On the first night in Paris we arrived relatively late, after driving nearly 4 hours from Gorthleck back to Edinburgh, then catching a 90 minute flight to paris, then an hour on the train to Gare de Lyon. So we were pretty wrecked.
Luckily the B&B was only a 5 minute walk from the train station, and the host Peet was really nice. But as such we don’t really have any photos of the first day.
It was a good thing that we were pretty quiet on the first night, because the second day in Paris was pretty crazy. First we decided to jump on the open top bus again. It had been well worth it in London and Edinburgh to get your bearings, to see some of the nice buildings that you wouldn’t specifically go and see otherwise, and to just get a general feel of the place. The tour bus we used in paris was nowhere near as good however. It wasn’t bad by any stretch, but because the driver was the only person handling tickets (at London and Edinburgh you could buy tickets from a person at the bus stop), the bus often waited for up to 15 minutes at a stop for seemingly no reason. This was pretty annoying to be honest, and detracted quite a lot from the experience.
First view of the Eiffel Tower! Quite a lot of fog/smog early on every day in Paris, but it cleared throughout the day.
The Louvre. Absolutely huge. will say a bit more about it in another post.
Plenty of beautiful bridges over the river Seinne
Arch de Triumph. Champs Elysses would be absolutely insane to drive. 4-5 lanes on the main road, then you get to a roundabout which has no lane markers at all, and 12, yes 12 roads going into the roundabout. Makes Britannia roundabout look like a cakewalk!
We decided to get off the bus and go and see the Eiffel Tower! The nice British guy that took this photo for us certainly did a good job!
With this photo I set up the Tripod really low to the ground, as low as it would go. I really like this one, one of my favourites that I have taken so far on the trip.
The Eiffel tower was incredibly busy, but we decided it was worth it to climb anyway. There are multiple lines at the bottom. The biggest one is for the line that has lifts that go all the way to the top, but if you don’t mind climbing some stairs you can take the stairs to the second floor and then take the lift from there. This is the view from the second floor, so as you can see you are still quite high up.
One thing we didn’t think about was when you got to the second floor, there was a massive line to get to the top. we waited probably an hour in this line on the second floor. I think the people waiting at the bottom for the lifts all the way also had to wait here too, so it definitely makes sense to climb the first part as it is cheaper.
After the long wait we finally made it to the top, and the views were awesome. If you are strapped for time though, i would definitely just pay the €5 to climb to the second floor, the views are still great.
View from the top of the Eiffel Tower!
We then jumped back on the bus and headed around to Notre Dame. Very beautiful church, but I think St Pauls in London is a bit nicer.
The last thing we did for the night was go to the Moulin Rogue!
Honestly this was the biggest letdown of our trip so far. It seemed very “this is what the Americans will like” and all of the people just seemed to be phoning it in. They didn’t seem like they were enjoying what they were doing. The highlights for the night were the little acrobatic shows which were interludes between the dances. There were a couple on roller-skates who were twirling around on a raised platform, until he looked like he buggered his knee, and dropped her! He looked pretty seriously hurt but it was quite funny!