Paris – Day 2

After a very long sleep we ate some more French themed breakfast items and headed out to the Catacombs. However it seemed the rest of Paris also had that idea so instead we made our way to a very quiet and peaceful area of Paris to find Oscar Wilde! It was a slightly creepy place but the sun was shining!

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A quick stop off at a Paul cafe for some beverages and it was off to the Eiffel Tower for a picnic. We decided to walk there as it was sunny and after all the pastries we needed the exercise. I’m so glad we walked as we managed to stumble upon a great French market.

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Amazing cheeses, fruits, vegetables and cakes all under some tents on a random street in Paris. This made us very hungry so we searched for some baguettes and drinks to enjoy under the Eiffel Tower.

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After a much needed fuel stop and a rest for our feet we headed to the Champs Elysees but not before a quick look at the Arc de Triomphe. Walking the Champs Elyees is amazing! There are some beautiful shops and some entertaining street dancers as well.

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Next stop was The Louvre for some touristy snaps…

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An amazing day with all the sights of Paris done and dusted! Quick change at our trendy apartment and then off to find somewhere for dinner.

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I’m a huge burger fan in London and I have to say this burger in beautiful Paris was amazing! The French are just so much better at the whole cheese thing than the Londoners. We headed to the Eiffel Tower again and took some night time shots. I think it is safe we say that we have enough pictures to last a life time!

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Paris – Day 1

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Nothing quite beats Paris in the spring and considering London had been under a cloud of rain, wind and sub zero temperatures it was the perfect opportunity to jet off somewhere (hopefully) warmer.
After a 3am alarm and with sleepy eyes we bundled up our bags and headed to the airport. Fast forward a few hours and we had arrived in a gloriously sunny Paris!

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Morning called for a coffee and a pain au chocolat, and then it was off on the tour bus to do the touristy thing.

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The bus was the perfect way to see the city and get a grip on the size of Paris which is surprisingly a lot smaller than London. It was a great way to see all the sights whilst relaxing and catching some rays on the top deck.

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Paris has the smallest escalators… we headed to our trendy Paris apartment in the south west of the city. We used Air B&B to find our home for the next 2 nights and it could not have been more perfect. The studio flat had an amazing bed, luxurious shower and was in a great location and a great price.

We explored our new neighbourhood and found a sunny spot for some much needed lunch. TJ did the touristy thing and consulted the guide book, I worked on getting a tan.

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Off we went to Pigalle in search of the Moulin Rouge.

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Slightly less impressive than the film and no Ewan Mcgregor hanging around ready to declare his love to me but never mind. The area of Pigalle made for an interesting walk around but next it was up to Montmartre.

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Montmartre has a stunning view over the whole of Paris and is also a fantastic place to wonder and eat ice cream in the sunshine!

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I even found a mime artist who was weird…

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After a busy day we made our way back to the apartment, bought some snacks and then slept for 12 hours!

Easter Treats in Winchester

It seemed that as Easter bank holiday came around the whole of London emptied back to their home towns. I hopped on the train with my Easter eggs in tow and settled back into the homely comforts in Winchester. Easter is by far the best holiday, it involves copious amounts of chocolate, hot cross buns and roast lamb… perfect.

I was quickly commissioned into making some Easter cupcakes which called for my ever so easy and slightly brilliant Mini Egg cupcakes with butter icing. Yum!

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Start by gathering your ingredients and don’t forget that you’ll need two packets of Mini Eggs, one for eating as you bake and one for decoration. You will need…

200g Stork

200g Caster sugar

200g Self raising flour

pinch of baking powder

2 eggs

Dash of vanilla

For the icing…

125g salted butter

250g icing sugar

dash of milk

Start by creaming together the stork and the sugar until it is light and fluffy. Next add the flour, eggs and some chocolate chips if you have them (you can never have too much chocolate). Add a teaspoon of baking powder and your ready to fill the cases.

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Cook them in a pre heated over at 180 degrees C for 20 mins. After they are been left to cool you can start getting creative with some icing. To make the icing I find it’s easier to use an electric mixer as it saves a lot of arm ache. Wait till the butter is soft or you’ll have a really tricky job. Mix together the icing sugar, butter and enough milk until you have a firm icing that can be put into a piping bag. Get icing and hopefully you will get something that looks like these.

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I boxed them off and sent them in the car to my grandmas house for tea.

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Happy Easter!