Over the weekend you might have caught sight of me and a few other bloggers tweeting and instagram-ing about a little trip to the French capital courtesy of iDBus who offer reasonably priced coach journeys to a number of places in mainland Europe, including Paris. I've been to Paris before when I was much younger where I managed to take in all the sights, so on this short trip I thought I'd focus on cramming in as much wandering around the shops as I could (it was Paris Fashion Week after all...)
Of course I'm a little bit skint at the moment as a result of being a recently graduated student so it wasn't like I could splash the cash in the gorgeous Kenzo store we visited or even stretch as far as a Diptyque candle, although someone did *coughOliviacough*. I did have a good old browse of the City Pharma store though where I stocked up on Bioderma and purchased a new Vichy face wash recommended by Elodie. I'd definitely recommend a visit to the City Pharma if you have time to spare, its cheaper than the other pharmacies and packed with beauty bits and bobs, although it is also packed with people so be prepared for a claustrophobic shopping experience! You can find it on the Rue du Four near the Saint Germain des Près metro stop. If you're wondering where I got such a delicious looking plate of food I can definitely recommend the restaurant L'Institut on the Boulevard Saint Germain, the decor is gorgeous and it was lovely to sink into a squishy armchair and dig into various plates of sandwiches and crepes to recover from our coach journey!
Apologies if you're horrified at my lack of culture during the trip, I've seen it before and to be honest with you if a monument isn't more than a thousand years old it just ain't my bag, baby. I did wander past the Eiffel Tower and soak up the view of the Arc de Triomphe at night time if that makes you feel better...although the latter was on the way to checking out the huge late night Sephora on the Champs-Élysées sorry I'm not sorry, I guess I'm just a shopaholic at heart!
It all went by in a bit of a blur but one thing that stood out was just how much of a fabulous time I had with everyone on the trip - there's something to be said for making friends with other bloggers, you never run out of things to chat about! Elodie, Sophie, Olivia, Lucy, Kristabel, Ellie, Amy and Lucy, it was a pleasure. And of course not forgetting the non-blogging plus ones, who were equally hilarious and fab to hang out with: Charlotte, Gemma, Hannah and Cinda. Whereabouts in Europe should we head to next girls?