On day 9 we woke up early and took a train to the Gare du Nord Station. We were sad to be leaving our beloved Paris but since we plan on going back sometime in the near future we weren’t too concern.
Our last day in Paris we decided to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower but in order to accomplish that we needed to wake up bright and early. Please note that you can schedule a reservation to go to the top but we decided not to since our hotel was about 10 minutes away from it.
We got to the Eiffel Tower about half an hour before it opened and waited in a line along with other’s that were there before us.
Our seventh day in Paris was simply lovely we ate a baguette in front of the Eiffel Tower, we walked around holding hands while taking everything in, we visited the Louvre, we went to the Champs-Élysées, and we saw unbelievable views from the top of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
…To be continued…
After the fantastic day we had in Versailles I ended up waking up with a cold on our sixth day in Paris. If I was at home I probably would have stayed in bed and rested but since we were in Paris I decided to have a fun filled day. We first headed out to les Invalides to see Napoleon’s tomb before going to Disneyland Paris. Our hotel was about a fifteen minutes walk away from les Invalides.
I can’t say I really enjoyed being here since the cold medicine I had purchased hadn’t kick in yet. The tomb was unbelievable and it fits what is said about Napoleon perfectly. We used our Paris Museum Pass to get in.
The hubby is a huge history buff and since we finished looking at the tomb early on we decided to use our museum pass once more and went into the Musée de l’Armée. We saw several war propaganda, weapons, uniforms, videos, and other articles from several wars. I have a lot of photos so let me know if you guys are interested in some.
Once we were done at the museums we took the RER from Paris to Disneyland. Please keep in mind that it costs a tad more than the regular train ticket to get to Disneyland and its about 45 minutes away. The coolest thing that happened on the train was when a gentleman got on with an accordion and began playing traditional French songs. It was simply amazing!
We were not sure if we wanted to visit Disneyland but we figured since we were already there we should check it out. Who am I kidding? You know I love Disney so you bet I was going to go check out Disneyland while I was there. A couple of my friends had visited Disneyland a week before us and they loved it.
I love the Disneyland Hotel in Paris. Doesn’t it look incredible? I wish the one we have here in California would look like the one over there.
With the holidays finally over I’ve decided that its time to finish wrapping up our honeymoon re-caps. This is where we last left off and now without further ado here goes the rest.
On our fifth day we got up bright and early and headed out to the château de Versailles. Since I had done all the planning for our trip the hubby had no idea what to expect. Every time we did something it was very exciting to see his reaction. This is the entrance to Versailles and as you can see there are a lot of tourist making their way there. We took a train from Paris to Versailles and if you ever do the same just keep in mind that it cost more than your regular metro ticket.
At the St. Pancras International Station we purchased a 5 day Paris Museum Pass and we first decided to use it at Versailles. We had to purchase a separate ticket to access the beautiful gardens but it was well worth it. The museum pass is pricey but if you’re anything like us then you’ll use it to its full potential. There are two lines when you get there one is for people who have museum passes and the other one is for everyone else. Once you get into the main area be careful not to be whisked away by all the tourist around you and don’t forget to be vigilant since there are pickpockets everywhere. When you get inside you are able to get an audio tour device in whatever language you speak. Everything works like clockwork and the stream of tourist are encouraged to go through the château first and the gardens last. Since I tend to do things my own way I asked the hubby if he would join me in the gardens first. As we were heading back outside all the employees we encountered kept telling us to go back into the château because they said it would get packed later on during the day. We somehow made our way outside and as we did I just have to say the ambiance became more relaxing.
Nothing else compares to Versailles! We were amazed with all the beauty around us. I loved seeing the gardens first since it felt like we had them all to ourselves.
I took countless photos of the Eiffel Tower from each and every angle that I could possibly take. I simply couldn’t resist taking this photo and yes I know its really corny.
I kept seeing these locks around town and I had no idea what they meant. Once I got home I googled it and found out they were Love Locks. I wish I would have known about the locks I would have taken one to leave there. Next time I go to Europe I’m definitely going to be brining one with me to put there.
After spending a few hours walking around taking photos we headed out back to our hotel but not before stopping at another bakery. I decided to have a yummy eclair this time. The only thing the hubby kept trying was chocolate croissants.
Our first night in Paris we decided to have dinner near our hotel. I couldn’t help myself and I ordered a cheeseburger and fries. We loved that unlike in London ketchup was plentiful.
Since we had purchased an all day pass for the Metro we decided to head out to the Champs-Elysees to see what all the fuss was about. There are so many things to do there and since it was Friday night a lot of the things were open.
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.
On my last honeymoon post I was telling you about some of the planning that I did before our trip which you can read about here. The day we left on our honeymoon the hubby decided to work from home while I finished getting our stuff ready for the trip. As he was hard at work I packed and unpacked our luggage until I got it just right or at least that’s what I thought. I decided long before our trip that I wanted to travel light I mean I seriously didn’t want to be lugging around things from one country to the next, who would do such a thing? We purchased a luggage set a long time ago which included one carryon bag but that type of carryon was not what I had in mind. I wanted something that I could throw on my back and go if need be. I wanted something bigger than a backpack but lighter than a simple carryon. I went to several stores before I settled on the ones I purchased. Once gain my frugality came to play as I was looking for the luggage. I knew I had to buy two and I didn’t want to spend much so I set out to places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, and even Target. I saw different types of luggage but not the ones I envisioned us carrying throughout Europe. The day before we left I finally found something that looked promising and I bought it. I ended up buying our luggage at Burlington Coat Factory and although it was not as dreamy as I hoped it would be it did the job. I ended up paying about $30 for each one.