a weekend in paris…

just us two!

These days, it really requires a conscious effort for us to plan anything without the kids being involved too.  They are so easy (and so much fun!) to bring with us on trips now, and so we tend to favour little jaunts all together over time spent alone.  That said though, Andrew and I decided in November that we’d plan something just us two for the New Year. Our Christmas gift to each other. Sometimes it’s good to remember where it all began!

Paris Streets

beautiful paris!

We fell in love with Paris last January when we spent a weekend there with the kiddos.  The whole notion of a Winter break in general is just something that I’m evangelical about.  It’s a light after Christmas, and in the dark days of Winter.  A change is as good as a rest, isn’t that what they say?

We arrived late on Friday night after a lengthy delay, caught the RER from Charles de Gaulle to central Paris and found our way to the beautiful Hoxton hotel.

Hoxton Paris

Hoxton Paris Foyer

Hoxton Paris Bathroom

Hoxton Paris Courtyard

Hoxton Paris Living Wall

ooh la la!

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this place.  Every single corner was so perfectly designed and, for the interiors obsessive in me, it was absolute heaven.  We had booked the Shoebox room but were upgraded when we arrived, and the ‘Cosy’ totally belied how spacious and unbelievably comfortable it was.  We have stayed at the Hoxton in London too and comparably rooms here were considerably larger.  Perfectly luxurious!

Us two!

Furniture goals!

Hoxton Paris Library Staircase

Hoxton Paris Seating

cobbles, café au lait and foliage filled courtyards!

We spent Saturday morning sipping coffee in the beautiful covered courtyard, before venturing out in the rain to Musee D’Orsay.  We had planned to visit more museums this time around, and places that perhaps might not have held as much appeal for the kids.  I actually think, having visited, that our children would have really enjoyed it here.  Andrew was fascinated by the scale model of the Palais Garnier, and I think Noah would have loved it too.  My favourite part was the Impressionist Galleries.  How amazing to see those Monet masterpieces in the flesh!

Musee D'Orsay

Musee D'Orsay Clock

Cafe St Regis Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

Cafe St Regis

We ate lunch at Musee D’Orsay which was nice enough (if a little overpriced!) and then walked to a favourite of ours from last year, Café St Regis, close to Notre Dame.  More coffee and the most delicious caramel éclair, split in two set us up for the journey back.  It’s worth noting that public transport is so straightforward in the city, and if it’s too wet to walk then it is the best way to whizz around.  Nowhere took us much more than fifteen minutes to reach, making everything really accessible and achievable, even in a brief weekend visit.

Walking through Paris

We had dinner in our hotel on Saturday evening and it was delicious.  We headed up to Jacques bar after for drinks and found a cosy table in the window to chat and while away the evening.  I’d definitely recommend calling by The Hoxton for drinks (or even a coffee!) if you are in Paris staying elsewhere.  It has such a relaxed, European vibe and the staff were all so lovely too!

Hoxton Paris Cocktail bar

Hoxton Paris Cocktail bar

Hoxton Paris by night

rainy sundays in the city…

On the recommendation of a friend we had booked Ellsworth for brunch on Sunday, and made our way here mid morning.  It’s the most unobtrusive little place – blink and you’d miss it – but we quickly understood why booking is essential.  Every table was filled (with a complete mix of international people!) and the food, served on small plates to share, was unbelievably good.  We split the French toast, scrambled eggs and buttermilk chicken, and I’m still dreaming of it all. So very delicious!

Ellsworth Paris

Ellsworth Paris French toast

From here we headed to the Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opera, and famed location of the Phantom.  We had been recommended the audio guide by lots of people (thank you!) and Andrew got one and happily relayed all the important details to me, ha!  It is the most beautiful of buildings, opulent in every sense, and I’ve put watching something here on my bucket list for the future. (I’d love to bring our girls to a ballet.  How magical would that be?)

Palais Garnier Opera Paris

Palais Garnier Opera Paris Staircase

Palais Garnier Opera Paris Grand Foyer

Palais Garnier Opera Paris floor tiles

Palais Garnier Opera Paris

We picked up some little gifts for the kids and then made our way to Angelina for hot chocolate (dreamy but there is always a queue.  Be prepared!) before a quick stop by the Louvre.  Our time was a little short so we just had look around the shopping centre and book stores of the pyramid.  Leaving the museum for next time!

Angelina Paris

Streets of Paris

We headed back to our hotel, grabbed a quick glass of wine for the road and made our way back to Charles de Gaulle for our flight home.  It was over in a blink, but that’s always the measure of a good weekend I think.  Short but very sweet.

Au Revoir Paris.  Until next time!

Emma x

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  1. Pauline
    January 23, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    You have had a wonderful time & I will note down your recommendations .Thank you for sharing .

    • Emma
      January 23, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Pauline! Xx

  2. Teash
    January 23, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Beautiful photos x

    • Emma
      January 23, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s not difficult to get a good picture in such a pretty place! 🙂 Xx

  3. Lorna
    January 23, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Beautiful pics as always Emma.

    • Emma
      January 23, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much Lorna. It’s such a beautiful place! Xx

  4. Hayley
    January 23, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Love this, I’m heading to Paris soon with my hubby so thanks a million for your recommendations ❤️

    • Emma
      January 23, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Have a wonderful time Hayley! I’m so jealous that you have it all ahead of you! Xx

  5. January 23, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    ohhh defo going to note down some of these reccommendations! The architecture is so beautiful in these photos, you have me dreaming of paris!x

    • Emma
      January 24, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      It is just the most beautiful of places. They definitely knew how to design a pretty building! Xx

  6. January 25, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Oh sounds like you had the most wonderful romantic time together despite the rain it’s a beautiful city and what a lovely place you stayed. So chic and trendy too. Love this.

  7. January 26, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    I’ve only just got around to reading this (sorry) .. the whole trip looking stunning .. Mr W confirmed that Paris is the destination of our honeymoon (yippee) .. we’re getting married in the summer .. but intend to go to Paris in the Autumn (for a long weekend) .. this hotel is now definitely on my wish list .. along with some of the sights and restaurants / cafes .. I so love reading all your blogs .. Thank you
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