24 hours as a millionaire in Paris

I couldn’t help but giggle as I sat on the Eurostar with a glass of champagne in one hand and over €3,800 in cash in the other. I couldn’t believe this was actually happening and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have been selected for this ‘challenge’.

The Travel Hack and the #24hrMillionaire challenge with The National Lottery

In case you missed it, I was set a #24hrMillionaire challenge by The National Lottery to spend £2,739.72 in 24 hours. This is the amount you’d have every day for one year if you won £1million. Every Wednesday in May there has been an extra chance to win £1 million with a millionaire raffle that you’re automatically entered into when you buy a Wednesday Lotto ticket. It’s the final millionaire raffle tomorrow (May 27th) if you’re interested!

I asked you guys where you thought I should go with my new found wealth and after hundreds of comments, tweets and emails, the clear winner was Paris!

Ooh la la. 24 hours in Paris with a millionaire’s budget is pretty much a dream come true so I knew I was in for a treat. My blogging buddy, Vicky Flip Flop, came along to help me splash the cash during my epic 24 hours.

So what did we get up to with all this cash!?

Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Paris like a millionaire…

 

#1: Dinner at an incredible restaurant

The first stop for the challenge was dinner at La Dame De Pic. We enjoyed a delicious 5-course menu that included some of the best duck I’ve ever tasted and a delicious bottle of fizz. As the bubbles went to our heads we were starting to get the hang of this millionaire lifestyle.

Vicky Flip Flop in Paris

Duck

Laurent Perrier Champagne

#2: Cocktails at one of the fanciest hotels in town

As we left the restaurant we asked for a recommendation for somewhere ‘fancy’ for cocktails. It took a while for us to translate ‘fancy’ but our waiter obviously understood as he sent us off in the direction of Le Meurice.

I was sure they wouldn’t let us in but we casually strolled across the marble floor and into the bar as though we did this everyday. We immediately spotted a famous model sat opposite us (although after 15 minutes of wracking our brains we couldn’t remember her name!) and DJ Swagg Man, a famous French rapper sat behind us. DJ Swagg Man is instantly recognisable by the Louis Vuitton tattoos across his head. Yes, his head looks very much like a handbag. Classy guy.

We sipped our cocktails on a plush chaise long and I still couldn’t quite believe we were here.

Cocktails in Paris

#3: A stay in a luxury apartment

A millionaire wouldn’t stay in any old hotel so we’d opted for an enormous apartment with a view out to the Eiffel Tower. The 3-bedroom apartment came with a huge kitchen and a luxurious living and dining area. A balcony wrapped around the side of the building and made the perfect place for sipping espressos and soaking up the Parisian vibe.

Luxury Apartment in Paris

#4: The fanciest breakfast of my life

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and French breakfasts are the best. Who can resist baskets filled with fresh bread and pastries!?

We headed to Hotel Plaza Athenee where we were greeted like old friends by the super friendly staff. We were ushered into an enormous booth where we ordered pots of tea and coffee and fresh juices while we browsed the pastry menu. Yes, there was a pastry menu with all the croissants and tasty treats that had been freshly made that morning.

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Breakfast in Paris

#5: Shopping!

I couldn’t visit Paris without a trip to Champs Élysées for a mini shopping spree. I was straight into the MAC store for some new make-up and my favourite lippy, Lady Danger.

Next up was a pair of millionaire style sunnies. I’ve never owned a (real) pair of designer sunnies and I instantly fell in love with these Christian Dior sunglasses.

My favourite thing about shopping with a big budget was being able to pick the first thing I fell in love with. As soon as I enter a shop I always spot something I fall in love with. I then check the price tag and realise it’s WAY over budget so I spend half an hour hunting around for the next best thing. Being able to walk in a buy that first item I laid eyes on was awesome.

The Travel Hack shopping Champs Elysees

#6: Macaroons at Ladurée

When I asked for your suggestions for places to go in Paris, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who recommended Ladurée. It’s a beautiful café that serves some of the best macaroons in town and while it may be touristy, it is beautiful and it was well worth a visit.

I indulged in the thickest hot chocolate I’ve ever had before in my life – I could have eaten it with a knife and fork – and the softest, tastiest macaroons you can imagine. I also picked up some macaroons for someone who was following along. I hope you enjoyed them @SaraVox74!

