I’ve dreamed of going to Paris for as long as I can remember. I imagined myself taking long walks along the River Seine, eating croissants in an outdoor bistro and shopping Blair Waldorf style (I wish!) on rue Saint-Honoré.
My husband Jamie and I caught the Eurostar from St Pancras and were in the centre of gay Parie in less than two hours! I’d never been on the Eurostar before but I can’t recommend it enough, so quick and easy. If you book well in advance, you can get your seats seriously cheap on the Eurostar website.
We arrived in a rainy Paris (it looks so much better in the rain) and jumped into a taxi to our hotel just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. I am a huge Inception fan and squealed with delight that our hotel was right next to the infamous Bir Hakeim bridge where Leonardo, Marion and the rest of the cast filmed. While waiting for our room to become available, we strolled excitedly under the bridge and found other Inception filming locations.
It was a dream!
Jamie and I spent the rest of the day wandering the streets of Paris and stumbled across lots of well-known sights including the Eiffel Tower, Pont Alexandre III bridge, the Louvre and the Pont Des Art bridge or probably more commonly known as the love lock bridge. Couples come here to write their names onto a padlock, lock it to the bridge and throw the key into the water to signify their everlasting love. We did exactly this and threw our key into the River Seine while making a wish. I now know why they call Paris the most romantic city in the world.
We had built up an appetite walking back to our hotel through the Jardin du Tuileries and stopped for some lunch in a nearby café. We both ordered croque madame’s and planned what we would do for the rest of our trip.
We arrived back at our hotel early evening, rested our aching feet for a while and then got ready for our evening out. We made a reservation at Hotel Costes for dinner, after hearing such great reviews.
The reviews were right as this was one of the coolest places I have ever been. It’s so Parisian, full of beautiful people, decorated with dark velvets and huge chandeliers and played chilled house/electronic music. Jamie and I took our seats in the outside courtyard area and although it was February you would never know as it was covered over and lit with outdoor heaters.
Jamie and I both ordered the fillet steak with bernaise sauce and huge plates of fries and mashed potatoes, all washed down with a beautiful bottle of Côtes du Rhône . Our meals were cooked perfectly, our waitress was so friendly and the ambience in the restaurant was really relaxed and chatty. We finished our night off with champagne in the hotel bar, which was a must for people watching. We’ll definitely be returning to Hotel Costes on our next visit to Paris and I would recommend it to anyone who loves an upbeat restaurant with a good atmosphere.
In the taxi on the way back to our hotel we caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance and Jamie whispered to me: “It’s midnight in Paris!”. It was a magical moment and the perfect ending to our first day.