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.