Final French Fling
We spend our last days in Europe in the city of Paris.
Winters Chilling Tales # 113
Days 246 – 250
Paris, France was our last destination on the European leg of our around the world holiday. We have actually visited and stayed in France 4 times now and this is our last. We planned to stay out of the city proper and get the girls caught up on their school work then plan our touring days in Paris.
We found our hotel, it was just 18km out of Paris, close to a train station and Charles De Gaul International airport. We only had our little Peugeot for two days and then had to drop it at the airport. So all was looking pretty good for us. Checked in and found that the place is budget long term accommodation for Polish tradesmen and International Uni students. The area is OK, but I would say certainly not the best. The actual room is ok, modern, one bedroom with a double sofa bed in the lounge and a small kitchen.
First thing we realised is the Wifi only worked when you were on the toilet. I found that out not due to my fault finding skills, I like to read the news in the morning. Other than that we figured out we actually have a very thick dividing door between our room and the server so have to go in the hall way for internet access. Not ideal but we handled it.
We make the most of having the car and stock up on supplies from the local grocery store. We have a plan for the girls to smash out as much school work as they can over the next few days prior to us having to return the car and start touring Paris. This actually worked very well for us as it rained heavily for the first two days. We also take advantage of the kitchen and Autumn prepares meals for her tech school work and we eat it. win win.
Before returning the car I had to wash it. It rained all day but the bugs would not fall off themselves. I needed a cleaning clothe and just took off my t-shirt to scrub the bugs that were cooked on in Spain and then threw it out, it had holes in it anyway. The next day we had to return the car and we scheduled this with our first touring day. When we walked to the car on a fresh sunny day, we realised how bad the car wash job was.
Drove straight to the airport and after driving around for ages we finally found the rental return area. The airport is massive. The cars cleanliness did suffice and far better than having to pay an excess cleaning fee. It was a funny farewell to the car. We had travelled over 12000 kilometres in 3 months.
After saying goodbye we were dropped off at the train station in the airport. We caught the train straight to Paris.
Our goal on our first day was to see the most iconic locations. We went to the Notre Dame.
The amount of tourists reminded me of Rome. It was just so busy. We then decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower, just like we walked all over Rome. No way. It is so much bigger and it started to rain so we headed underground for the train and metro. Funny thing was when we got to the Eiffel Tower it stopped raining. Couldn’t believe it we got off the train and it was very damp it must have really smashed down when we were on the train and then the clouds decided to part just as we were under the tower. So we raced out to get some photos from the park. We then came back under the tower as it started to drizzle again had our picnic lunch and then the sun come out again and we went up the other side of the tower at the top of the stairs. It was really nice and got some great shots.
It wasn’t far to walk to the Arch de Triumph but again it started to rain so we went underground again. It was so easy to catch a train or metro, the only thing was that even underground it was a huge walk between stations.
After fighting with people in the middle of the road to get our shots of the Arch we then walked the length of the Champs Elysees. I thought it was all fashion and make-up shops but was surprised to see heaps of car shops. We walked into the first one, a Peugeot shop even had street racer consoles set up so Autumn, Spring and I all had goes around the track.
The next one we walked into was a Mercedes Benz shop. It was fun for the girls because it was jungle themed for the release of the movie ‘Jurassic World‘. The final car shop, Summer had had enough by this time, was a Citroen store with a huge tunnel slide that started on the fourth floor and twirled to the ground floor. Spring was not old enough to ride, you had to be 10, so Autumn paid 1 Euro and said it just made her teeth chatter.
To make it up to Spring we had to endure 30 minutes in the massive Disney store.
We enjoyed the atmosphere of Paris and the shopping street but the girls were not up for walking endlessly to see more massive old buildings. So we jumped on another train and attempted to go to see the Moulin Rouge. Summer was our guide for the day as she had been to Paris before but she got us lost in a dodgy end of town for about an hour. We almost gave up when she noticed that we had gotten off the metro at Porte de Clichy instead of Place de Clichy. When we finally got off the metro we knew we were at the right spot. The atmosphere was buzzing and there were heaps of places to eat.
We stopped into an Irish pub for a beer and watched a live Celtic game. We then had some burgers and walked to the Moulin Rouge to get a night shot. Summer has been into the show but we just couldn’t get tickets and we weren’t even sure children were allowed. They are, but they can pay for their own tickets when they are adults.
Our final day of touring was all about the Louvre. We checked it out the day before and knew we needed an entire day. The best day ever. It rained non stop outside when we were inside and then stopped when we went outside, how good is that?
It is the biggest and best museum we have been to in the World, according to me. I get to say stuff like that now.
After a full day racing to the classic art pieces we were exhausted. The next day we caught our first Uber taxi to the airport.
Next up we board our flight to New York and it will get its own post because it was hilarious.