4 Days in Paris – Reflections and PICTURES

Diary, Travel

For those of you that don’t know/ haven’t heard me raving about how brilliant my mother is, for my 18th birthday I was surprised with a 4 day trip to France!!
For obvious reasons I was ridiculously excited! I rested up a lot before hand and then got packing and headed off to PARIS!

Eiffel Tower and Great Food!
Having packed our clothes and treats we woke up bright and early, which is hard on a Monday morning, however when you know you’re headed to Paris, you tend to get a little bit excited!
Arriving at the hotel and seeing the room was nice and clean we dumped our stuff and headed straight to the Montparnasse Tower, for just 15€ you are able to see a panoramic view of Paris! We could see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and so many more beautiful sites!






Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time was brilliant and really got us excited for the trip, I suggest that if you’re headed to Paris, you get yourself to the Montparnasse Tower or another building with great height and see the Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory.

Once we reached the ground floor we knew we had to go and see the Eiffel Tower before the day was gone, it was simply a walk away, how could we not!?


Our walk to the tower was something we was not expecting to be so exciting and beautiful, but we got to see many sights simply walking to the tourist structure.




After goofing around and double, triple checking the map, we saw the tip of the Eiffel Tower peaking out from behind some restaurant buildings and suddenly our motivation increased, as did our speed towards it. Oh my goodness was it amazing to see it in person.


I had seen so many pictures and videos and films about Paris including wonderful, stunning images of this beautiful structure, but nothing beats standing right next to it and aiming the vastness and detail of the thing I had been looking forward to seeing and ticking off of my bucket list!

Right next to the Eiffel Tower there is a street called Avenue De Suffren, and along this street is a restaurant called Le Beaujolais, I urge you to visit this restaurant if you have the chance, the customer service was wonderful and the food was divine!!!


If you follow me on snapchat (jessicav_h) then you may have seen this picture of how EPIC my meal looked when it arrived and yes, it did taste as good as it looked;




The Louvre 

I have always wanted to visit this place, and when we did we got extremely lucky, not only did we get some beautiful pictures of the exterior of the wonderful building…


… we also went inside and underground to shop for a couple of hours, this is where we bought our slightly expensive gifts for loved ones left at home. However, once we emerged to the surface and back to real life, Tommy decided he would drag me to the place where a seemingly temporary ride park had been set up…

Le Louvre 


This is where we sat – voluntarily – on a terrifying ride that took us spinning up side down and round, we could see the whole of Paris! I have never enjoyed the view from a rollercoaster so much in my life. It had been years since I’d risked going on a rollercoaster, with CFS and all my senses going into overdrive its risky, this one was mediocre though. I get sick even thinking back to it now, however. 

Bastille


Definitely a favourite pick of mine, the roads surrounding the statue take you to many different places, we stopped at a cafe on the road with full view of the tower where I had the most epic meal ever, I ordered a club sandwich and a cappuccino  but really wasn’t expecting what they produced!



After trying very hard to finish this, we headed to shop till we dropped! I managed to find my dad the perfect present whilst there which was something I was very excited to give to him!



Rue De Bac

I will be writing another blog post about where to go in Paris thats a little less touristy, but I just couldn’t leave out this little street!


As are all of the streets of Paris, it was beautiful and we managed to find a few gems hidden away on this little strip that was next to Le Louvre.


There were so many cafes to choose from, this was where I had my first real french coffee, it was toooo good!

Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night
I cannot explain the feeling, of standing before something that looks so magical against the black sky and having all of your anticipation come true.
i had seen so many beautiful pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night, so when I forced my cousin-brother to walk an hours journey to the Eiffel Tower at 12am, arriving at 1am to see the lights, I wasn’t expecting to be as blow away as I was and boy was I in awe!
Just enjoy:


Stay tuned to hear about the hidden gems in Paris and where to find them! I’ll also being doing a blog post on the best places to go for food, so look forward to it and I’ll see you then!

Remember, work hard, have fun, make a difference,
Jess x.

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My Photo in the Local Newspaper || Jess

Diary

In a recent Blog post I mentioned victories I’d had over the period of the week, the fact that they were small, yet still victories.
Among those victories were better grades in class and a boost in social media, raising interest and one victory that I was most proud of… My picture getting into the newspaper.

This was the first time I’d seen anything of mine in print, and for an aspiring photographer/film maker, it was a very special moment for me.
The local newspaper holds a little competition every week, everyone sends their pics in and someone has to sit through and scroll and scroll until they find one they think is the best and pop it in!

The actual photo that made it, I took whilst on a walk in the park with my family. I liked it mainly because it featured a flying dog, my flying dog!
I didn’t tell anyone about it, I just sent the photo, I didn’t expect it to be chosen, and while it is a small victory, it is a significant one, my first one.

So, there we have it, don’t be afraid to take risks, if you want something, go get it! Don’t fret about failure, because that’s a vicious cycle that leads you to failure itself!

Remember, work hard, have fun, make a difference!

Jess

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Daily Photo Challenge #2

daily photo challenge, Diary

We are only on the second day of this challenge – that I set myself – and I was already contemplating whether I was going to post anything. What a wonderful start!

See, today I didn’t go into sixth form, I took the day off ill and had to rest up otherwise things were only going to get worse.

For the most part of the morning it rained, then it brightened up and I have to say I hated not being outside. I dislike the days where I don’t leave my home very much, I feel unproductive and lazy. But today I had to rest otherwise there would have been a lot more days spent the same way.

I realised that the reasoning behind not wanting to post was because I didn’t think I’d have anything interesting to share. What, a picture of a duvet, tea and a book? I didn’t like that idea, so I looked around me and I realised, one person had not left my side all day, they’d stayed there to make sure I was okay and wouldn’t leave me alone (whether I liked it or not) and although he featured in my first post, this is about my day, my Daily Diary Entry In Pictures.

At first I took a rather interesting picture of his nose, then a cute one of him chilling next to me, but as I’ve said, I wanted this to be a challenge, to be different, so this is it:

Different, interesting and cute. But a little rough on the edges which reflected my feelings/mood for the day – rough.


So there we have it, even when you are stuck inside with an oversized Doberman all day, you can still manage to shoot an interesting picture.

Remember, work hard, have fun, make a difference.

Jess.

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