Saturday, 30 June 2007

Paris

This post covers our day in Paris with queues galore!

We got up early and walked 25 minutes to the train station in Versailles where the RER train whisked us into central Paris in 20 minutes.

By 10am we were at the Eiffel Tower and planned to have a quick look from the top. Four hours later we were just leaving and thoroughly frustrated! In previous visits to Paris I had always avoided going up the Eiffel Tower and now I know why. We waited an hour to go up to the 2nd platform and another hour in a queue for the lift to the summit. We had a quick look around and then spent an hour and a half going down. Argghhhh! If you’re heading to Paris our advice is either take the stairs to the 1st platform or go up the Tour Montparnasse instead, at least with the second option there won’t be much of a queue and you get to see all of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower!

Left: Eiffel Tower
Below: Arc de Triomphe from the Eiffel Tower
From here we had a whistle stop tour of the city of light, using the metro to see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Jardin de Tuileries (to admire the Grande Axe – 4 monuments lined up in row - Grand Arche de la Defense, Arc de Triomphe, Obelisk at the Place de la Concorde and the Arc du Carousel), Louvre courtyard and pyramid, Pompidou Centre and Notre Dame. We had a pizza and a beer and rosé and were now not only tired, but slightly pissed! We’re lightweights you know!


By 7pm we’d had enough and headed back to Versailles. I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Paris in 1995 (when Sarah was 12!) which was enough time to see all the museums (even the sewer museum!) and appreciate the city properly. A one day whistle stop tour didn’t really do the place justice. Maybe I will take Sarah to Paris next year for her birthday? Maybe... maybe not!
Left: Me getting sunburnt again
Below: Esmerelda or Sarahmodo? After her glass of wine, Notre Dame

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