If you’re long time readers of this blog, you may remember my post ‘One Night in Paris’. At the time, I thought this was the shortest trip I would ever make to the city of love, but fast forwarding to November 2016, I found myself taking a day trip there. It can be done!
But what can you do in a day? Obviously you’re not going to smash your entire Paris wish list, but if you don’t have the funds for a hotel and live fairly close to London, it is very possible to capture a holiday feeling and still make it home to your own bed on the same night.
- Eurostar – 7:55am from London St.Pancras, arriving at Gare du Nord at 11:15am
- Metro to Trocadéro (EUR 1,90)
Once you make it to Trocadéro, it won’t take you long to find the perfect viewing point for the Eiffel Tower.
The issue with travelling into a new country so quickly is that sometimes you don’t even feel like you’re really there. I think this is why we went to see the Eiffel Tower first… the overwhelming feeling of “THIS IS PARIS, WE ARE IN PARIS” really kicked in.
After my last trip, I would definitely say that unless you’re a first timer in Paris, don’t bother going up the Eiffel Tower. Standing in the hours long queues for tickets, only to be taken up in a lift for a few seconds and look out over the city for a few minutes, does tend to take the romance out of the situation. While some would say the Eiffel Tower is quite an ugly construction, it is so iconic to Paris that you can’t help but find it anything less than stunning. And if it’s views of Paris you’re after, I would recommend climbing the steps of the Sacré Coeur for a much better view point and atmosphere.
We then made our way for lunch at a restaurant called Les Ombres. This restaurant is built in the middle of the garden of the Museum of Quai Branly (which features indigenous art). It’s not something I would have ever found on my own but it had the most INCREDIBLE food and a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower.
The food was expensive, but if you’re only coming for a day (saving on accommodation) and it’s a special occasion, it is well worth a visit. We did spend a long time lunching as this was the main event of our day but after we were finished, we decided to spend the rest of the day walking around some of the other major sights of the city.
Walking proved difficult after such a massive meal, so we decided to hop in a couple of tuk -tuks instead. How much you pay depends on how far you are going, but the drivers are usually open to haggling and we managed to get 6 of us in 2 tuk-tuks for EUR 40 altogether (rather than paying EUR 20 per person). This was really fun because you can sit back and relax with blankets, while the driver cycles you around the city at top speeds, dodging and darting through the traffic. What’s a day trip without the slight risk of potential death?
Our tuk-tuks dropped us off at the Louvre and although we didn’t have time to go in, we were able to see the trademark glass pyramid…
…before walking down through the Tuileries Garden, which was absolutely popping with autumnal vibes.
Walking in a straight line through the garden will lead you to Place de la Concorde (where you can see the Egyptian obelisk from Luxor), the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées.
Unfortunately, our Eurostar back to London was booked fairly early, so after our walk we had just enough time to grab some baguettes and patisserie from a boulangerie near Gare du Nord, before making our way back home.
- Eurostar – 5:13 pm from Gare du Nord, arriving at London St.Pancras at 6:32pm
As I mentioned in my last post, no matter how many times you visit Paris, you can always find something new there. Now that I know that a day trip to Paris is not only possible but very easy, I think I just might make the most of this beautiful city being right on my door step.
Thanks for reading,
~ Plane Emoji