Monday, 30th April 2012
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..