A Monday in early August. Practically the whole of Paris has gone to the coast to escape the humid heat. More fool them because now we can get prime seats in the most popular terrace bars!


I’m the sort of person that needs to go home and relax occasionally but not very much. I prefer to be out and about. So on a Monday after work, I suggested to my flatmates that we go and do something I had always wanted to try in Paris, which was to have a posh drink on the terrace of the Mini Palais. This is a restaurant attached to the Grand Palais, an imposing art gallery just off the Champs Elysees.


We sat on the lovely wicker chairs amongst the Greek-style columns in the warmth of the evening and had a nice, quiet and sophisticated cocktail. It was just one this time, mainly because of the price tag. I had a Wineberry because I couldn’t decide between wine and cocktail and this combination of the two was the perfect solution. What more could you ask for?


If you want to go to eat at a high-end restaurant, of course, come here for food. Otherwise, come for a drink and appreciate the luxury of it all. Afterwards, we looked out onto the Seine at the Eiffel Tower and thought, it’s flipping great living amongst all this. It really is.


Although I did fervently believe it was coming home, those of us supporting the England lads will have to wait until the next World Cup. In my case, however, it did technically come home- France won and I live in Paris so it was a win-win!

The Bowler - an English pub where we watched all the England games along with other expats

The Bowler – an English pub where we watched all the England games along with other expats

As is tradition in Paris when France wins a big game, everybody flocks to the Champs-Elysees. For example, when they won the semi-final of this year’s World Cup, the chant ‘tout le monde aux Champs’ led fanatics, horns honking, to parade and celebrate their success in their thousands. Living close to the iconic street as we do, horns could be heard all through the night. Blue, white and red flags were strewn everywhere that was humanly possible.

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This was NOTHING compared to what happened when France WON the world cup, and every single French citizen, from St Malo to Martinique, felt like they were ‘Champions du monde’. ONE MILLION people were reported to have been on the Champs Elysees to celebrate, so of course, we decided to go and join in and forget our frustrations about our boys going home early.

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Can I just mention here that, probably from a lack of good football songs and/or the fact that it’s actually a really good song, the French sing their national anthem an awful lot. I mean all the time. Before the game a few times before the players are even on the pitch to sing it themselves, whenever there is a lull in the game, after the game, they just love to sing it all the time. I have to say it’s a lot better than God Save the Queen (no offence, but can we update this soon?)

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Anyway, imagine one million people singing this on the Champs Elysees, holding their flares and flags and funny hats. The sun is setting orange behind the Arc de Triomphe and horns are blasting. Some numpties are trying to see how many people they can get on top of a bus stop. We are cheering and dancing and high-fiving people as they walk past.

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It was great to be able to experience people coming together behind their country for a victory, it was really a once-in-a-lifetime and surreal moment. We were lucky to be living here when France won. As many colleagues have mentioned to us, we chose the right year to be here!

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Recently been loving the Huji app which was used to take the photos above. It claims to make them look like they were taken in 1998 and is laid out on the screen like a disposable camera. I love it because you don’t have to edit them to give them the effect of being old, it’s all done in one click and makes each picture feel special. I think we are all going to be using it in no time!


I recently looked back at my bucket list and realised I could tick off quite a few things! What a great feeling! I am achieving the things that I one day decided I wanted to do. It just goes to show that:

‘Anything’s possible, if you’ve got enough nerve’ – J.K. Rowling

I wanted to share one of the highlights- driving a golf buggy! This might be a strange ambition to have, but I have always loved the idea of whizzing around in one of these vehicles and one day owning my own. I think it comes from the child-like idea of transporting yourself round in a stop/go manner, almost like a toy. I drove us around in the buggy in one of the most picturesque locations possible, the gardens of the Palace of Versailles! It was definitely not cheap, but in the heat of the day it was the best way to get around and see as many of the acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and outbuildings as possible.

Taking the wheel!

Taking the wheel!

Biggest crowd to get in I have ever seen! I had prebooked tickets so we could queue jump.

Biggest crowd to get in I have ever seen! I had prebooked tickets so we could queue jump.

The heat of the day!

The heat of the day!

Versailles Palace is free to visit for EU citizens under 25. The gardens cost extra but I have also been in low season and got in for free.

Who knows, maybe one day I will be driving a gold buggy of my own (even though I can’t see myself playing golf or wanting grounds big enough to warrant one)!

The hot weather in Paris continues and the sweat is real.

I’ll check back in soon with some more life updates!

I have been living in Paris, one of the best cities in the world, since October last year. I love it and always get asked what my recommendations for things to do and cool bars are.


So, although I am already 8 months into my crazy life here, I’ve decided to share what I get up to a bit more on this blog. Looking back, I have barely done any posts on my adventures here, and with summer about to burst into the life of Paris, there is a lot going on!


Hopefully, my posts will be helpful for visitors or people living in Paris who want to be inspired, get out there and see what the capital has to offer!


Rule #1 for living here is GET OUT OF THE FLAT!



Let’s start with some rooftop bar vibes:


One of the best rooftops in Paris for drinking, dancing and chilling is the Cité de la Mode et du Design. It’s really big, feels very Shoreditch and has several bars and eating outlets.


What I drank there: Rosé wine and bottles of cider.

What I paid: 5 EUR to get up to the rooftop but it’s free before 8pm. Drinks around 6 to 9 euros each.



On my most recent visit, I saw the band Patawawa play (for the second time in two days) and they are the most fun, dancy live group I have seen in a long time. I am looking forward to seeing them again at JoeFest, a Lincolnshire-based festival run by my family, in August, not least because they are really nice people!



This is a good spot for early evening evening drinks with a view, or a good old boogie through the night. Try it on any vaguely sunny day!