Monday, 10 January 2011

Road trip pt. 4 - Paris

Paris is pretty big, did you know that? It took us more than an hour to find our hotel which was in a suburban area of Paris, called Maisons-Laffitte. We arrived late in the afternoon so we took a walk through Maisons-Laffitte and we instantly fell in love with the town. You should see it, it’s wonderful.

The next day we went to Paris. Of course we went to see the Eiffel first but it wasn’t as romantic and lovely as I imagined it would be. When we came there it started to rain and we waited under some trees until it stopped. Then we figured out we should come back some other day when the weather would be nicer because we didn’t want to go to the top in cloudy weather.

Me in front of the Eiffel tower.

We went to see Hôtel des Invalides but on the way there it started to rain and when we got there we were pretty drenched so we decided to go back to the hotel and change our clothes. But we couldn’t find the metro station and in the middle of searching for the damn station it started to rain very heavily. I have never seen it rain so much in my life. When we finally found the metro station we were completely wet, even down to our underwear. You can imagine the pity looks from the people around.

In front of the Hôtel des Invalides (you can see that my hair is wet)

We went back to the hotel and changed our clothes and Mr. Starlight dried his shoes with a hairdryer (yes, he had a lot of water in his shoes). After an hour or two the weather had gotten better and the sun started to shine so we decided to go back and see Arc de Triomphe and walk through the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at La Défense and were totally amazed by La Grande Arche.

Arc de Triomphe 

The view of La Grande Arche from Arc de Triomphe 

Me in front of La Grande Arche

 Me standing in the middle of Avenue des Champs-Élysées looking weird because I saw an Aston Martin (which is my favourite car) standing behind Mr. Starlight

The next day we saw The Panthéon, which is one of my favourite buildings in Paris, it’s beautiful.

Me in front of The Panthéon

We also went to Hôtel des Invalides – this time we weren’t all wet so we spent a wonderful afternoon in one of the most amazing buildings I have ever seen.

Hôtel des Invalides

On the third day we went to the Catacombes de Paris which I regret, because we queued for almost three hours (!!!!) and the catacombs weren’t anything special at all. That’s the only thing I regret about our road trip – seeing the catacombs.

And after the disappointing catacombs we finally went up on the Eiffel tower. It was great! I can’t describe the feeling you have to go up for yourself and experience it.

 Me on the Eiffel tower

The view of Hôtel des Invalides from the Eiffel tower

After an amazing experience on the Eiffel tower we went to the other side of Paris to see Basilique du Sacré-Cœur but some guy in front of the Basilique totally ruined it for us, because he was singing Bob Marley songs and he really really sucked at it.

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur 

I believe that you know from the look on my face what I thought about the singing-guy

The last day (yep it was already time to hit the road again) we went to Versailles

The Versailles gardens

The Versailles


  1. Oh no! So much rain!

    Glad you managed to do so much. Fab Champs Elysee and Sacre Coeur photos. Beautiful.

    I love Paris - hope we get to go back there this year. And that bad Bob Marley isn't there.

  2. You gave me a chuckle with your bad singing description and your photos are fantastic. I really like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, in the evenings there are always someone sitting on the steps playing guitar, and the setting sun would dress everything in a warm glow.

  3. Love the pictures and the comment about the Bob Marley signing guy.

  4. Great pictures! Will probably come back and look at them from time to time.

  5. Amazing pictures....and you look soooo cute....I really really want to go to Paris now...

  6. OoOoOo Versailles so lovely! Oh I just love this trip in pictures, I really do! Jealous again! :)

  7. WOW. lovely photos. and what a great adventure. you look so radiant in most photos except for the one you were so disappointed with the bad bob

  8. LOVELY photos...I was in Paris three years ago and cannot wait to go back. Love reliving it through your adventures!

  9. Haha, I love pity looks from strangers! And you are so lovely in all these photos, how do you do it?

    My sister has been in France and was also unimpressed with the Eiffel tower. Y'all are killing my dreams here :)

  10. I love the photos! Looks like it was a fun trip despite the rain!

  11. You have just saved me a three hour wait! I am supposed to visit Paris in about two weeks to see a friend that I have not seen since 1987, she has invited us to come stay with her & her hubby... how could I say no?! Now I know where not to go AND where to suggest when they say "what would you like to see?" Thank you! ♥

  12. @Baglady - Thanks, the photographer was Mr. Starlight and he's not bad at all :)I hope we'll go back soon too...

    @Shopgirl - Basilique du Sacré-Cœur is magnificent but the singing-guy really ruined everything.

    @Asian Angel - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad that you liked pictures.

    @Barbara - LoL :) I'm glad that you liked pictures.

    @Caterpillar - Thanks. I'm really cute on the picture in front of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, right? :P

    @Doria - Thanks, I'm glad that you like posts about the trip :)

  13. @Maria - Thanks, Mr. Starlight will be happy that you all love his pictures :)

    @Ag - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're welcome to become a follower :)

    @Dani - Thanks! You understood me wrong - I loved the Eiffel tower it was an amazing experience.

    @Nikki - Thanks for stopping by. It was a fun trip indeed.

    @GoofyGirl - I'm glad that I helped you. The Catacombs are not worth waiting for 3 (!!!!!) hours! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in Paris and do write a post about it! :)

  14. Love the photos! So sorry that the Bob Marley guy ruined the Sacre Coeur for you - it is one of my favourite places in Paris.

  15. I love Paris!!

  16. @Louba - Mr. Starlight is glad that you liked the photos. :)

    @Dulci - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're welcome to become a follower. I will pop by and check out your blog today. =)

  17. Hey there...just wanted to tell you that there's an award waiting for u at my blog...Congrats...:)

  18. I love your photo in front of the Eiffel tower!

  19. @Caterpillar - Thank you again!

    @SunnyToast - Thanks :)

  20. Oh my, these photos are great - your post was made even more brilliant by your expressions in the photos! haha - I loved your description of the singer who ruined Bob's songs... my favourite road trip post yet!