Bonjour! We took a budget flight from Milan to Paris. The airport staff were quite strict – we were only allowed to 1 carry-on bag and those who did not follow the rules were not allowed to check in! After a mad rush to get some chocolates and sweets from the duty-free shop, we boarded the free-seating plane. I sat next to these two huge guys – it was quite a squeeze but I reckoned they must be quite used to it 😛
Our driver in Paris was cool – he talked on the phone for most of our 1 hour journey into Paris city. Was really amazed that he never stopped talking! 😛 By the time we reached Hôtel Louvre Sainte Anne, Day 1 had become Night 1. It was a quaint hotel (the most expensive of our trip) and quite comfortable but we had to lug our luggage up a stairway as our room was like a penthouse with no lift access!
There were many Korean and Japanese restaurants near our hotel and we picked one with the longest queue (soon we realised that there will be long queues at most of the restaurants in the late evening). Amazingly, this is our first asian meal of the trip (if we don’t count the cup noodles we brought from Singapore :P).
We took a walk around our neighbourhood after dinner, stopping by a supermarket before we went back to the hotel to rest for the day. Also went through a frenzy to buy and print tickets to Eiffel Tower! Phew!
We wanted to go to Sacré-Coeur in the morning before Eiffel Tower but the hotel staff suggested that we go shopping instead because all shops will be closed the next day (a sunday, I think). So we changed our plans and decided to walk to Galeries Lafayette and find breakfast on the way (no breakfast provided in this Paris hotel 😦 so the hotels in Italy were much better deals)
Took a metro to Eiffel Tower. Was very excited to see it from the train station and we had to walk really briskly to the twoer because we were running a bit late and we heard you will be barred from entering if you are late!
View from the second level as we waited (again) for the lift to go to the third level. But people were really cool about it – some were having beer and wine while waiting 🙂
We did not have time to shop but we had a very nice dinner. I had goose confit and I like it! 🙂
Spent a cold and damp afternoon and evening in Paris. Glad we had a chance to return later in the trip to see Eiffel, Champs Elysees and Galeries Lafayette in better days 🙂 Stay posted!