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Paris

My husband and I decided to visit Paris one weekend. It is a city I have always wanted to visit and there was a special offer on the Eurostar website. £60 return!! It’s more expensive visiting London from the North!

So we made our way to London via the Megabus and got on to the Eurostar train via the St Pancras International station.

The journey was relatively straight forward. It really didn’t feel like we were in a different country as usually you get a flight to go visit another destination. I found this so bizarre!

I had a itinerary for what I wanted to do each day as we were only here for two days so it was important that we got as much in as we could. I am one of those super organised freaks (my husband secretly likes this about me). I try to fit in as much as I can and get the most out of my money.

We tried to save money too by staying in a AirBnB property. This was our first time trying this too.

This is the itinerary that I made in Excel to help me cover the 1 and half days we were there. This seems quite short but we are not that much into Art, so we tried to see most of the main attractions that didn’t involve Art. Therefore, I think Paris is do-able in the amount of time we had.

Day One:

  • 17:00pm – Arrive in Paris, find AirBnB and check-in.
  • 19:30pm – Arrive at the Eiffel Tower.
  • 20:00pm – Have Dinner.

Day Two:

  • 08:00am – Get out of the house and make way to Champs-Elysées.
  • 08:30am – Find a cafe on Champs-Elysées and have coffee and a famous croissant
  • 10:00am – Arc de Triomphe
  • 10:30am – Louvre
  • 13:00pm – Lunch
  • 14:00pm – Saint Chapelle and Notre Dame
  • 16:00pm – Sacré-Cœur & Montmartre
  • 19:00pm – Dinner

This was basically our itinerary.

So when we arrived at our AirBnb property, the gentleman arrived to give us the key. Unfortunately, most Parisian apartments don’t seem to have elevators and we were on the forth floor so a lot of climbing.  The apartment was nice enough. Clean and had everything we needed. It did have some clothes left by the landlord. After staying here, I do prefer hotels though and I don’t think I would rush to rent out a AirBnb. Hotels are much cleaner and your feel more at ease. However, this did the job for sleeping purposes as we were going to be out from early in the morning until late at night.

Apartment

We freshened up and made our way to Eiffel Tower. So we bought the metro ”Ticket Mobilis” each day. We thought this was the best option for transport (see my Tips section at the bottom).

Here is the Paris Metro Map.

metromap

You can find this on the internet if you google ”Paris Metro Map”. To get to the Eiffel Tower, you need to get onto Line C and leave at Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel. Then it is a short distance walk to the Eiffel Tower. When we first saw the tower from a distance, we were amazed. It is a beautiful piece of art and so tall. The had lights emitting from the tower itself and at night, it looked magical, I think seeing the tower at night is a must. The queue for the tower was quite short. So I think the evening time is probably the best time to go. We paid €17 to get to the summit to the tower. There were tickets to the 2nd floor but we thought, we are only here once so might as well make the most of it!

So I will be honest, I am so scared of heights. Like really scared. So after we got our tickets, I started to get really anxious. I got into the elevator that would take us to the summit, but I literally closed my eyes all the way to the top. I know, I am such a wuss! I was so relieved when the door elevators opened. But it was worth it because wow, what a view! The views of Paris were magnificent. This has been on my bucket list so I am glad that I have got experience it. We had dinner and then went home.

Day Two:

We woke up early, had a quick breakfast and made our way to Champs-Elysées. We got the metro Line 1 to Champs-Elysées Clemenceau. We got a quick croissant and coffee. The croissants are so lovely here. Fresh, warm and buttery. We then went to the Arc De Triomphe, which was just a short distance away. Wow, what a beautiful piece of Art! We didn’t decide to go the top because we have already been to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is not too crowded and a great photo site! Took a lot of selfies here.

We made our way to the Louvre museum. We got on the metro back on to Line 1 to the Musée de Louvre stop. Me and my husband are not that fascinated by paintings and art but a trip to Paris isn’t complete without visiting the Louvre Museum.  The building itself is fascinating and you take a escalator down to the actual museum. The museum itself is really big so you need quite a lot of time to spend there. We only spent about two hours here to be honest. There was a massive crowd around the Mona Lisa, obviously. So getting a selfie with this painting without people around you was a tough task! I was surprised by how small it was compared to the other paintings.

 

We had lunch and then made our way to Notre Dame Cathedral by getting the metro on Line B to St-Michel Notre Dame. This is an amazing architectural structure with gorgeous stained glass windows and chandeliers and its totally free! I was in awe.

After spending some time here, we then made our way to Sacré-Cœur & Montmartre. We took the metro on Line 12 to Abbesses. This is also where the I Love You: The Wall is located.  The wall created in 2000 by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito, on which the phrase “I love you” is featured 311 times in 250 languages. Nothing like a bit of romance!

I Love You Wall

We climbed up the hill (it is steep) towards the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica. We then enjoyed splendid views of Paris from the top, and walked the cobbled streets of Montmartre.

Afterwards we decided that we wanted to try a fine dining halal restaurant. I did a bit of research and came across Les Enfants Terribles. It had good reviews on TripAdvisor. We got the metro on Line 2 to Alexandre Dumas. It is a nice small cosy place. On TripAdvisor, it says you can get English menus. However, when we asked, they told us that there wasn’t any. I don’t know whether this was because we didn’t speak any french. I found that in certain times in Paris. If you don’t try, they don’t accommodate or just ignore you. So we struggled with the french menu and asked for assistance. They took a while to come over, even though they knew we were waiting. But finally, after being able to choose what we can order. The food arrived. Even though the customer service wasn’t good, they food was delicious! I would go again but maybe greet them in french and see what happens!

 

So there you have it, my short trip to Paris!

Tips:

  • A day ticket is called the Ticket Mobilis, which is good for unlimited rides on the Metro system during operating hours for the day it is used. Ticket Mobilis is available in various fare zone coverage from 1-2 zones to 1-5 zones. If you’ll be traveling strictly within central Paris, Zones 1 & 2 cover the entire Metro system, and a 1-2 zone Ticket Mobilis is the recommended ticket.
  • Learn some phrases in french and use them! Might get you better reception from people

Address and Contacts

Les Enfants Terribles has changed it’s name because it has ”grown up” and now called Les Grands Enfants (160 boulevard de charonne, 75020 Paris, Metro: Alexandre Dumas, Phone: 01 43 43 24 61)

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