Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Top Tips for Paris

Heyyyy Everyone,

I really want to share with you the highlights of my trip to Paris, for New Year, with my bestie, Becky! So I am working on creating a short video for next week.. for now I thought I would share the main 3 do's and 3 don'ts that I came across on my trip. Paris is a very popular place and there are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you the best places for a spot of lunch, the must-see buildings and the secrets only the locals know about. So, I thought I'd make my post slightly different. I hadn’t read about these 'tips of glory' previously, they are just things that happened over my 4 day trip that I thought I just had to share! 
DON’T use the metro. Most of the mains sights in Paris are within walking distance of one another and by walking between the them you will come across cute cafes and see architecture you thought was only possible in paintings.
DO buy packs of 10 tickets when you do use the metro. I know I am contradicting myself ere but sometimes the metro is unavoidable. Your hostel may be further out, your feet just might not be able to take anymore walking or maybe you’re on a tight schedule and need to fit in one place. Buying a book of 10 tickets is loads cheaper than buying them individually, and they don’t have to be used by one person. My friend and I brought a book for 10 to share so we had 5 journeys between us.  

DO take your best camera and phone to capture it all. All the talk of pick pocketers and robberies makes people nervous to take out their valuables, but be sensible and make sure you can capture every moment. I had my big camera around my neck all day every day and I am so pleased I did because I could capture all this great footage in my Paris video.
DON’T take a backpack! I had a small backpack and when walking down into the metro I felt a slight pulling on it. When I turned around a guy had managed to zip it half open and was holding on. After a whack with my camera bag and a death stare he ran away, but I was 5 seconds away from being robbed. My friend had an across the body bag that she could keep a hand on or put under her coat.


DO go during December/beginning of January. The Christmas market is NOT to be missed!! It’s so big, full of exciting market stalls, yummy food and enough vin chaud to sink titanic..again! We ended up popping into the market on 3 out of our 4 days, we ate most our meals from there and indulged in ridiculous amounts of French cheese (thank god we weren’t flying back because I don’t think we would of got through customs with it all).
DON’T (if you are going during December or January) underestimate how cold it will be. We weren’t completely unprepared for cold weather but it was about 3 or 4 degrees colder than we thought it would be. I know it’s a pain when it comes to suitcase space and weight restrictions, but pack them thermals, make sure you’ve got a hat and gloves and wearing 2, or even 3 pairs of socks is going to help your feet refrain from turning into ice blocks.


Thanks to Becky for the photography, I was too busy videoing everything! (video to come next week)

I hope these do's and don'ts will help you if you're planning a trip to Paris anytime soon! Do you have any other major pieces of advice to share?

Ciao EmmaJessica <3


  1. These are great tips! I've been wanting to go back to paris for years! I can't believe you were so close to being robbed, how lucky you were that you picked up on it before anything else could happen!



    1. Thanks! Get yourself back to Paris, you can never go to Paris too many times! :) I know I was so shakey after it happened, I literally spun round and whacked the guy with my camera bag and he just ran off!! Scary times! xx