The perfect weekend destination and just 2 hours via the Eurostar from London, Paris is a firm favourite for couples, hipsters and those wanting a city break within easy reach.
Like London, Paris is consistently evolving, and my recent trip introduced me to some new hotspots in the capital.
Here are my top travel tips while visiting the city.
Where To Eat
You are spolit for choice in Paris for food. The city boasts many healthier eateries then my last visit 5 years back. Perfect for balancing out the indulgent meals and croissants.
Leading the way on the ‘indulgent’ eateries currently is Balagan. Paris’s answer to London’s nopi. Located just off Rue Saint-Honoré, its Jerusalem-style clash with Moroccan-Isreli style cooking washed down with vibrant cocktails is a must visit.
For those working on the go, Hardware Société is unashamedibly cool and perfect for brunch. The wild mushrooms, with hazelnut crumb, poached eggs on sourdough and roast cauliflower foam is THE best brunch dish I’ve ever had.
I have been incredibly busy over the summer! Although things have been quieter here, I’ve been ploughing away behind the scenes on a number of different projects, some of which I can now discuss.
It has been almost 4 years since I founded Balanced Being. Beginning as a platform to generate awareness of my health coaching, the site quickly became a platform to discuss and inspire a balanced lifestyle which eventually included a beautiful group of inspirational contributors.
Throughout this journey, I have often felt like I wasn’t quite reaching people to the extent I wanted to, and earlier this year I began developing a Balanced Being School’s programme with my wonderful and inspiring writer and mental health campaigner Dave Chawner. But, with red tape in every aspect of that development, I became a little disillusioned with the system.
For most of you that know me well, I do not give up when I’m motivated to do something! And so, in June I embarked on training with Beat; The UK’s leading eating disorder charity to become a Beat Media Ambassador and Campaigner. This week, as part of that new journey, I gave my first talk discussing my experience of Bulimia and how I recovered to the head office of the Girl Guiding Charity.
This week, I was invited to the press screening on Unrest at the BFI.
This beautifully hauntingly and powerful documentary looks at M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It tells the story of Jennifer Brea who was working on her PhD at Harvard and about to marry when she suffered a series of sudden viral infections that left her incapacitated.