I recently headed to Paris for an exciting 48-hour city break. You may remember that I went for a whirlwind day trip last February where Zoe and I shot a lot of content in about nine hours; it was a fantastic day but we definitely came away utterly exhausted. This year was slightly different though because I’d be invited along for a complimentary weekend stay by Hotel Eiffel Blomet. The first few months of this year have been incredibly busy so a weekend away to recharge was just what I needed.
As you lovely lot enjoyed my post from my last trip so much I thought I’d put together part two of my Paris Instagram Guide showing you where I stayed and all the new locations I shot in.
Tucked away in the 15th arrondissement sits Hotel Eiffel Blomet. Aesthetically it celebrates the perfect mix of the 1930s Art-Deco era and 21st Century accents whilst also encompassing everything you’d expect in a traditional Parisian hotel. Decadent, welcoming and comfortable, on entering the lobby I instantly knew it was going to be the fantastic weekend.
We checked in to find out that we’d been upgraded to a Junior Suite so you can imagine my excitement! All their suites are comprised of a spacious entrance, a cozy lounge area, and a beautiful terrace. Ours was overlooking the central courtyard so it was incredibly peaceful. The rooms were just gorgeous with bespoke interiors, stunning artwork and a beautiful bathroom with Nuxe amenities.
Both morning’s we called the friendly reception staff and ordered a yummy breakfast out on the terrace. Fresh fruit, pastries, juices, and coffee gave us the fuel we needed for the day. I cannot describe to you how lovely and calm it was; it didn’t feel like we were in the middle of a busy city.
The whole weekend was just so easy it didn’t even feel like I’d come out for the weekend to work which is really due to the wonderful team at Hotel Eiffel Blomet.
If you’re looking to book a city break, I’d highly recommend this hotel. With extensive spa facilities, stunning interiors and a short walk to some of the most beautiful parts of Paris it is an ideal place to stay with friends, your partner or your family. I’ll definitely be visiting again.
Now onto the location part! I did an extensive ‘recce’ ahead of my trip through Instagram, Google Maps and travel blogs. Whilst Paris has definitely been ‘done’ when it comes to Instagram I wanted to find new ways to shoot my content so tried to mix it up.
Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. It was only a short Uber ride away from the hotel so it seemed like the right place to start. We shot in Square Rapp and Rue de Monttessuy because a lot of people opt to shoot on Rue de L’universite which, don’t get me wrong it’s stunning, but I wanted to try something different. If you’re after some shots with a spectacular view try out these places.
I’m an Art History geek so shooting in a museum was a must. We got up super early on Sunday morning and shot at Musée Rodin. It’s peaceful, quiet and has loads of areas to shoot in. If you’re into creating content in a beautiful Parisian house, this is where you need to come. I’d definitely recommend shooting with your phone inside and a DSLR in the gardens.
Palais-Royal is a former royal palace located in the 1st arrondissement just opposite the Lourve. If you’re after a quiet spot for exterior content you should definitely come here. We came in the morning so there weren’t many people around.
Hotel Du Ville
Set back a few meters from the river is Hotel Du Ville. I was desperate to get a shot of the carousel with the building in the distance so this angel worked super well. It’s a pretty busy area full of families so I recommend going in the morning.
Another road with a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tour is Rue Saint-Dominique. It’s a busy street so you have to be savvy about timing the perfect shot unless you want to get photobombed by the local tour guides!!
I’d not been back here since I was studying during my degree, the Pantheon really is the most beautiful place. The area is great if you want to capture some cobbled street crossing shots with a neutral backdrop.
Pont Alexandre III
Always a favourite Pont Alexandre III is a great place to get shots over the Seine with the Grand and Petite Palais in the background. Be mindful though as it is a super touristy spot so keep an eye on your bags.
Café des Beaux Arts
I think I saw this cafe in an H&M campaign last Autumn. I love the typography and the colours – very Parisian so of course we had to shoot there! Located just along from the Musée D’Orsay it’s also a super spot to grab a bite on-the-go.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The last location was this gorgeous garden, Jardin du Luxembourg. I’d seen a couple of French bloggers shoot in these sage green chairs so after a bit of research on Google I found them located here. We headed here on Saturday afternoon and it was incredibly busy especially around the fountain, but if you head up the steps away from the house there are tons of these chairs lining the grass. This spot is ideal for exterior content with pops of colour.
Paris was a delight as always and I really enjoyed finding new places to shoot in around the city. Whilst it was a weekend of work being able to stay at Hotel Eiffel Blomet meant that it didn’t feel like work at all. Thank you to the team for having us.
I hope you enjoyed the second installment of my Paris Instagram Guide. I’m jetting off there again in early August so I’ll be sharing part three later on this Summer.