Starting at the Arc de Triomphe, we strolled down the street taking in the sights and Parisian atmosphere - pavement cafes, designer shops, beautiful architecture - it was exactly as I'd imagined and hoped it would be. Feeling hungry, we stopped off at one of the cafes for dinner and were talked into ordering Strawberry Champagne Mojitos, which were delicious.
Starters were classic French onion soup, and, of course, snails. When in Rome, right? They came drowned in garlic butter and were surprisingly good. For my main I plumped for duck breast in a spicy honey sauce. The duck was tasty and it took a bit of willpower not to lick up the leftover sauce when I'd finished - it really was that good! My boyfriend, his mum and his sister each had a different type of steak - tuna with Asian vegetables, steak tartare and good ol' beef steak, which all looked amazing.
After eating, we continued down the street, stopping off at MAC and ending up in Sephora - a serious contender for my favourite shop in the world. A lot of the products were things we could buy over here (except a little more pricy!), so I was sensible and just picked up a couple of mini sizes of Sephora's own brand skincare items. I got a cleansing water, toner and eye makeup remover, which I'm sure I'll discuss in more detail when I've used them a little more. So far so good, though!
By now, it was beginning to get dark, so shopping bags in hand, we heading back up to Charles de Gaulle-Etoile to catch a metro back to our hotel. On the way we passed a McCafe and I was surprised (and a teeny bit jealous) to see that McDonalds in France has macarons on the menu - England, you definitely need to step up!
I had a really, really fantastic time and fell completely head over heels in love with the city. The atmosphere was amazing, I loved the culture, the architecture, the food was awesome... I could go on. I know it's a bit of a cliche but it really is a beautiful place and I'm already daydreaming about the day I can return.
Hope you enjoyed - more photos coming soon!