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Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

"La Tour Eiffel" in French

I've never been to Europe. This has long been my dream to step on the land of my dreams. I've only seen Europe in movies and it really made me curious. But the time has come, no more cancellations and whatsoever. 

My husband and I booked our tickets ahead of time so we had a really good deal. We did our itinerary early however we planned to be flexible with our activities. A lot of our plans changed when we got to Europe based on our feels for the day. It was a fun and carefree trip. Let's go!

Friday, October 11
Flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) France.

Airline: Norwegian Air
Promo price: 350 USD (one-way, per person)
Duration: 11 hours
Departing @ 10:15 pm PST (GMT -8)
Arriving next day @ 5:45 pm GMT+1

We were able to snatched a good deal by comparing prices in skyscanner.

Hotel: Ibis Budget Paris Porte De Montmartre (address to follow below)

All hotel accommodations booked with Booking.com from 250-300 USD (3-5 nights). Our hotels were booked at booking dot com, easier to compare prices and always offers cheap prices.


Saturday, October 12
Arrived in Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport, France, Terminal 2E/F.

We had already planned to take the local public transport to our hotel.

From Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord Train Station (City Centre of Paris)

Exchange USD to EUR (“Euro notes” or "euros") from a money changer inside the airport, just enough for the train and bus tickets.  Exchange rates at the airport are terrible, so we saved our main pocket money for later.  We asked for coins since ticket machines only accept coins as per our research, but they also accept credit cards now.

Take the free train ride inside the airport to Terminal 3 for the Metro to the City Centre.

Inside the Metro Station, look for “Billetse Paris” to purchase Paris week passes.  Week passes start on a Monday and end on Sunday.  Since we arrived on a Saturday, there was only 1 day left on the week pass.  Instead, we bought a day pass on the ticket machine, unsure if the single-ride pass would suffice.  On the ticket machine screen, press “Acheter des tickets, coupons,” press the green button, then select English.

Insert train ticket at the entryway and look for signs to TRAIN RER B.

Our exit: Gare du Nord Train Station
Estimated travel time: 25 minutes

From Gare du Nord Train Station to Hotel Ibis.

The station connects to the mall.  Take the escalator down and buy bus tickets at a nearby ticket machine.  Take BUS 302 Tramway toward Cail Demarquay, exiting after 6 stops at Point Marcadet.

Walk towards Rue Ordener and turn left, walking past Rue Emile Duploye, and wait for BUS 60 going to Porte de Montmartre (9 stops).

Walk towards Rue Charles Schmidt, turn left, then make another left on Rue du Dr. Babinski.  You will pass a store named Monoprix and right beside it is Hotel Ibis.

Paris, France Itinerary

October 12–16
4 days in Paris, 1-day METRO ride to Siena, Italy 

Arrive: October 12 @ 5:45 pm  
CDG Airport to Hotel: 1 hour and 30 mins
Check-in: Ibis budget Paris Porte De Montmartre
Address: 45 Rue du Docteur Babinski 18th arr. 75018 Paris France 
5 days, 4 nights: 275 euros (2 pax)

It's a budget hotel so don't expect much. If you can find something closer to your activities then that's a better choice. Book this hotel if you're not that picky about the location and the rooms.

My husband and I along with a close friend of mine made up our travel group for this trip.  We took Uber for all our activities in Paris as it saved us considerable travel time around the city.  Every minute counted!  We divided the cost of each ride between the three of us.

Uber rides: 15-25 euros

Sunday, October 13 

Activities for the day: cooking class, visit Bois de Boulogne (Public Park) and Eiffel Tower at Champ de Mars, have dinner in Rue Cler Market and see the Eiffel tower at night.

9:00 AM Cooking Class
Address: 15 Quai de Dion Bouton, 92800 Puteaux, France
Class fee: 25 euros (found @ Groupon, check sidebar or footer for link)

This class was not what we expected it to be. Our chef didn't know how to speak English, just imagine the numbers of times are hands were up in the air trying to figure out what he's talking about. Make sure to email the seller and ask for an English speaking chef for your cooking class. We still had fun cooking despite the unfortunate circumstances. That's why it’s very important to be with the right set of people when you're traveling as they make everything feels so much fun.

Bois de Boulogne
Address: 75016 Paris, France

We walked to Bois de Boulogne park after the cooking class as it's just a walking distance from the school. It's a nice park if you want to walk around with your dog or have a picnic. There's wasn't much to do there for a tourist so we headed straight to the Eiffel tower.

Eiffel Tower / Champ de Mars Park
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

A lot of people dreamed of going to Paris and most especially seeing the Eiffel tower. I did share those dreams with millions of people, seeing the Eiffel tower was something for me. 

There's so many ways to see the tower, don't just stay in one place. This is at Champ de Mars Park where it's a great place to have a picnic and gaze at the tower. 

We bought a gelato and crepes as we sat down at Champ de Mars Park facing the tower. I've always visioned myself eating French Crepes in Paris. The moment of truth has come, the crepe has truly satisfied my fantasy.

If you go further up the park you see a better view of the tower too. 

As you keep walking you'll find another great spot to see the tower, this time around you'll see gold statues on the side. Too bad all the fountains were off that day it would have made a great shot, it could be due to the weather and it's off season for tourist. I can't imagine the amount of people on summer days, we were already struggling to get good shots.

View from the Seine River. They offer boat tours too if you're the touristy kind of person and does not mind the crowd then better hop on that tour then.

Did you know? It took two years to build the Eiffel Tower back in 1887. 

The tower was built to commemorate the French Revolution. As what I've known the tower is also a Symbol of Love. The romantic feels of the place is overshadowed by the amount of tourist all over the place. Even thou we went there on an off season month the crowd was still overwhelming. Afterwards we walked to Rue Cler Market while enjoying the street signs and the busy streets of Paris. We got lost a few times but as a tourist it just another day of adventure. 

There's always another spot to see the tower in a different way.

I love the street signs if only we knew where we were going. Funny thing is we made a big circle of the whole plaza three times and didn't even noticed it up until we finally got tired of waking.

The city is very pretty it reminds of Quebec, Canada.

One thing I enjoyed most walking around Paris is looking at their windows. This window fever goes on till we get to Italy adding in a Door flu symptoms on the mix too. Look around and appreciate the simple things you see, even it's just windows and doors, ahahaa.

We passed by an antique bazaar along the way.

Rue Cler Market
Address: 24-38 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France

It was dark when we finally found our way to the market but perfect timing for dinner. People bombarded the streets and restaurants. Luckily, we were able to squeeze ourselves and had dinner. 

We ordered the very famous French Escargot made of wild snails cooked in butter, garlic, shallot and parsley. My husband has been dreaming of this moment and I can testify that he loved it. Isn't it true babe?  

Eiffel Tower at Night

We went back to the tower after dinner. The most amazing thing happened as we were right on time when the lights started dancing. In the morning the tower just looked ordinary to me but it comes to life at night. It looked really magical all were missing are fireworks and it feels like Disneyland in Paris.

I stand in awe to see one of the most visited tourist spot in the history of mankind. The lights were perfect and all we needed at that time was a violinist, and I for one can say at that very moment I was in the city of love. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

Do you want more information about our Europe adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Sienna, Italy and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is Walking around Paris, France: check out Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Jazz Music at night.

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