The entire Hills Balfour team has just returned from a highly successful Paris trip, checking out the sights and flavours of this beautiful city.
With it’s timeless familiarity, whether we were regular visitors or first timers, it was just as exciting to be back in the city of love again…the recognisable monuments and fashion conscious city continues to keep itself at the top of the list of cities to visit in more ways than one as it continuously evolves.
We will be doing a few different blog posts about the trip – here is an overview of some of the things we did:-
Our first experience was a wonderful river trip along the Seine, where you could get a real feel for how the city was laid out as well as check out the bodies on the plage!!
We stayed in Montmartre, right near the Moulin Rouge and just a small stroll up the hill to the Roman-Byzantine basilica, Sacre-Coeur, with it’s fabulous views of the city and eclectic mix of artists and tourists all vying for their business. Lots of great little restaurants and cafes abound – a must for a walking tour of the area around all the little back streets.
Our first meal was at the very famous La Coupole whereupon at the entrance, a splendid wall of black and white photos featuring the likes of Sartre, Hemmingway, Simone de Beauvoir and many other famous regulars shows just how steeped in history it is, having opened in 1927. It has been the original inspiration for Balthazar and many other French style brasseries and is one of the largest restaurants in Paris – an enormous 450 seat brasserie with a cover of around 1.4K per evening. An experience not to be missed:-
The next day we all chose a number of different tours – a three hour walking tour, a wine and cheese tour, a trip to Versaille or a tour on a bus. There will be other reports coming out on all this, but I can highly recommend the walking tour of which about 17 of us took – starting in the city’s largest square, the Place de la Concorde under The Obelisk laid out in 1775 and designed with Paris spread around you – with views of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and along the Champs Elysee. Our lovely tour guide explained that this was where all the guillotine executions took place until the last one in 1977!
LOADS to see and do – here is a little photo story of a few of our escapades:-
That evening we went to another very French restaurant called Le Chartier:-