Left a few bags with the hotel as we are returning there after our trip to Paris so that makes it a bit easier. Caught the Eurostar around lunchtime, which takes around 2.5 hours to get to Paris. Compared to other international travel it was very quick as they are quite organized. The actual amount of time under the English Channel surprised me as I thought we were just in a normal tunnel but when we reappeared at the surface, all the road signs were in French (a sure give away we were in France). Hopped on a long line for a taxi and made it to our Hotel by 4pm. The hotel itself is OK, we have a family room which is quite spacious but the bonus is that it is only a couple of blocks from the Eiffel Tower. After unpacking our gear we decided to go for a walk and stopped for some dinner at a nearby café. I can’t believe how many eating places there are, but I suppose anywhere there are tourists, there will be places to eat.
The Eiffel Tower was even more spectacular than I remember it, when I saw it 25 years ago. Its sheer size alone when standing next to it is just unbelievable.
We had booked a cruise on the Seine at 8pm so we could see the lights of Paris…and we weren’t disappointed. We went past the Louvre and D’Orsay museums, the island. The architecture is fantastic especially if you think that much of it was here many years before Australia was even founded. The end of the cruise brought us back to the Eiffel Tower and by now it was dark. The Tower was lit as you can see by the picture here but on the hour, fairy lights flash making a great spectacle.