Okay, now I am sure you’ll agree Tesco has always been good with prizes – well, they’ve really excelled themselves this time – look at this! Look! Win a free trip to Paris! I know! Paris! And you can go when it’s all warm and lovely! Well, it’s always lovely.
The first time I ever went to Paris, Eurostar had just opened, so we saved up to go. It was amazing. We drove around the Place de la Concorde all lit up at night (the cab driving is, I will say, quite scary), straight past the Eiffel Tower, and I just couldn’t believe I was there, staying in a classic French apartment with huge windows overlooking the Moulin Rouge. It was love at first sight. I couldn’t possibly have dreamt then that one day I’d be writing a book set somewhere so magical and awesome.
Anyway, now it is your turn! Obviously I am wishing the best of luck to everyone who enters the competition, but I can’t help secretly hoping it goes to someone who’s never been before, because Paris for the first time is quite special.
If I was going for a weekend, here’s what I would do:
- Browse the little shops in the Marais
- Go to Montmartre, in the footsteps of Amélie
- Wander across the bridges to the little islands in the middle of the city – don’t miss the ‘love padlocks’ on the Pont des Arts
- Eat the 25-euro three-course lunch menu at Le Chardenoux des Prés
- Visit Patrick Roger, the incredible chocolate shop at 199 Rue de Faubourg St Honoré
- Have an expensive glass of something or other (it comes with nibbles) at Café Marly, overlooking the Louvre pyramid
- And, of course, go up the Eiffel Tower
Oh, that makes me want to go RIGHT NOW. Anyway, here’s how to win a wonderful weekend in Paris, tell us in the comments section below about your worst weekend and we will try and make it better!
Years and years ago I went on a mini-break to Brighton with a new boyfriend. It was meant to be very romantic. Unfortunately, he got a dreadful upset tummy from something or other. It was a very small room, with the bathroom door very close to the bed. I don’t think I want to say any more than that! There isn’t even a happy ending to that story – we didn’t last very long after that! So tell us about a bad time you had, make us laugh and, hopefully, we can give you the weekend of a lifetime – and you can read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris on the way!
My very best wishes to you,
Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is for ONE winner to receive the first prize, which is a trip to Paris for two people. Prize include: Return flights from London, shuttle transfer to and from the hotel in France, two nights 3* accommodation with breakfast, small group behind the scenes tour of Gerard Mulot’s shop in Paris, discover the secrets of chocolate and macaroon making, observe the head pastry chef and master chocolatier at work, visit one of Patrick Roger’s chocolate boutiques, travel insurance.
- Prize must be taken by the end of 2013
- Travel is not permitted over Christmas, New Year, Easter and Bank Holiday, other exclusion dates include trade fairs
- Based on two people sharing a double/twin room
- Please note we are not able to insure winners with pre-existing medical conditions
2. The Winner will be selected at random from the correct entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by Tesco whose decision will be final.
3. The Winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown, Tesco websites and possibly other websites and Twitter accounts.
4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The competition opens at 9.00am GMT 11th March 2013 and closes at 11.59 on Thursday 9th May 2013. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The competition is open to any UK residents aged 18 or over except employees of Little, Brown Book Group, Tesco or their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
8. Little, Brown Book Group is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
9. Little, Brown Book Group reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competition without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.
10. The Winner will be published on the Tesco Books Blog on within 5 working days of the closing date.
12. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
13. This competition is being organised by Little, Brown Book Group.