Paris Weekend

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in Paris with Emily.

A two hour journey on the Eurostar saw us arriving on Satuday afternoon. We stayed at the Hotel De L’Arcade. I was very happy with the hotel as it was clean and relatively spacious, and close to the major attractions. The closest landmark was the La Madeleine Church a few hundred yards from the hotel.

That’s the same church in the background in the next picture. We are standing in the Place de la Concord. At this point I was regretting not wearing a beanie – it was freezing!

An advantage to travelling at this time of year is the lack of crowds. Although it was bitterly cold at times. I’m keen on going back in the warmer months.

Sunday was a crisp, cold and bright day. We spent a few hours wandering the Musée d’Orsay which is in a former railway station.

The museum houses some great artwork particularly from the Impressionism era with pieces from Monet, Degas, Renoir etc. My opinion – it was more enjoyable that Louvre which I visited on my first trip to Paris in 2005.

On Monday we visited the Eiffel Tower.

We ended the trip with a bus tour of the city.

Knowing Saturday night (Valentines) would be a busy night for restaurants in Paris, I booked ahead 2 weeks. Unfortunately with only 3 days to go I was notified by the booking agency that the restaurant was full and my earlier confirmation was no longer valid!

After finding another restaurant on the Internet, I decided it safer to personally call the new restaurant to ensure a booking. Of course not speaking French made this a little difficult and I asked my French speaking friend Sarita to double check my booking. The person answering the phone recalled the booking from the “English Speaker” and confirmed he had booked the restaurant for 3 people for 8am (rather than 2 people at 8pm!). Lucky we checked!

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