Surprise Vera; we're going to Paris

Trip Start Dec 29, 2013
Trip End Dec 31, 2013

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, December 30, 2013

Vera and I were in Holland to celebrate New Years with my brother and nephew, and my sister and her family. As we were there a number of days I decided I would surprise Vera and take her to a destination on her bucket list: Paris.

We took the Thalys train ( from Amsterdam to Paris; a 3 hour high speed ride with brief stopovers in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. On arrival in Paris we walked and walked and walked.... and then we walked some more. Considering that we were only there for +/- 36 hours we did manage to see many of the highlights, which included the Notre Dame Cathedral (, the Louvre Museum ( we saw the Mona Lisa ( and the Venus de Milo ( amongst other great art pieces), an evening cruise on the river Seine, the Eiffel Tower (, the Arc de Triomphe (, and the Sacre Couer Basilica (

We stayed at a so called 4-star hotel, Auteuil Tour Eiffel Paris Hotel ( we rather rate a 2-star, but nonetheless for a two night stay it was fine especially when you consider how affordable it was.

Besides the cold and drizzly weather, the incredible high amount of tourists and the very long lines at all the attractions (we waited 4+ hours at the Eiffel Tower - yes we did), we enjoyed our brief stay. Lets see when and where we may end up going next.

Happy New Year everyone. 


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Janine on

Happy 2014. Awesome pictures. Great way to start the year. Paris is on my bucket list too lol. One of these days .... Thank you for sharing.

Jacqueline on

This looks that you had a great time together and seen lots of things in only 36 hrs. Same as the Japanese do, see Europe in 3 days. Happy New Year and all best wishes.

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