What a wonderful place. We will be visiting again, and hopefully in the warmer months.
As for what we got up to, well not a massive amount. Tom and I find ourselves just wandering around, it's how we like to see things, and as much as possible avoid the touristy things in the cities, so lets just get this out in the open....
No we did not go into the Louvre.. No we did not climb the Notre Dame.. No we did not do a dinner cruise down the Seine.. No we did not go to the top of the Eiffel tower or the Arc de Triomph.. we lasted 10 mins walking down Champs Elysse before catching a metro out of there.. No we did not put a lock on a bridge.. No we did not eat frogs legs or snails.. and No, we did not in fact step foot in one art gallery or museum, BBBBBut..
We did spend our days walking and seeing the sites such as the Eiffel tower, from more then one angle, and we did see it light up on the hour, and was disappointed that noone proposed at that time. It's really quite stunning for an antenna.
The Moulin Rouge is about as touristy as we got, and well worth it. What a stunning performance and an amazing show. They do pack you into tiny little tables like sardines and it took 1.5hours to get us into the place, but we cannot talk highly enough about it. A highlight was the girl swimming in the water tank with 5 huge pythons, there was a bit of panic as one got almost the whole way out of the tank before the performer grabbed it. Such a shame we counldnt sneak a photo or two.
We went and had a look at the glass pyramid that is part of the Louvre, once again a stunning piece of architecture, we took photos and had a good laugh at the people waiting in line. To us, its just not worth our time.. not this trip anyways.
This brings us to New Years Eve, and we had been warned to stay away from Champs as it gets out of control crazy, so we decided to bring in the new year at Disneyland. At least we knew they had fireworks. Disneyland was still in Christmas mode, and looked absolutly stunning, with the streets decked out in wreaths and lights, and at 6pm as the sun went down they had a lighting of the massive Christmas tree, a full 15 min display of colours and beauty. Disneyland was packed, and the lines for rides were over 2hours, but we managed to walk through the whole 2 parks and do some rides, people watching was at its best. The castle in Paris Disneyland is by far the prettiest one I have seen (even though they are all based on sleeping beauties castle they all differ) and I've seen my fair share. We watched the Christmas parade with Santa, and then a spectacular display of fireworks, a vision everyone needs to see at least once.
New years day was a quiet one, so we took the oportunity to jump aboard a boat and see some site on the canal. I believe more then half of China was also on the boat so we had a good laugh at their photography taking skills.
We walked a back way up to Mont Martre to avoid the pick pockets and crowds, and it was worth the long hike just for the views from the top of the hill, and the top of the building. Busy little place though, and a whole lot easier heading back down that's for sure.
Now one of my favorite things in Paris is the bakeries, macarons anyone? what a stunning array of food they offer, and I may have eaten my weight in lemon meringue tarts.
The train rides are always an entertaining part of our trips, but more so in Paris, as every train we get on there is some form of entertainment, be it puppet shows, or musicians, these are just poor people begging for money in their own unique way.. Most of them are really not great at what they do.
Our hotel was lovely, bigger then I expected, and in a quiet little part of Paris but walking distance to the Notre Dame. I do recommend this area for anyone planning to visit, great places to eat close by too.
Due to not being able to get trains, we have had a change of plans in where to next. In stead of heading to Aux en Provence, we have decided to head to Monaco for 2 nights, and then Nice for 3 nights. I can tell you I am looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather.
On a side note, I can see all the messages and comments being left on the blog, and for some reason I am unable to respond, so im not ignoring them, but your welcome to leave comments on the facebook link. :)
T & C xx