Surprise Vera; we're going to Paris
Trip Start Dec 29, 2013
1Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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We took the Thalys train (https://www.thalys.com/be/en/) 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 (http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English-), the Louvre Museum (http://www.louvre.fr/en we saw the Mona Lisa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa) and the Venus de Milo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_de_Milo) amongst other great art pieces), an evening cruise on the river Seine, the Eiffel Tower (http://tour-eiffel.wapldm.com/), the Arc de Triomphe (http://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/), and the Sacre Couer Basilica (http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/)
We stayed at a so called 4-star hotel, Auteuil Tour Eiffel Paris Hotel (http://www.auteuiltoureiffel.com/en/?)that 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.