Europe / Summer 2014 / Paris / Part 7

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After a crappy nights sleep at the Clink Hostel in London, we woke up at around 5:30am to prepare for our tours departure. We panicked for about 20 minutes when we realised our tour name did not match any of the 3 that were all meeting in the hostel reception,  but eventually, we sorted ourselves out. As it turns out we were combined with another group –  who would’ve guessed!? Once all of our luggage was sorted, we made our way onto the tour bus. After about 2 hours of driving we piled onto a cruise ship and departed for France.

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After 90 minutes or so on the boat, we arrived in France. We had a few more hours of driving after that, which I actually enjoyed. It was really nice to see France from another angle, as I had only been in Paris the last time I visited.

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After arriving at our hotel in Paris and freshening up, we headed out for dinner. To no one’s surprise, snails were on the menu and dare I say, I actually kind of enjoyed them this time. How bizarre.

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French Onion Soup 

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Chicken & Vegetables

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Paris

After dinner, we went on a city lights tour in the bus. Paris comes to life at night, it really has to be seen to be believed. None of the photos I took can really give it justice. The air is magic and it’s most definitely still one of my favourite cities.

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Paris

We got dropped off at the Eiffel Tower just before 11pm and were lucky enough to see the tower sparkle, which I didn’t see last time. It was beautiful. The tower lights up every hour after dark and it is a must-see.

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Paris

After a restful nights sleep, we headed out early the next day to enjoy our free day in the city.

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Paris

I really wanted to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower (as I hadn’t last time) so Katie and I, plus our new friends Anisha and Marshall headed over first thing. We actually managed to get in straight away with no line and made it to the stairs in barely any time at all. There was still some congestion up the top though, as once you reach the halfway point you actually have to queue for a lift to the top. Needless to say, we still made good time.

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Top, Fairground; skirt & bag, Sportsgirl; shoes, Jelly Beans

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The view from the top

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Me, Katie, Anisha & Marshall .

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After heading down to the bottom, we indulged in some baguettes for lunch.

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After lunch, we went on the hunt for our canal cruise, which we had purchased tickets for earlier. After walking in the completely wrong direction, we eventually found it!

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It was a beautiful way to see some of the cities highlights and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Nutella Crepes are a necessity when in Europe. Nutella. Necessity.

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After a big day, Anisha, Katie and I spent some time relaxing by these fountains. They were very soothing to watch.

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At around 7pm we met up with the rest of the tour group for a picnic lunch by the Tower, which was surprisingly DELICIOUS.

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We bought ourselves a couple of bottles of French Rosé and sipped it whilst nibbling on macaroons and other delicious things. I sampled the frog legs but was not a fan.

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After dinner, the group decided to play a friendly game of ‘Slaps’, which was pretty cool considering there was about 50 of us. Needless to say, the drinks did not last long!

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We headed out to a cabaret show later that night, which unfortunately I was not allowed to photograph. It was definitely entertaining though and Anisha and I basically giggled our way through the entirety of the show. What can I say, the wine was flowing!

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