Im now back safe and sound from my trip to Paris.It couldn't have gone any better.
The journey to London on Friday didnt go to plan,We boarded the 7.27 am Paddington train only to be told it wouldnt be leaving as there had been a fatality on the line,We rushed to another platform to catch the slow train which took us 1 hour 20 instead of 27 mins.We arrived at Eurostar with 5 mins to spare.
Train journey was smooth and effortless we arrived at Gare de Nord at 13.47 (French time) We were met at the station by our driver holding up a card with my daughters name on it.Our bags were carried to the car and we were driven to our hotel and wow what a hotel it was.
Once again our bags were taken in we checked in and were shown to our room.The pictures dont do it justice,We grabbed a map and set off on our travels.
We walked to the Louvre
was so excited to find this.
walked through the Tuileries gardens
Once we reached Place de la Concorde where we went right and wondered passed many beautiful buildings,Browsed in the little shops and made our way back towards our hotel,stopping on route for something to eat.
Breakfast in the hotel was amazing i have never had a continental breakfast like it.Champagne was available as well as specially cooked food by the chef.
You can tell i dont normally stay in hotels like this as i couldnt resist bagging a few cakes and pastries to take out with us for later in the day.
We had to meet the over competition winners for a trip to the Tim Burton exhibition,We were very privileged to have the curator of the exhibition give us a personal tour.The exhibition was good but Tim Burton has been weired from a very young age.On way back the driver dropped us at the Louvre so we could start our walk to the Eiffel Tower and thats one seriously long work.We found a supermarket grabbed some lunch and sat by the tower to eat it.It was real effort to get up and begin our walk back..
Today we walked to the Moulin Rouge then caught the mini train up to Sacre Couer ,We had an amazing view as it was such a beautiful day.We then walked back towards hotel where we had lunch and waited to be picked up for our journey home .The car came at 3 pm to take us to the station.I was disappointed that i missed the end of the Tour de France,We saw all the preparations and hype and seeing the end on the news it was weired to see places we had walked by a few hours earlier.
We walked about 33km this weekend (wore a pedometer) we were treated so well by staff in the hotel ,taken to parts of the hotel that aren't open to the public.
Truly a once in a lifetime experience.