Paris in the Almost Springtime

1st January, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

It was our 35th Wedding Anniversary on May 12th, so my husband tried to organise a surprise trip to Paris (my first trip there) I say tried, as I am the one who usually books the hotel online so I HAD to know!

We flew from Kuala Lumpur on 11th May and landed in Charles de Gaulle Airport, which had a strange fish in water flooring which made it scary to walk on.  It was early morning on the 12th, got a taxi to the hotel, Les Jardins de Montmartre, and the receptionist there very kindly let us check in early.  The rooms were bright and clean.

We then literally walked round the corner and started the steep climb (sometimes with steps) to Montmartre. It was fabulous, the views were stunning even though it rained most of this first day, I didn’t mind, found it quite funny really.  We stopped at an Irish Pub in the Montmartre area and met some really nice friendly tourists and we had a great time eating, drinking and getting to know each other there.

The next day we took a nearby metro train to The Sacre Coeur and spent a good deal of time there before walking along the River Seine.  Have to say, we also added a romantic lock to the famous bridge, which is in danger of collapsing because of the weight of all of the locks!  We later noticed other fences in Paris where people were starting off the same theme (a trend that can also be seen in areas of Liverpool in England).  We saw a reasonably priced hop on, hop off River Cruiser (highly recommended) so we spent a good few hours visiting the many other attractions along The Seine.

On the third day we took the metro down to The Seine again, this time we targeted The Eiffel Tower – brilliant, magnificent and well worth the trip.  Yes it was raining again.  Yes, it was still funny!  We walked all the way up, had a beer and a rest and took loads of photos and then walked back down.  That was tiring but we HAD to do it.  After visiting a few other places, we walked up the Champs-Elysees, the sun finally came out and it was so hot that we actually got sun burnt in MAY!  We ended up at the Arc de Triomphe and there was actually a memorial service going on so we found our way underground to reach it and had grand stand views of all the old soldiers and the band playing.

We LOVED Paris and will definitely go there again!

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