I will always remember my recent first trip to Paris, the capitol of France, city of lights, history and romance. After arriving from Amsterdam on the fantastic Thalys train we checked into our Paris holiday rental apartment. We prefer this over the very expensive and tiny hotel rooms. We were very fortunate to have found a wonderful website www.apartmentsinparis.com to book our Paris apartment.
It was in a perfect location and this lovely apartment was in our price range and gave us the privacy and space that we enjoy when traveling. We had the opportunity to select an apartment in the neighborhood we wanted. One of the benefits of an apartment over a traditional hotel is the ability to fix some of your own meals and do some laundry as many of the apartments are equipped with washer/dryer.
The following morning we set off on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. This is a great way to get a city overview and then decide how you want to spend your precious time. We saw the Louvre, Champs-elysees, Arc de Triompe, La Bastille, Latin Quarter, amazing gardens and the architecture of its 2000 year history. It now boasts a population of 12 million inhabitants.
The next day we hired a driver who took just the two of us on a full day grand tour of Paris including the Ritz hotel and the bridge where Princess Diana was killed. Next a ride on the Seine River was a delight.
Being really thirsty when we got off, stopped for a drink and lunch at a lovely outdoor restaurant overlooking the river. I ordered a Jack Daniels, which many Parisian bars had and when we got our bill my little shot was $45.00 USD and our hamburger was $25.00.
Learned quickly when in Paris order wine and European treats. One of my favorite highlights was Montmartre, high on a hill with a historic church, unbelievable views and street entertainers and lovely unique eateries. Of course the nightlife was spectacular, restaurants galore and of course the famous great Moulin Rouge entertainment to end a beautiful experience.
Our holiday in Paris was way too short in this unique city of cities, but now off to Prague and Budapest for another view of wonderful Europe.