One week ago today I set off on my first Eurostar adventure to the romantic city of Paris. I can’t tell you how easy it was to get the train from St Pancras International. We set off rather early to get the most of the weekend; leaving London at 7.31am. Getting through security with a morning coffee was as easy as 1,2,3. I fell asleep about 15minutes in the trip, and woke up around 30mins before arriving in Paris Nord station. Yes, that’s right. I slept through my first channel tunnel experience. Still, after a sleepy start, we were off on an adventure to experience the french underground transport, the Metro. As we were going to be in town for four days, we bought the book of 10 tickets, which came in just over 13 euros. Having full use of my iPhone (maps) navigating the Metro was rather useful. I’m also convinced a year of travelling on the London Underground system boded me well for this trip. The trip underway, and the forecast thunderstorm was nowhere to be scene… Happy days. With no breakfast, and very little sleep, we were starting to wilt during our search for the hotel. Speaking very little french, we were so grateful for the lovely french locals who took pity on our confused faces, and helped point us in the right direction. We met so many lovely locals, who despite a very real language barrier extended great kindness through-out our trip – going against the stereotype. We have arrived! Warmly greeted by the staff at the Westside Hotel, we dropped our bags and turned our attention to the city of Pariee!! First stop, Eiffel Tower. The city seemed rather quiet today; at least in the back streets. Thankfully the sun came out to play, after a chilly start to the day, and despite a short burst of rain we got the first glimpse of the glitzy tower through the trees. There’s just something about Paris. (Stay tuned for part 2 of my Paris adventure, which includes my brush with a french chef, the bridge of love (a.k.a Pont De Art), world famous macaroons, and the museum of luuuuuuuuve (a.k.a The Lurve). xx
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