July 24, 2010

July 2009 Memories: Exploring Paris

Ladies and gentlemen (ade gentlemen ke bace blog haku?),

Let me show you how to discover Paris in one night and have a blast while doing it!

1) Buy Eurostar package:
    -book MONTHS in advance as the tickets get more expensive when you buy it last minute (style AirAsia
    -book complete package with return tickets (London-Paris-London), hotel stay, and bus tour (this way,
     you'll have easy access to all the main attractions in Paris)
    -book for the earliest train out and latest train in to optimize time
    -if i'm not mistaken, we booked our package 2 months in advance and got a deal for GBP90 per pax.

2) Bring your bestfriend along to enjoy the feeling of bergedix-gedix di Kota Paris.

3) Bring your boyfriend along to get the feeling of beromantik-romantik di Kota Paris.

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First Day 
We made our way to St. Pancras as early as 4.30 in the morning memandangkan keretapi kami dijadualkan bertolak pada 6.55AM. Mengantuknya hanya Tuhan saja yang tau!

 St. Pancras International Train Station

Paris scheduled at 6.55am!

Penat menunggu.

Sesampai nya di Paris Gare du Nord station, haruslah bergambar macam org tak penah jumpe train station kan? 

Hero dan heroin filem berkeretapi.

Muke poyo takleh bla.

Puas bergambar, we made a move to find our Hop On Hop Off Bus station. To our surprise, no signboard was available. Kerja membelek peta pon bermula dan akhirnya jumpa jugak bus station nyer! Weeeeee.. We hopped on the bus to get to our hotel ASAP and check in. Gotta get rid of these bags!

Sempat menggedik time sesat :p

Checking the maps.

We hopped on the bus enjoyed Paris's gorgeous view.

 Walaupun penat kami gagahi jua!

Here are some interesting places we visited:

Magnificent Notre Dame
(wonder if legend of the hunchback is true)

Palais de Justice
(macam mahkamah tinggi kot?)

Because our hotel is nearby Eiffel Tower, we hopped off at Eiffel and decided to look for the hotel on foot. Kononnye boleh la sambil cari hotel sambil jalan2 enjoying the view. It turned out kami sesat. Ugh! After almost one hour of walking, baru lah jumpe hotel itewww.. The hotel is not bad, a bit small though. Yang penting bersih, ada katil and ada toilet. OK la for a one night stay. Sampai hotel mandi jap, rehat jap then terus keluar. No time to waste bebeh! Ohhh, we were starved. Luckily there's a Lebanese restaurant just next to our hotel. Melantak la ape lagi kan?

Even the hotel corridor pon kecik!

Kebuluran tahap takleh kaver!

Found this place on our way jalan-jalan from the hotel. Don't even know what building that is.

Eiffel, finally!

 Dinner time!

Finding halal food is quite hard in Paris. My friend said there's a halal KFC but we can't find it. We ended up choosing a restaurant that doesn't serve pork, as stated in the menu. We just ate fish n' chip, ommelette, and some fries. Sungguh tak kenyang! Cukup alas perut je. We continue sight-seeing that night to Eiffel once more. Man, she was gorgeous at night! i don't think i'll get bored of the sight. Even the very VERY cold weather couldn't turn us down.

 Isn't she gorgeous?

We're finally there!

*Muke control ceria padahal sejuknya Ya Rabbi! Tapi gedik gak nak pakai dress :p*

 And she glows and sparkles when the clock strikes twelve.
The most breath taking view.

 View from the bottom.

 Time to go back. Our very pink limo is waiting. HA HA!

Our first day seems quite short despite arriving early. Ye lah, dah sesat kan.  It doesn't really help when the local people don't really speak English. We continued exploring with the little time we had left on the second day.

To optimize time, we checked out of the hotel early morning and Shaq and i went to Paris Gare du Nord to re-check on the train schedule and put our luggage in the locker while Mr. Chenta went to Eiffel tower to buy the entry tickets (God, you can't believe how crazy long people queue just to get the tickets!). We came back to Eiffel just in time after he obtained the tickets. Hehe.

On our way up.

 View of Paris!

We women on top. Hehe

Home is 10 433km away. 
i got home sick when i saw this. Sobseb!

We then continued our journey to Musee du Louvre, bought some souvenirs, stroll along Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and a quick visit to Arc de Triomphe before dashing off to Paris Gare du Nord to catch our train. We were in a mad rush! In the end, we missed our train (despite arriving 20 minutes early! Ughh!). Luckily the people at the counter were so nice and let us board the next train to London. Phew!

Journey on the bus.
The weather was unpredictable. Drizzly then suddenly sunny. :p

 Louvre's door.

There's a Louvre at the end of the tunnel.

We're in Louvre!

i love you, you love me..


 i love art stalls like this. They have plenty in Paris. Beautiful yet cheap paintings.

i guess Lady Diana was killed in this tunnel? i guess laa...

One of Paris' many beautiful monuments.

Last stop: Arc de Triomphe.

Here are some random pictures of funny and unusual things we saw in Paris:
Bicycles are everywhere in France. For rent. Eco-friendly sungguh!

Parigi ke Perigi? hehe

The only Casino closed at night. haha

i HEART Paris.

In case you're wondering how much to budget for a night in Paris, i hope my budget could help :)
1) Package (inclusive of train tickets, hotel stay and bus tour) = GBP90/pax
2) Meals for two days = 40 Euro/pax
3) Eiffel Tower tickets = 13 Euro/pax
4) Souvenirs = 50 Euro for both Mr. Chenta and i.

Okay, penat menulis. Bye!

1 comment on "July 2009 Memories: Exploring Paris"
  1. suke tengok gamba jugak...bile laa nak sampai ni?!!!waaaaa


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