Europe Travel

Rhyme & Ribbons Goes to Paris

My most recent trip to Paris was quite the adventure. Sam and I took the very glamorous Eurolines bus from London to Paris. We’ve done this ride before, and while it takes a long time the cost benefit is immense. Plus it’s kind of fun to go through the Eurootunnel. This time, however, we did not read the fine print on our ticket and were in for a huge suprise. We boarded our overnight bus and then at about 1:30am in Dover we got off the bus and got onto a ferry across the Channel. I certainly didn’t expect to be on a boat at 3am but it was hilarious in retrospect. We were dropped off at CDG and then rode the RER into town.

The whole purpose of this visit to Paris was to see my best friend in the entire world, G. She’s everything a girl could ask for in a friend: loyal, hilarious, kind, intelligent, beautiful. Basically she’s perfect to me and I hadn’t seen her since last summer. We organised to meet while she was on vacation with her parents since going from London to Paris is much easier than going from London to America. Plus, after all the years, Sam still hadn’t met her and that was something that had to change ASAP.

Unfortunately, Sam had to hurry back to London the very next day as he had the show that evening, leaving G and I to our plans for the rest of my time in Paris. To be honest, this trip was more about spending time with G than seeing Paris especially because we’d both been before. Basically, our time consisted of eating some fabulous meals, staying up late gossiping, walking around until our feet were swollen and occasionally popping in a few places for some culture.

We did make time to go to the Musee Marmottan Monet which was one of the best museums I’ve been to in Paris. I’d encourage everyone to prioritise it. Not only do you get to see just how prolific Monet was but you also have access to some other incredible pieces. (Including a small gallery on Berthe Morisot which I loved.)

When I finally (and sadly) left Paris, I took the Eurostar for the first time and it has changed my life. Never will I take bus (nor boat) again.

eiffel tower from sacre coeurwaiting to get to paris
Anxiously waiting to get from CDG into town.

jardin luxemborgwalking with gb
Casually strolling in Jardin du Luxembourg.

sitting with gbjardinstatue of liberty
Americans being the statue of liberty. As they do.

sacre coeur
Having climbed up an epic hill to see the Sacre Coeur.

scare coeur 3gb and iparissam and i
all together in paris
arc d triumphe
Arc de Triomphe

eiffel tower
View from the Trocadero.

The Gremlin comes to Paris.

Making a pitstop in Laduree on the Champs Elysees.

Luxor obelisk.


What’s your favourite thing to do in Paris?

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  • Claudz

    this made me miss Paris. Can I go back? I don’t mind the 9 hour flight.
    I love Monet!
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos. And lovely that your friend got to meet Sam!

    • If you love Monet this is the museum for you! Seriously. I really hope you get a chance to go one day! x

  • Awww I miss Paris so much!! Your photos are beautiful and remind how much I really need to go back, ASAP! So lovely you spent the trip with your best friend! Bet you girls had a blast catching up…and in Paris, nonetheless!!

    • Right?! It was such a once in a lifetime opportunity! To have a girl’s weekend IN Paris. Lifetime memory, that! x

  • What an awesome place to have a reunion with your best friend!

    • It was really special! Her mom made a comment about this being a lifelong memory of something to always look back on and she was so right! x

  • Robert @ablogbyrobert

    Your photographs are beautiful! Looks as though you had a fantastic time 🙂

    • Thank you so much Robert! They are nothing compared to yours but I did have an amazing time! x

  • Gorgeous pics! I’m hoping to finally make the trip to Paris for my birthday in November! Love the suggestions 🙂

  • I have never heard of Musee Marmottan Monet… I think I will definitely add it to my list of places to see next time I am there!

    Lovely post! It makes me want to go to Paris right now…

  • You three are just too cute, and Paris looks – as always – lovely!

  • How wonderful to spend time like that with friends from the states!

  • what gorgeous photos! looks like the weather was happy to have you there 🙂

    we took the ferry over a few summers ago (heading to Normandy, not Paris) and the water was SO choppy! hope you had a smoother sail – sounds like you were in a better humor about the surprise than I would have been1

    • We got so lucky with the weather! There were some bursts of rain but we managed to be indoors for almost all of them!

      The water was smooth but the ferry was so small that there weren’t seats for everyone. Which wouldn’t have been bad but we were on it from 1:30-3:30 am. Sam lay down on the floor and went to sleep in a stairwell. I admire this quality in him but couldn’t do it at all, so I spent most the ride wandering around Duty Free trying on eye cream… Ha! x

  • aw, nothing better than meeting up with friends in a different country! Honestly, the Eurostar changed my life too, I just want to take trains everywhere all the time. Keep your eyes peeled for deals in October, that’s when they normally have pretty cheap tickets!

    • This is such a helpful tip! Thank you so much, I’d love to take it to Brussels so that’s perfect! After comparing the Eurostar to the bus in the same trip…. man… the winner is clear! x

      • We took it to Brussels, it was soooo easy. And then we did a day trip to Bruges. Brussels is such a lovely city. I think our return tickets were like £60 and we went the end of October.

  • Looks like you had a wonderful time! Nothing like taking a trip with your favorite people 🙂 Paris is on my list of places to visit. I hear the architecture, art, and food are like nowhere else. Thanks for sharing snaps from your adventure with us!

    • I hope you get a chance to go sometime soon! It was so special to get to see old friends again! It really made my heart glow (as cheesy as that sounds!) x

  • Glad you had a great time with your friend 🙂

    The last time I was in Paris my purse got stolen and my mum was incredibly annoying. I’m going again in October… hoping this time will be better 😉

    • Oh no! That’s awful! I have a feeling that this upcoming trip will be better than your last! xx

  • Julie Maguda

    So sooo jealous!! It looks like you had a great time! All of the photos you took are beautiful! I can’t wait to go there some day!

