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Brunch for two at Cafe Massena, Paris

imageWhilst en route to the Marie Curie Museum in Paris (which turned out to be closed), we were seeking somewhere that would provide satisfying food at a reasonable price. We hadn’t eaten yet as breakfast at our hotel, Oceania Paris, was costly. So a stop off at Cafe Massena was much needed.

We found the restaurant purely by chance, it happened to be our stop on the T3 before switching to the metro,  so it suited us by being right by the station. Also, given that it was a little before lunchtime, it looked busy and the menu was extensive so we decided to try it. We didn’t look back. Continue reading Brunch for two at Cafe Massena, Paris

A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

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Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles

On a trip to Paris in mid-2012, we had stayed at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, a mid-range hotel that we enjoyed. On this occasion for new year, we wanted something a little more comfortable.

We were staying for a slightly longer duration of five days over the new year, so sought accommodation with a pool and gym, yet still in a good location near to the metro. Oh, and we didn’t want to break the bank, particularly difficult with it being the holiday season…. in Paris. Luckily,  the Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles made this very easy. Continue reading A New Years stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles, France

My growing travel list for 2013; what’s on your itinerary?

I’ve been reflecting on the year of travel that was 2012. It’s officially behind us and gosh, it was a busy one.

From changing jobs to founding The Ad-lib Traveller, discovering new getaways to learning more about those close to me,  it’s been an exciting learning curve that has enlightened me at every step of the way. I’ve enjoyed group travel in Bangkok and Koh Samui, Thailand, trips with my partner to destinations like Budapest as well as dates in and around our home city of London to places like Banana Tree and Wong Kei’s. Not only this, but I’ve also shared company with friends at places like Caribbean Scene Royale and other trips like taking my younger sister on her first city break to Dublin. I’ve also been fortunate enough to help out with the London 2012 Olympics – a once in a lifetime opportunity that was again a fun experience.

It’s been an amazing year and has continued to go from strength to strength; I’ve appreciated and enjoyed every trip that has come my way and there is so much more to come – which brings me into this blog post. Whilst reflecting on 2012, I’ve been busy setting out a growing list of travel plans for 2013 – get a sneaky preview of the first quarter of the year outlined below.

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Highlights of the Musée du Louvre, Paris

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Musée du Louvre

Following a recent post about my return to Paris, I questioned the best way to maximise time in and around the Musée du Louvre. It’s such a daunting museumthat having a ‘plan’ (even in the loosest of ways) is essential.Now, I’m not usually a big fan of museums. Unless I’m in the right mood, I tend to switch off a bit and rush through the pieces, keen to get outside and see the rest of the destination – plus I don’t like being told that I ‘should’ admire this official piece. I blame school trips that sometimes lacked substance. People are receptive to different things and that in itself should be respected (for instance I really love the skill and creativity of street art). Continue reading Highlights of the Musée du Louvre, Paris

Pizza Vesuvio, Champs Elysees, Paris

We were recently visiting Paris for another chance in a city that we simply… adore. Amongst highlights like the Louvre and Notre Dame, we were bound to find a foodie treat.

However, whilst strolling arm in arm along Champs Elysees, we were stuck by hunger pangs. Our Eurostar train back to London was due to leave in a couple of hours (which we ended up missing), so we considered that we had enough time to spare, and followed the calling of our stomachs to Pizza Vesuvio. Continue reading Pizza Vesuvio, Champs Elysees, Paris

Musee D’Orsay, Paris – An ex-train station and museum all in one

imageHaving previously travelled to Paris, my boyfriend and I were already becoming familiar with the city and some of the sights to be seen. Despite this, for the latest trip we decided that we would like to get some recommendations for sights that we must see on this visit.

With the help of ParisInfo, we were able to be add Musee D’Orsay and the Louvre to our itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in a city that we love.

ParisInfo are the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Paris aiming to welcome, inform and promote the city. They offer tourists an insight to attractions around the city through the provision of their ‘virtual tourist information’ styled website, as well as tourist information centres dotted around the city providing detailed information. Continue reading Musee D’Orsay, Paris – An ex-train station and museum all in one

The Notre Dame: A Photo Essay

On a recent trip to Paris, we took the metro from our hotel in Montparnasse over to the Notre Dame by the River Seine, for a chance to take in the sights in and around the Cathedral. It was a great opportunity to experience the Sunday service, whilst also absorbing the atmosphere. Below are a few of the snaps that I took on the day – enjoy. Continue reading The Notre Dame: A Photo Essay

Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, Paris

imageOn a recent trip to Paris, I chose to stay at the Hotel Ariane Montparnasse for a boutique style hotel experience. Located in Montparnasse and a few minutes walking distance from Pernety and Alecia metro stations, it was an ideal place to spend a night. The ease of the location meant that it was an easy ride on the metro into the centre of Paris. Not only this, but the hotel also included breakfast, which was much needed after spending the previous day wandering endlessly around the beautiful streets of Paris. An added bonus was in the free WiFi which worked well, even for us on the 4th floor of the hotel. Continue reading Hotel Ariane Montparnasse, Paris

Eating out at Thai Pacific, Paris

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In December 2009, I visited Paris with my boyfriend for a new years’ break. Whilst we were away, we decided to indulge our craving for Thai food and try Thai Pacific, a fabulous little restaurant that served incredible, tasty food at very affordable prices. The memory of the delightful menu stayed with us so strongly, that three years later in September 2012, we followed the direction of our noses and hoped that we would be able to remember where the restaurant was located. Not to be disappointed, we were fortunate to find the restaurant as perfectly tucked away as we had recalled.

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Sometimes, you just need a plan…

This weekend my boyfriend and I are heading to Paris for a short getaway which we are both absolutely looking forward to. I have started a new job this week and he starts a new role in mid-September so you can appreciate that we have a busy few weeks coming up.

With that in mind, we wanted an itinerary for the trip to maximise our two days in the city and the time together. We both visited Paris in 2009 for new year celebrations which were fun but this would be something infinitely different. A chance to see the city in its ‘natural light’ without the glow of Christmastime.
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