I should give you fair warning that there is an overload of photos featuring the Eiffel Tower in this post. It's such a beautiful piece of architecture and is after all, a brilliant back drop for photos. So if pictures bore you, this post probably won't hold your attention.
We arrived in Paris around 9 pm on the Saturday night (after an
annoying amusing trip on the Eurostar - there were two very odd American men sitting behind us) and as we were only staying up the hill from the Trocadero we took a walk down by the river before heading back up the hill to grab a snack before heading back to the hotel for a good night's rest.
One of the best photo's we snapped.
Two fine structures:
I knew the moment I saw this that I would be riding one of the horses before our trip was over:
The next day we we enjoyed a gorgeous breakfast of eggs, croissants, fruit and yogurt (our hotel room was perfect by the way - complete with a jacuzzi corner tub that I would enjoy a soak or two in with a nice glass of French red ) before heading out to enjoy the sunny & warm Parisian day.
Andy thought that he might like to finally go up the Eiffel, however the queues were incredibly long so we plumbed to go up the Arch de Triumph instead. We opted for the stairs and I was thrilled that I made it to the top easily, with barely a missed breath; Andy didn't do too badly himself.
I'm sure any of you who have been to Paris recognise this street:
(although it was way too crowded for my pleasure)
I also never noticed that the ring road around around the Arch had no lanes and its basically a free for all to try and get across (it's crazy!). We actually caught a bus from the Arch up to Montmarte and the driver drove round it. I was mega impressed that he managed to not only manoeuvre through this circus smoothly but did so while taking my money and dispensing a ticket...
We naturally stopped a few times throughout the day to enjoy a cold beverage (not always wine believe it or not) and that evening we dressed up and went to a local cafe for dinner. The food was delicious (I had king prawn risotto and took a photo of it which I've mistakenly deleted) and I loved that Andy drank wine with me.
(Crisp, cold and gorgeous - and definitely NOT Chardonnay as the waiter suggested!)
Of course we headed back to the Trocadero for another photo op...
(Sorry if it's getting monotonous)
Of course I had to do a similar pose to the one I did in 2011 (I'm such a camera-whore I know!)
See... similar shot from November 2011 if you remember...
(It was much warmer in September 2013)
Yup... another one of me:
I hate the barriers they have put up, especially the rubbish that gets thrown behind it. :(
But I love this photo of me and my man
On Sunday we met up with the newlyweds, Dawn & Steve and explored this beautiful graveyard:
And happened to find this grave as well as Oscar Wilde's which Dawn was mega impressed with.
After more than an hour exploring all the wonderful old tombs we made our way across the road for a refreshing drink before heading up to Montmarte for a look round, some lunch and a wander round.
One of the best parts of this trip was sitting outside eating, drinking and chatting with our friends.
The newlyweds on the stairs leading up to Sacre Coeur:
Glad to be reunited with my pal
The market square:
And of course that evening we got dolled up and headed out for more food and drink...
And you guessed it... back up to the Trocadero for another photo op!
We look a bit shiny here..
And of course I did get to ride the carousel.
It was so fun to be spinning around with one of my dearest friends on a late September evening with the Eiffel Tower in sight, as our husbands laughed and took photos.
I honestly never thought that Paris would win my heart like it has.