Off I go for my birthday trip to Europe! Took a red eye flight at 11.55pm on Thursday and reach Paris at 10.30am on Friday, I love how we cheat on time every time we flew to the other side of the world.
We paid Eur10 each to take the airport transfer train all the way from CDG airport to Denfret-Rochereau and changed to the metro in Paris city and reach our hotel located just beside Dupleix station!
Grand Mercure Eiffel Tower hotel is a 4star hotel and the usual price was SGD460 per night but being an Accor member, I managed to book at at SGD210 per night when they are having their member’s private sale! I put in my request for a Eiffel Tower view and they actually gave us a room with the view. There’s nothing fanciful about this hotel except for the good location. I’ll stay around Dupleix area for my Paris trip and I love how nice this little neighborhood is.
The best part about Dupleix is that it takes 10 minutes to walk from our hotel to Eiffel Tower. So our first stop has to be a selfie with this wonder of the world. This time round we are not going up to it because we’ve been up there twice. If you want to make a trip up, do book in advance the ticket from their website so that you do not need to be caught & wait in the long Q to get tickets!
The first thing to do when you reach Paris is to shop! We had shopping done in Galeries Lafayette which is a 20 minutes journey away from Dupleix(Change at La-Motte to Opera then 3 stops to Lafayette station). Apart from the shopping there, you have to go to level 2 and try the world number 1 macaroon, Pierre Herme! Once you’ve tried this, there’s no way you’ll pay to eat macaroons in Singapore(except for Patisserie G). We made our way to the first Chanel shop at Rue Cambon too! During Winter, it’s really hard to shop around because the weather makes it too cold to travel from places to places.
Dinner was at Suffren Restaurant(Located 3 minutes walk from La-Motte station, it’s in the lane opposite direction of Macdonalds)! I’ve been to this place 2 years ago and I can never forget how big & fresh their oyster tasted so here I am back here! We had pumpkin soup for a starter and the portion was just nice for the 2 of us! Ordered the oyster platter that I’ve been thinking much about, still as big & fresh as ever. Lastly we ordered a Scallop Risotto to share and surprisingly for a non-scallop eater like me, I love the risotto! The total bill with drinks came up to Eur82 for 2 pax and we walked out with a happy tummy!
Day 2 started at 3am Paris timing for me because my body is still suffering from jet-lag! So I took out the hair straightener and did what I’ll never do in Singapore, straighten my hair & do up some simple hair-do. Jasmine woke up at unearthly 4.30am and she prank me by preparing 2 “birthday gifts” for me! We nua-Ed in our hotel & drank the coffee and Milo that we bought and started our adventure at 8am! I worn 4 layers of clothing hoping it’ll help me to fight the below freezing point temperature in Paris!
We were quite early for Lourve, which opens at 9am so we had Macdonald’s breakfast set which cost Eur2.50 for a bacon & egg mac muffin & a cup of hot/tea or coffee! We headed over to Lourve at 9am and there was already a long Q formed. It took us 15 minutes before we got in which is considered short, if u come during the noon, the Q can take up to an hour or so which can be quite a torture be it in Summer or Winter. Each ticket cost Eur12 while the audio guide cost Eur5. We didn’t get the audio guide because we find it quite useless. It was my second time back in Lourve and I felt a little bored of the place but still, it’s worth a visit for first timer to see the pathetically small Mona Lisa painting, Mummy’s exhibition or Greek art pieces!
After a quick lunch, it was time for our half day Versailles trip. God prepared a surprise for me, Eiffel Tower was seated right behind me while I’m waiting for the coach bus to move on. And I spammed a whole lots of selfie because things like this don’t always happen!
Next up was to Versailles. We booked the ticket and express coach via their website which cost us EUR44. We were quite glad we actually booked the coach because the weather makes it too cold to walk to the train station or anywhere further than the car park. We had to run for then entrance into the palace or from one wing to another at outdoor because the wind blowing plus the below freezing point weather makes us freeze like mad. But still, the palace of the King & Queen of France is so grand & luxury! The gold & Victorian style seen every where, especially the hall of mirror where parties for the royals were hosted, grand beyond description!
Took the bus out and gotten the chance to go into tunnels of Paris and they put warmer in the tunnels! So cool right?
Last night in Paris with Eiffel Tower! I shall see you again in 12 days time before flying back to Singapore!