What can I say? Its Paris!
Paris Travel Blog› entry 31 of 47 › view all entries
July 26th, 2008 – by: xxwishnonstarzz
Didn't have to wake up as early as some of the other trips, but this time we didn't pack until the late, late night before so we barely had any sleep. What do you want from us?! There was a Christian Bale movie marathon on Film4. So after 4.5 hours of sleep we made our way to St. Pancras station and the Eurostar. Everything went smoothly and we were off!
Arrived in Paris, which outside the Eurostar terminal and around our hostel didn't strike me as the romantic city everyone makes it out to be.
After we checked in it was time to head off for a tour of the city, led by a French guide. Made it to a main square that was set up as a huge garden, complete with mini golf! Here everyone had a bit of lunch (David and I packed PB&J, woohoo!) before we actually started out.
The guide managed to bring us to the Latin Quarter where we had an hour to explore (probably because she didn't know where anything was and was sick of trying to pretend... also, her boyfriend showed up and it was make-out time!). David and I walked along to look at the stores, and then up to the Pantheon, a place that houses the crypt of Voltaire.
Now it was time for a cruise on the River Seine. The tour package quoted this as an extra 11euro, so we weren't so sure. But when we got there it was actually 4.50e, and we'd really enjoyed our canal cruise in Amsterdam, so we hoped on. Oh, let me make a note of the fact our tour guide had no idea where this was and when we finally found steps that looked like it led down to the dock she just said goodbye and left. :/ Cruise was a bit boring. Its hard to see things from the river because there are a lot of trees, and someone had the great foresight to design a big row of flowers down the middle of the boat so that if you're on one side you can barely see the other.
Afterwards it was free time. I think most everyone headed back to the hostel to put our stuff in our rooms before going back out into the city. Stopped into a grocery store for some cheap French wine and snacks. David and I went to dinner with some other girls at a kebab/sandwich place near the hostel and then decided to check out some sights.
We found our way to the Eiffel Tower, despite the metro being very confusing and partially closed along our route. By the time we got there, the top level was closed and we decided we'd come Monday morning to avoid the long ques and to be able to go to the very top.
After a late night it was time to go back to the hostel for SLEEP! Unfortunately, the metro closes at 2am and when it says CLOSED it means it. In London, the last train will go all the way to its last stop even after its closed, but in Paris they just kick you off where ever you are. Luckily, we made it pretty far and were able to get back on a bus. Some other BUNACers were not so lucky and there were a lot of cabs that night, haha.
It had been a LOOOONG day and sleep was well appreciated.
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