So I have finally found some time to do my trip report from my holiday last week. I have just come out of hospital so I have lots of time on my hands to work away on my report. I have become a fan of reading other peoples detailed TR's so I have decided that this time round I will do a detailed TR as opposed to just posting photos!
Myself, my brother Barry, my mother and my boyfriend Jason spent 1 night in Paris and 3 nights in DLP.
On with the show...
Sunday 13th June
Jason, Barry, Mam and I got up at 3 am and we were on the road by 3:30am. We arrived at Dublin Airport at 5am and checked in straight away. The airport was surprisingly packed at that hour! We then went to a cafe and the 3 others had breakfast but I decided to wait until I was on the plane and I had a ham and cheese pannini. The flight was very turbulent and during our decent into Charles de Gaulle out my window I could see La Defense and La Tour Eiffel! As soon as we got to the luggage belt our luggage was waiting for us so we grabbed it and got the RER into Paris.
We arrived at our hotel which was 300 metres from the Arc de Triomphe at 11:30 and waited a while for our rooms to be ready. We all had a snooze until 2pm and then we got the metro to the Latin Quarter for some food. It cost €120 for a 3 course meal for 4 people and 8 drinks. The food was ok. The goat’s cheese salad starter was a letdown. The lettuce had no taste to it at all and we got two measly pieces of goat’s cheese on hard bread. The pizza for main course was nice though, and the carbonara was fantastic. Desert was mixed, the crème caramel was like scrambled egg but the chocolat liegeois was lovely. You can’t really go wrong with chocolat liegeois!
After dinner we walked to Notre Dame. I bought 3 lovely scarves on the way and a little notebook with “Un petit mot de Laura” on each page. Notre Dame was very crowded and the queue to get in was very big so we decided to walk along the Seine. This is one of my favourite things to do. We went into a few pet shops along the Seine and we saw the cutest puppies and kittens but they were all caged up. It seems cruel for a big dog to be put into a space that would be the size of a box for a TV.
We were on our way to La Tour Eiffel. We had tickets for 20:30 to go to the very top. After 2 hours of walking we finally arrived! We got a few cokes and sat under the tower and people watched until 20:30. I was glad we had bought our tickets online in advance as the queue for tickets was extremely long. It was definitely a good idea! At 20:30 we went up the tower. There was no queue for us at all. The view was amazing and it wasn’t cold at all as you would expect. The night was so clear and we could see for miles and miles. When we got back down we walked to Trocadero. Along the way in Jardin du Trocadero there was a giant screen showing the World Cup. There were hundreds of people eating and drinking (and smoking!) while watching the match. The atmosphere was cool but it was getting late and we had had a long day so we decided to head back to our hotel. On the way to the metro Mam bought a handbag and my brother bargained the seller down from €35 to €20. We got the metro Charles de Gaulle Étoile and got a snack in McDonalds on our way to the hotel.