Completing number 25 off my 40 at 40 list – Revisit Paris

It had been 10 years since I last visited Paris. Which was where my OH Dave proposed to me. When I was compiling my list, wanted to revisit Paris but use the Eurostar. After lots of research by Dave (men are must better at this kind of thing)got an amazing deal from Gates travel in kendal of 3 nights B&b, train from Kendal to Paris for £270 each bargain!
So off we set on Saturday 12th January at 7.30am for Euston. It was a very cold morning and I was glad I’d bought myself for Xmas a new NorthFace artic parka! Very snuggly and warm!!
The new trains are brilliant and only takes 2 1/2 hours to London! Arrived in London with a couple of hours till our train to Paris, so had breakfast at the Booking Office at St Pancras hotel sublime! Then a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar before getting the train.
The one thing that was amazing on the Eurostar was the fantastic 3G signal much better than places in the lakes!
Arrived in Paris at about 4, so after dropping our bags at the hotel it was off to find the Sacre Coeur. It was getting dark but was a wonderful sight to behold when we arrived. As we walked round caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. We ambled back to the hotel( thank god for google maps) via the Moulin rouge.
The hotel was not the greatest but was perfectly clean and suited us as a base. The walls though were so thin and one night could hear next door snoring!!
Next day we were in full tourist mode, having mastered the metro system, got the tube to Eiffel Tower. I love the Eiffel tower and get excited seeing it. But then have the same excitement seeing Blackpool tower, maybe I have a tower fetish?? Here as we’ve done in lots of cities before got on the bus tour. It’s a great easy way of exploring the city and getting your bearings. But after sitting on the top deck for 2 hours was bloody freezing! So got off and headed for the nearest cafe for a warm up! The French cannot make cappuccino FACT. The coffee was disgusting.
We wandered back to the Opera region and had a drink and foie gras canapes in the iconic Cafe de la Paix. The place was so grande and could imagine high society gathering here. Iconic places was to be theme of the day as just round the corner was Harry’s Bar. We had been to the one in Venice a few years ago. Apparently the Bloody Mary was created at this bar in Paris. I had the other signature drink the peach Bellini delicious! Afternoon drinking usually makes me sleepy so headed back to the hotel for a power nap as that evening were dining on the Bateaux Parisiene.
The meal and cruise on the boat were sublime! Far too much wine was consumed! Lots of small courses so didn’t feel over stuffed.
Day 2 of sightseeing, Dave had said he would really like to visit the Louvre Gallery. It truly is an amazing building and was surreal seeing all the well know works of arts in such close proximity. I expected the Mona Lisa to be a lot bigger though. It wasn’t much bigger than a piece of A4 paper.
From here went to the “bridge of love” and placed our padlock on the bridge. There were hundreds on there. Everything in Paris is so accessible, walked to Notre Dame then to the Pompidou centre. Hopped back onto the tour bus and explored the Champs Élysées. Stopped for very expensive cocktails at Fouguets, past and present famous visitors adorned the mahogany walls. It was a very nice place for drinks but had to drag ourselves away before our wallet started crying!
I think during the stay I got addicted to French onion soup and snails! Both delicious 🙂
Last day was here, had nearly a full day as our train wasn’t until 3pm. Friends had told us you must visit the Galleries Lafayette. It is a breathtaking building and nice to have a nosey round taking in Parisian fashions. Had one last wonder up to Sacre Coeur again to see it in the daylight. I tried my best GCSE French out in a bakery, it all comes back even after all these years!
Was soon time to say au revoir to Paris, hopefully won’t be another 10 years till I next visit


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