It’s amazing. One comfortable train journey from St. Pancras station and you’re in the centre of Paris. So simple and stress-free. No airport hassles, no intrusive safety lectures and no long walks across an airport to a distant gate.
I love the Eurostar.
I hopped on one such train with @FrankDJS yesterday morning and spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the capital, somewhere I hadn’t been as a tourist in well over a decade.
Yes, it was shockingly cold, but walking over 14km will warm you up a little. Rusty French came back to me surprisingly quickly and I even got to use the selfie-stick (don’t laugh) I impulse bought online months ago.
Perfect for when you don’t want to hand over your iPhone 6 plus to a complete stranger to take a photo of you in front of a landmark.
We walked from our hotel in Montmartre, down to L’Arc de Triomphe and most of the way along the Champs Elysses before I felt the need for some coffee.
Last night we had the most delicious Lebanese meal, before chilling out with drinks next to the fire. Only then did I feel like we’d walked such a distance. But it was worth every footstep to experience Paris up close.
Even the Metro. It’s amazing how regular use of the Tube in London can prepare you for rush hour crushes on trains elsewhere.
I’m not ashamed to say that today will be about more landmarks: Eiffel Tower and Pompidou Centre. With more breaks as and when the feet require it.
And even then we’ll have just scratched the surface. More trips to Paris in my future, I’m sure. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to come here as a tourist. And slightly bemused that I know Tokyo better than I do London’s closest capital neighbour.
So happy to hear you lot had a Big Weekend!
I haven’t been to Paris in (ahem) 2 decades!
Have they moved furniture?
It’s just how you left it. And they’re still talking about you…
We had our honeymoon in Paris. Fantastic city!
Strongly recommend the Rodin museum on your next visit.
Yep, really enjoyed it. Just in the door and looking forward to a return visit already.
Lucky you – It’s a gem. Plenty of ‘headline’ tourist attractions, but plenty more to be discovered when you step off the tourist trail just a little. Next time you’re back, check out the full length of Rue Montorgueil, try jogging around Villemin Garden and the canal Saint-Martin, Sunday brunch in Chez Casimir, or lunch at Le Place Royale, Place des Vosges… the list goes on!
Thanks! All added to my to-do list for next time. Personal recommendations are really helpful if you want to do something different.