Weekend in Paris. P1
Impossible to get tired of Paris. I love this city!
While in Madrid with my friend, Patrizia, we decided to go to Paris for a long weekend. From Thursday until Sunday. I actually wanted to go to Disneyland, but the city was too crowded and I figured the parks will be as well.
As soon as we arrived at the airport, we looked for the train station to go to Luxembourg gate. The closest one to our hotel and the cheapest way to go from the airport (Charles de Gaulle) to the center of the city. €10 one way.
We check in at the hotel, super nice hotel, in the middle of everything and for a great price, plus very friendly and helpful staff. The funny side, even when I know it’s normal to find small rooms/bathrooms, this one was too small. Our room was in the 3rd floor, so we were going to take the elevator and they told us ‘that’s really small’ I just though we’ll be fine. Well, we actually had to go up separately! It was really tiny, me with my backpack and that’s it. Then in the bathroom, once I closed the door, I had to turn around carefully because there was no space between me, my butt and the rest of the bathroom… we had a good laugh with all that. Other than that, Hôtel Cluny Sorbonne is a really great option!
After check-in and before our stroll, we grabbed a crêpe at Latin Quartier for the way to our 1st visit.
Because of the day (Thursday), also because of the nice weather and the time, we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower. It was my friend’s 1st visit. But 1st, I wanted to pass by one of the many bridges that crosses the Seine to see the damage made by all the love locks…. it looks awful 🙁 hope they get better soon.
As usually, we walked a lot. We left Place de la Sorbonne, to go by Louvre, Jardin des Tuleries followed and then crossed the brigde by Grand Palais right in front of Simon Bolivar (first time that I saw him). Although I know the walk could be shorter to the tower, but my friend needed to see lot of things!
I love walking, I think you get to see more of the city plus some good exercise. This time, we were dead when we got to the tower.
Plus, the line to buy the ticket felt endless. I told my friend to be there by sunset, but we saw the sunset before buying the tickets.
Still, it’s always a nice experience to visit the tower. Ok, maybe to be on top of the city and watch it from other perspective. The whole thing about the line and crowded.. Hate it! So, for October 31st and November 1st worst dates to visit. I know there are worst than that, but try to avoid that time.
By night, we just went to have dinner by Saint Germain.
The following day, after breakfast at our hotel, we went to Saint Michel station so we could take the train to Château de Versailles.
Maybe this is my 3rd or 4th time, but love this place. The garden of course is gorgeous! And they keep changing everthing, or adding new areas for a better visit. This time I saw a video showing what area of the palace was built by different kings. And there is a Ladurée :).
We stayed there from 11am maybe until 4pm walking by the gardens and the salons.
A new thing they add in the gardens… I have no idea why because it looks awful! 2 huge mirrors so you can take a panoramic photo through that… I think, and I think it looks terrible! It just doesn’t fit in the area at all! Of course, I took a pic… but still it’s horrible!
Back in Paris, after we had dinner, we met with Paty’s friend and went to ‘my street’ Rue Muffetard. Where I live for 2 months. Love that area! Lots of places to visit for drinks or eat or even shopping.
At Rue Muffetard, we went to a bar to have a beer and from there we went to Le Marais. First we visited a gay club and then a gay bar. We were hanging out with some gay friends. Both places were awesome, great music and beautiful. It was so much fun. But as I always say, come on… That’s why I’m single! 🙂 there were so many handsome guys! We stayed until 3am and stopped the party because we were super tired…
(Come back soon for the part deux!)