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The Quigley's Take Paris

Paige Quigley's report of a week's holiday to Palma de Mallorca proved so popular on TopDealsForYou we decided to invite her back to tell us how she enjoyed Paris on a recent visit with her twin sister. Here's her take on Paris and what to see.



The big 21!! As an early 21st birthday present for myself and my twin sister Amy, our parents decided they'd rather get us something we'd remember. So they told us they'd pay for us to have a mini break somewhere, and we could pick where! We frantically got googling city breaks or fun places to go. We've done a fair bit of travelling however one place we'd both never been was Paris. Our mind was set, this was where we wanted to go. The thought of finally visiting this beautiful city got us so excited, we were planning what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go.

Monday 3rd July quickly came along, the day was here!!! I excitedly jumped out of bed at 5am, rearing to go. My stepdad drove down to Canterbury, where we picked up Amy, and then we were on our way to Ebbsfleet, where we would get the international train to the Gare du Nord, Paris. The journey was surprisingly pleasant, only took around 2 hours and there was Wi-Fi on the train - winner! We downloaded a film on Netflix and waited for our arrival. When we arrived, at around 3pm, our hotel was around 300m from the station. So close but we still managed to walk the wrong way haha! We checked into Hotel Avalon Paris, and made our way to room 615. It was the very last room in the hotel, on the top floor! Was a lovely room, and we even had three beds when there was only two of us! We unpacked and went to explore.

When our Mum booked the holiday, she'd also booked us in for a tour round a chocolate factory - Choco-Story - so we decided to do that in the afternoon. It was amazing, gave us an audio tour of the museum, telling us all about the history of chocolate and how it's made. We got to watch one of the workers making chocolate and got to try some too, was delicious. The rest of our day was just spent chilling in the hotel as we were both so tired. We found a nice restaurant close-by to eat in the evening, then headed to sleep.

Eiffel Tower
First full day - We were up and ready to properly explore Paris. After filling ourselves with rolls and doughnuts at breakfast, we took the Metro to Champ de Mars to see the Eiffel Tower. It was so surreal, standing looking up, it was HUGE. Like crazy to look at, and we were going up. We got through security and bought our tickets, It was $12 (I think!) for us to go up which isn't a bad price at all. The queue was fairly long but it was expected, we weren't in any rush. We decided to take the stairs up as the queue for the lift was massive. Walking up the stairs was actually pretty scary, it almost felt as though they were moving as they were next to the lift. But we got to the first floor, then the second. The view was incredible. And I was surprised at the fact there was a café and gift shops on the second floor! For some reason I just didn't expect it, but it was amazing. We decided not to go to the very top, would have been far too scary for me haha! We spent a good few hours up there, before taking the lift back to the ground.


Arc De Triumph
In the afternoon, we took a River Cruise that our Mum had also booked us on - Bateaux Parisiens, situated right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It was around 45 minutes for the boat trip on the river Seine and it showcased some of the beautiful buildings of Paris. We also decided to see the Arc De Triumph after our river cruise, so took the Metro to Champs-Élysées. To the visitor the traffic on the roundabout is crazy. We stood and just watched for a while and it is fascinating to watch! People just don't give way, the amount of horns that were honking! It looks so dangerous! We also had a look around Champs-Élysées as there were so many good shops. We couldn't resist a trip into Sephora and MAC before heading back to the hotel to freshen up, then, found another restaurant to eat in the evening.

Day 2 was chocka! We crammed in so much in one day, but it was well worth it. We decided to go to Notre Dame Cathedral, situated in the Latin Quarter of Saint-Michel. It was incredible. Such amazing architecture. Like most of the attractions in Paris, there was a huge queue to get in, but again, we were in no rush. The inside of the Cathedral was breath taking. It is free to enter but like most religious places, do make sure you have your shoulders covered or you won't be allowed in!


Notre Dame

The Luxembourg gardens were next on our list. I honestly thought they were one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I'd ever visited. Perfect if you want a chilled afternoon.

The Louvre
After we'd relaxed in the Jardin du Luxembourg, we found our way to the Louvre Museum. Again, free to get in because we were under 25 and living in the EU. The Louvre is MASSIVE. Apparently, if you looked at every piece of work in the museum it would take 33 years! We went on a mission to find the Mona Lisa and it took us an age - we literally got lost! There were no signs to begin with but eventually we found it. The crowds surrounding this one single painting on the wall were crazy, but we fought our way to the front! The final part of our day and a place you definitely need to visit in Paris is La Fayette Department store. So many floors, and if you love shopping you'll be in there for hours! On the terrace at the top, it gives you the most insane view of Paris.

Luxembourg Palace


In the evening, back in Barbès-Rochechouart, we found a lovely traditional French restaurant - Restaurant L'Orange Vert, situated on Rue de Maubeuge. We both enjoyed snails for starter, and I had Beef for main and Cheesecake for dessert. We were gutted as they'd sold out of crêpes! Fairly pricey but a wonderful restaurant with delicious food.

On our last full day, we visited the Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre. A truly breath-taking building, inside and out. Much like Notre Dame, free, and very religious so you have to wear appropriate clothing. We paid 6 euros (I think) to go to the top. There were many steps to the dome but most definitely worth climbing! The views were astonishing and we could literally view the whole of Paris. Definitely something every visitor should do. In the afternoon, we visited the Catacombs of Paris. NOW!!!! I WILL WARN YOU. MAKE SURE YOU PRE-BOOK YOUR TICKETS. We knew this was a popular attraction and we were aware there would be a long queue. But try a 4 HOUR QUEUE. Yep. It took us 4 hours to get in. But I tell you, definitely worth THE WAIT. It was spine chilling, underground ossuaries which hold the skeletons of over 6 million Parisians! Absolutely crazy to see, but this was my favourite part of the holiday.

On our final day, we had to check out of the hotel by 12pm, so after breakfast we quickly headed back to Champs Elysee to hit the shops again, as we wanted to go back to Sephora for some bits. We then took our train from the Gare du Nord back to Ebbsfleet! Honestly the absolute best holiday I’ve had – and I can’t wait to go back.

We hope you enjoyed this review. If you want to see what they did, you can check out their Paris vlogs on YouTube

YouTube vlogs:


 

Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reEIeytpmDE&t=338s
Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeRYan6y62g

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