Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Paris Diaries: Day 1

Debenham's Hat / Uniqlo Scarf / J. by Jasper Conran Coat
Ralph Lauren Sunglasses 

Greetings from Paris! I'm currently staying here for a while on holidays and having a wonderful time! We traveled here via the Eurostar from St. Pancras International Station and I couldn't speak more highly about the experience! Everything from start to finish was super easy and the train ride went so quickly and smoothly that we were here before we knew it!


St. Pancras is a beautiful station and so clean. I couldn't get over how nice it was and the shops, restaurants and amenities inside are very amenable to a lovely traveling experience!


My number 1 rule while traveling is that I don't bother with breakfast at home - it's too much to ask unless absolutely necessary. So we of course went early enough to have a lovely breakfast at Costa inside St. Pancras.


Once through security & passport control, I was impressed to find a very large charging bar inside the terminal. How convenient!


Another thing I love about the Eurostar is that you're allowed 2 suitcases and 1 small personal item, but unlike the airlines, weight limits are not at all an issue. You can pack as many shoes as you like! Tres bon!


Another plus - I found Diet Cherry Coke inside the terminal - my favorite!


It's a bit cosy inside the Eurostar, but it's not crowded. We had a lovely journey!


Upon our arrival, we checked into our flat, which is inside a hotel that only has apartments - very convenient for long stays because there's a kitchen so you can make your own meals. We've found that it's been lovely to have our breakfast in every morning and I've made a few dinners so far as well! It's my new favorite way to travel! After we unpacked, we explored the area and stopped for Pizza's at a lovely little cafe - they were so good! I couldn't resist snapping a shot of this adorable convertible mini!


After dinner, we took the Vernacular train up to the Basilica du Sacre Couer, one of my favorite spots in Paris. When I was 17, I traveled the continent with a singing group and we performed here. It was nice to go back and it's just as beautiful as I remembered!


The view is just as spectacular as the church!


Locals and tourists sit outside every night to watch the sunset with a bottle of wine or a beer while children are entertained by puppet shows.


And there's no shortage of performance artists around the heavily populated tourist attraction...


We stuck around the area and found an Irish pub - how funny! Obviously we had to stop for a bit and rest our weary feet. We ended up chatting away with a lovely Australian couple traveling through Europe.


 A view of the beautiful basilica at night...


We finished our first day in Paris very happily watching pre-downloaded episodes of our new favorite show, Damages... It was tres fantastique!

2 comments:

  1. Sounds "lovely." :-) I love Paris! So much to do and see for sure.

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    1. You're so right! We were there for 2 whole weeks and there's still a lot we didn't get to see or do... Next time! x

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