I’ve been meaning to catch up on a few blog posts for, well years now so it’s about time I stopped procrastinating and got them written starting with a trip to Paris. About 10 years ago the Fiance was shipped out to Paris for 3 months with work and luckily for me I got shipped out with him for one long weekend. I was due to go over for a week a few weeks later but that very week he got to come home early…I mean, I was happy to see him ‘n all but his bad timing means I only got that one long weekend.
Anyway, the bonus with him being over there for the three months meant he got an apartment, not any apartment….no siree. He was in a private street by the Rue Royal above fancy bakeries, behind all the posh shops (ones that I didn’t even dare look in the windows of) and 2 minutes from the Louvre and the Tuileries. It was fantastic, brand new, in a great location and also meant there was no crazy searching before the trip trying to find cheap hotels in Paris city centre. It was perfect. But enough about accommodation and onto the activities.
As it was such a long time ago I can’t quite remember the order of things but here’s what we got up to other than lots of sitting around in Cafes (which remind me, Tenants Lager is a posh drink over there, Yup really, good ol’ Glasgow p*sh water is actually desired in some parts of the world and I don’t mean at a Rangers/Celtic footie match…amazing!)
No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre. I’d heard it was bad to get into in terms of queues but we were there reasonably early and it was a cinch to get in to. I can’t remember if there were any exhibitions we specifically went to see or not but I do remember getting a very distant view of the Mona Lisa and spending a lot of time just looking at the building and thinking ‘Wow’.
Luckily for me I had friends in Paris at the same time as I was over. friends I hadn’t seen in a few years as they were normally in Barcelona so it was great that I got to see them. They were living out near Sacre Coeur so one evening we took the metro out to visit and popped up to Sacre Coeur for a walk before hand. We took the stairs up to it (which is a lot longer than it looks) but the view from the top is superb. I love cities at night so looking out over Paris with the lights twinkling was amazing. I loved the little cobbled streets around it too, it all felt very festive.
The Eiffel Tower
We got to the Eiffel Tower after an early morning walk from the apartment and via Notre Dame so it was fairly late when we got there. The queues were massive so we decided to give going up it a miss and continue our walk round the bottom of the Tower then head out into the gardens before heading off to the arc De Triomphe and down the Champs Elysee. I think you’d have to get there stupidly early to not have to queue and although I’m sure it’s worth it I’m also pretty sure there’s more to do in Paris than waste a few hours waiting.
Ahhh, we spent a lovely afternoon wandering round the Tuilieries and taking photo’s. If you have a few hours to spare I suggest going and getting some nice bread, cheese and a cake and heading down here for a picnic. Far more rewarding than spending the time queuing to get up the Eiffel Tower in my opinion!
The Big Wheel
When I was visiting there was a big wheel (I believe it was for the Millennium celebrations) just off Place de la Concorde which we did instead of the Eiffel Tower. I’m not sure if it’s still there but if it is then it’s worth going on. We went at night and it was fantastic to get such great views of the Champs Elysee and Tuilieries and I’ll even admit to it being a little romantic.