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julieescuyos julieescuyos

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Second stop to our European trip. We only had 3 days to explore the city and just played tourist the whole time. The city was beautiful as expected. I can't wait to go back to explore a different side of France!

 


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Saw the Flaming Lips with my sister at Le Bataclan. It was their 9th show in their tour of their new album. We got tattoos, saw the Eiffel towel, ate delicious vegan food, had to switch hotels because of bed bugs, saw the arc de triomphe, and walked A LOT. 


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Took Ben for his birthday, <3

 


cara.m.coffey cara.m.coffey

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 Sightseeing tour while on holiday to go to Disney land.


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Since I was in school, I had the desire to visit Paris. May be it was mills & boons or the romantic perception of Eiffel tower, the wish never subsided. Desire grew more stronger when I learnt the language French and always wished to speak to French natives in their very own language. After many years, I grabbed the opportunity to visit Paris for 3 months  in March 2018 as I was the only member in my team who could speak French :)  When I landed in Paris, I knew my dream has come true. I could understand all the sign boards, I could talk to the locals in French, Walk in the streets, Enjoy the famous wine and cheese :)  Experienced my first ever snow fall :) Enjoyed the fashion :) Enjoyed the tea infusions , desserts :) 

 

 

 


szasz.iza szasz.iza

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A very good friend of mine made me this surprise and Paris was beyond my expectations. Great experience. 


planguage.language21 planguage.language21

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Paris, France has been a dream of mine for a long time....My brother and his soon to be wife are headed there for a third time. France is on my bucket list all of my life. I studied French in high school, I love the language...so romantic. The French have the best architecture, food and way of living. I just need to experience it......and I will soon! The closest I have been to being there was when I was at the Charles Degaulle Airport in December 2012.  I was stranded there a whole day because I missed my flight to Spain!!!!  At least I have set foot there.....did not see a thing(:

Just arrived a couple of days ago, been riding the Metro and having a ball so far!  France is amazing!!!!

 


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Summer 2013

 


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 My first time in France


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Versailles 

 


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Amazing

lauralea lauralea

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This was #1 on my bucket list for years. I went on a two week trip to Europe with my best friend and had the time of my life. I am dying to go back!!!!


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Bit too many tourists, but a pleasant experience. 


ijustwannalive ijustwannalive

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 I stayed with my cousin for a week, it was tres beu! 


caro.jochems caro.jochems

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 It was a school journey.


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World most romantic city.  


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I have been in Paris 3 times, twice on a tour with art history class and once with a boyfriend, just to climb the Eiffel Tower which i wasn't able to do the other two times i was in Paris :)

Places i have visited: Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Place du Tertre, Sacre Coeur, Centre Pompidou, Chateau de Versailles, Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Pantheon, Opera de Paris Garnier, Dome des Invalides, etc

 


hemi86 hemi86

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Paris is the city of love and fountains. I'll have to add the city of motorcycles and birds! A wonderful city full of art and history. I had an amazing time. My best friend and I made the trip for her 30th birthday.

 


kristyna.cizinska kristyna.cizinska

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 I had the chance to visit this LOVELY city with my friend in October 2015 and absolutely loved it!

Definitely pay a visit to this gorgeousness !!!


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I caught the 6:30 bus from Reading Calcot on 18/07/2014, which was due to arrive in London Victoria at 8:00. However, it arrived about 20 minutes late. I then checked in at Victoria and boarded the 10:00 bus due to arrive in Paris at 18:45. The journey seemed efficient and we went through the Eurotunnel very quickly. When we reached Paris we got stuck in heavy traffic. The coach driver decided to take a detour to drop some passengers off at the airport, which he clearly didn't know his way around, as we circled one terminal several times. It was very convenient for those passengers, but the rest of us arrived at our destination 45 minutes late. I got on line 3 of the metro and went from Gallieni to Europe, which took about 20 minutes. I waited there for about 30 minutes until Maria arrived after finished work.  We then headed to our hotel, Hotel New Orient, which was nearby. We then went out for dinner at a restaurant near the Saint-Lazare train station.

The next day we headed straight to the Eiffel Tower in order to avoid long queues, as advised by Wikitravel (which I have started to use for most of my trips). We paid €4 to climb up the stairs to the second floor, which was pretty exhausting. From there you can't walk, so we paid €6 to take the lift to the top. There is a restaurant on the first floor and a cafe on the second floor, where we got some drinks. At the top there is a bar where you can buy wine and champagne, but a small glass of champagne cost €12, so we decided against that. We were able to take the lifts all the way back down from the second floor free of charge, but I decided to walk. We arrived at 11:00 and left at about 14:00, so we got quite a lot of time enjoying the magnificent views.

