Paris: 6am Wake Up Calls, The Eurostar & A Glimpse At The Eiffel Tower

14 May 2012

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Monday, 30th April 2012

We had a wake up call at 6am today, and waking up that early was not fun. Neither was having no teabags left that contained caffeine, but never mind. The thought of Paris got us through it. We got the subway to St Pancras and just made it in time to catch the Eurostar. Luke misread the paperwork and thought we had to be there 30 minutes before to check in, when actually the gates close thirty minutes before. We were very lucky, as we had only a couple of minutes before that time came around.

The Eurostar was OK, extremely unglamourous and basically just a really old fashioned train. The tunnel itself only took about 20 minutes, and we took the time to pay our council tax whilst travelling. Rock and roll. We got into Paris quite quickly I thought, and got a taxi to the Eiffel Tower, almost dying as we got our first glimpse of crazy parisian driving, which we found hilarious.

The Eiffel Tower is stunning. She is so magnificent and so much better than our boring equivalent, Big Ben. At the same time she is kind of ugly up close, as most metal structures are, but still.. I love it. We sat on the grass in front of the tower for a bit with our cases, then decided to explore and find where we were staying. It didnt take long to find, and was only a 5-10 minute walk from where we were sat. We called our host to see if he was nearby, and when he said he'd be half an hour we found a cafe, where a very rude waiter made someone move so we could sit down.

Luke had a beer while I had 'strawberry' (it tasted more like blackberry) ice cream, and the woman next to us had chips that smelt so good I thought about them all day. We got into the apartment at half 1ish, and got settled in. It is very small - only one room and a bathroom - but aside from the bathroom door not closing, it does the job. It's cosy. Following that we explored the city a little, and got completely lost looking for Montmarte. We gave up in the end and went off to have dinner and play cards..

15 comments:

  1. Well thankfully you did make it on time :) I would love to see the Eiffel Tower but I did get the feeling that it would be like that up close.

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    1. Yeah.. it was weird.. I don't think I've ever looked at anything and thought 'wow, it's beautiful' and 'hmm.. that's kinda ugly' at the same time haha

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  2. I was in paris a few weeks ago too :) your apartment sounds strangely like the one we stayed in! haha. where was it? :) xx

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    1. It was in the swiss village :) Where was yours?

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  3. Beautiful photos! And I want that ice-cream...

    The locks on the bridge are adorable :)

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  4. i'm so jealous! I love Paris, and Montmarte, my favourite place in the city!

    Suzi x

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  5. I love reading about holidays!

    Omg, that ice cream looks crazy good...

    x
    Angie
    sundaybelle.com

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  6. Wonderful images! I'd love to know the story behind the locks : )

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  7. I love Paris, I hope you do find Montmartre as it's definitely worth a visit. Hope you have a lovely time. X

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  8. Those ice creams look amazing! What's the story behind all the locks?!

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    1. I have no idea how it started, but they all have initials and hearts and stuff on them. There were people selling locks and pens so you could add your own, I think it's just another of those romantic Paris things.. couples in love leaving a lasting impression of themselves behind or something :)

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  9. Oh those ice creams look delicious!

    I really want to go to that bridge, it's a custom in a few countries and so romantic and sweet ^_^

    Lisamello xx

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  10. oh wow, that sandwich looks intense!! and the eiffel tower is just perfect!!! hope to see it one day ;)
    xo TJ

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  11. Even having never been to France before, I was more taken in by the ice cream picture than anything else. Such a sad food-driven life I lead. Nice blog!!

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  12. Your ice cream looks really good, considering I came home to a warm and stuffy house. lol Would LOVE to see Paris one day. Actually, would love to just see the UK and Europe in general. :o)

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