Another rostered flight for me which was a nice surprise. It had been such a long time since I’d last flown to Paris so I was excited to visit a city I’m so very fond of. Departing Dubai at 8:45am it was 6 hours and 55 minutes over to Charles De Gaulle International Airport.
Landing after lunchtime we checked in and myself and three others took an Uber into the city to the Louvre Museum.
The driver took us on the best route through the city pointing out all the tourist attractions and telling us a bit about them.
But with the traffic, by the time we actually got to the Louvre there was only an hour and twenty minutes before they shut, so we gave it a miss as we didn’t wanna rush around the incredible pieces of art.
So we strolled down through the Tuileries Garden in the direction of the Arc di Triumph.
Taking a little detour we walked along the river where we got that first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in all its glory. Did you know, the tower welcomes almost seven million people a year, making it the most visited paid for monument in the world.
Feeling pretty peckish, we’d already done a lot of walking and had a long day, when we passed a French bistro we decided to call in for something to eat. I opted for French onion soup (when in France) for the first time and it was so delicious!!! I could have eaten it three times over.
It was so nice to be sat on the edge of a quaint street just off the Champs-Élysées taking in the gorgeous summer weather. Summer in Europe is the best and we made the most as we sat chatting away over coffee and good food.
Just a short walk before we reached the Arc di Triumph. We didn’t venture up the top as we actually couldn’t work out how to cross the busy round about, but one of the girls was desperate to get to the Eiffel Tower so after a quick pit stop here we carried on our journey.
It was only a fifteen minute walk away to the tower, I never mind wandering the gorgeous streets of Paris. The architecture is so beautiful and to get lost in Paris is never a bad thing. The Eiffel Tower is always so impressive whenever you see it, and the glorious summers day helped with the picturesque view too!
As the sun began to set we set up camp on the lawns ready for the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower to begin. I wasn’t aware that they didn’t constantly twinkle. I thought this happened always but they only twinkle for five minutes on the hour every hour after sunset til around 1am. So we sat and waited for 50 minutes and I treated myself to a French crepe with Nutella.
Finally the magical moment arrived and it looked so beautiful against the dark nights sky. Totally worth waiting up for it despite all of us being so tired.
Finally we headed back to the hotel where we could have a nice long sleep before our trip back to Dubai. I’d forgotten how much I loved Paris. It’s a beautiful city that has so much to offer, I’m desperate to go and see The Louvre though. Maybe next time if I have better flight times!