Afterwards we ate some street food in Trocadéro. We then walked to the Arc de Triomphe, where we were able to climb to the top. We were able to do this for free because we are both European citizens under the age of 26. From the top there were great views of the streets and shops and we were able to see very far into the distance. I was feeling pretty rough by this time, because I was tired, dehydrated and had forgotten my sunglasses, so we walked down Avenue des Champs-Élysées to get a drink from McDonald's, found me some sunglasses in H&M and buy some posh macaroons from Ladurée. By this time we were exhausted, so we took the metro back to the hotel in time to get ready for the evening at Bateaux Parisiens.

At first I had intended to book a dinner cruise down the river Seine, but later realised I had booked a cruise and then dinner in the restaurant. When I asked to change it, I was asked to pay a cancellation fee on top of the money for the new tickets. For this reason I chose not to change my booking. It was the company's loss because they would have made more of a profit if I had upgraded. I think this was a really easy mistake to make and the website should be altered to avoid such mistakes in the future.

We arrived a little late for the 9pm cruise, so we were advised to have our meal first and take another cruise later. A cruise leaves every 30 minutes and we were told the last one would leave at 11pm. On a Saturday night in July, understandably the restaurant was busy. However, it took an hour for us to be seated. As there were just 2 of us, we clearly wanted a peaceful evening, but unfortunately we were seated next to a hen party, so we could barely hold a conversation. After the long wait, we didn't dare ask to be moved to another table! This definitely wasn't the atmosphere I had hoped for when I booked the cruise and dinner!

We were worried because by this time it was 10pm and we weren't sure that we were even going to make the last cruise. We told a member of staff about our concern, who suggested that we take a cruise tomorrow. However, we were leaving the next day and the concept of having the dinner and cruise on separate days felt disappointing. However, luckily due to the high demand, an extra cruise was organised for 11:30pm. The food was lovely, but we had to rush it in order to get to the cruise on time. The menu was different to the one I had seen online whilst making the booking, although this worked in my favour because I am vegetarian and there were more options for me. Being given a whole bottle of wine instead of half made it a lot more bearable. All the other cruises looked really crowded and cramped, but the 11:30pm cruise had a lot less people, so that was one good outcome of the stressful situation. If you are looking for a peaceful or romantic cruise, I would recommend booking this when it isn't a busy time (in the late evening is good, and then you also get to see the lights at night), or choosing a different cruise.

On Sunday we got up slightly later, checked out of the hotel and headed to the Louvre museum with the intention of seeing the Mona Lisa. However, the queue was huge and we had others plans we also wanted to fit in to the day, so we decided against it. We navigated our way to Notre Dame Cathedral and got in for free. It wasn't the most impressive cathedral I've seen, but it's near the top of the list!

We then found Rue Rambuteau, a street with many posh bakeries and shops that Maria wanted to see. By this time we became pretty tired again, because our bodies were still aching from the day before. We had a look round some shops before heading to Pont des Arts, the bridge where lovers attach locks and throw the keys into the river. I read beforehand that some parts of the fence had collapsed due to the weight of the locks and there were several new sections when I saw it! Finally, we enjoyed a walk along the river Seine, went to see the Moulin Rouge and ate dinner in a restaurant nearby before parting ways at Saint-Lazare metro station.

I returned from Paris at 23:30 on 20/07/2014 and was due to arrive in London Victoria at 7:00. I was planning to sleep for most of the journey, but was woken up at 1:30 when we stopped at the services, 3:00 to go through UK border control (which took an hour), 5:00 to board the ferry (after queuing for an hour) and at 7:00 to get back off the ferry. Obviously I didn't get much sleep. Due to the holdup at border control and waiting for the ferry, I arrived at London Victoria at 9:00, 2 hours later than anticipated and I had missed my 8:00 bus to Reading Calcot.

Surprisingly, after being awake for most of the past 24 hours, I didn't fancy waiting until 13:00 for the next direct bus to Reading. Instead, I was put on the 10:00 bus to Heathrow Airport, where I changed at 11:10 to the bus to Reading Calcot (both of which I had to force myself to stay awake on in order to avoid missing my stop). I finally arrived at my destination at 11:45; 13 hours after departure and 2 hours later than I had expected.

The buses that I went on for the short journeys were actually much more spacious and comfier than the ones I went on for the long journeys. Although the shorter journeys were on National Express and not Eurolines, I still think more comfort should be provided for longer journeys. I also think more comfortable buses should be provided for journeys during the night. Furthermore, returning on the ferry didn't make much sense to me, as the Eurotunnel seemed much more efficient, faster and allows the passengers to stay on the bus and sleep.


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