Our last travel day by train today, finally we leave the trains behind us, no more stupid seat reservations, no more sorry but the train is full. However, in saying so, the train system in Europe is just amazing, it makes it so easy to get from place to place, with the one or two delays we have had along the way, most of the time they are on time, comfortable, and it’s a great way to see Europe, with some amazing views from some destinations. The views we have had when leaving Switzerland, Chamonix, Cologne… picturesque mountains covered in snow to small little German villages on the water. Another thing that would not be missed is getting on the train and searching for a spot to put that suitcase!!!! I will not miss that!!!!
Our last train trip wasn’t long, only being around two hours at most, it was a morning train departing at ten sixteen, arriving at one of Paris’ many train stations. We walked to the train station from our hotel, we already had reserved our tickets yesterday making it easy to just find the platform and jump on board. We arrived in Paris around twelve o’clock and caught a cab to our hotel. We had our first taste of the Parisian rudeness with our taxi driver, who in the end turned out to be friendly when he got his money.
He dropped us off on the street our hotel was on but in the wrong spot, we asked a hotel where it was and found it with no trouble. The hotel we stayed at was called the Prince Regent Spa & Hotel; it was near the Notre-Dame area, close to the metro station Odeon. The hotel offered apartment styled rooms, with a kitchenette, T.V and modern style. We had booked for the nicer room but for the first night had to sleep in a different room as the nicer room wasn’t unavailable but only for the first night. We got to our room and it was very nice, very modern, not huge but comfortable, it was only for one night anyways. They explained to us that if you would want to use the pool which they kept to referring to as a spa, don’t know why as it was just a small pool, you will need to book it in advance as it is a small area and they can’t have many people down there at once, this provided to be very annoying later on.
We got settled into our room, jumped on the Internet to organize our stay in Paris, the map for Paris compared to the places we visited was ridiculous, it is just such a massive place and so many things to see. We sorted out everything that we wanted to see, the usual sights, other things suggested on trip advisor, scanning through other websites and their suggestions and all the passes available. The Paris Pass, offering free entry into museums and sights as well as public transport, and a museum pass, offering free entry and discounted entry to museums in Paris were two passes we looked into. By the time you sort out if the pass saves you money and if you actually want to see the things that the pass gives you free entry to, it was around three in the afternoon. We decided the Paris pass wasn’t worth it and we’d lose out, whereas if we had two huge days of sightseeing…then the Museum pass would save us 30 euros or so.
With our sightseeing organized, we headed out to buy some groceries for the room. We also found advertised on the Disneyland brochure supplied by the hotel, that if you buy the Disneyland ticket through the hotel it is a cheaper rate. So we asked about it on our way out, and the receptionist suggested that we visit a store called ‘fnac’ on the main street as they sell Disneyland tickets at a better price. We got our directions and set out to get the tickets first and then get some food from the supermarket, we got so lost, we didn’t bring a map and thought we could just wing it, we went every way possible, and eventually found it by asking a random lady in a chocolate shop. We got our tickets from fnac which turned out to be a huge electronics store that also had a ticket stand for shows and events including Disneyland tickets. We then got groceries and headed back to the room to make some dinner, we bought some pasta and stir through sauce which was easy and cheap.
We have a big day tomorrow, seeing Paris, we are not one hundred percent sure on what we will be seeing or doing, but we have our days pretty much mapped out with what we should do on each day, we think we will go to the Eiffel tower tomorrow as well as doing other things around that area. Looking forward to seeing it all, as it is such a beautiful city, one of the cities that just lives up to its reputation. Planning to have an early night so we have lots of energy for tomorrow.
No photos for this day!