It was sad to leave London today after all the fun I had, but I am very excited about being in Paris. I visited Paris for a few weeks almost exactly a year ago, so I have the benefit of knowing my way around a bit. The weather is a bit warmer this time—I’ll get to see a greener side of Paris.
First thing on the agenda today was actually getting to Paris. We took the lightning-fast Eurostar train from London. The St. Pancras Station in Kings Cross was built in a Victorian style and has a very pretty interior. We were all very impressed as we rode the escalator up the the platform. Two hours later we were in right in the middle of Paris and short ride from our hotel!
After getting settled in our rooms we set off for an introduction to Paris. We started with a tour at the famous Fragonard Museum of Perfume and then took a quick walk over to Galeries Lafayette, an unassuming department store with a big surprise inside. Once you walk past the clothes racks and perfume counters you can look up to see some amazing architecture, I think the picture speaks for itself.
Our welcome dinner in Paris was at Gi’Raf, a small brasserie with a really great staff and better food. We were served a delicious beef bourguignon. Knowing how great the food in Paris is, this restaurant did not disappoint.
All of the food gave us enough energy to make it over to Montparnasse Tower. It’s the tallest building in France and has by far the best views of the city. The best part about going to the top of this building versus climbing the Eiffel Tower is that from here, you could actually get a view of the Eiffel Tower! The city was lit up and we had a panoramic view of all of the places we would be visiting over the next two days—for 59 stories up.
We will get up close with the Eiffel Tower and make our way all around the city tomorrow. We will also be exploring the popular artist hangout spot, Montmartre, which is steps from our hotel.