A Week Filled With Coffee, Cheese & Cat Cuddles in France

I’m sat at my desk in my little room in York thinking about how this time last week, I was in Paris. I’m day dreaming about The Eiffel Tower, mild sunshine and eating waffles with banana and nutella… mmm.

Alas, it’s back to reality now but I need somewhere on the internet that compiles all the lovely memories I had with my parents and sister. If you don’t like holiday photos, prepare to be disappointed.

IMG_2853First up was a visit to The Eiffel Tower because no trip to Paris would be complete without it. Who thought that 300m of iron would become so iconic?

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Montmatre is a place that I had never seen before.  It’s basically a big hill with this pretty piece of architecture sat on it. Not much to do up there but it’s got an incredible view of the city.

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This wall below literally says “I Love You” all over it. This bridge has thousands of couple’s names written on padlocks secured onto it. Cute… Then I remembered that I’m single and went on this holiday with family.

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I absolutely adore gothic architecture and the beautiful medieval cathedral of Notre Dame is one of my favourites. I can almost imagine Quasimodo swinging down from the bell tower to rescue Esmeralda from the gallows. IMG_1752

I’m not sure everyone knows that the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a lot happier than Victor Hugo’s original novel. I do love a good bit of tragedy in the stories I read!

Unsurprisingly, my highlight of the whole holiday was the Chat Mallows Café. They make exquisite desserts and have 12 cats wandering around!

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If anyone is curious about how big the original Mona Lisa is, here’s a picture which depicts that well. It’s so much smaller than what I used to think it was. It’s amazing how one smile has created so much mystery for centuries.

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IMG_2951Moving on from Paris, we travelled further south to the city of Tours where I was greeted by more cats!

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Exploring the city was like walking into a place on Elder Scrolls. Fancy old style bars, big majestic castles and a river you could almost imagine mystical sea creatures swimming in.

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Friday night was the incredibly creative light show at Tours Cathedral. My photos will not do it justice, it was around 20 minutes of various things appearing to happen to the cathedral like gargoyles climbing up and the whole building crashing down in flames. A fantastic show and cost us nothing!

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We kept the last day pretty chilled and sat in the botanical gardens. I think it went over 30 degrees Celsius! The gardens were so gorgeous though, I didn’t care that I was melting. Get out Pokémon Go and admire the very different surroundings to England to take your mind off it.

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Also, I found this sign below hilarious. Something doesn’t seem quite right. Worries guaranteed? Haha, I can’t talk, my French is so bad…

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And so that concludes my holiday! I need to travel more… although I’ve got to say, I have missed my bed, just like this lady in The Louvre clearly has.

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