We departed London (previous post here) bright and early on the second train leaving St. Pancras station taking the Eurostar to Paris. If you have not taken the Eurostar to Paris it is a real delight as you are able to travel under the English Channel and see the French countryside. The train ride is approximately two and a half hours long and drops you in the center of Paris.
After checking into our hotel and getting settled we decided to walk the streets. Our hotel was centrally located in the 8th arrondissement just one block away from the Seine River. We were lucky to walk less than 2 minutes to the end of our block and have a full view of the Eiffel Tower.
One of my favorite areas to visit in Paris is the Trocadero overlooking the Eiffel Tower. It is also in this area where you will find several cafes with views of the Eiffel Tower. One of my favorite spots is Cafe du Trocadero. The food is always great and the view of the Eiffel does not disappoint!
This was the first time for my parents to visit Paris, so I booked a city tour and ride up the Eiffel Tower. I had originally booked lunch at the Eiffel tower, but sadly just a few days before our trip, we received a call stating that the restaurant was overbooked. After going to the second level of the Eiffel (there is 3 levels total) and freezing our buns off as it is cold and rainy, we decided that we needed a warm meal! We headed to the Notre Dame area where we enjoyed lunch overlooking the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The following morning we woke up early and headed to Versailles for a guided tour. I was surprised that by 8:45 AM the line to get in was already so long, it was nearly to the golden gates. Luckily, since we were with a tour guide we were able to get right in without having to wait in the long lines.
Each evening, my sister and I would get dressed up and head to a fancy hotel bar for a drink before dinner. I love checking out each hotel and seeing how they differ in decor and service. It was also fun seeing how each hotel decorated for the holiday. One of my favorite hotel bars that you must visit is The Ritz, Hemingway bar.
On our final day, we went to the Louvre to see the famous Mona Lisa painting. We ordered a fast pass online, so getting in was quick and painless. The line getting to the Mona Lisa was another story. The closer you got to the painting, the closer together everyone got. This took invading your space to a new level!
Lastly, we wrapped up our final night of 2017 sailing the Seine River on a dinner cruise. It ended up being a little different then what I had anticipated, but I had to remind myself that I was on the Seine River in Paris! I would not recommend a dinner cruise if you are interested in seeing the fireworks, as most of the ports are further east down the river, not near the city center.