Disneyland / Trip To Paris.
December 5, 2014
There’s no denying that I’m a huge Disney geek. So, the thought of going to Disneyland during their Christmas season was enough to keep me excited for weeks (okay, months!) before our trip last week. Kieran and I went with his family for five days, taking the Eurostar train from Ashford to Paris. We stayed at the Sequoia Lodge hotel, a beautifully (and aptly) Canadian cabin lodge themed resort, which at this time of year was lovely. There was nothing nicer than coming back to a hotel with roaring fires, cosy bars and festive decor after a busy day in the parks!
|Hat: H&M | Coat: Zara | Shirt: TopShop | Jeans: Miss Selfridge | Boots: New Look | Bag: Primark
On the fourth day, we decided to venture into Paris via the RER train, stopping off at Auber to see the sights and amazing architecture. I was also eager to visit the original Chanel store in Rue Cambon nearby, but was easily distracted by a Zara Home store on the way!
Once we reached Rue Cambon, we went inside the Chanel store and browsed the rails of amazing couture garments and endless shelves and cabinets full of accessories that included some stunning jewellery pieces. I was then (naturally) drawn to the makeup and fragrance counter, where I spotted a bottle of Chanel No. 5; which I’d been coveting for months! For 124E, it’s safe to say the notorious perfume does not come cheap. But, having bought some extra money for spending, I decided to splurge on the most expensive beauty purchase I’ve made yet – with Kieran kindly offering to put half towards it. Spoilt! I’ve worn it a few times since getting home, and it’s such a wearable statement scent which makes me immediately think of elegance and sophistication. Plus, I love how the bottle looks amongst my dressing table!
We then took the Metro from Concorde to Bastille (not before getting lost, typically!) through to Jaques-Bonsergent to find Holybelly, a cafe we’d seen mentioned in Kinfolk. The place had glowing reviews and the menu looked amazing, so we were keen to visit! It’s safe to say we weren’t disappointed. We arrived just after 2pm and, even though the place was packed, we were swiftly seated after a short wait. I fell in love with all the decor straight away; simple greenery, Kinfolk books lining the shelves and industrial lights strung from the ceiling gave the cafe an open yet homey feel.
I went for an Earl Grey tea (home from home!) with a baked squash, topped with quinoa and goats cheese and side salad whilst Kieran opted for a beef stew. Both were amazing and were by far our favourite meal of the entire week.
The staff were friendly, and seemed at ease with locals passing through and made us feel immediately welcome, with the waitress even kindly read the menu in English for us. Afterwards, Kieran couldn’t resist a go on the pinball machine, knocking up a pretty decent score.
We then caught the (multiple) trains back to Marne Le Valle, where Disneyland is situated and joined Kieran’s sister for her birthday evening meal at Planet Hollywood in the village.
The next day, we were determined to make the most of our final few hours before we set off home at 5pm. We stopped off at a few shops in Main Street to make a few purchases for gifts to take home, whilst encountering ‘snowfall’ – and meeting Jack Skellington in Frontierland.
We then all met for our final meal at the park in Cafe Mickey – where you literally seem to meet a new character every minute, much to the joy of Kieran’s young niece and nephew! The cafe itself was the perfect way to end an amazing week in Paris in true Disneyland style.