As promised, here is an insight into my trip to Paris before Christmas:
I went with four friends, travelling by coach from London (megabus to be precise). It was one of the longest and most uncomfortable journeys of my life. I would sooner drive across America again than do that journey. But, it was incredibly cheap. So, you win some you lose some.
We travelled overnight as to make the best use of our days. This is something that although tiring, I would definitely recommend.
We stayed in an apartment near Nation. It was about £40 each for the week, which was great. It was pretty much just two rooms, but it worked perfectly for us. We spent most of our time outside of the apartment, so why would we need anything fancy? It did have an oven, but I’m ashamed to say we never used it.
When it came to food we ate out every night and then grabbed snacks at lunch. In the morning we went to the local bakery, which is great and cheap. And how the French do it!
We fitted quite a lot in in a few days, and on a budget! We got the metro everywhere/walked (the french metro system is great and again, cheap – in comparison to London, anyway) I think it’s about 13 euros for 10 tickets, which you can use for each singular journey, which can stretch the whole way across the metro pretty much if you want.
On our first day (when we were quite tired after the journey!) we went to the Louvre, had a little walk around that area and got a grip on our surroundings. We nearly lost our friend on the metro that day as well, which was funny as we’re grown adults, but if it was a child would have been scary! Thus, watch out – those doors shut fast, and once they’re shut, they’re shut.
After becoming very tired, very quickly, we had some dinner (I can’t say where in all honesty, I don’t remember! It was in the opera district, that’s all I can say) and then we headed back to our apartment.
The next day we were up bright and early, first going to the Notre Dame cathedral, which is free to enter and was lovely before Christmas. Bear in mind it is a religious place and so should be respected in this way. In all honesty, as someone that isn’t religious, I enjoyed seeing the outside as much as the inside, so if it’s busy, I wouldn’t be overly worried about going inside!
After this we went to the Love Lock Bridge (I’m unsure on it’s actual name, but it’s around the back of the Cathedral). Basically, it’s a bridge where people attach padlocks with their lovers’ name on. You put the padlock on and then throw the key into the River Seine to represent how you’ll be together forever. I don’t have a lover, and neither did most of my friends, so we wrote each others’ names on the lock instead.
If you don’t have a lock, you can buy one from one of the nearby shops.
After this, we got the metro to the eiffel tower – we didn’t go up it, though it is free for under 25’s, instead we went to the Champs-Elysee and visited the Christmas Market before going up the Arc De Triomphe (which again is free to under 25s – you just need to get a ticket from the desk). It was night time by this point and gave us beautiful views. Bear in mind though that you have to walk up a fair amount of steps! It’s worth it though.
It was quite late by this point, so we had some dinner and then made our way back to the apartment.
The next day our group split, with half of us going to visit the sewers, some parisian vintage shops and montmartre, and the other half going to Disneyland Paris. With it being my fifth visit to Paris (twice on homestays, once with my Mum! and once to Disneyland), I decided not to go to Disneyland. It’s quite expensive to go there, though my friends assured me it’s completely worth it and they loved their day (I will note that they’re all 21, so it really is something for all ages!).
The sewers, unfortunately, were closed when we got there, which we were incredibly disappointed about! But I’d go again just to visit them! (and a lot of other things to be fair!) We visited my favourite vintage shop, Vintage Desir, in the Marais. It’s THE cheapest and best place!
After that we went to an erotic museum in Montmartre, which was… Interesting… I’ll leave that up to your imagination!
On our last day we went to the Palace of Versailles which was well worth the journey. Another one that’s free for under 25s! A beautiful place to visit and a lovely way to end the trip.
It was my fifth trip to Paris and I’d happily go again. I can’t say there are many places around the world that are like that, but seriously, it’s great. I definitely am not one to get Paris Syndrome.
If you’ve made it this far through my post, congratulations! Here is a gif of Paris Hilton: http://25.media.tumblr.com/e21fd426d9340e4d318ad2dd1e3e925e/tumblr_mud7wnZJ0N1qd8zg3o1_500.gif
I’ll post my video soon.