Pressed for Time in Paris
Okay, since I am from the states it’s so hard to wrap my mind around the fact I can buy such cheap train tickets, and see the world. So on Wednesday, a group of my friends were talking, and we decided it’s either now or never, let’s buy tickets to Paris.
We purchased our tickets on EuroStar.com they are great at giving you the best possible rate.
Jump forward to the weekend: (we didn’t research for this trip) so bear with me this was a successful day that started off in shambles.
Transportation round 1: First remember to check on transportation to Kings Cross. I recommend going later so you can take the tube or if it saves money to choose the 6 o’clock train, and Uber to Kings Cross, you should do that. Unless you want to be like me, and forget the Highgate tube station opens at 7 am on Sundays. I encourage you to do your research.
Transportation round 2: It’s only a two-hour ride from Kings Cross London to Paris. So sit back, relax, grab yourself a coffee, and a Vogue. Things are about to get real.
Arriving In Paris: JUST DON’T TALK. People were nice until they heard us speak English. Most of the people that we encountered spoke English but would rather you speak French. The train station is a good time to use the restroom (you have to pay), but “water closets” are hard to come by. The restrooms have Red light Green light system here.
Transportation Round 3: First of all make sure you have a map; we thought we had a working GPS but we didn’t. So we just started walking after 20 minutes we decided we should call a Taxi. Taxi’s in Paris are known for taking tourists on long out of the way rides to charge more, so be smart about it. We chose to go with Uber. They found our location and we said Eiffel Tower please. It took us 30 minutes to get there (that ride was12 euros; it would have been a 1-hour walk). In our minds, it was worth it.
Eiffel Tower: We only had one day so we could not justify standing in line for two hours to climb to the top, but oh my is it gorgeous. We took so many pictures and selfies. At one point we were laying on the ground trying to get the best shot. So if you have more time I would recommend going up to the top to see the city, but if you want to save money do what we did. The site is amazing either way.
Lunch: Don’t be the tourist that goes to another country and then only eats at the American style restaurants. Around the Eiffel tower, you will see tons of that style of restaurants. I advise you to go outside of your comfort zone. We went to a French Restaurant across the street and ordered Crepes with Nutella.
Gift shops: They are all over if you walk past one don’t worry there will be another one. This is where we finally bought a map and Postcards.
Arc de Triomphe: This was our next stop it’s just north of the tower and a relatively close walk. We walked there and did some shopping along the way. You can also pay and stand in the queue, but we thought we’d rather just take pictures from below and see more things.
La Seine River: Walk along the river going east and you will end up seeing a lot of the major tourist attractions. We started walking but it was raining and we wanted to get to our next destination faster, so again, we used Uber for 16 euros and we saved 45 minutes.
Le Louvre: This museum can be confusing if you get dropped off in a strange location. There is also a mall attached to it with a good food court we would recommend. Spend the night In the Louvre, also, check out their gift shop. IT’S TO DIE FOR.
Macaroons: Don’t forget to pick yourself up some macaroons from the macaroon shop Maxim’s. Their macaroons are so delicious. I will probably dream about them the rest of my life.
Chocolate: You must pick up chocolate; I don’t care where it’s from as long as it’s Paris chocolate.
Eiffel Tower at Night: It’s a sad thing when you know it’s time to head back to the train, but we set up an Uber to pick us up. As we were standing there waiting when the Eiffel Tower started sparkling. When we got in the Uber, we asked if he would drive us to the Eiffel Tower one last time before dropping us off and he did. It’s a must see at night; it feels like you are in a movie.
Heading home: It’s very easy to get through without a problem. The people working there are either very helpful or coarse. We fast grabbed some Haute Couture magazines and rushed on to the train. Sadly I was so tired when I left the train I left my magazines.
Paris was amazing, but I was happy to make it to bed… exhausting day.
That is how you do Paris in one day on a small budget.
Uber (my share): 16
Fun money: 50
All together Paris was 246. The ticket could have been cheaper, but we waited four days before & it was Mums Day here.