19th April ’19
So I’m sat on a plane on my way to Paris with my two friends, Sophie and Amy. I’m so excited as I’ve never been to Paris or have any interest in travelling about in Europe. However, that notion has changed since I’ve been to Spain – Twice – and I’ve travelled to the US of A. That’s more where I gravitate towards, but for short trips it’s becoming more ideal to just book a quick city break and go explore. I’ve got this idea or an image of what to expect but then again I am looking forward to the unknown of Paris and figuring it out.
We’re flying with Flybe, and our landing has just been announced. It took us 50 minutes to fly across the channel!! Wowzer! I’ve always flown long haul and now to just to be landing in Paris in under an hour is blowing my mind. Lol. I’m pleased though as the exploring can begin.
As soon as we’ve landed we walked over to the Metro and got our selves tickets to get to Paris from Charle de Gualle Airport. A quick use of the ticket machine which cost us less than €11, we were on our way. They way we were coming across to others would seem that we’ve just returned from a trip abroad as we were very natural and not looking so touristy. I’m a people watcher and observing the side looks from people of France was fascinating as they were actually listening to our animated conversation along with our very prominent British accents.
We’ve booked our stay with Hotel Amphere a four star hotel and very welcoming upon our arrival. We couldn’t check until 2.30 p.m. thus changed in their bathroom and stored our luggage in their lock unit and went exploring – we accidentally walked upto the Arc de Triomphe and looked around but didn’t go up. Too long a que! Once we got back to the hotel around 3 p.m.ish, we soaked our feet in the bathtub and cooled off the soreness. The little goodies from L’occitane was lovely. We cleaned up and got dressed and went to dinner next to the hotel called Manhattan Terrazza – amazing food for a brand new restaurant. Definitely recommend it if your around the area. We stayed in the hotel for three nights and was a luxurious room, the layout could have been better but other than that it was a great place to stay and it gave us easy access to central Paris either by walking or getting the metro.
20th April ’19
Today’s plan consists a day in Paris, a tour of the Eiffel tour and then a cruise at the River Seine. I’m verra verra pleased we booked both trips ahead instead of queuing to obtain the tickets for 2 hours!!! It was long. We used the site;
To book our tours. It definitely was a surreal moment when standing under the Eiffel Tower and then escorted bt the lift up to the second floor. Beautiful beautiful beautiful moment and the views were stunning. Luckily we had the weather to accommodate which was 25 or 26 degrees Celsius. Once we saw what the tower had to offer we descended down using the stairs as the que to the lift was long. It didn’t take us that that long to go down and was fun. It makes you a little dizzy but stay focused and you’ll pass any vertigo or nauseous feeling.
We then stroll to Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise and skipped through the long line using our e-tickets. It was a nice reprieve to sit and enjoy the ride by seeing all the best off Paris city. Not bad for €15 and then sailed back to the dock, we got off and went back near the Eiffel Tower to take some pictures for the gram. Priorities! We then went hunting for H&M for some comfortable flip flops as all our feet were detesting us for all the walks we did. So worth it if I may add but doubt my friend Amy feels the same. She had it the worse! Oops!
We were physically exhausted by the end of the day, so looked to get the metro but unfortunately it was closed due to the protest happening. We then bounced ideas from walking or getting the taxi – taxi won – and what a ride it was the French driver was hilarious calling his locals “Assholes” as they drive chaoticly, lack brain cells and should have brain surgery. Ouch. Its comical really how the French drive. We just marvelled at how so many got away unscathed or crashing onto one another. So yes, fun driver and brilliant conversationalist. Once we got to the hotel we showered and glammed up to go out for food at Hippopotamus – one of many – lovely food and great staff. We laughed at my friend with her strange order “A plain beef burger.” The waiters face was comical and he needed a little help understanding. So our response was “Bun Beef Bun… that’s it.” He repeated it and continued to look astonished! Haha and Sophie did want her Tomato ketchup too and requested it 3 times but to no avail did she get one. She wasn’t allowed.. lol!
21st April ’19
We’re going to Disneyland Paris today!!!! To see the Marvels!! Wohoo. We also booked this in advance and I can’t find the link to it! Sowwy! Also had a coach booked with it to get us there first thing in the morning. The temperature is between 12 to 16 degrees Celsius at 8.15 a.m. and we are wearing denim shorts with t-shirts and my friends vest tops. As you can imagine its COLD!! But predicted to get very hot later. The side eyes we were getting from the people was actually funny and when you look them in the eye for noticing they do a quick glance away lol. Some of the passengers were in winter clothing and we looked crazy Haha. I let you decide. We did purchase some Disney clothing for warmth and memories. I love the pastel colour Minnie jumper I got.
Once we got there we explored the grounds and I went on a adrenaline pumping ride on the space mountain or something similar. I’m not a ride junky but that was fun and I was breathing the whole time and not passing out or anything. Proud of my accomplishment. We didn’t see the Marvels as it’s at the Walt Disney Studios (bashing my head on a wall) when I saw Sophie ask one off the Staff I just saw her crestfallen expression and knew we weren’t going to be seeing what we came here to see. The staff named William was abundant of sad information for us lol but we ended up having a lovely chat with him. We met some characters and qued to see the princesses for 75 minutes!! And there was only the one! Why it took 75 minutes and only one to see is beyond me. We met the lovely Aurora and had a good natter.
We didn’t stick around to see the fireworks but decided to hop back on the coach instead of getting the metro and headed back to the hotel. It was good day at Disneyland but one think is for sure it isn’t Disney world in Orlando. That’s the best place in the world. Paris one is good and I’d definitely come back again.
1st April ’19
It’s our last day in the wonderful Paris and I’m sad to be going home. I feel a live when I’m travelling and living my best moments. It has been a great trip and I look forward to coming back. So today we are of to see the Musee du Louvre and Notre-Dame as the cathedral won’t be open due to the devastating fire. But will be nice to just walk around and see it. Then we are back to the airport and heading home. Luckily, we set of early as the was a delay towards the airport but we got the in good time and missed the chaos ensuing which was in all French. A passenger translated for us.
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Have a great Sunday.