Day two was actually my birthday, although being away from home for the past two years it really hasn’t felt like my birthday, I keep telling myself I’m actually still 22 rather than 24 now. We started it off hopping on the metro to Champs-Elysee Clemenceu and wandering up in the direction of Arc de Triomphe. It’s a really lovely area, although it definitely is one of the busiest in Paris having a couple streets of some of the most iconic stores. Being my birthday I did want to spend a little bit of money, so after having the biggest Pain au Chocolat I’d ever seen, I headed straight to Sephora, Zara, Zara Home and Laduree (more on that tomorrow!)
After our shopping we wandered up to have a proper took at the Arc, although it did take us quite a while to actually figure out how to get to it! Somehow we managed to miss the underground entrance to it, I think the crowd of people watching men and kids dance to Gangnam Style may have distracted us a little. We didn’t spend too long underneath it, but again it’s such a gorgeous piece of Parisian architecture which is definitely one of the best things about the city. We stopped again for a coffee and crepe at the Tulieries and headed over to the Louvre, which again we didn’t spend too long at. It was probably my biggest disappointment of the day as it was so incredibly busy, absolutely sweltering inside and full of people barging everyone around just to get a snap of the Mona Lisa or selfies in front of the Venus de Milo which was really irritating!
We decided to get out after seeing most of the rooms we wanted to, and took a walk over to the Eiffel Tower, which is absolutely beautiful at night, I love the light shows they put on. Kane had the idea of eating in one of their restaurants but at £180 a head it was a little out of our budget! We found a lovely place just down the road on the corner though which was much more reasonable and had a great view of the tower anyway. There isn’t a great deal for vegetarians in little French bistros but I was quite happy with wine and ice cream anyway!