I wanted to share a few pictures of a trip to Paris i had in March 14 to celebrate Owains birthday!
Eiffel Tower – Pompidou Centre – Sacre Coeur – Love Lock Bridge – Park – La Louvre
We set out on the train from Sheffield to London after a ridiculously early morning and a delicious pancake breakfast at Wetherspoons! On arrival to London, Owain decided he knew exactly where the hotel was and took us on a 2 hour walk the wrong way which was…lovely.
After finally finding the hotel we set off in search of a place to eat and came across a pub/restaurant we had visited before. It’s located just on the Thames and more information can be found here – http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thehornimanathayslondonbridge/findus/. It’s a lovely little place and the atmosphere is great, the food is great and i really do not have any complaints. We have eaten here before and still continue to want to go back every time we’re in London.
The next day we were up and off to London St Pancras to catch the Eurostar to Paris! On arrival in Paris we quickly located the Metro and set off to find the hotel. I had already researched how to find the hotel as Owain clearly has little no sense of direction!
Once we were there, we settled in and quickly exited for a long walk up to Sacre Coeur. The views from the top of the steps are amazing and i understand why people sit up there and read or play music. I wish we had that kind of view in Sheffield! The view of the Church from the bottom of the steps is also breath taking and i forgot how beautiful the buildings and churches in Paris are.
The next day we ventured to La Défense, the sky scraper and business area of Paris, it’s more modern but still as beautiful with the tall glass buildings and quaint coffee shops. You can also see the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs Elysees very very far away, it’s eerily beautiful.
We also visited La Louvre and walked around for a few hours looking at all the exhibits. It’s very varied and there is something for everyone so i recommend this if you haven’t already been It’s free is you own an EU passport and you’re under 25 and i believe (please don’t hold me to this) it’s around €12 for anyone else. There are 3 sections full of exhibits and you can even see the Mona Lisa. It could take around 4 hours to see everything and so it’s worth it even if you have to pay.
We took a walk to the Eiffel Tower in the sunshine and had a Crepe sat on the grass enjoying the weather (it was rather hot for March!) and then ventured into the city and found Paris’s beautiful parks and watched old men play bowls and laugh. We returned to the Eiffel Tower later in the evening after walking by the Seine and along the Love Lock bridge (yes, we put a lock on, it had to be done). When we reached the Eiffel Tower again it was evening and it was lit up and even sparkled at one point.
We were determined to find an American diner we had seen on trip advisor and we eventually found it after hours of walking (again, Owain said he knew where it was… ). They spoke English which was a huge help as i don’t know the word for Burger and Milkshake in French and i feel rude pointing at everything. Note for next time… actually learn some French.
We left the next day but the experience was amazing. I am in a hurry to go back but we’ve just booked flights to New York for March 15 so it’s hard to be thinking about Paris when i’m far too excited about NYC!
If anyone wants a quiet holiday away full of culture and beautiful buildings, Paris is my place of choice. It’s easy to get to whether it’s flying, driving or by train and it has a lot of different things you can do while you are there. I imagine it’s also just as beautiful in the snow!
La Défense – Breakfast Menu – First Class Travel – Champs Elysees Shopping – Eurostar Terminal – Eiffel Tower at Night
Do you have a favourite holiday destination? Let me know below…