Place stayed: Helzear Apartments (click to redirect to their website)
- If you’re like me, hotels are probably the biggest concern when traveling. I don’t look for 5-star hotels, but I do look for hotels where I can feel at ease, comfort, relaxation, and joy in. That is a lot to ask for, isn’t it? Much like the Concept London Apartments, where we stayed at in London, we found something similar in Paris, this time called Helzear Apartments. We first reserved the apartment situated in the Marais district, in an apartment called Montorgueil. Unfortunately, it did not suit us at all and very kindly the staff moved us to their newest apartment situated on Champs-Elysees. Though our experience in the first apartment was close to terrible, the newer one we were moved to was so remarkably fine that after the move, travel became quite a joy!
- Pros: It is situated in the best of the best. It is only a few blocks away from Avenue des Champs-Elysees where there were markets all down the avenue because it was Christmas season. That was a joy to see, and there is just so much to do on Champs-Elysees itself! The hotel is also so close to the George V subway station, where we were able to get to other places. But mostly, we walked because just seeing the streets was in itself a tour! Because of where it is situated, safety was also not a concern, which is important for three girls traveling.
- The service was also great. The staff were always helpful and ready to assist. They seemed really concerned about their clients, which is always a great plus for any hotels. Also, their apartment was top-notch in: design, equipment, cleanliness, accessibility. For me, an apartment being clean is so important! Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about that at all. Also, the kitchen was fully equipped and so was the bathroom.
- The room we stayed at was a room called Kleber. You’ll see a glimpse of the room as you scroll down.
- I rate this experience a 5.0/5.0
|View from our window. It would’ve been better if we saw the streets, but it wasn’t too bad!|
And, of course the one and only Tour Eiffel in every angle. I obviously don’t get bored by seeing endless photos of the Tour Eiffel, so I’m hoping none of you would feel bored by that landmark!
The prettiest bridge: Pont Alexandre III. This day, we decided to tour early and you can see the sun rising and the prettiest kind of morning gleam swept all over Paris! On one side of the bridge, you can see the Tour Eiffel. I can’t tell you how many times I told myself that I wanted to live in this city as I walked this bridge!
On the way to the Louvre, we were greeted by a beautiful full vivid rainbow. The weather this day was slightly crazy, going from dark clouds that looked like they would reach the ground, to rain, and then to vibrant sunshine! At the end of it though, since we were gifted the rainbow, all was well 🙂
The Notre Dame in Paris seemed smaller than the one in Strasbourg, but it still took my breath away. Nothing in Paris ever gets old. We went near the evening and didn’t bother to tour inside the cathedral since we saw it the last time we were there! In front was a huge christmas tree, beautifully lit and I also made sure to eat crepes from the stores all around it.
Some people say that the Pierre Herme macaroons are more delicious than the ones from Laduree. They were pretty spectacular, although I forgot all the names of these flavors. I have to say though, you’d best know what you’re buying. Although the sales lady kindly told us what they were, half of them we couldn’t understand. What we got ultimately was a variety of selection, half of which were so good, and half of which were strange…
Another hotspot cafe is the Cafe de Flore that people always Instagram when they are there. While, list on that cliche because I did the same! I loved it because it looked like that perfect French cafe one would dream about. I recommend their cappuccino as well as their breakfast pastries, however if you are a tourist from the States, try not to spend too much on actual breakfast meals or lunch meals like salads, soups, or croque-mosieurs because they didn’t taste all that great! Just have a coffee and munch on some croissants in the morning, and you’ll feel full just from plundering in the Parisian atmosphere!
|mille feuille, sweet potato cupcake/cake, eclair|
It’s been a month since I got back from Paris, and it is only now that I found time to organize the pictures and post! There was actually more than a thousand photos to choose from, but I wanted to stick to photos that were location-based and pretty enough to post on my blog! I hope you enjoyed this really picture-heavy blogpost.
But this is NOT THE END! My next lifestyle post will be my trip to Strasbourg. Keep tuned for that 🙂