Whether it’s a special birthday, a hen party or simply an excuse to get the girls together to explore the City of Light, an escape to Paris is a wonderful event to plan for. With so much to see and do, the trick is to create a flexible itinerary which allows for relaxed enjoyment and enough time to soak up the atmosphere. Watching the world go by at a sidewalk cafe is a renowned Parisian pleasure and you won’t want to sacrifice it for the sake of rushing around to see every famous sight. Read on for some tips and tricks to maximise your magical girl’s abroad break.
Pack some flats
It’s delightful to stroll on foot, but many pavements are cobbled and difficult to negotiate in high heels. Save your stilettos for dressing up for dinner. There’s no need to dress down, however. Parisian woman are effortlessly chic, and you will match their elan with a tailored look, best handbags and bright lipstick.
Ensure you’re covered
When booking ahead, don’t forget about renewing your EHIC card It’s always better to be safe than sorry, even on a short trip to Europe.
Highlight your must-sees
Shopping is likely to be high on the list of priorities. In this case, you need to head for the rue du Faubourg-St-Honore, home to all the designer labels and the famed emporium, Colette. Another fantastic area for retail therapy is St Germain-des-Pres. For quirkier and more eclectic buys, check out the Bastille area or combine some art galleries with the boutiques in the northern Marais. The Champs-Elysees boasts a huge Louis Vuitton store and after the joys of spending have been exhausted, you can make your way down over the river to the Eiffel Tower for those all important photo opportunities.
The Louvre is a fantastic collection but it can often be extremely crowded. Consider a visit to the Musee de l’Orangerie at the opposite end of the Jardin des Tuileries. Here you will find Monet’s waterlilies and lots of other French masters such as Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and Picasso.
Eating out for every meal can prove expensive. If the weather is fine, there is nothing better than to act like a native and buy some delicious picnic ingredients from one of Paris’ many fantastic food markets. With some baguette, local cheese, fruit and a bottle of wine you can dine al fresco in grand style.
When it comes to the evening, you’re going to want to party. The clubs get lively after midnight, but to get into the mood with some aperitifs, try one of the DJ bars which keep the music pumping until the early hours. There’s one on a boat (Bateau Six-Huit) moored on the Seine just across from Notre dame, where you can sip a cocktail while sitting out on deck.
Although Paris is renowned for lovers, you can love yourselves by checking in for a sumptuous spa treatment. There are many to choose from, but for a real treat, book your group into Spa Le Bristol at the hotel of the same name. A body-wrap in caviar could be just the recipe for those bodies tired from sightseeing and dancing the night away.