Weekend in Paris

Sinead Lonergan on 01 September 2015

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Our first Wedding Anniversary took us to the romantic city of Paris, where else?

A 40 minute RERB train ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord station where we took a short taxi ride to Hotel Opera Cadet. We could also have got the Metro to within 100 metres of this hotel. This 4 star boutique hotel is located on a quiet pedestrian street and has excellent access to all major attractions.

The reception desk was extremely helpful, always acknowledging you as you walked through, and answering any questions you had, offering maps and ideas for places to visit and restaurants to go to. They also suggested we purchase a Metro 3 day pass which is a hugely efficient way of getting around the city in terms of both time and money.

The rooms although small were clean, comfortable & quiet with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. The continental breakfast was excellent & replenished regularly. There is also a beautiful patisserie directly across the street where we became regular customers for these 5 days and almost ending up on first name terms with the staff despite the language barrier.

A trip to Paris would not be the same without visiting the world famous tourist attractions. The views from The Eiffel Tower were magnificent, the stroll down the Champs-Élysées was refreshing, romantic and relaxing and breakfast with Mickey Mouse was the icing on the cake.

France is not renowned for its fine cuisine for nothing & there is an abundance of eateries to choose from. The Mom Restaurant on Rue Pierre de Mours was our favourite by far. The decor, the staff, the atmosphere & the food were all excellent. This restaurant is a must for any visit to Paris. The proprietor, a young gentleman, was friendly and personable & set the tone for all the staff. Every aspect of this restaurant was top-class. Considering the quality of the food, the service and the surroundings, it represented excellent value.

We spent one full day in Disneyland Paris. We took an early train and experienced breakfast with all the characters in Café Mickey. This was the perfect opportunity to meet all the main Disney characters while we enjoyed a good quality buffet style breakfast.

After a busy day on our feet we took in The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show with Mickey & Friends which was a great show and dinner option and the perfect chance to unwind while still getting the most out of our Disneyland experience. The fee included the show, dinner & refreshments which is quite plentiful. Dinner was served while the show is going on in the informal arena setting. Prior to dinner there was an excellent country music session where Goofy also makes a guest appearance.

On the Sunday morning we visited the famous Montmartre market. It was a hive of activity and we had brunch alfresco while having our portraits sketched.

Paris is certainly somewhere we will return again and I would suggest you definitely consider this for your next city break which I would be delighted to organise for you.

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