My lovely trip to Paris!

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Kathy in front of the Eiffel TowerI'm sitting on the Eurostar on my way back to London St Pancras after a lovely weekend walking the streets of Paris. Olley and I decided against buying each other more 'stuff' that we didn't need as Christmas gifts and instead bought ourselves a trip to Paris.

We haven't visited this romantic city together since before the children were born – except for one of Olley's birthdays when we went for lunch, but that was with the children and my parents, so the romance was a bit lost on us!

You can fit lots into 48 hours, and we did! The Metro and bus systems are quick and convenient, and easy to understand, but we walked a lot too. And took the boat… we boarded the Bateau Mouches as dusk fell and the Eiffel Tower was lit up by 20,000 gold-toned lights which apparently took 25 mountain climbers five months to install.


Notre DameTravelling up the Seine is a good way to get your city bearings and see some of the main sights – including the Louvre, the Notre Dame and the French answer to the London Eye (not half so impressive, though.) The boat has powerful lights on either side so the beautiful architecture is floodlit to stunning effect.

But Paris isn't just about the big names – there are so many wonderful little cobbled streets with bistros, brasseries and cafes to sit in and linger over a cafe au lait (or vin rouge!) and we also found a bustling street market filled with mouthwatering foods of every description. 

The white domes of the Sacre Coeur Basilica are visible from much of the city, and inside is the most beautiful and ornate decorative ceiling – how did they paint upside down? The church sits atop Montmartre Hill and gives amazing views across the city. 

Paris streetlife Kathy in front of the Sacre Coeur

We were lucky with the weather – last weekend the city was snowed in, it was still cold but we enjoyed plenty of sunshine and sat outside the cafes under heaters that kept us warm (helped by my down-filled Centigrade coat!) The best way to people watch and enjoy Parisien street life. 

Cobbled street in ParisWe ate and drank lots, which is what you have to do in Paris, and walked for hours. It really is the best way to discover what makes this city so special.

Thankfully, I was wearing  the most comfortable shoes ever, from a British company called Hotter Footwear, which has its premiere show in our Best of British event on Friday at 11am. It's a range I haven't come across before, but I'm so glad I have now. The shoes are lightweight and made of buttery soft padded leather with extra comfort provided by millions of tiny air bubbles that are trapped with the soles of the shoes – I was literally walking on air.

But then, what else would I be doing, when in Paris with my husband Olley?!

I hope you had a good weekend too.

Take care.

Kathy x

P.S. Back in London and driving home through torrential rain and high winds, with delays and traffic everywhere. Welcome home!

14 Comments

  1. Susan January 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Bonjour Kathy!
    What a beautiful gift to each other. I love hearing about your and Olley’s relationship Kathy. It just screams love and comfort to me. Just like Ali and Colin. I would love to visit Paris. The accomodation always seems like the expensive bit to me so any tips on where to stay would be well received! I adore the photos you took. The French have wonderful taste I think. And the photo of you on the boat is stunning Kathy. You should put it in a frame. Lovely.
    Hope you have settled back to the rain and wind!
    Take care
    SUsan x

  2. Raelene Jones January 31, 2013 at 7:55 am -  Reply

    Oh what a lovely weekend you had Kathy. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. AND for the hint of the new show of HOTTER shoes this week. I love them too and usually buy them from a catalogue. How FAB we will be able to see the styles worn on QVC. Love watching you on QVC. Keep up the good work. xxx

  3. Christine Jones January 31, 2013 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    hi Kathy
    You sound as if you had a lovely weekend away, how special for you both.. Its a treat to have some quality time together and after 25 years you still “walking on air”
    with your Olley.. Thats the best gift of all.. I just had to echo your thoughts on the centigrade coat, Wow! I love mine, it arrived last week and I ve not stopped wearing it. It really is like a duvet yet so light, I had mine on waitlist and it WAS worth the wait..Perfect for now in this blustery cold weather.. Sorry to hear about Buddy, it will have been a shock for him and you too, with all your love he ll adapt I m sure..
    Paris is such a beautiful city, we ve been, only once..(I sound like that woman from ALLO Allo!!)Anyway it was amazin, we got an incredible tour of the city at night, only because one of our group failed to turn up at the return stop and we drove round looking for her… Only to give up after 2 hours and go back to the hotel.. It turned out she d made her way back on her own and was settled in bed!!! Ah well, it was a lovely sightseeing experience albeit unscheduled.. I had also taken a special outfit to wear complete with stockings, but my legs had swollen so much , they looked like pop socks.. (Not a good look with an L B Dress!!!) So I went bare legged, un tanned… Eek!!!
    Memories all brought back from reading your blog.. The photos I took tell the story though, everyone asleep on the Seine boat trip as all were shattered from the journey from Manchester by coach… Quite a sight..
    Our little grandaughter is coming on a treat now, shes 11 wks and we re getting lovely smiles.. Such a joy she is.. I busy knitting lots of pink cardigans, (I have 2 lovely sons and two adorable grandsons, so a little girl is an added blessing to our family… I hope all your family are well Kathy and Bex doing ok and Billy and Charlie too.. I raised a glass on Billy s birthday last year when it was our 39th anniversary 15th September.. 40th looming.. Anyway, take care Kathy, You are always a joy to watch presenting and always a lot of fun, Will catch up soon, thanks for sharing.. Oh and by the way, I love Hotter boots they are my this year ones and you d love them I m sure..
    Lots of love
    Christine xx

