Thursday, 24 March 2011

HOLIDAY - February Weekend Break in Paris

Weekend in Paris 2011

There are lots of things I love about Paris (and a few things I don't). Having been a couple of times before and knowing my way around enough to get by, I decided to take the boyf there for a birthday treat last month so we hopped on Eurostar and in no time we were there. Hotels.com helped me out with the hotel, we stayed in Hotel Aiglon in Raspail, just South of the centre and a short walk away from the Catacombs which we really wanted to go to.

Day 1. We headed to the hotel and were able to check into our room early which was nice of the hotel. After throwing down or bags we walked to the catacombs and after seeing the queue decided to come back later... would have been stood there for an hour! We instead went North to Notre Dame. I had been inside before, but not up to the top so we paid our 8 Euro (every tourist attraction seems to cost 8 Euro) and started the hike up the spiral staircases. The views are amazing from the top and after snapping away with the camera and visiting the largest bell in the tower we descended. After a walk via some other pretty buildings it was back to the hotel for a rest and to get dolled up for dinner.

We went to what we thought was quite a nice restaurant in the Marais for dinner, but the meal was quite disappointing. The garlic snails were amazing - yum yum - but the rest of the meal and the service was pretty bad. God knows what was in my sausage but all I can say is there was a distinct element of cheese and nowhere near enough mustard sauce to take the iffy taste away. We walked off dinner by the river and had a drink in a cute cafe by the river which restored our faith in French waiter service.

Day 2. We woke up and decided to indulge in room service, a tray of delectable goodies was delivered to our room including pastries, fresh French bread, butters, jams, tea and orange juice. It was just the fuel we needed for our day in Paris. We headed straight to the catacombs and the wait luckily wasn't quite so bad. You walk for ages under the streets of Paris before coming to the area which houses the bones of around 6 million people. It goes on and on with bones stacked up in a decorative way - unlike anything else I've ever seen and definitely worth going. They limit the number of people inside at any one time so it's quiet but quite eerie.
You can't go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower so we hopped on a boat and went on a tour up and down the river. Then it was back for a scrummy and well-earned dinner at Indiana's back near our hotel.

It was a short stay, but I had a nice time and am sure I'll be back there soon. This weekend it's a trip to Somerset and then the countdown begins for New York. I literally can't wait. Let me know if you've any tips on what to do and where to go... 

Weekend in Paris 2011
Weekend in Paris 2011
Weekend in Paris 2011
Weekend in Paris 2011

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