Date: 30th March 2015
What We Did:
Once the underground was open we bought tickets and caught the train to Notre Dame. This Cathedral was amazing and so pretty on the inside. It looks really dark in colour on the outside but once you walk inside the colours from the stained glass windows really stand out. Our best tip for visiting the Cathedral is to get there early. We were one of the first in as we were in Paris so early. As we were walking out the line had got really long and we were glad to be there early, especially as we only had 1 day in Paris. You definitely need to go inside to see the stain glassed windows and all the small details in the decoration. A must do in Paris.
Our next stop was the Love Bridge, which unfortunately after our trip they started to take down due to the weight. We were very lucky to see this bridge full of all the padlocks placed by people over the years.
We could not believe how many locks were actually on the bridge. You could not see the river through the locks. I can totally understand why they were taking the locks away as the bridge must way a tonne.
We were getting hungry as we were up so early, we decided to go and get a sandwich before getting aboard the hop on/off bus. We would definitely recommend this, especially if you only have 24 hours to see Paris. We saw all the main sights from the bus. The only problem was we were so cold and tired that we did a whole lap while asleep so had to go around again.
Our first stop off was at the Arc de Triomphe after riding down the Champs-Elysees. This street reminded me a little of Oxford Street with all the stores and how busy it was. We then crossed into the middle of the roundabout to go into the Arc de Triomphe, luckly the path goes under the road. The roundabout is crazy with so many lanes. We walked what felt like 100s of steps up the Arc de Triomphe to the best views of Paris. We really enjoyed watching the cars going around us and trying to work out which lanes they were in and where they were going. It was very cold and windy.
The next stop was of course the Eiffel Tower, we couldn’t pass the opportunity to go up this. We love getting a view from high up in every city we are in. We caught the lift up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, it was very quick and made your ears pop. We recommend getting here early as we waited in line a long time to get tickets and then for the lift. The views from the top are amazing, we decided though that you were too high to get perspective of anything. It all looked so small. We spent a few hours walking around the different levels and of course getting a souvenir. We then decided to walk down to the bottom, a lot more stairs than we anticipated.
It was getting dark and the rain was setting in so we decided to head over to our hotel and had to get the train to Val d’Europe. This was very simple and cheap. We were staying at Hipark Serris-Val d’Europe and could not find it from the train station. We decided to ask another hotel who didn’t know and showed us to a taxi. Once we were in our room which was lovely we walked to the supermarket to get snacks for the room.
Food and Drink:
Lunch: We decided to grab a subway as we needed something quick and was the only place we could find as it was only 11am.
Dinner: From the supermarket we bought bread, cheese, meats and cakes with a bottle of wine and had a picnic in our room which was lovely. The cakes came in platter packs, why do they not do these in the UK.
The Highs: Our favourite part of today was going up the Arc de Triomphe. We much preferred the view from here than the Eiffel Tower. We felt that you could see more and was a better view as you could see the Eiffel Tower.
The Lows: The tiredness from the overnight bus. We were so tired and missed a whole loop on board the bus as we slept.
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