Once our class trip to Paris was over, we had the whole weekend footloose and fancy free in Paris and our friend Paisley hopped on a train from Mannheim to join us.
We’d miraculously found an affordable Airbnb right next to the Eiffel Tower which was amazing; we were living the Parisian dream. It was tiny but perfect for just a night.
Staying right next to the Eiffel Tower, it was obviously the first monument we went to see. The best view we got was from our street, which seems to be the favourite spot of all the Parisian Instagrammers.
Next, we wanted to go to the Champs-Elysées. It was raining so we paid 5€ each for a ride in a rickshaw. It was so random and so fun, and we had the nicest rickshaw driver ever, we loved it; “5€ for a laugh”, as Paisley said. Definitely worth the money.
We saw the Arc de Triomphe under a very cloudy sky and then had a very rainy walk down the Champs Elysées. We took shelter in a cosy little Parisian bar and drank wine before finding an Italian restaurant for dinner.
We ordered pizzas, I asked for the veggie one without cheese; the staff were so friendly, and the food came so quickly. I would 100% recommend it if I could remember the name of the restaurant.
We walked home down the Champs Elysées as the sun was setting which was so beautiful and then got some photos in front of the Eiffel Tower before it got dark.
We had to get out of the Airbnb quite early on Sunday morning and didn’t want to carry our luggage around all day so we went to the Gare de l’Est to leave our stuff in their lockers and then had breakfast in a café bistro opposite the station. I couldn’t eat anything, but I really appreciated the cute décor, especially the tablecloths.
We walked to the Notre Dame to have a gawk at the burnt spire. Unfortunately, you can’t get very close, it’s cordoned off and surrounded by police because they’re afraid it could collapse on people. With musicians playing Simon and Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence, the mood was slightly melancholic, but I think it’s an even more interesting sight now.
The heavens opened again so we took shelter in an adorable café called Shakespeare and Co. They had a vegan apple pie with vegan coconut cream and even had oat milk (seems like a girl has to find a British café to have a good vegan cappuccino in Paris). It was such cosy place, it felt like a café from Harry Potter, and from our window seats we could see the Notre Dame.
Afterwards we headed back to the Louvre to take some classic cheesy tourist photos with the glass pyramids and to see the Egyptian exhibit which was closed when we had been there the day before. They were sort of cool, but I’m still not quite sold on all the Louvre hype.
Unfortunately, we then had to head back to the Gare de l’Est to pick up our bags and catch our train back to Mannheim, saying au revoir to Paris. I’m so glad we stayed an extra night and that Paisley joined us; it was dreamy to have a free weekend to explore Paris and the Eiffel Tower has found a new place in my heart (and my ears, thanks to some cheap tacky earrings I bought from a street vendor). We really will always have Paris.