Eurostar: £69 for a return on New Years Eve!? Why not?
Paris was incredibly enchanting. Described as one of the most visited cities in the world, travellers often flock to the city for world-renowned historical sites, for the food and for the romantic ambience.
|Pont de l’Archevêché (Bridge of love)|
|3 cheese Fondue!|
Despite the splendour and the beauty of the city, the abundance of visitors often creates lengthy queues at the main attractions which can really diminish the atmosphere of any given area. There is no sight more off-putting then hoards of camera-cladding tourists congregating in the same location. We visited the Arc de Triomphe, with the intention of scaling up to see the view of Paris. The queue stretched to over a hundred visitors! My advice for the main tourist attractions is to either:
1) Go very early.
2) See the sight, minus the tourist activity that is bound to it. E.g. I didn’t really see the need to scale the Eiffel Tower, just seeing it from the Tracadero Gardens was a incredible sight in itself.
- Paris is a very walk-able city. I find that you can catch any city at it’s true state by just walking through it.
- Be weary of tourist touts in the Montmartre area and the charity ‘sign my clipboard’ people at main-line railway stations.
- Order tap water instead of soft drinks/alcohol when dining out. A coke can cost up to eight euros in a restaurant!
- Buy metro (underground) tickets in books of 10. This will reduce the cost of a single journey to only €1.30.
- Go for the ‘prix fixe’ menu in a restaurant for a good sample of French cuisine at a cheap price.
- The Eurostar terminal check-in is UPSTAIRS in Gare Du Nord! We missed our eurostar waiting in the main railway station for the departure board to change, and it never did….go upstairs for the waiting room and for the check in.