The Travel Hack eating macaroons

Macaroons

#7: Horse and carriage ride around Paris

It was a quick dash over to the Eiffel Tower where a horse and carriage was waiting to whisk Vicky and I around the streets of Paris. This was such a lovely and relaxing way to see the city and enjoy Paris at a slower pace.

Horse and cart ride around Paris

#8: Lunch overlooking the Louvre

The next stop was the Louvre where we ducked into Café Marly for lunch. This beautiful restaurant has one of the best locations in Paris with the huge terrace overlooking the Louvre. I may have been a millionaire but I couldn’t resist a cheese and bacon burger and a nice, cold beer.

Lunch at Cafe Marly, Paris

Lourve

the lourve

We then took a post-lunch stroll along the river and made our way to Love Lock Bridge. Through Twitter, I’d asked @TNLUK followers who would like a lock on the bridge with their name on it. So many people got back to me but one lucky followers got the lock!

 

#9: Shopping at Galaries Lafayette

The day was coming to an end so we made a quick pit-stop at Galaries Lafayette for a spot more shopping and to buy some presents for @TNLUK followers.

I bagged myself a new handbag and some perfume and chocolates for followers.

The Travel Hack at the Eiffel Tower

#10: Giving out gifts

One of the strangest parts of the day was as we were waiting for the Eurostar. I bought some boxes of chocolates to give out to people at the train station and, to my amazement; it took a lot of encouragement to get people to accept them. A strange, English girl handing out chocolates must seem suspicious!

 

I had the most incredible time as a 24 hour millionaire. Paris is definitely the city to visit if you’ve got a big budget!

Massive thanks to The National Lottery for making this possible!

TheTravelHack

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (30)
  1. what an amazing day and how cool to be selected for such a fun challenge! Paris sounds like a perfect choice to experience life as a millionaire!

  2. Now that’s a fantastic challenge! And Paris looks like a great place to be a temporary millionaire – sure all that luxury must get a bit old if you’re a real millionaire but I think I could cope with a taste of it!

  3. What an amazing day! It looks like you really made the most of your 24 hours as a millionaire. Good choice to go with Paris by the way – it’s definitely the city for living it up! 😀

  4. What an amazing challenge, and how thoughtful of you to buy some gifts for your followers! It would have taken all my will power not to have stayed in a studio AirBnB, made pasta, and spend the rest on designer goods. I love shopping…ugh. Fabulous post, looks like you made the most of it!

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  5. Eeee! So excited to see you basically did everything that I would do and more! Ladurée, fancy champs, fancier dinner, fancy cocktails… shopping… You truly “did it up”! I’ll be adding breakfast at the Hotel Plaza Athenée and drinks at Le Meurice to my list of Paris must-do’s now that I’ve seen those photos, millionaire or not. 🙂 Brava, chica!

  6. Ah wow wow!! That looks like such an amazing trip!! You lucky lucky girl, looks like you had an amazing time! 🙂 I would love to visit Paris and even more so with a big budget 🙂

    Deimante xx

  7. What an amazing day! It must be the best thing, to be able to spend such a big budget in Paris. Even though the city is also great to explore on a small budget ;-). Did you reach the whole budget limit in the end?

    Btw, I can imagine how hard it was for the French to accept chocolates from a stranger. For some of them, it can even be hard to accept a smile or ‘bonjour’ from a stranger. I’ve heard there is some saying. I don’t remember it perfectly, but it goes a bit like this: it takes 5 years for a Frenchie to invite you for dinner, and another 5 years for… okay I forgot it. But you get the idea.

  8. Sounds like you had a fantastic time! Must have been fun to pretend that money was no object for a day. I’m not sure what I’d do with that cash… probably buy a years supply of macaroons haha. I love them!

  9. Amazing Mon! Looks very swish compared with my recent trip to Paris! And it’s good that you and Flip Flop got to be among the last people to see the love locks on the Pont des Arts before they’re all removed next week 🙁

  10. That looks like an amazing challenge, and one I need to take part in! 🙂 Now to persuade someone to give me a millionaire’s budget…..

  11. Love macarons! (not the coconut macarOOns, but the French ones 😉 I personally prefer Pierre Herme or Carette but have heard great things about the French toast at Laduree!

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