A Cheap Getaway to Paris
It was only last minute that we decided to go to Paris. After receiving a random email from Eurostar that they had super-saver packages on London to Paris journeys, we felt that it would be rude not to go! If you keep your eye on Eurostar’s website, they do some great deals. Our trips merely costed £28 each way (total of £116 for two return tickets) which I’m sure you’ll agree is an incredible price (typically the Eurostar could set you back anything between £70-£169). I’ve just had a look on their site and this is what they’ve currently got on offer:
‘Prices for Standard tickets – 2 people £28pp each way, 3 people £27pp each way, 4 to 9 people £25pp each way’
These prices are going on for the rest of this year and in to the new year also – maybe we’ll have to go again!
For those of you that haven’t been on the Eurostar, it’s such a great way to travel. If only this were a way that we could travel to every country – It’s simple, smooth, fast and a really relaxing way to travel. It takes around three hours from Kings Cross St. Pancras to Gard Du Nord – don’t forget your passports – we nearly did!
When we arrived we took the metro to our hotel which is really easy to understand. The good thing about the Paris Metro is that you can buy tickets for a number of days which I believe isn’t yet available on the London Underground. Although this is good, we decided no to do this as we were unsure of how much we were actually going to use it. So we bought a single trip which costs €1.90. A great bonus for any Londoners that are travelling to Paris is that you can use the Citymapper app on your phone as this works in Paris too, making it really simple to get around.
We arrived at Arty Paris Hotel which is a ten minute walk from Porte du Vanyes metro stop (south East of Paris). I’m not quite sure why this hotel has a 7.9 rating on tripadvisor and is listed under ‘boutique art hotels’, as the only ‘arty’ item there was the light box in the reception area! It was clean enough and despite the broken shower, the overwhelming smell of new paint and it being crazy-hot in our room, it was comfy enough for a couple of nights without breaking the bank. The location was also very good, allowing us to get around Paris easily.
We headed to the Eiffel Tower from here which was about a thirty-minute walk. As we were there late in the afternoon, we sat in front of the tower waiting for the sun to set which was beautiful. We wanted to go and stand underneath it but there has been a number of barriers put up around the tower and in order get inside you have to undergo a number of security checks (I’m guessing because of the current terror threat levels etc.) As this created long queues, we decided to continue on our way. Luckily there’s so many different angles of the Tower that you can view it from, so we just walked around it and found some great places to take photos.
The next day we went to Disneyland! So exciting! Tickets for Disneyland are a lot cheaper than one might expect, at £35 – I was under the impression that they were maybe double this! I’ve been to a few before but Louis never has so we thought ‘Whyyyyy not!?’
Originally, we were planning to eat Brunch with the Stars which also costs around £30. If you want to do this, they advise you to call up three days prior to your arrival and book a table. Although we did do this, sadly by the time we called them first thing in the morning, it was fully-booked – boo! My friend recently went to this brunch and said it was so much fun and an easier way of getting all of the characters without having to spend hours queuing to do so.
The park closes at 8pm and then there’s an absolutely incredible light show that follows. This was honestly one of the most impressive things we’re seen so make sure you stay for it if you can! It lasts for about half an hour and is filled with illuminations, music, water and fireworks and is a perfect ending to the day! It’s quite an emotional moment actually, as they run through a series of animations projected on to the castle, including all of your favourite Disney characters and songs.
The Sacre Coeur is situated at the top of quite a significant hill which makes for an amazing viewpoint of Paris. It’s a really nice place to be and is also in an area where you can walk down some really quaint little French streets.
After our time here, we headed to the Moulin Rouge which is worth a visit. Just as you can imagine, the Moulin Rouge is quite a run down part of town with a serious amount of sex shops all boasting of having the best goods in town! There’s something about this place though that feels quite cool. It’s definitely worth coming to see it for yourselves. We’re quite hoping to head back to Paris at some point and check out the famous Moulin Rouge show which by all accounts is very cool!