As a part of my Europe trip in April 2018, I visited Paris. Major confession. The only reason I included Paris in my itinerary of London, Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels and Paris was because Disneyland duhhh.
We reached Paris on train from Brussels. It was a direct, eusostar train and the journey took around 2 hours. The journey itself was uneventful and I hardly remember anything.
But our troubles started the moment we stepped out of the metro station. The sim which we took in Amsterdam was not working because of some settings problem. So we had no internet, only the hotel name to ask for in a foreign language for the French.
Husband and I struggled to ask various people the directions to reach our hotel and many people tried to help us but our French skills are nonexistent and their English skills only beginner level. Finally we found a bus driver who told us to catch a particular bus number. We did precisely that and somehow ended up at our hotel thanks to husband's weird yet correct sense of direction.
We stayed at Hotel Lautrec Opera in Paris's 2nd arrondissement. It was an ideal location as per me as it was within many eatouts and metro station.
We had a bus tour booked that included Siene river cruise, city sightseeing in night and Eiffel tower visit (2nd level).
The bus initially dropped us near the Siene river cruise starting point and we joined many other passengers to sit in the boat to cruise along the river. Here is my frank opinion. It was hot, sunny and the boat was crowded. If I had an option, I would have preferred some upgraded less crowded setup. But the view is amazing nevertheless. You get to see Eiffel Tower in distance, beautiful bridges and the famous Notre Dam cathedral.
After the cruise, we got into the bus again. It was time for the evening tour. The city looked magnificent in the evening lights and as we sat in the bus touring us we could see the Eiffel tower in distance, Paris eye ferris wheel, and exquisite architectural monuments. I might have dozed off on husband's shoulder too. Hey it was a long day in my defense!
And finally it was time for us to see THE EIFFEL TOWER (that's me screaming). We had the 10pm slot booked. The crowd and queue was manageable as our tickets were pre-booked. Our guide gave us 45 minutes and asked us to be back in the bus by 11pm max else we have to go to our hotel on our own.
Husband and I clicked the mandatory selfies, some standalone pics and proceeded to the 2nd level of the tower. My honest opinion again. I was not exactly blown away. It was like any normal view from a tall building. It was more of a checked off the list kind of feeling for me. Husband agrees.
We didn't even bother to linger around as we were content with the 10-15 pics we clicked. 15 photographs at the eiffel tower you crazy lady you say? Meh, I say.
We then went back to our bus which dropped us near our hotel. We had our dinner in McDonald's (cheap and best) and then reached hotel and called it a day.