Monday 4 November 2013

Paris, The Euro Star and Tips for a Parisian Weekend Away!

So I finally made it!
 Last weekend I was in Paris, one of the many places I've always wanted to visit.

The view from outside our hotel room (I love this picture so much I'm going to get it printed onto a canvas!)

We booked this long weekend away a few months in advance and took advantage of the Euro Star cheap tickets deals.  Our outward journey cost £34.50, this included one stop off in Kent to collect other passengers.  Our return ticket was £64.50 and stopped off the same as the outward journey in Kent again.  All in all for £99.00 it wasn't bad.  The Euro Star train was clean, things were sign posted really well and St Pancras was a lovely well equipped station to travel from.  

Eurostar is definitely the way to travel to Paris, you don't notice that your moving.  You get to read magazines, watch things on your Ipad and generally relax.  We were so busy chatting we didn't realise we were actually in France!

We decided to book our hotel separately, this was because we wanted to be right in the centre of Paris and choose a hotel that was well equipped with WIFI, and a restaurant.  

We chose the Timhotel Opera Gare Saint Lazare, this worked out for a twin room about £69.00 per night each.  The hotel was lovely, the staff were all very helpful and the room although small was perfectly formed.  You can find the hotel we stayed in Here

The metro pass is the tiny pass at the bottom of this picture, Tim hotel's card - a fab hotel to stay in!, La Petite Rose - a very quaint patisserie near to our hotel, Montparnasse tower - an amazing way to see the city.

The Paris metro was the way to get around!  Upon arriving in Paris Nord we purchased a 3 day metro card for about 22 euros.  This was a total bargain and it even allowed us to use this ticket on the tram to the top of Sacre Coeur which was an added bonus!

The best thing I bought prior to our trip was the Eyewitness Travel Paris pocket guide that I snapped up from Amazon for £3.74 Here although the reviews of this guide mentioned that the maps contained were small this guide proved invaluable.  It was literally the 'go too' for advice on metro stops, planning out our days of sightseeing and it was worth the money times over!  The maps were small but easy to see everything.  If your thinking of going away then this guide is worth purchasing - they do different versions for Rome and other cities too (hopefully our next holiday is to Rome)
The sun came out for us
Until I saw the Eiffel I didn't actually believe we had made it!
Me on the right - with my dear friend Tracey
Me posing LOL!
This photo doesn't do the Eiffel tower justice it's just huge! What a feet of engineering.
Sephora - the mother ship was definitely calling me home!
Look at the size of the place
So there's a brief idea of things to buy before your trip to Paris and an idea on the costs for Eurostar and hotel expenses too.

I will post with more photos of my trip, as well as a haul video of everything I purchased whilst in Paris. (Theres a lot!!)

I have written this post in conjunction with the new Eurostar #WhenInParis campaign, for the chance for me to be featured in their next advertising campaign in December 2013! 

To view other contenders stories on Paris visit - stories.eurostar  

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