My family and I left London’s St. Pancreas International Train Station at around 9:20 in the morning. It was our first time on the Euro Star and we were heading to Paris so naturally I was pretty excited! Our train tickets were 45 pounds for adults and 43 pounds for youth (aged 12 to 25). It was just a short train ride, in less than 3 hours we were in Paris’ Gare Du Nord station. Arriving at around 1 pm, we took another train to Gare De Lyon station.
The trains stations were a lot different from what I was expecting. They kind of reminded me of the New York subways, a bit dirty, sort of smelly and there were a lot of beggars, most of them with young children. We also had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get to Gare de Lyon station, but thankfully someone on YouTube gave an exact directional video! You can watch the video here.
When we arrived to the station, we couldn’t find our apartment! We tried asking some of the locals but they had no idea as well 🙁 Andddd we realize that the place where we were meant to collect the key was so far away. Anywayyy long story short, my dad and I took a taxi to get our apartment key, taxi-ed back and finally found our apartment. Thankfully it was really nice apartment! When we finally settled in it was already the late afternoon so after a long and tiring day we decided to the rest and refuel our energy for the next day.
Up early in the morning, we had a quick breakfast stop at McDonals (I loved the chocolate croissants!) then we were off for our first tour day in Parisss! We decided to use the L’Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off bus. Tickets were €37 (roughly Php 1980) for two consecutive days. We used the Hop-On-Hop-Off buses in London, Paris and Rome and I highly highly recommend them! Yes, they might be slightly more expensive compared to the public buses but they’re so convenient!
Since it was still raining we decided to visit the “indoor places” and praaaay that the sun comes out the next day for our visit to the Eiffel Tower. So for our first stop we head to the Notre Dame Cathedral!
Just stunning isn’t it! I love all the details and the Gothic feel of the Cathedral. As you saw from the previous photo, the entrance line is looooooong. But don’t be discouraged! The line moves fairly quickly. We spent around 30 mins – 1 hour inside the Cathedral.
Beautiful stained glass windows! The twin towers go as high as 69 meters (387 steps). Huge!
Next, we hopped back on our bus and headed to the Louvre! Another place I’ve been dying to go to!
The famous glass Louvre pyramid! Made it! 😛
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
We were so happy to finally be inside. I think we waited 30 to 40 mins outside in the freezing rain. Don’t worry, the wait is definitely worth it. Also I pretty sure the lines would’ve been much longer if it was sunny so that was a plus for us.
If you didn’t know already, the Louvre Museum is the biggest museum in the world. It has over 380,000 pieces! So my advice for you guys is to wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be walking A LOT. But don’t expect to see the whole museum, it’s way to big to see everything in one day. I’m pretty sure we only saw like 1/4 of the museum.
The statue above, the Winged Victory of Samothrace or The Winged Nike is so beautiful. It was one of my favorite pieces of the museum; the sculptor is actually unknown!
This is my favorite gallery that we saw! The ceiling is so beautiful and sort of reminded me of the Sistine Chapel. It held some of the most amazing pieces of jewelry. Wish I could try the blue sapphire crown on! Hahaha.
As I said before, you’ll be doing a lot of walking and thankfully there are a ton of seats all through the museum so don’t fret! We took a few moments to rest our feet and admire some more beautiful ceilings.
See what I mean, stunning ceilings!
The photo below is me in front of another famous painting, The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, which was painted way back in 1563. It’s just across the room from the Mona Lisa.
And finallllyyyyyyyyyy! The most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. It was a lot smaller than I expected actually and there are a ton of people trying to get photos but it was so surreal. After reading and hearing about this painting all these years I’m so happy I got to see this in person!
Of course I was trying to take a selfie with the Mona Lisa and as I was look back at my photos, I found this one (photo below). Hahahaha! I couldn’t help but laugh. I guess this lady really wanted a close up shot of the Mona Lisa. The guard did tell her off a few times, LOL!
Trying to get a nice photo with the Mona Lisa, the struggle is REAL.
Have you guys been to the Louvre Museum or the Notre Dame Cathedral? How was your experience? Share your comments and thoughts below!