Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Visiting the Arc De Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower

Day 2 of our trip to Paris consisted of a lot more walking, so once we had some lunch/brunch we headed towards the Arc De Triomphe. It is situated on one of the main roads in Paris and there were a lot of fancy shops on the walk leading to the Arc De Triomphe, one shop in particular caught my attention... the Disney store! I got so excited I had to go inside, as we walked in we were greeted with 'do you want to build a snowman' from frozen I have to admit I was in my element at this point. I was stood with disney music blasting all around me and I was surrounded by a variety of disney items from toys to mugs to cuddly toys, I don't know how I made it out of there without buying one single thing.

                                                                            Mickey at the Disney store

We then left the disney store to carry on our journey to the Arc De Triomphe and once we got up close it truly was majestic! We unfortunately didnt spend too long here though because there were a lot of people asking for money. This was one of the big problems with our trip as it was obvious we were tourists the locals kept targeting us, this did not just happen at this location they were mainly situated in all the tourist areas of Paris and it was pretty scary! one lady even tried to grab hold of my bag asking me for money and because I refused she tried to grab my bag luckily I had left the majority of my money locked in the safe in our hotel room and I had tight hold of my bag so there was no way anyone was getting inside that bad boy!! ahaha.

One of the things I was most excited to see up close was of course the Eiffel Tower. I have been to paris once before and have bee up to the top of the Eiffel Tower so we decided to just go and see it up close rather than going all the way to the top because the queues were ridiculously long and there waiting time was around 3 hours.

This was the end of our adventures for today and we had dinner walked around the city a little more coming across many of the cities palaces before heading back to our hotel to get an early night so we would be able to start our next days adventures bright and early. As I stated in my previous blog post I will be uploading a video of my trip to youtube it can be found here:
The video wont be up till this Friday so keep your eyes peeled, I'll be following up with our last days adventures hopefully tomorrow :)


Monday, 21 July 2014

Celebrating Bastille Day in Paris

Last week I travelled to Paris to spend 4 days in the beautiful city, I flew out on the 14th of July and wasn't heading back home till the 17th of July. So I thought I would write up about some of the things I got up to whilst in the city of love *wiggles eyebrows*.

So the 14th of July was a Monday so I got up very early to head to the airport for my flight, our hotel was nowhere near the airport so we were aware we would need to get a train once we landed and then take a trip on the underground. However once we landed and then took a train from the airport into the centre of paris, we become aware that we would have to get at least 3 different underground trains to get to our hotel so we decided to walk instead... This was not a good idea because it took us around 3 hours before we finally got to our hotel! but we did have a very nice walk through Paris and we seen a lot more of the city than we would have if we had chosen to take the underground.
During our walk to the hotel we stumbled across the 'love lock' bridge, which you may have heard of, you know its the bridge where everyone buys a padlock writes a little love message on there then connects it to the bridge, yeah? Well we found that so called bridge and it was amazing I don't think I've ever seen that many padlocks in my whole life!

Once we arrived at the hotel it was evening time so we decided to freshen up then head out for dinner, we just ended up getting take out because most restaurants and cafes where really busy so I got a yummy cheese burger and fries. As it was the 14th of July this meant it was Bastille day which is like independence day for France as it marks the beginning of the french revolution, this was the reason why everywhere was so busy, we took a walk down to the Eiffel Tower where there was a firework display (best firework display I have ever seen by the way!) It went on for almost an hour finishing with the Eiffel tower lit up and sparkling.

Then this was the end of my first day in paris as I went back to the hotel to get an early night for the following days adventures. I did record some clips while I was in Paris but I'm currently editing that and I'm thinking I might narrate some clips and then just have some funky music in the background :) But if you would like to see that it will be up hopefully sometime this week on and I will write a blog post about day 2 tomorrow :)