Wednesday, June 14, 2006
June 14th Paris via Eurostar
PARIS.A very nice city with plenty to see Vive la Difference!
Four of us set off to Paris from Ashford via Eurostar at 07.30 and arrived via the tunnel in Paris at about 10.30 (through a time zone)
The normal fare is about£60 but we wangled a 2 for 1 deal
After setting off in the general direction of the Seine ,we used the free,pavement mounted public toilet,and then found a nice cafe.
Contrary to the negative impression created by the media, the French are very courteous and helpful and even helped us (unasked) with directions.
Somehow they could tell we were rosbifs.
The weather was excellent for sightseeing,and superior to south eastern England,where there were thunderstorms.We walked along the Seine by the Louvre and then into the Jardin de Tuileries,where we sat and ate our sandwiches.Along the Champs Elysees to teh Arc de Triomphe.
Paris was a little more busy at this point and we decided that we would ride the Metro back towards the north east.The Metro was clean efficeient and easy to understand,and tickets were cheap.
We found a nice restaurant near Gare du Nord and spent a whole two hours sitting outside watching the world go by and drinking beer or coffee until it was time to go for our train.
A 100% enjoyable day out with only positive things to say about the trip.