We stayed in Paris the week of September 29th-October 5th.
After our brief detour in Lille, we were back in action and on our way to Paris. We arrived at Gare du Nord, which was a quick 15 minute walk to our hostel in the 18eme arrondissement, also known as Montmartre. We checked into our hostel called Le Village and settled in, checking our emails and catching up on some news. George was pretty eager to check out the area, so we walked around taking in the scene at night. Train travel can be quite exhausting, believe it or not, so I wanted to call it a night, but George wanted to stay out a bit longer. So he walked me back, being the gentleman that he is, and went out for a little while longer.
After catching up on some beauty sleep, we started our trip with our fabulous free Sandeman’s tour, which took us around to Pont Neuf, Pont des Beaux Arts, le Musée du Louvre, les Jardins des Tuileries, and to check out the obelisk. Our guide was a bit, how shall I put this, hyperactive and easily distracted, so it made for a long, somewhat less informative tour. After the tour, we set back towards our hostel to get some food at the grocery store so I could cook a delicious homemade meal. We wound up getting pasta, zucchini, tomatoes, chicken and wine. I must admit, I whipped up a pretty damn good meal considering all they had in the hostel was hot plates. After dinner, we went up to the Sacre Cœur, where we were accosted by some men trying to sell us shit. We finally wiggled our way past them and made it all the way up to the top of the hill for some breathtaking views of the city. Plus, it’s free to go inside. Always a fave of mine. After, we headed to the Deux Moulins, which any good Amèlie fan would know about. We took the obligatory photos in front of it and made our descent down the hill to the Moulin Rouge. While I would love to go see the show, I do not feel comfortable shelling out €99 a person to see a dancer take off her clothes. So, sadly standing outside, I was excited to at least see the infamous theatre. We then made our way back to retire in for the night.