Last week I went to Paris for the first time in almost two years. Throughout these two years I had built up a list of all the places I was yet to photograph, as well as the places that I wanted to revisit that held special significance for me during my semester abroad at Sciences Po in 2014. The result is the next four posts (split into the 4 days I spent there), filled with shots of my favourite places to spend time in this amazing city. We caught an 8:30 Eurostar from London and arrived at 11:45 local time, so we really just had the afternoon to explore on the first day. Our hotel was in the 9th arrondissement and I cannot recommend it enough. Hotel R de Paris had renovations in 2013 and is now filled with white, modern rooms (my favourite interiors aesthetic) overlooking a beautiful Haussmannian street. They even upgraded us to a Deluxe room as a welcome present for our first stay. You can see the view from our hotel window in the last photo of this post.
We began by walking to Galeries Lafayette to see one of the most iconic views of Paris and to grab a quick bite to eat. We then walked past Opéra Garnier, down through Rue Cambon (for a peek at Chanel’s first ever boutique) and along to Place Vendôme to take a look at the newly renovated Ritz. We ended with a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries to capture that lovely early autumn foliage and a few flowers hanging on to the end of summer.