and it's a beautiful building in its own right. Here you will see famous paintings by Manet, Renoir and Degas. Did I mention I'm an art nut?!

7. Shopping
Of course, a trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without a little retail therapy. I'm a huge fan of vintage and second hand clothes, and Didier Ludot is an Aladdin's cave of vintage bits and bobs.
19 - 24 Galerie Montpensier, 75001 www.didierludot.fr
Montmarte is also a great place to browse and shop for clothes - did I mention it's also my fave area of Paris? I did? Surely not!

Enjoy Paris!

Pics of me in Paris:

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Sarah and the Mona Lisa

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Sarah and the Giant Head!

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Sarah and Rothko

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Sarah's Birthday (with Ben)

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