In June, I was invited by my friend; Julia of Humphrey & Grace to spend the day in Paris. Eurostar very, very kindly offered us return Business Class tickets, which came with a menu created by Raymond Blanc.
Ok, the experience came at a cost, a 3.17am wake up time, over an hours drive to Ashford, to catch the 7am to Paris, then returning to Ashford around 9pm getting home at 1030pm. But who needs sleep when there is a day in Paris on offer!
Julia and I had both made lists of places we wanted to see, first stop was the Eiffel Tower, Julia had actually never seen it and I had never seen it from this angle, having been all around the bottom many times and on the one occasion I went I up, I got terrible vertigo and had to come straight back down!
At Gard du Nord we got our day pass for the metro, aside from getting stuck in most of the turnstiles, it makes getting around Paris so easy. Our first metro stop was Trocadero, as we exited the station and rounded the corner, there was the view! Regardless of how you feel about the Eiffel Tower, cliched or over-grammed, I thought it was marvelous. Sometimes it's really joyful to see a sight that is so familiar with your own eyes. I feel that way about Big Ben. There is no shade in this area and it's bright and harsh and the temperature was already soaring plus we had to compete with a lot of couples dressed in their wedding gear having romantic photos taken. We clicked away and headed back to the Metro.
Next stop was Galerie Vivienne, with it's beautiful glass ceiling and array of weathered book stalls. Just before you enter the Galerie you will find the famous windowed facade of books and piggy bottoms. (We walked from station Quatre-Septembre)