After a good nights sleep we decided to have breakfast in the hotel and I was excited since I was finally able to try some crumpets. So, what did I think of the crumpets? They are pretty much the same thing as an english muffin so I liked them.
We had to check out early because we had train tickets to Paris but before we headed out we walked around our neighborhood for a bit. We enjoyed walking around and looking at all the beautiful buildings. We ended up getting a tad lost since a lot of the streets don’t really go straight but stop and start at odd parts of the street.
After we were done walking around we went to catch the Underground where we transferred to St. Pancras International Station. As it turns out the Underground is very easy to use especially with the Oyster card we purchased when we first got to London. One thing we noticed on the underground was that its pretty quiet since most people on board are reading. Going on and off the underground was easy with the amount of luggage we took.
I wish we would have had more time to walk around the neighborhood where the station was located at because it looked really nice outside. If you guys didn’t know by now London is hosting the 2012 Olympics and throughout the city you can see signs of it. The station itself is full of shops and restaurants. There is also a place where you can check in your luggage if you don’t want to be lugging it around with you while you wait for your train.
Before leaving on our trip I booked our trip from London to Paris on the Eurostar. The cost of the tickets were very expensive but since we booked early we saved some money on them. The trip from London to Paris was about two hours and fifteen minutes and I used this site to help me find good seats for the train. The trip was great except for the popping I felt in my ears every time we went into a tunnel.
Once we got to Paris things got interesting since we don’t speak French. I read in several forums that you need to beware of pickpockets and we did just that. We were bombarded with people trying to get us to sign things, give them money, or buy things from them. The first thing we had to do was to find change to use the bathrooms since they are not free. Once we used the bathrooms we purchased a day pass for the Metro and we were on our way.
As soon as we got out of the Metro we saw the Eiffel Tower and we knew we were in Paris. We walked a little and we realized that we were going the wrong way. While we were standing around trying to figure out where we were supposed to go a charming little old lady approached us and gave us directions. We found our way to our hotel where we quickly rushed to set our things down and go to visit the Eiffel Tower. The hotel we stayed at while in Paris was the Hotel du Cadran. When we walked into our room it smelled like sweet strawberries. We loved our little boutique hotel.
We couldn’t believe how big and amazing the Eiffel Tower is. I lost count of how many photos I took of the Eiffel Tower but this one is the first of many to come.