A Quick Trip to Paris

Paris is one of those places where the world and his wife seem to have visited with their significant other in the past few years, resulting on me missing out due to my apparent lack of allure to the opposite sex.

However, when Ashleigh, Lindsay and I decided to head to Disneyland Paris for Lindsay's 21st/Disney College Programme reunion, we couldn't resist a day to see the sights.

We headed into Paris on the RER for our first stop, the Arc de Triomphe. 


It was so much bigger than I expected!
Standing underneath scared me a little it was so huge. 


After being amazed by the scale of the Arc de Triomphe, we wandered down to the largest structure in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. 



We managed to dodge the hundreds of men trying to sell us Eiffel Tower keyrings and had the obligatory Eiffel Tower photo session. 

Although we were slightly disappointed we couldn't have a baguette fight on the grass a la Mary Kate and Ashley in Passport to Paris.


Next stop was the Louvre. 
One element of Paris I was most impressed with was that if you're under 25 and a citizen of an EU country you can do pretty much anything for free.

Tip: Enter via the Mall (Carrousel du Louvre) rather than the pyramid to save queueing!


The building is amazing, you'd need days to walk around the entire museum. 




Don't forget to look up. The ceilings are even more impressive than some of the paintings.


Of course we gave Mona a visit.


...but I thought this painting opposite was much more impressive. Imagine how long it must have taken!


We had an unsuccessful trip to try and find the Pantheon, which we later discovered had been about 200m away from us as we ate lunch before walking in the wrong direction.

Admitting defeat we headed to our final stop of Notre Dame.

This was 100% my favourite place in Paris that day, maybe due to my childhood love of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I may or may not have got excited and started re-enacting scenes and singing The Bells of Notre Dame as they began to chime...


You could feel such an atmosphere inside. Don't be put off by the long queues, it moves really fast even with people pushing in.


We wearily headed back to our hotel at Val d'Europe, before having a quick look around the Val d'Europe shopping centre. 

I picked up about a years supply of Bioderma, including one of the little baby bottles so I was happy.

The day ended with a trip to Disney Village and a Hawaiian BBQ Earl of Sandwich.


Not a bad way to end a lovely day. 

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