Day 1: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Paris was my dream destination. I’ve always been obsessed with Paris! You’re safe to guess I was beside myself waking up in London Easter morning to catch the train to a place I’ve dreamed of for years. After breakfast we caught a taxi to the train station. Our driver was quite the chatter telling us about London traditions and culture, in exchange we told him about the United States.
Before we knew it we were at the train station boarding the train. I’ve never been on a train ride before. I loved it! We rode the EUROSTAR. I highly recommend it. We were on the train for three hours whipping in and out of tunnels and at some point we were under the English Channel too. How cool!
Once we arrived we headed to the subway. Now friends London primary language is English so getting around and speaking to people was a piece of cake. I swear staying in London I developed the perfect London accent, but that’s a whole other story for a different day. In Paris that was not the case! Good thing I took French in high school and college.
Although I didn’t remember it all I knew enough to read the majority of signs, ask questions, and order food. Most people I talked to appreciated me trying to speak their perfect language even though I’m sure I sounded ridiculous to them. First we struggled to find where we could even purchase a subway ticket. Once we figured that out we boarded the subway, got lost, re-boarded, and then found our way.
Once we finally got outside my eyes were beyond amazed. It was picture perfect from where I was standing. Grand buildings, museums, and Parisian life surrounded me. This was it! This was Paris! Our subway dropped us off only five minutes from our hotel, which was TimHotel. Our room was so small, but at least our balcony view was a sight to see. Once again our hotel was near all the attractions.
Want to know the first thing we did while in Paris after our late lunch? Laundry! Yes we sure lived it up on the first night. But seriously we needed to do laundry so we tracked down a laundry mat. We walked around and played cards while we waited for our loads to finish.
Once they were done it was too late to explore since everything was closed. Finding a place to eat that late in Paris was not a walk in the park either. The only place we managed to find was a Chinese restaurant. Chinese food in Paris? Why not!
Day 2: Monday, April 6, 2015
Today the real action starts! TimHotel also provided breakfast with our stay. After the hearty meal we headed to our first destination, the Eiffel Tower. It was only a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Along the way we passed The Avenue des Champs-Elysees. It’s a famous boulevard in Paris also home to the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we saw designer stores (we saw a pair of shoes with wings for over a thousand dollars), movie theatres, and streets full of souvenir booths.
The Arch de Triomphe was a looker. The monument was built between 1806-1836. The arch is in honor of those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Paris is filled with so much history.
Next up was the Eiffel Tower. Gesh I could not wait to see this beauty. We walked through a massive park on the way. It was beautiful filled with benches, beds of flowers, a carousel, and that’s just the jest of it. You could see the tip of the Eiffel Tower from the park too. I literally started jumping up and down when I saw the tower. After a few more miles we were taking selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Photo does not do it justice. It. Was. Absolutely. Spectacular. I swear I just stared at it for the longest time.
While heading there we were stopped by some people trying to sell us something (this happened a lot throughout the trip). We kept saying no thank you. They pretty much target Americans and don’t like to take no for an answer. Some French men decided to intervene and actually started yelling at them and kicked at them. It was pretty awkward. We just hurried away!
The line for the Eiffel Tower wait was literally in the shape of a squirming snake. It looked as though it would never end. We noticed in front of us a family playing the game Heads Up to kill time. It’s a game where you have to guess the word on the card that’s on your head from someones clues before time runs out. It was so fun watching them guess.
Some other people in line joined them and soon Erik and I were playing too. They were the nicest families. We met a family from Utah and Germany while playing. Pretty soon we had a lot of spectators laughing at us guessing and jumping around. Playing certainly made time fly though and before we knew it we were up in the Eiffel Tower. From the top we could see all over Paris it was amazing.
It’s like another city inside the tower. Shops, dining, and more were offered inside. It was so neat. We purchased our travel ornament from a souvenir shop there. It’s my favorite from our collection so far.
After the Eiffel Tower field trip we explored Paris more, grabbed dinner, and decided to book a cruise. We had to see the Eiffel Tower at night. Paris at night is mesmerizing. There is nothing like it. We took the Seine River Cruise, which lasted for 30 minutes. Crepes and tea was provided during our trip. The city was lit up in every direction to museums, churches, bridges, and monuments.
It was magical! We ended the night by the Eiffel Tower again, but this time it glowed in the night. After some time the tower began to glitter. The crowd around us screamed and danced in excitement. I can’t even put the beauty of the shimmering Eiffel Tower into words. It was breathtaking!
I leaned on my man giving him the biggest hug and kiss. Dreams really do come true!
Have you been to Paris? I hope you enjoyed my recap to Paris friends. Stay tuned for Day 3 & 4! You can hear about my London travels here.