So I feel like this post is a little bit overdue as I’ve been back from Paris for a few weekends now.
Before I went away I did a little Paris Wish List blog post so I thought I would update you on what I got up to!
In all honesty I didn’t manage to tick off much of my wish list. I went to Paris to attend Lollapalooza, a music festival that you might have heard of from Chicago and that was taking place in Paris for the first time. Although it was a two day festival without camping we spent the majority of our time there!
Getting to Paris
I took the Eurostar from St Pancras, London, to Gare Du Nord, Paris, on a Friday afternoon. It was really easy and although you have to pass through security it is a lot faster than airport security. I’d recommend giving yourself an hour to get through it though as my bag was randomly searched which held things up a bit!
Once you’re on the train it couldn’t be easier- sit back and before you know it you’re in France! I thought we would be in the tunnel for ages but it didn’t take long before we were passing through French countryside!
I arrived at Gare Du Nord early evening and headed to our Airbnb.
Where We Stayed
We booked an Airbnb for the long weekend. We stayed in Opéra which I knew was a nice area and pretty central. We stayed in a little loft apartment and it was perfect!
You had to climb lots of winding wooden stairs to get to the top floor and then you looked out over french rooftops.
You can’t get more French than that!
Lollapalooza – The Festival
The festival was taking place at the Hippodrome de Longchamp so it was a short metro ride to get there. Luckily we were going with some French friends so we had them to stop us getting too lost!
When we got there we were given bracelets. These were our passes for the weekend and I had already loaded money onto it as the festival was cashless.
There was even a mini Eiffel Tower right in the middle of the festival!
I was really excited to listen to the music, it was a dream festival line up for me!
Over the Saturday and Sunday we saw:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lana del Ray
and so many more!
My favourites were Imagine Dragons, Don Diablo and of course The Red Hot Chili Peppers. My mum loves the Red Hot Chili Peppers so I grew up listening to them in the car or on around the house. It was great to see them live and the atmosphere was amazing!
If you’re thinking about festivals to go to next year I’d recommend a trip to Paris and Lollapalooza. There were lots of different places to eat, it didn’t feel overcrowded and it was quite a family friendly festival. The only downsides were the massive toilet queues and the difficulty of getting from the festival to the metro. On the Saturday night we queued for ages for a bus and on the Sunday we walked about an hour in the pouring rain. But you know, it’s all part of the festival experience.
On our last day we had a bit of time to explore Paris so we wandered around the Opéra area. There were lovely French buildings and bakeries everywhere, beautiful even in the rain!
We had a lovely lunch in a French bistro and then it was time to head off to catch the Eurostar!
Have you been to a festival abroad? Let me know in the comments below!