Tag: Eurostar

France, Part 1 – Paris

Paris Nord

I guess it is finally time for me to write something about my recent trip to France. It wasn’t a long trip. It way way shorter than it supposed to be, but I have really enjoyed it, and I tried to take the most of it. It is not a suprise that many people prefer to travel by trains instead of plains. It is a easy choice, especially when traveling to your destination by train is so convenient. You don’t need to book endless number of airport coach buses. You go straight, from one city center to another. When I was booking Eurostar, back in July, I didn’t even think for a sec to check flight connections between London and Paris. It was a great opportunity for me, to finally experience that travel.

The whole experience of traveling with Eurostar can be described as a one, single word: smooth. Starting from the check-in at St. Pancreas, through boarding, getting off in Paris Nord, it went so smoothly, that I didn’t even realize when the staff member has been announcing our arrival in Paris. And yes, it was my first travel to France. I was about to go to Marseille or Nice last year, when I was planning my 3 weeks trip to Spain and Italy, however, due to expensive flight tickets to France at that time, I have settled for exploring Spain longer. Hotel which we had booked was very close to the main rail station, so even though we have arrived after midnight we didn’t have any problems with finding directions.

Arc de triomphe
Arc de triomphe

Our First day we have started with visiting Arc de triomphe. The view from the top of the Arc is breathtaking, allowing you to see the whole city from every possible angle (highly recommended to visit when the weather is nice, and the sky is clear. It is also good to be a European Union Citizen, and get a free pass there! Next stop was Eiffel Tower – an obvious must see in Paris. From Champs de Mars we have gone to Musée de l’Armé which is situated in a walking distance from musee d’orsay.

First day was definitively A museums Day. After we spend over 2 hours going around in Musee d’Orsay we went to see the Louvre. It was a very exhausting day, however, I was more than happy that I have managed to see so much in so little time. Paris, as a city is so beautiful that even when you get lost for once, and just go any direction you feel like, you will end up admiring gorgeous architecture of the town, while forgetting completely where you were meant to go.  I gotta admit, it happened to me, more than once actually! A Museums day have ended with a brief visit to Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History)

mouline rogue – too bad I didn’t take a picture of the queue

During the evenning time, the only place we have managed to visit was mouline rouge. Mouline rouge was nothing like I have imagined. It is easy to say that the famous theatre is way popular than any other musical theatre in london. We happen to be there, in front of the entrance at the admission time. We spend some time walking around the main street on which the theatre is situated, being amazed by the number of sex-shops which are open till very late, even during week days.

The next day, we have taken a train journey to Versailles, came back later in the afternoon to Paris, to say goodbye to the beautiful city however, I will write more about in the next post… Thanks for reading!

Travel Plans for 2013

Travel Plans for 2013

Looking back at 2012, I must say that my biggest disappointment was that I couldn’t manage to go to Japan as I planned. I have been dreaming of going there for years now, however, so many things got in the way. Finally, I gave up. So, all the plans of doing a road trip across the main islands had to be postponed  to at lest 2015. But life goes on, its almost middle of January 2013, and its time to make some final decisions. And even though I have a very busy year ahead of my, here is my list of places that I am planning to visit (or re-visit) in 2013:

  1. ToruńPoland (mid-February 2013). Going back to my hometown, after 8 months (since my last visit) makes my really exited, especially cause I really miss snow, and proper winter here, in London. Even though I am not planning to go back home for long (approximately 5-7 days only), I will try to take most of this time, and obviously take lots of pictures,
  2. Thailand (summer 2013). As I have mentioned in November, my biggest holiday plan for upcoming summer 2013 is the trip to Thailand  Me and my girlfriend are still considering the best time frame for it, cause we do not want to get caught by the monsoon season. We both know that it will take a lot of planning and organizing  Starting from late February we will focus on making first drafts of day-to-day travel plan, and collecting all of the use full info. But hey, that’s what wordpress.com and all of the travel blogs are for!
  3. Montreal, Canada (late August-early September 2013). Yes, I have never been to north america before, and I am really excited. It wasn’t my idea in the first place to go to Canada for a week, but my girlfriend mentioned Canada as the possible place to finish our studies by pursuing masters degree there. September will be the months that we will decide what to do after all these years in London.

So this is it. These are 3 trips that will definitely happen during 2013. As to our back up plans, we were considering finally taking Eurostar and going to paris for a long-weekend in the spring or late autumn, however, it is a big question mark for now.

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