After scrolling through wanderlust photos of Paris in autumn for longer than I could remember, last year Scott and I finally decided to take the plunge and book a trip to the City of Lights for the last week in October. You can read about our travels here (it’s safe to say that we absolutely loved it – and two months had barely gone by before we’d booked a similar trip to return the following year!)
This time, Clare and Kim, two friends we’ve grown up with for the past 13 years, decided to come with us – and we had an even better time than the year before. We returned to the same hotel we stayed at last year, the Hipark Serris Val d’Europe – this time renting a family suite instead of two separate rooms (which was amazing, and such good value for money!) – I love the location of this hotel, as Val d’Europe is the cutest boulevard of patisseries and picture-perfect clean streets.
The neighbourhood is a 10-minute walk from Disneyland, which we visited numerous times including a return to the park for their Halloween night celebrations (you can read why you HAVE to visit Disneyland for autumn/Halloween here).
Disneyland Paris is my favourite Disney park that I’ve visited so far, with the cooler weather and the fewer crowds but the consistent Disney standard – it’s somewhere that I always look forward to returning to!
But my favourite part of any trip to Paris, hands down has to be exploring the city. I love the ease of hopping on and off metros, going from station to station and exploring the streets among the hustle and bustle of regular Parisian life. We ate at cute cafes, we gawped at magnificent displays throughout numerous museums and ran with excitement at the thought of the next big landmark waiting around the corner.
We were also blessed with the weather, that gave us bright blue skies but colder temperatures. It was a holiday of bundling up, buying hot chocolates in bulk and watching Paris light up in the darker evenings (which was strange coming off the back of our trip to America, where it was blisteringly hot and bright as a summer’s day constantly!)
The leaves on the trees were changing, and the city was alive with hues of reds and oranges. It was the perfect autumn trip and I think it’s safe to say that we’re already peering at flights for next year so we can return at the same time for a trip to the city.