A Day Trip to Paris

I always wanted to say that. Yes, I took a day trip to Paris. I’d been to Paris before, but going just for the day sounded like such a luxury. Of course, it wasn’t from home in the U.S. It was from London where a day trip there is much easier.

We started our day at King’s Cross / St. Pancras station. Yes, the one of Harry Potter fame. No, I didn’t see Platform 9 3/4. I did, however, find what we were looking for – the high speed Eurostar train that would take us to Paris. The first surprise was that border patrol actually does your passport exit stamp for the U.K. and French entry stamp right in the station before boarding the train. While the stamps were a surprise, the need for a passport was not, at least not for us. Apparently, it was for some people, though, as the woman in line next to us failed to bring hers. I’m guessing she never made it on the train. Anyway, we got on the train, enjoyed our slightly upgraded seats so we got a light breakfast, and made the about two hour trip to Paris.

We, of course, had to start our day at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

We, of course, had to start our day at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

We had lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel, a restaurant in the tower with gorgeous views. Of course, as this was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, we also had to toast to them!

We had lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel, a restaurant in the tower with gorgeous views. Of course, as this was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, we also had to toast to them!

Being huge Phantom of the Opera fans, we had to go to Palais Garnier to see it in person.

Being huge Phantom of the Opera fans, we had to go to Palais Garnier (home of the Paris Opera) to see it in person.

The interior of Palais Garnier is as opulent as any palace.

The interior of Palais Garnier is as opulent as any palace.

 

A trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without a visit to Notre Dame.

A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Notre Dame.

 

We also went to the Arc de Triomphe. We climbed and climbed and climbed the spiral staircase to the top. I love watching all the cars go 'round. Don't my parents look cute in front of it?

We also went to the Arc de Triomphe. We climbed and climbed and climbed the spiral staircase to the top. I love watching all the cars go ’round. Don’t my parents look cute in front of it?

 

I had to do a little shopping on Champs Elysees and being the Disney fan that I am, the Disney Store was a definite stop!

I had to do a little shopping on Champs Elysees and being the Disney fan that I am, the Disney Store was a definite stop!

After a long and busy day, we headed to Gare du Nord for our train back to London, but not without a little more adventure. As a convenient place to carry it, my dad had put our Eiffel Tower lunch photo inside his shirt (but outside his undershirt) and forgot all about it. The French security as we were going to the train, however, didn’t. They noticed something under his shirt and, of course, required that he show what it was. They got quite a laugh when they realized dad was trying to “smuggle” a family photo through security. I’m sure they will be telling all the others about the crazy American with the photo under his shirt!

3 thoughts on “A Day Trip to Paris

  1. Diane Hight

    I took the Eurostar in 2007 to Paris also. Stayed longer than a day though because I went back to EuroDisney now known as Disneyland Paris. So different but so similar — was a great experience, but nothing replaces the original. Hope you had a great time in Paris – one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

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