Back on October 7th, I decided to follow through on a brilliant idea my pal Brad Bultman told me about. A few weeks before I left to go to London, he said that I should consider taking a train ride to Paris, France for a day while I was already out there. In fact, he did some research for me. He told me I could take a train early in the morning then come back that same night. Since I already had a hotel room booked for the time I was going to be in London, that made perfect sense. Brad is a well experienced world traveler. I respect his knowledge. I knew he was giving me some sound advice.
After giving what he said some thought, I decided to alter my original plan of possibly going to see another Rugby World Cup match in London between the United States & South Africa. I knew that a ticket for that match wasn't going to be easy to get & it was going to be pricey. With that being said, I decided to pursue Brad's idea further. I did some research on my own. I was able to get myself a round trip train ticket on Eurostar which is the bullet train that runs from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel. I booked the early train that left St. Pancras International railway station at 5:40AM & it was scheduled to arrive in Paris Gare du Nord station at 9:17AM. I needed to take into account the time difference since Paris is an hour ahead of London. With that being said, I gained the hour back when I returned. I wound up taking a train that left Paris at 8:13PM that night.
|Me on bus at 4:05AM in London|
|St. Pancras Station|
|Time to get on board the train|
|Welcome to Paris France|
|Paris Transit Map|
|Gare Du Nord Metro Station|
|Here comes the train|
|Me on the train|
|Saint Germain Des-Pres Metro Station|
|Palais Royal Musee du Louvre Metro station|
After I finished eating, I walked until I found the Musee De Louvre which is one of the largest museums in the world. It's also a historic monument in Paris. In addition, that's where the painting of Mona Lisa is located. If you like artwork, this is a must see for you. Plan properly & pack your patience before you go. Unfortunately for me, the line to get in as I was warned was out of control. Since I booked a tour of the Eiffel Tower for 2PM, I didn't have time to waste waiting around. So I walked around the area & I took in the amazing scenery & architecture. It was breath taking. Even though I was on the tired side, it helped keep my eyes open. When I finished, I proceeded to find a nearby Metro station which was Palais Royal. I got on & I headed to the Eiffel Tower. I got off the 6 line train at Bir-Hakeim & I walked around the surrounding area since I had some time before my tour started. I walked down so I could take a selfie with me & the Tower behind me. After numerous tries, I finally took a good one. I then walked back to the entrance. I wound up going up all the way up to the top. It was an amazing aerial & panoramic view of Paris. I'm so happy I decided to do this. It was a very memorable experience.
|Bir-Hakeim Metro Station|
|Tour Eiffel Sign|
|Me with Eiffel Tower in distance|
|Welcome to the Eiffel Tower|
|Me making my way up the Eiffel Tower|
|Sign to the Top|
|Aerial view from top of Eiffel Tower|
|Panoramic view from top of Eiffel Tower|
|Filles du Calvaire Metro Station|
|Place de la Bastille|
|Le Relais Bastille|
After I got done eating, I walked back to the Metro station that was nearby. Thankfully I found my way back to the Eurostar train. I had some time to spare so I wound up charging up my dead phone while I waited. I then proceeded to catch my train back to London.
|20:13PM Train back to London, England|
|Welcome to London|
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