Friday, 15 February 2013

♥ Paris!!!! ♥

Bonjour!! I am back from my short trip to Paris. Such a beautiful city!! The above and below pictures are of the pyramids of The Louvre Museum, aren't they amazing? Even more incredible in person believe me!

To get to the pyramid bit we walked through this beautifully crafted archway which had windows into the museum itself.

This was on the first night, and we didn't actually go into the museum itself but wandered around Paris looking for somewhere to eat. We came across the famous 'Love Lock Bridge'...

On the second day we were allowed to go off and explore for the whole day!! So we went to the fabric shops at the bottom of the Sacré Coeur hill- which were absolutely fantastic!! Not many of the shop attendants spoke English so it was quite a challenge to match up their broken English and my broken French. We got there in the end though and then took the rail cars up the hill to the Sacré Coeur, taking in the magnificent view!

The metro was invaluable for this trip and we probably spent most of our time on various trains. It does mean you can get around in a very short time though which is fantastic (just stressful if you are travelling during rush hour!)- for example from the Sacré Coeur to the Notre Dame!

There was some kind of car rally going on at the Notre Dame so we couldn't really get a great look at it which was a pity as it's been some years since I was last there. A very impressive building!

My favourite bit of the entire trip was when I went up the Eiffel Tower!!! So excited!! We came out of the train station and there it was, waiting for us!! And suddenly it started glittering and twinkling! I mean, talk about timing!

It got more exciting as we got closer as the scale of the thing really started to sink in. Having never been that close to it before I was literally skipping with excitement!! Two lifts later and we were nearly at the very top!!

And then up one short flight of stairs....we were outside in the frrrreeeezzzzing cold, on the TOP of the Eiffel Tower!!! Magic!

It was great to be able to pick out some really famous buildings in the view, like the Notre Dame, The Palace of Versailles, The French version of the London Eye, the Arc de Triomphe...

All too soon we had to come down again but it is one thing to tick off my bucket list...and possibly to do again!!

The next few days were taken up with going to a giant fabric trade fair and souvenir shopping- I must show you my new pictures sometime!!
Our hotel (Best Western) was really lovely and friendly. The breakfasts were AMAZING!! Endless amounts of croissants, pan au chocolates, scrambled egg & sausages, cereal, yoghurt, toast, ham & cheese....and the most beautiful hot chocolate EvEr!!! Oh just thinking about it makes my tummy rumble- do you think they would deliver to Leicester if I rang their room service?
We had a very funny painting in our room- and it turned out there were similar paintings of the same type of women doing different activities in many of the other rooms.

On the last day we were wandering around doing a bit of shopping and sampling french cuisine- namely macaroons!! They were delicious!

I bought a giant one for the journey home and ate it whilst on the Eurostar. A fab end to a fab few days!!

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