  4. Denise January 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, what a wonderful blog. It brought back many happy memories for me as we honeymooned there 28 years ago. We’ve only been back on an overnight coach stop which doesn’t really count but would love to. My son and his girlfriend are going in March to celebrate 5 years together -mm wonder if anything is in the air?!!! Funnily enough she used to work for Hotter shoes until a few months ago. Is that a Centigrade coat I spy you wearing? I have the down and feather one and have had quite a few compliments during the cold spell.
    Love Denise
    xx

  5. janice reeves February 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, Always love reading your blogs and it sounds like you both had a lovely weekend break, just would like to say always look forward to seeing you on the Morning show, and how wonderful you are looking at the moment, do share your secret of how you seem to have lost weight in a slowish and healthy way, and are still having a normal lifestyle, I am struggling a little with my weight,have got a Bursitis on the back of my heel, and so walking and doing exercise has become painful, so its a bit of a vivious circle, you are one of my favourite presenters along with Julia and Ali, feel all three of you always tell us what you do think of the things you are showing, do keep up the good work, recently ordered the Diamonique tennis bracelet and it is beautiful and already have had some compliments, Love from Janice

  6. janice reeves February 6, 2013 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, What a lovely blog about your trip to Paris, I always look forward to your blogs, also you have been losing weight steadily, what is your secret, i am struggling at the moment with mine, as I have a Bursitis on my achilles tendon and its mighty painful, so walking and exercise is hard, I have been having some ultrasound on it and that seems to help, also loving the way you tell us what the clothes you describe feel like and how they fit your body, keep up the good work,Janice

  7. kathy February 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan. I’m sorry I’m so hopeless at replying to you – I need to make a resolution to try harder. Perhaps, for Lent, I will give up being lazy!
    Thanks for your comments – I’m glad you enjoy our blogs. Paris can be very expensive – the exchange rate to euros doesn’t help at the moment, either. Olley and I found a great deal before Christmas with Eurostar – it was train and two nights accommodation for just under £300 for the two of us, with the boat trip included too! We stayed in a lovely hotel, small room but all we needed, about 10 minutes walk (or two minutes on the bus) south of Notre Dame. You can buy bus and Metro tickets in packs of 10 for €13 so about £1.30 per journey which isn’t bad, and we walked miles, so it was really just meals that were an extra cost. Have a look on the Eurostar website, although the later in the year you get, probably prices go up. I would certainly recommend it – we had a lovely weekend.
    With my best wishes
    Kathy x

  8. kathy February 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Raelene
    i hope you managed to watch the Hotter footwear show – what comfy shoes they are.
    Best wishes to you.
    Kathy x

  9. kathy February 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine – lovely to hear from you again. I’m so glad your granddaughter is bringing so much joy to you. I bet she’s gorgeous – those early smiles are priceless.
    Your trip to Paris sounds eventful and memorable – it is such a beautiful city, isn’t it? Perhaps you should make another trip there to celebrate your 40th anniversary this September – do you have any plans for the special day yet?
    Best wishes to you
    Kathy x

  10. kathy February 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise.
    Yes – you guessed it – a Centigrade coat! I have a few but that is my favourite in this cold weather.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Paris ends up being a meaningful trip for your son and his girlfriend…it’s that sort of city! My parents honeymooned there as well – early April so springtime – possibly the best time to enjoy it. i hope they are very happy if he does ask the question. something to look forward to!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  11. kathy February 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janice.
    Thanks for your comments – much appreciated!
    I am losing weight, albeit very slowly – but i suppose that is the best way, really. I do very well with not eating too much, and then I have a day when I’m so hungry all self-control flies out the window! I am using Slim-be at the moment, which I find helps me to limit my portion size, and I’m also dabbling in the two fasting days a week idea – two non-consecutive days each week when you only eat 500 calories, but no restrictions the rest of the week. It is thought to have considerable health benefits as well as weight loss, which is largely why I’m trying it. Have a look on http://www.thefastdiet.com.
    I’m off exercise at the moment too, with a sore ankle and tennis elbow. Old crock that I am! It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I hope you get your heel on the mend soon – it sounds really painful.
    take care, with best wishes
    Kathy x

  12. Susan February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for your Paris tips and don’t be silly re replies! It’s a busy world! x

  13. lara hall March 10, 2013 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Hi, What is the number for the Centigrade coat you are wearing in the photo?

  14. Penny Gibbs April 26, 2013 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Noticed you have lost a lot of weight- can you tell me what you are following – you look fab!

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