It took us eleven hours but we made it to Paris in a day.
Our last ride was a young Parisian couple who were particularly helpful by suggesting things we could do in Paris that were either within our budget or worth spending some money on.
We arrived at about 8 and, following the first one of their tips, immediately caught the metro to the Hotel de Ville for a free concert.
Afterwards, unsure of where to sleep but having read that it was possible to sleep under the Eiffel tower we started wandering along the Seine in that direction. There was an event called Paris Plage (Paris Beach) which involved turning the banks of the Seine into a golden beach along with giant hammocks and palm trees.
|Tipping her hat, because what else do you do when you're posing in front of your 141st pretty, old building?|
|Flash probably would have been a good decision that first night...|
|Our first sight of the tower|
|Eleanor being very excited by biophilic cities! They are kind of a mix between law, public policy and the environment so obviously incredibly exciting for us nerds.|
I've got to say, it was not a bad view.
|Literally the view from my sleeping bag. And for anyone who's been on the internet lately, no, it is not literal in the figurative sense. That is an abomination.|
|I kind of feel like I'm a perv in this photo - looking up the Eiffel Tower's skirt|
We stumbled around gathering our things and went to a cafe for a coffee and to regroup. We were both exhausted, hadn't eaten well for a while and the coffee in that situation was making me lightheaded. Despite having committed to not paying for accommodation we decided to spring for a cheap hotel (when you're traveling in pairs it's often cheaper than a hostel). If we didn't we were going to be zombies and have no idea that we'd been to Paris!
The first thing we did was shower and nap.
|For everyone back home - this is what the other end of getting a postcard looks like.|
|Planning the next few days|
|E passed out - yes, this photo is slightly creepy. She thinks so too and probably won't like seeing it on here. I feel sneaky because she's chopping beans about a meter behind me!|
Feeling much refreshed that afternoon we set out to Chaument-Buttes park that had been recommended. We ducked into a bookshop and picked up trashy English novels for about a euro each.
We stayed at the park for an embarrassing length of time, (both of us are readers, so neither of us ever tells the other that now is not the time for a book!) then headed on to Montparnasse Tower, another recommendation (seriously grateful to that couple)!
You can go pay to get up Montparnasse tower or you can tell them that you're getting a coffee at the restaurant at the top and go up for free. In that case you actually do need to go to the restaurant but you can get a wine and the view for only a euro more than the entrance fee you avoided paying, you smart cookie, you!
We were feeling fancy so sprang for the second cheapest glass of wine!
|Yep, not actually as pretty as you think it'll be, but it's still got that something.|
|Look at that classy lady with her expensive wine.|
|Random pretty building on our walk|
|When picnicking on the banks of the Seine wine and chocolate a mandatory, trashy novels and dates are optional. Dates the fruit by the way.|
|This is actually a snapchat I sent to Chris, who was tipsy snapchatting me at the time, but I liked the photo. Mum, I'll explain what snapchat is later.|
|Macarons in Paris - something E has always meant to do.|
|This little guy came to join us for lunch|
|Dessert - Pannacotta|
E left early the next morning on her bus to Breda and I hung around the whole day, mainly reading in parks for my bus to Calais that night. Which was the entirety of the transport that I'd booked. You'll find out how I got to Wales of all places soon. But as a final note, E and I swapped trashy books before she left and we each left and inscription for each other (finding inscriptions in second hand books is the best).