Fitness in Paris

We have both been to Paris a couple of times before so this time we really wanted to make the short break about us instead of rushing around all the time knackering ourselves out, that’s why we decided to incorporate fitness into our mini break away. We don’t often get to work out together due to work commitments and time constraints during the week so this was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy our workouts together.
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Running
One of our favourite things to do when we go away is to wake up in the morning, put on our running shoes and go for a run. We love exploring the city we are visiting before we have properly started the day.
When we booked to go to Paris we knew straight away we wanted to go for a run. We semi planned our route as we knew the kind of distance we wanted to run and the direction we wanted to head in.
On the Sunday we woke up naturally at 7:30 (that’s late for us) and headed out into the beautiful sunshine. Paris is so peaceful in the mornings it was so nice to see customers queuing up outside the boulangeries waiting to purchase freshly made bread for breakfast. As we have both visited Paris several times before we decided to visit some of the iconic landmarks on our run so it didn’t take up too much of our day.
The circular route we ended up running was just over 5 miles. We manged to see The Notre Dame Cathedral from a distance, Ponts Des Arts bridge,  Louvre, Palais Royal & the Pompidiou building which is very bizarre! We would definitely recommend the route to those of your who want to go for a run whilst away in Paris.
Walking 
When we visit a city we always make sure we walk everywhere! So Paris was no different we only ever got the metro or the bus if we really had to. We had a map but we like to just head in a general direction making sure we walk down all the little side streets as this is where you find lots of independent coffee shops and restaurants.
We walked 30,000 steps a day in Paris and managed to see so much of the city. It’s so much better that sitting on a metro underground not being able to look out a window.  In 3 days we walked more steps than most people would in a week but because we were exploring the beautiful city it didn’t even feel like we walked that far!
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Gym
We were lucky enough to have a gym in the hotel we were staying at. The gym was better than most hotel gyms so we had a few options as to what we could workout out.
We went to the gym on the Monday morning (start the week as you mean to go on and all). We had the gym to ourselves which was good because if there was anyone else in there it would have been so hot like most hotel gyms!
We went before breakfast at about 7:30 so we could work up an appetite for breakfast. The hotel we were staying at put on the most amazing spread every morning.  We worked out our arms as our poor little legs couldn’t take anymore and we still had a full day of walking ahead of us.
Classes
If we had been in Paris for longer we definitely would have tried out a couple of classes. They have something similar to ‘payasugym’ called ‘zippy pass’ and ‘somuchmore’ where you can find classes and gyms all over Paris for the fraction of the price you would usually pay. On Zippy pass you can also filter the classes for example you could say you only want to see women only classes or classes that are pregnancy friendly.
When we return to Paris we will definitely be looking at both of these so we can experience some of the French fitness scene.

BLOGMAS Day 15- Paris at Christmas

Paris at Christmas is most definitely magical, the city itself always seems magical any time of year you go, there’s something special about Paris.

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A weekend to Paris is so handy as the Eurostar is so quick. If you can get an early train you can be in the centre before lunchtime, so have the day to explore! Or you can easily fly too and get the train to the centre, public transport is great over there too.

I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend of December in Paris with my mum! We went for 3 days, leaving early Saturday morning and leaving on a late train Friday evening. We found an amazing deal on Voyage Prive and bagged ourselves a room in a beautiful 4 Star boutique hotel for a very reasonable price, the deal included breakfast and also a free boat trip along the River Seine (more on that later!)

We arrived into Gare du Nord and as the sun was shining decided to walk to our hotel to drop our bags off! Luckily the room was actually free so we could fully check in. The hotel was gorgeous, it was modern chic but also very elegant. Check it out Les Jardins du Marais

We decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower to make the most of the boat trip. We headed towards the river and onto to islands (Île Saint-Louis and then Île de la Cité Where Notre Dame is) then headed down next to the river and wandered under all the bridges including the love lock bridge, which is no more!
By this point we were feeling hungry so googled a supermarket and found an express carrefour to go to (we only wanted some snacks!). We headed north and to the Louvre where we took some funny pictures pretending the point at the top – classic! Then we headed along the Rue de Rivoli and grabbed some crisps from the supermarket. By this time it was getting later and we were cold and it would be dark by the time we got to boat, so decided to scrap that idea! We headed to the Ritz where there were some stunning Christmas lights and trees and took some pics. We headed further north and popped into Galaries Lafayette. We decided to head straight to the roof terrace for a view of Paris, and lucky we did because we arrived just as the sun was setting and it was simply stunning! Would reccomend this to anyone, especially as it’s free!
Then we went to the centre of the store to see the most amazing Christmas tree, it was all polar bear themed and even had polar bears in cable cars, so cute!
We hopped on a train back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.


For dinner we went to Cafe Breizh which is a creperie (pancakes to you and me!). We had a savoury pancake and finished with a sweet one, so delicious!!

The next day we woke up and had the most amazing breakfast at the hotel. If you visit Paris on the first Sunday of the month this means all the museums are free including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou and you can even climb the Arc de Triomphe for free! We decided to visit the Pompidou however we have never seen queues like it, they snaked all around the building! We decided to head to some famous passages wandering some beautiful streets on route including Rue Montorgueil and then went to passage Vivienne. If I’m honest if I hadn’t visited at Christmas I wouldn’t have been amazed by it, but with all the pretty lights I’m glad we stopped by! We then headed to Jardin du Palais Royal where there are loads of columns, kinda a bit of modern art and we took some fun pictures!!
We decided to walk back to Centre Georges Pompidou and the quees weren’t as bad. The weird thing about this museum is that you most of the museum is paid exhibitions, so if you pay normal entry on another day not sure what you can really see apart from the viewing terrace which I didn’t think was that amazing anyway. To summaries don’t pay to visit here, and we were glad it was free!

As I work for Disney I get free entry to the park, so the afternoon was dedicated to visiting the park. We hopped on the RER to Disneyland Pais – yay!! Now I won’t go into too much detail because I could probably write a whole separate post about the park! However I would most definitely reccomend visiting at Christmas, it is SO magical! The Christmas parade, the huge Christmas tree and of course seeing Mickey and Minnie in their Christmas outfits. We watched Buffulo Bills Wild West show, which is an hour and a half show with a 3 course meal and unlimited beer! It was so great, the food was delicious and entertainment was fab!!
We ended the evening watching the amazing firework display which included Christmassy illuminations on the castle. The perfect end to the day!

The following day was grabbed another amazing breakfast and decided to visit a part of Paris we hadn’t seen before, the Canal Saint Martin. This looks a bit like Amsterdam but not as prettier, but nice to see. We then walked to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and headed to a bandstand for a different view of Paris.
We then hopped on the metro to the Eiffel Tower to finally take our boat trip!
The boat trip may have been freezing cold as we decided to sit on the top deck to get good pictures but was worth it! The trip left from Pont de l’Alma and went all the way along the river towards the islands, around Île Saint-Louis, back past the Eiffel Tower and back to port. It was lovely seeing Paris from the river and we got some great pictures!
We then walked back towards our hotel to pick up our luggage. We firstly headed up to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and stumbled across a massive Christmas market! It was absolutely huge and I believe put Winter Wonderland to shame! If you fancy a tacky Christmas market in Paris then this is sure the place for you!
We got to the famous Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde and headed back along the Jardin du Tuileries through the Louvre and back to Rue de Rivoli. We passed the Hôtel de Ville and ended up back at the Mariais district. We went to L’As du Fallafel for a falafel wrap which had been reccomend to us! It was delicious. We ended the evening in Pozetto with a proper hot chocolate, basically melted chocolate!
We headed back to the hotel, picked up our luggage and headed back to the gare du nord to catch the Eurostar home!

I have never walked so much in a weekend before, and ached for days after! In total I walked 66.97km over 3 days which is an impressive 98,637 Steps!

Other places of interest you may want to visit:
Sacré-Cœur
Palace of Versailles
Moulin Rouge
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Tour Montparnasse
Les Invalides
La Defénse