As this was my third visit to Paris I had already done most of the big ‘must do’ things so this was more of a relaxing two days strolling around the city.
We made a conscious effort to eat and drink only French food and wine over the weekend which we bought from Patisseries and Boulangeries and local wine shops in the Montmatre area. Paris can be enjoyed on a budget by not falling into tourist trap areas, drinking during happy hours and as we found eating set three course meals. The metro is a simple way to get around and fairly cheap at 1.20 a single journey.
Our hotel was in Montmartre which is a cute area up on the hill in the north of Paris, we were able to walk into the centre in about 45 minutes and then down the River Seine to Notre Dam. I don’t particularly like churches and this one was no exception I’m afraid, we were going to walk up to the top for a view but unfortunately it was closed.
That evening we walked up to the Sacre Couer to get a view at dusk over Paris and to see the wonderful light show the Eiffel tower displays each hour on the hour, absolutely magical.
The next morning we went up the Arc de Triomphe as we wanted a view of Paris with the best thing about Paris in it, the Eiffel tower! For 8 euro you get a fantastic view over the many roads that lead to the Arc de Triomphe and the tower is very close so makes for some great panoramic views.
Although both of us had visited Paris before we had never actually been up the Eiffel tower, I didn’t book as many people had advised me and it didn’t make too much of a difference. We queued for around 20 minutes and were at the top of the tower 10 minutes later so very pleasantly surprised. You are 280m at the summit and the views are wonderful, it’s a very beautiful city and a really enjoyable experience being up there.
Our last day was spent again just walking around, we visited Pere Lachaise to see Jim Morrison and then the Lourve but we didn’t check before going and soon found out it is closed on Tuesdays. This was another very successful trip in a beautiful city, I can’t wait to visit yet again.