Well actually it was 11ish hours, but 12 hours sounds better, right?!
Instead of buying my mum another top, necklace, or pair of shoes, I thought I’d treat her to a day in Paris! She’d never been before and I knew she’d love it! I’ve flown in to Paris before but never used the Eurostar, seeing as we were short on time, I thought it would be best to use the Eurostar as you haven’t got to hang around at an airport, you can just get on the train and go!
We left St Pancras station in London on the 7:01 and arrived in Paris Gare Du Nord at 10:17 (2 hr 16 min train +1 hr time difference)
1st stop Eiffel Tower
The metro is super easy to use so we hopped on that and headed to the Trocodero. This is the best Metro stop to get to the Eiffel tower and also the best view (AND the best spot to get those Instagram worthy shots!). From here, you can walk to the bottom of the Eiffel Tower if you want to head up to the top. Book your tickets in advance as the queues for tickets are really long!
2nd stop – Arc De Triomphe/Champs-Elysees
Hop back on the Metro at either the Trocadero or another closer stop. From here, we headed to Kleber, which is a close Metro stop to the Arc De Triompe. We didn’t go in to the Arc, but you can! I have before and you get amazing views of the Champs-Elysees and also the rest of the beautiful Parisian city! We then walked all the way down the Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde. Here you are right in the heart of Paris with so much going on around you!
3rd Stop – Lunch!
If the Champs eylsees is right behind you, we veared off to the left, and wandered around the back streets in search of somewhere to eat as the restaurants on the champs-elysees on the main touristy parts are pricy and not great quality of food, just go for a wander around the back streets and you’ll find somewhere! We ate a restaurant called Le Floretin, which is on Rue-Saint-Florentin. We both had a lasagne (not very parisian I know, but we were really hungry!)
4th Stop – The Lourve
From the restaurant, we walked to the Louve as it is a lovely part of paris and you can see a lot! IT took around 15-20 minutes to walk there. We didn’t go in to the Louve, but I have been in before. If you want to go in and have a good look around, allow quite some time here as it is HUGE! We just had a look from the outside, took some photos of the glass pyramid and off to the next stop!
5th Stop – Notre Dame
We headed to the Notre Dame by foot, it was about a 20 min walk again, it is so pretty here as the cathedral runs right by a canal, we walked by the river and watched the boats go by! Again, we didn’t go in the Notre Dame, just a few photos outside! We stopped at L’Esmeralda for a coffee (6 euros for a coffee!) but it was a really good people watching and a lovely spot in the sunshine!
6th Stop – Montmarte/ Sacre Coeur
From L’Esmerelda, we hopped on the Metro at Cite and got off at Barbès – Rochechouart. When we got off at this metro stop (Barbès – Rochechouar), it instantly had a different feel to the rest of the city. It felt a bit ‘dodgy’ and ‘rough’. Obviously every city has these areas but as a tourist you don’t usually go to them! It was just that the Barbès – Rochechouart metro stop was the closest where we wanted to go. After a couple of minutes walking towards the sacre coeur, we were back in beautiful pretty Parisian streets! The Montmarte area is possibly my favourite area of paris, its right on the top of a hill and has the most spectacular views over the city. The cobbled streets have such a Parisian feel, there are artists painting portraits and so many small coffee shops! We sat and had a Crepe behind the Sacre cour, again, a good people watching spot. You can go in to the Sacre Coeur for free, it is huge and so so beautiful!
We had now ticked everything off our list, our feet were sore and we were ready to come home! We still had an hour or so to kill, so we headed towards Gare Du Nord on foot via Moulin Rouge and had one last wander! The area around Moulin Rouge
Au Revoir Paris!
Our train departed Gare Du Nord at 21:13 and arrived back in London St Pancras at 22:39 (2hr 26 mins -1 hr time difference!)
What a day, we walked just over 16 miles and saw all of the main sights in Paris! My mum had a small rucksack on (luckily with no valubles in it) and as she was putting her ticket throught the metro barrier, someone was extremely close behind her and undid her rucksack, she immediately felt it, but within seconds they had the bag completely open, they didn’t have time to take anything but unfortunately pickpockets in Paris are so rife, so just be extremely cautions. I wore a cross body bag and had my hand on it the whole day.
What I wore in Paris…
If you’re looking to go to Paris for the day, this would be a great route to follow!