We have been on holidays together before and this has always been good fun, and I am happy to say that Paris this year was no exception!
So what did we do in our four days in Paris?
Day of arrival
We are very lucky that there is such a good connection between Amsterdam and Paris. With the Thalys you are in Paris in a little more than 3 1/2 hours. We took the 8.17am from Amsterdam and arrived at 11.35am at Gare du Nord.
We booked an hotel near the station, as I hate having to cross half the city with my suitcase before I can get to my hotel. We stayed at the Mercure Gare du Nord Lafayette and this is just 5 minutes from the station and is an excellent hotel.
That afternoon we went to Montmartre. We visited the Sacré Coeur, and then we walked the little streets of Montmartre. We really enjoyed our visit to the cemetery of Montmartre and were surprised by the seize of the cemetery.
After a good meal we walked back to our hotel.
|Steep steps in Montmartre|
This morning we took the metro to the north, to visit the Basilica of Saint Denis (more information HERE).
In this amazing church you can find 15 centuries of French history, since many of the French kings were buried here. From Clovis (500 AD) to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
The church was beautiful and I loved this visit, especially since it was new for me.
Admission for the part of the church where the graves are is 9 euro's.
|Basilique du St. Denis|
|Several graves of French kings and queens|
We booked the Secrets of Paris tour and this was really good. It took us from the Eifeltower to the little streets of Saint Germain and the Quartier Latin, and along the Seine back to the Arc de Triomphe. We stopped regularly at interesting spots and the guide would explain a little history. We also paused to get something to drink for half an hour.
|Visiting quiet little squares during the tour.|
Warning: Make sure you are comfortable on a bicycle if you want to do something like this. The traffic in Paris is much more used to bicycles now than it was ten years ago, but you still have to be careful. If you are not a good cyclist, don't do this.
The tour was supposed to take 3 hours, but it was 4 1/2 hours later when we handed in our bikes!! But is was amazing. I loved the little streets, but we also cycled on the Boulevard St. Germain and even for a little part on the Champs Elysées. (how cool is that!)
In total we walked 14 kilometres (over 8 miles) and we cycled for 16 kilometres (over 9 miles)
This morning we took the metro to the cemetery of Pére Lachaise. We wanted to find the grave of Jim Morrison, but somehow we missed it completely. We also did not find the graves of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde or Yves Montand. Yes, I know, I am not sure what we did there, but we did enjoy it!
|At Pére Lachaise cemetery|
Galerie Joseph is located at 116 Rue la Turenne and the admission is 8 euro's.
|Part of the exhibition|
|Jardin du Luxembourg|
This day we walked for 18.5 kilometres (almost 9 miles)
The last morning we did not have a lot of time, because our train would leave Gare du Nord at 10.25am, but there was time for a short stroll along the Canal St. Martin. This is one of my favorite spots in Paris and I have a little tradition that I will visit the Canal St. Martin every time I am in Paris.
|Canal St, Martin|
This morning we still managed to walk 4.5 kilometres (2 miles).
Four amazing days in one of the most beautiful cities on earth!