Paris – Day one

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Arc de Triomphe

 

Each one of the kids has a wish for this year off.  One of them is to go to Paris and up the Eiffel Tower.  Sounded reasonable to here we are for half term holidays.

We took the Eurostar from St Pancras.  Wow.  What an easy way to travel and get to the heart of Paris.  Quick, clean, comfortable.  It was so quick, we did the ‘tunnel’ and hadn’t even realised it  I think we were on French soil within 20 minutes of leaving London!    Its worth watching the website for fare deals.  I managed to get the out bound tickets for just £20 per person…making this an affordable trip.

For accommodation, we opted for Air BnB.  Our first time and so far so good.  We have a fantastic apartment in the 8th Arrondissement so close to many things (we walked to Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe tonight!).  The apartment sleeps 6 and perfect for us.  As a family of 5 we tend to find hotel stays cumbersome and not always comfortable.  We knew we wanted some flexibility here.  We have room for all, a nice little kitchen and sitting room where the kids are currently watching a little TV before bed.  All very comfortable and I highly recommend.  Link to our rental is here.

So we navigated the Metro to the apartment, stocked up on a few supplies at the local supermarket and headed out.  As we arrived late afternoon, we haven’t covered a lot of ground but about a 5 minute walk and we hit the Champs Elysee.  We were surrounded by famous monuments and buildings and immediately, the kids eyes lit up in wonder.

We walked the length of the CE and down to the Arc de Triomphe.  Beautiful when all lit up at night.   We got a sneak peak of the Eiffel Tower too which was exciting for one little girl in particular!

We opted to go off the CE for dinner.   We struggled to find a restaurant behind the main road but in the end we did.  Le Marceau it was.  A nice little Brasserie/ Bar and not a bad meal but probably the most expensive omelet they may ever eat 🙂   We tend to stay true to the region/ country and always try something new.  Escargot it was then!  2/3 of the kids tried them and LOVED them!  There was even a lot of a debate as to who was to get the last one!!   This year is about experience and culture…mission accomplished in Paris.  Frogs legs tomorrow!

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