48 hours in Paris: Riverboat cruise & Moulin Rouge

Friday 3pm: Touchdown in Paris! Four giggly girls fuelled with 2 for £12 Jet2 Prosecco are ready to see the sights.

Friday 4.30pm: We check in at Be-You Apart’ hotel – a stylish fourth floor apartment in Montmartre – Sacré Coeur.


The Parisian tree-lined street is home to Moulin Rouge, chic cafes and sex shops stocked with a colourful array of Eiffel Tower shaped dildos.*


*Don’t be put-off by the seediness – the area is perfectly safe; packed with tourists.

Friday 7pm: A river cruise is one of the best ways to see the sights! And enjoy a swanky meal…

We depart from the Eiffel Tower and sail the Seine River. As the waiter pours our wine, he explains the history behind some of the buildings. He’s clearly passionate about Pairs and so he should be! What an incredible place to call home. We’ve just finished our three-courses as the boat docks at 9.30pm.


If you want to re-live your childhood, stop-by the Carousel for a pony ride by the Eiffel Tower.

Friday 10pm: We stumble across ‘Dirty Dick’, which looks like a pretty cool Caribbean bar; but we Google it and read the reviews just to check there’s nothing untoward happening inside. Despite the rather suspect name, it’s a pretty chilled tiki bar serving the best painkillers (a rum based cocktail).


Saturday 9am: We’re up early craving pastries and coffee – and Paris does it best! Caffeine-fuelled, we board the Big Bus and begin exploring the tourist hotspots. We purchased a two-day-pass so we could hop-on and off to see the sights at our own pace.


Saturday 12pm: Being a tourist is tiring so we’re having a well-earned coffee and macaroon break outside Notre Dame. The queues for the attractions are insanely long, so we’ve agreed to settle for exterior building selfies.


Saturday 5pm: We’ve ticked-off most of the attractions we wanted to see already – Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Champs-Elysees and Grand Palals. We stock-up on freshly baked bread, cheese and champagne and indulge in a traditional French buffet back at the apartment.


Saturday 11pm: It’s show time! The Moulin Rouge is just a minutes’ walk from where we’re staying – you can’t miss it, with its bright red exterior and famous windmill. The audience sit on shared tables with dimmed lighting. It’s very atmospheric. The late show is the cheapest, but it’s still pricey. As they say, when in Paris…


Sunday 12pm: We had a late night and a lazy morning but we’re back on the bus en route to the Latin Quarter. This area of Paris is popular with food lovers. You’ll likely have to wait for a table if you arrive after 12 noon; but lunch at La Jacobine is worth the wait. Tucked away on a narrow alleyway, this French bistro is within my top ten places to eat. The perfect way to finish the weekend.


Paris, you have my heart.


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