This was the final destination of my birthday trip around Europe. I’d not been to Paris as an adult and barely saw any of it when I’d been through on my way to La Rochelle as a teenager, so I was looking forward to finally seeing such a famous city at the age of 40.
Since Prague the weather had been wonderful and it stayed that way for the two days I was here. I stayed at a hotel by the Gare de L’Est somewhere between budget and mid-range. Perfectly adequate and right next door to a metro stop which was handy.
I was feeling fairly tired after having been to five cities in eight days, so decided to stay near the hotel and have a quiet night on the first night – and recharge my batteries before embarking on a long day of walking around Paris seeing as many sights as possible the next day.
It was a wonderful day – 30 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I saw Notre Dame and had lunch in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. I had an ice cream on the banks of the river and dipped my toes in the Seine. I basked in the sun and listened to the fountains outside the Louvre. I meandered up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. I had a lovely meal outside one of the beautiful cafes that seem to line every side street.
I dragged my tired feet onto the Metro and headed back to the hotel satisfied that Paris is just as beautiful as I’d heard, and even more so in the sun. I slept well that night, and had time for another delicious lunch at a café near the Gare du Nord before catching my Eurostar back to London.