Saturday, 16 June 2012

4 Days 3 Nights in Paris

Hello travellers! 

How's your recent vacation? Having so much fun that you couldn't get enough out of it? I definitely understand the feelings *nods* Anyway, it was in 2008 when I first made my move to stepping into the French land. It was summer in Europe and we're all on summer holidays. University closed the doors for formal lectures, thus we let them shut until the right time came - well, there's no effort made for extra English classes or signing up in Foreign Language classes. 2 weeks before the trip, a friend of mine booked the train tickets from London to Paris. Just 2 weeks to go, but we managed to get the best fare for the Eurostar! £49/person for return journey was much more than worthy, aiye? Why go by train? Because it's much easier and you can avoid all the fussiness of checking in at the airport. The Eurostar took approximately 2 hours plus to reach Paris. Oh, did I mention we took the earliest train (around 5.30 am)  from King's Cross Station? :D 

Day 1: Paris City
the Arc-brothers; Grande Arche de la Defense, Arc de Triomphe, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
We decided to visit most of the tourist attractions in Paris on the first day. It's going to be tiring, thus having an early breakfast was a must. Writing every single thing happened won't help, I guess. Thus, here's the list of places we managed to cover, spending the day in Paris;
  • Grande Arche de La Defense
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs Elysees
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  • Musee de Louvre
  • Notre-Dame
Meals? Well, we ate as we took the break. Walking down on Champs Elysees reminded me of Oxford Street in London. They are both crowded shopping streets with crazy shoppers running for designer brands. 
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in Paris and Notre-Dame 
Great Mosque of Paris
Considering it was summer and daylight much longer, all three of us decided to perform the jamak prayer in Asar time (combining Zuhr and Asar together). Therefore, we paid a visit at Paris Mosque. I must say, the mosque has a very remarkable interior. The beautiful garden landscape at the centre of the mosque adding another value to it.

We chose convenient over rest. *ehem* Our legs were trembling as a result of too much walking. Thank god, we had to board the metro and head to Etap Hotel (the one not far from Disneyland, 45 minutes journey by metro from Paris City), thus we did the 'rest' part in the metro *grin*. The booking was made in advanced. The hotel deals weren't too bad and it was the most affordable hotel that we could get near Disneyland - one metro station to the Disneyland. Plus, the metro station, ain't far from the hotel. 

Day 2: Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Park

Waking up early in the morning did help us in organizing the second day schedule pretty well. We tried to arrive early at the Disney Park as if all 3 of us wanted to be the number 1 who enter the park T_T

The park was totally wonderful! It got all sort of rides according to age ranges, not forgotten the Disney characters! As for the rides, we need to queue before boarding - THAT is for sure. There were thousands of people, so we made our plan clear which ride goes first and which was last. Some selected rides, provided 'fast track' for the visitors. Luckily, we were entitled for it! *woohooo!* Towards the closing, they had this parade in the park where all visitors could see/meet most of the Disney characters. I must say, one day wasn't enough for Disneyland Park. Unfortunately, we couldn't return tomorrow, as we planned to visit Disney Studios. Still, overall, we had fun!! :) 

Day 3: Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney Village

We started the day a lil bit late than yesterday. Must be because of tiredness. Although, we didn't miss any of the show in Disney Park. The shows were spectacular especially the one that Herbie being cut into two parts! It surprised the audiences to see such action and they loved it. "The stuntmen must have practice in a long time for these." That was such thought I had in mind while busy doing the watching and clicking on my camera.

I'm not saying that Disney Studios were no fun. *uh uh* It's just that we ended up finishing early with them. The rest of the day was spent at Disney Village. This is the place where do you the buy-the-souvenirs thingy. You will get more choices here compared to the shops in the parks. It also has cool restaurant for you to dine in.

Day 4: Paris City

Thank god, things went according to plan. Took enough time for packing up and checking out from the hotel. We then, boarded the metro heading to the Eiffel Tower. Of course we didn't miss the symbol of romance in Paris. We had plenty of time for the last day in Paris, so we took a walk around the city and found something different from the first day. Our return journey would only be at 4.30pm. I personally thought that it was such a splendid visit in Paris. I loved the scenery, the air and French people there - many times I heard people saying something like 'French didn't like English people. They didn't even like people speaking English, even though they're not one'. Well, let just say I had not found one like those opinion there. But I would tell you, where I DID met them.

FJ : There's so many photos to share. Thus, I chose to combine them together. They are one of the precious moments in my life. :)

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Declaration: Photos are captured (and owned) by me and AM Basyeer.
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