    • I had an amazing time! I really did. I want to go back ASAP. I really hope you have the chance to go soon! x

  • 1) I want your black dress, please.

    2) I LOVE the Musée Marmottan Monet!!!!! Monet is my second-favorite artist. I went to Giverny when I studied abroad. I’ve spent countless hours admiring his art at the Musée d’Orsay. I go to American museums JUST to see one or two of his paintings (slight exaggeration–while I’m there, I do look at other paintings, but I usually only hit up art museums that feature Impressionist works or modern art). Seeing over 300 of his paintings at once was like, life-changing. And I loved seeing portraits of Monet by other famous artists. Oh, and seeing THE painting that gave Impressionism its name!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LE SIGH! When I taught English in Niort, one of the English teachers and her family invited me on a trip with them to Paris during a special Monet exhibition. It was intense. We bought our tickets way in advance (and I think they sold out). We were given a time of entry, and we still had to wait in line about an hour before our time of entry. In December. Outside. In Paris. But it was the single largest exhibition of Monet paintings that had ever been done, in the world, featuring works from private collections on display for the first time ever. I about died.

    • Thank you- it’s an ancient (2008-2009) dress from Modcloth. I bought it because it was called “The Katrina Van Tassle” dress and I was playing Katrina van Tassle in a production “Sleepy Hollow” at the time. (Is it weird that I remember that?!)

      I didn’t go to the d’Orsay on this trip, but I’ve been in the past and I think it’s amazing, but I just enjoyed EVERYTHING about the Monet. The building itself, the gorgeous Monet collection. Just everything. What an amazing opportunity it must have been for you to go to the special exhibition! Seriously awesome! x

  • Lovely photos!! This is why I want to study in London, I like to visit Paris on weekends :))

    • It’s totally possible! Especially if you book your tickets a few months in advance- you can get some great deals! x

  • aw, how fun! sounds like you had a great time!

    • It was such a great time! Such a special opportunity to get to be with a girlfriend and loved one in Paris! x

  • I’m glad you got to visit your friend! It sounds like you had the perfect time!

    • It was really, really lovely. Just seeing someone from home was so uplifting but seeing my oldest friend was like being on Cloud 9. Especially because it got to occur in Paris! x

  • I love how casual you are about visiting Paris. Most people I know are starstruck whilst there, and it’s just a day trip for you.

    • It’s definitely a crazy amazing treat, for sure! It was just truly a once in a lifetime experience to be abroad with some of the people I care about most! Especially seeing my best friend from back home! I love living abroad but I do miss her. This was my 3rd visit to Paris, and to be honest, I wish I made more money just so that I could save it up for travel. It’s one of my favourite things about living in England, reasonably priced international travel – I can get to France quicker than my mom can get to my grandparent’s home in the same state! x

  • Awww, the gremlin! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who finds the naked golden boy hilarious!

    • Hahahaha I’m so glad you noticed the naked boy! And of course the gremlin had to come out in Paris! x

  • These are adorable, Amanda! I would’ve never guessed you traveled on a night bus 🙂 (which by the way– how was it? would you ever do it again?) I had to take the bus because the channel tunnel rail tickets shot up in price but it was during the day. That’s so wonderful you could meet your friend in Paris… I know it has all of these connotations as a romantic city but I think it would be the perfect “friend” city too.

    • I’d done the night bus before and it was much more enjoyable than this time – besides getting off at immigration the first time I took the bus at night it was so smooth. This time though, the 1:30-3:30 am ferry ride nearly did me in. There was so much on and off the bus time that I didn’t get hardly any sleep at all. Which is fine, and I wouldn’t have minded if my trip to Paris had been longer. When it’s a short trip, it feel like a shame that you spend one whole day just absolutely exhausted. Sooo….would I do it again? Probably – but just because I LOVE saving money. But if that money wasn’t a problem then I never would take the bus ever again.

  • It sounds like such a fun weekend! Macarons and Monet are my favourite things in Paris! 🙂

  • Agreed! So adorable!

  • Looks like you had a lovely trip. I wish I had gone to the Monet museum when I was there, especially now you have said how good it is!

  • Well thank you very much 🙂 (It’s from Modcloth wwaaaayyy back in the day. 2009 ish?) x

  • Definitely go to the Monet Museum! It’s amazing! You’ll love it if you love museums! 🙂 x

  • Em

    Aw, there is NOTHING like hooking up with your bestie in a fun place. Looks like you had an excellent Parisian time 🙂

    • It was amazing. I wish I was back there right now. And it’s especially cool that getting to see my bestie in Paris was more economical than going back to America 🙂 x

  • Welcome to the Eurostar club my dear – it is a wonderful thing! I just booked a whirlwind trip to Paris and this has me wanting it to come faster. Making note to stop by that Monet Museum.

    • After many times riding the bus the Eurostar was like a dream come true….I never want to go back on another bus again…… 😉 x

  • Eat of course!! 🙂 I love just walking around and taking in all the wonderful architecture. There is never enough time in Paris 🙂

    • Soooo true! I could have spent triple the time there on the trip and it still wouldn’t have been enough! x

  • TheJessaOlsonBlog

    I love all of your pictures. I feel like I am with you on the trip.

  • Becky Mattox

    That’s so fun you guys could meet up in Paris!! 🙂 Eating, walking around and just hanging out sounds like a great way to spend time with a friend you haven’t seen in too long! BTW – I love your long hair!!

  • Oh you know.. just going there would be ideal!!! Sam is such a good sport. He just snaps pictures while you and your bestie chat it up all over Paris.

    • I know right?! And when Sam had to go back to London really early on into the trip her parents kindly took a billion photos of us together. But when do you get to go to Paris with your bestie?! It must be commemorated! x