Holidays in Hindsight: Paris – March 2013

Our first “city break” was to Paris and it spurned a number of breaks including the one to Amsterdam we wrote about previously.

We travelled via Eurostar from Ashford International to central Paris.  Our hotel was within walking distance of the station so once we’d checked in and ditched our luggage we went on a walking tour of the city.

We walked through the grounds of the Louvre through the Jardin Des Tuilleries and took in the shops and sights along the Champs-Elysees.

We purchased tickets for the “hop on hop off” bus tour but popped into the Arc de Triomphe while we waited for the next bus.

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The next day we visited the Louvre and saw the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa.

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We then hopped over the Seine to the Musee D’Orsay to take in the Impressionists paintings, Art Deco Furniture and a temporary exhibit about gothic horror art.

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We then went to Saint-Chapelle and stopped for a quick lunch before going to Notre Dame and going up the towers!

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From there we took a walk through the Latin Quarter finding various film locations and ended up at The Bombardier for a quick pint by St Etienne Du Mont and the Pantheon.

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After dinner we headed to the Eiffel Tower and had a quick walk through the Trocadero gardens before heading back to the hotel!

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The next day we caught the train to just outside Paris to visit the Chateau de Versailles.  It was very easy to find our way around the train ticket machines and identify which line we needed to take, we just struggled to work out where we had to go once we got to Versailles since it wasn’t signposted.  Fortunately there was a whole crowd of people walking up the road that gave us a big clue which way to go!

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We explored the Chateau and it’s grounds and took the opportunity to go to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.

On our return to the city we went up the Montparnasse Tower to take in the amazing views of the city and followed it up with a river boat cruise up the Seine.

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On our final day we headed to the Sacre Coeur.

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We walked around the back streets scouting out various Amelie locations stopping for a creme brulee at Les Deux Moulins.

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We headed down to the Moulin Rouge and Palace Video and then back up to Au Marche De La Butte before heading over to the Rodin Musuem to see The Thinker and then to the Musee De L’Orangerie to check out Monet’s Water Lillies. Then we went through the Jardin Des Tuilleries to the Carousel Du Louvre before heading to Saint Germain and then back to the Jewish quarter to grab an ice cream before grabbing the Eurostar home!

Phew!  Suffice to say we enjoy walking!!

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