I often sit at home daydreaming about my next travel adventure and somewhere in my thought process that usually includes Paris.
Whether it’s enjoying a stroll along the river Seine, the atmosphere of Montmartre, or an arty trip to the Louvre. It’s pretty clear that Paris stole my heart.
But as amazing as they all are none of them match the excitement I feel of being in Paris at night looking at the skyline lit up.
After spending the day shopping along the Champs-Élysées my mum and I were ready to carry on our exploring and grab a bite to eat.
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So without further ado, let me introduce you to my new favourite restaurant in Paris, Le Bistro Parisien. Now I’d love to tell you that it came highly recommended by lots of friends and that we had to book weeks in advance to get a table, but the truth is we stumbled upon it by complete accident.
You can feel a story coming on, can’t ya…
My mother and I really wanted to do a cruise along the river Seine. We’ve been to Paris countless times and neither of us have ever done it. We headed down to the dock by the Eiffel Tower to jump on the half seven cruise, but what time did we arrive at the dock? Seven thirty-one! We missed it by one minute… how annoying.
Right next door to the dock was a boat restaurant and seeing as we had time to spare we thought why not grab a bite to eat.
But holey moley we never expected this to be the best decision we ever made. The food was incredible.
Its located right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
I mean look at the view. What says Paris better than the Eiffel Tower sparkling away at night?!?! Nothing that’s what.
It’s almost as good as this view… almost!
As we were in a bit of a rush to catch the next cruise we decided to skip the starters and head straight to the mains.
I had paler de boeuf braise, legumes d’hiver sauce bourguignonne. This is braised beef chunks, with winter vegetables and burgundy sauce.
It was honestly so amazing. The beef and veg were the perfect combination to beat off the Paris winter chill. But the sauce… oh the sauce was so good that I grabbed my spoon at the end not to waste a drop.
My only criticism was that there wasn’t enough as I would have happily eaten the same again.
My mum had supreme de volaille fermier aux herbs, pats a la creme de morilles – free-range chicken supreme with herbs, with pasta in creamy morel mushroom sauce.
She said it was the best meal we had in Paris by a long shot.
The staff were friendly and smiley yet attentive and knowledgeable. It was the perfect balance between approachable and professional.
It’s just such a shame that we didn’t have time to grab desert as we had to get on the cruise… oh well, I’ll take any excuse to go back.
Feeling rather pleased with ourselves for find a good bit of grub, we boarded the Catherine Deneuve boat ready to cruise down the river Seine.
You sail down the river passing many of Paris’s prestigious monuments. We plugged our audio-guides in to learn about the history along the way.
I’m a huge lover of twinkling lights so seeing Paris all lit up just melted my heart.
The cruise was great although if you’re a bit of a shutterbug like me you might get a bit peeved as the lighting is terrible for photos at night and all you get are the reflections in the window.
As the tour neared the end they took us back towards the Eiffel Tower. So we decided to head to the outside terrace to take a look at all the beautiful Parisian lights out on the deck.
The only slight issue was that it’s really cold in the winter, so you don’t really fancy going out in the wind – plus it’s terrible for your hair. #firstworldproblems
Overall it was a really relaxing and informative cruise down the Seine. It’s a great way to see Paris quickly if you’re only there for a couple of days.
I definitely think doing it at night is best as Paris looks beautiful all lit up. Plus if the weather isn’t great it’s a great way of getting out of the cold whilst still exploring Paris.
But what do you want to do once you’ve seen Paris from the ground? You see it from the sky of course.
Seeing the view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower is a bit clichéd, so we decided to head to the big wheel at the end of the Champs-Élysées.
The perfect way to end a twinkling night with my mother.