Oui Paris…..(Part One)

One of my most memorable places this year has to be my trip to Disneyland Paris. Having wanting to see the magical wonders of Disneyland for as long as I knew it existed, it was listed on my bucket list of “Things to do before I Die” among the 100 of others, and I never thought it would be shortlisted for this year.

Thanks to my travel buddy and partner in crime Sabina who arranged the whole magical trip for me as a belated birthday gift, all I needed  to do was pack and enjoy the ride.

To get to Paris, she had booked us seats on the Eurostar, being the first time going on the Eurostar I was extremely excited.

For those of you who have qualms over the Eurostar, I can assure you the whole process from beginning to end was easy, there were hardly any queues, no waiting around, security was easy, and within 40 minutes we were sitting on our numbered seats (which were very comfortable) watching the countryside rush past us as we caught up with each others lives in the 2 hours that got us to our destination.

Landing in Gare Du Nord Train station (is landing the right word? As officially we are already on land?) in Paris, we grabbed a taxi outside which took us straight to our One night stay in Paris at ‘Au Pacific Hotel’ at Rue Fondary.

Quirky corridors

Clean and Comfy, and Location wise this was the perfect pick. Set in a beautiful residential area and only a 15 minute walk away from the Eiffel Tower, it ticked all the necessities we needed for our one night stay. We got to see the local shops, bakery, butchers, cheese shops and the general public, which made it feel like we definately were in a different city.

First glimpse of the tower whilst walking down.

The plus side to this whole trip was that I managed to tick off two places on my bucket list, as although my birthday treat was Disneyland, In true Sabina fashion (you will get to know this absolute little bundle of joy in my future blogs) “We cant possible go all the way to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower!”

Me and my partner in crime. Meet Sabina 💓

I don’t think i have ever realised just how Big the Eiffel tower really is, and pictures- even the best of them, will never do the justice of being able to see it in the naked Eye, I was in Awe at its beauty and grace. The whole area, the grass, the fountains, the location all of it fits so well into a picture, its magnitude….. I. JUST. HAVE. NO.WORDS…. speechless.( is it ok for a blogger to not say anything, we should be good at expressing ourselves really ;-/)

Whilst walking towards the tower, we just silently watched the people all around us enjoying the very thing we have come to see. Sitting on the grass, having picnics, cheese, wines, taking photos… it felt like I was inside a novel. When people talk about Paris, they are not lying, it is as romantic as they all make out.

At a cost of just 10.20Euros- we decided to climb the Eiffel tower- yes you heard that right, We took the stairs to the Eiffel. I mean how glamourous does it sound to say that “I climbed the Eiffel Tower” rather then “I took the lift?”

When we were excited to be taking the stairs…

I really don’t know who’s idea it was to climb this monstrosity (seriously whilst climbing, its beauty had gone) but we really aren’t a clever bunch when put together. I really thought we would take photos at the end of every stairway, make it glamorous, feed our snap and insta stories with all these glamorous posts,  instead we took a break, gasps of air, and prayed for the top to be near.

Was it worth it? 200%, the magic doesn’t stop here, the view from the top, took the last of the breath (from climbing the steps) away. Having reached the top, you can spend as much time here as you wish- and we definitely werent in a hurry to move.(we only went up to the first level, as Sabina has a fear of heights. So getting up here was already hard enough for her. But well done Sabina. You conquered it. )

From the top.

By the time we finally decided that we needed to get down, and That we couldn’t possibly stay here all night regardless of how our legs were feeling. It had reached evening, and can I just say the Eiffel tower at night is evan more beautiful

On our way down.

We contemplated talking a taxi back to our hotel, having heard from back home various scare stories, it seemed like the right thing to do, but in all honesty the amount of people buzzing around made it feel so safe and warm to walk back, we told ourselves at the first sign of danger we will get an uber. We didn’t need an uber and evan stopped at a coffee shop for a night cap.  The whole walk back to our hotel- we kept glimpsing back at this beautiful structure, never loosing its glory, as it slowely disappeared away. Leaving its foot prints in our mind.

We spent only a couple of hours in Paris outside and on top of the Eiffel tower but what I do know is  Ive left a piece of my heart there.

Hope you enjoyed our experience of Paris, here’s what to come next… Stay tuned for our day in disneyland

On every trip I aim to make a quick travel diary of how we got to our location, including costs to help out in planning your trip…




As we lay in bed, the hubby tells me that it’s Poker night tomorrow, and leaves it at that.

What does that mean? I hear you say, Well for one, it means that I’ll be having a minimum of 8 extremely hungry men in my house, and I have less then 24 hours to prepare.

In all fairness I do cheat and have the mains ordered from outside, as poker night starts after nine, and potentially goes through to the early hours of the morning- and usually by this time I’m snoring away. So it’s just the starters and desserts that I have to rack my brains over.

Having slept in as it was school day off, and Its a day off from the office, I had already lost out on time, so I didn’t want to spend the day in the car going from one shop to another looking for ingredients. So I decided to rummage around in the kitchen whilst racking my brains to see what I could make.

I ended up making this quick n easy dish. I’ll call it chaat-tang-tastic.

This super tangy, crunchy and  hot dish was the perfect dish to tantalise the taste buds (given the mains are ordered in, the starters have to be incredible, I need some sort of credit in this)

You will need :
3 large Potatoes
1 tin ChickPeas
1 juice of fresh lemon
1 onion
2 tomatoes
Jalepenos- add according to how spicy you want it
1 tablespoon crushed chilli
2 tablespoon Chaat Masala
Black pepper- according to taste
1 Tamarind sauce bottle
Coriander – to add colour
Pomegranite- to add colour

Cut potatoes into small cubes and bring to the boil (make sure not to soft and mushy, around 5 mins max on boil)

Drain Potatoes and add pepper and lemon whilst steaming, as it absorbs flavour whilst hot.

Drain tinned chickpeas and put into bowl, add in chopped up jalepenos-, chopped up tomatoes, and crushed chilli.

Add in chaat Masala and potatoes, mix all together.

Once properly cooled. Add in chopped up onion, and coriander. (Make sure it is cool- as onions will bleed if hot- red onions look and taste better- I was too lazy to go out. )

Add water to tamarind sauce as Its usually quite thick- add according to how runny you like it.

I have an issue with presentation, and having a quick rummage in my kitchen I managed to find these cups…

Add few spoonfuls in every cup- add the tamarind sauce, and add a spoon on top.

Add few pomegranites to add colour- and they also add loads of crunch to the chaat- but once again I was too lazy to go out.

Just how devine do they look? 😋😋😋

Quick, easy and look absolutely devine! Give it a try