Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Two days in Paris

The first day was spent travelling to Paris and then exploring the city. I didn't realise quite how big it was going to be. We stayed at the Tim Hotel Gare de l'est which was very close to the main train station. At the hotel we started to plan out our day with regards to sightseeing and we went downstairs to ask the receptionist about the tour bus. On our way downstairs a group of Germans were checking out and gave us their boat sightseeing pass for the rest of the day. It was for a company called Batobus which is a hop on and off boat. The closed stop to our hotel was at the Notre Dame so we got the Metro there and explored the area. The first stop on the (that we particularly wanted to see) Batobus was The Louvre. However, by the time we actually got there is was shut! We did wonder why the queue to get in was so short. After the disappointment we deicide to walk through the Louvre gardens and then in the near distance we could see Arc de Triomphe. There was 'tuc tucs' around the road and one was actually a motorbike with a proper carriage on the back. We thought it looked fun so we hopped on that and the driver took us round the Arc and then dropped us off at the Eiffel Tower. He boomed music and we got some funny looks.


After the Eiffel Tower and Joe pretending to propose to me underneath it we went to find the bookshop that I wanted to visit, Shakespeare & Co. It was a really quaint and lovely bookshop. The man working there recommended me a book written by a French author that I have yet to read... It was getting late and we wanted to go to a particular restaurant but by the time we found (by going on the Metro and getting a taxi) it the place was shutting so we went to another across the road. The meal was awful and I couldn't eat it so after reluctantly paying we quickly left. Joe bought me a crepe to cheer me up instead :).

On second day we woke up early and went down for some breakfast. We decided to visit Montmartre as I been recommended to go there. The day didn't start out quite as planned as a bird pooped on me and Joe was conned out of 20 euros before we reached the top! I tried to cheer myself up by buying a watercolour of the Moulin Rouge from a street artist. We wondered around a bit more and then got a cable car back down to the main road to visit the actual Moulin Rouge. After seeing the outside of the theatre we went to the gift shop and had a browse. Then decided to get something to eat and bought a pizza, the waiter wasn't impressed with tourists ordering pizza. 


By this time we decided to get our things from the hotel and on the way to the train station I popped into Sephora which had been closed for most of the day with the staff just wondering inside the shop.
We waited for our train and got croque-monsieur to try some French food (not very fancy). 

And that was our little trip to Pairs! 

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