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Paris Part 1

Last minute break to Paris. Not the cheapest way to do it (£230 return) but ticket booked Tuesday for the last Eurostar train leaving at 20:00 Thursday, and 2h15mins later you’re in the centre of Paris!

Having checked into hotel, Best Western France Europe (£355, 4nghts), I’m buzzing to be abroad so go for a wander past Notre Dame.

La Seine at night Notre Dame with Christmas Tree

 

The Paris Museum Pass is an excellent idea, gives you the opportunity to visit museums as many times as you like in the time period – necessary for the Louvre as it’s so vast, easy to get lost in and can be incredibly busy! I could’ve spent 2 weeks in Paris, visiting daily, and still found more of interest to take in.

Pyxis of al-Mughira 968 AD, Louvre
Pyxis of al-Mughira 968 AD, Louvre
Ivory carved box in gallery of the Department of Islamic Art, Louvre
Ivory carved box in gallery of the Department of Islamic Art, Louvre
The Frieze of Archers from the Palace of Darius I c500 BCE, Louvre
The Frieze of Archers from the Palace of Darius I c500 BCE, Louvre

It was a Persian prince of the Achaemenid family, Darius I (522-486 BCE), who would unite Iran and create a Persian Empire stretching from the Indus to the Aegean Sea and Egypt. He undertook the construction of his immense palace on the northwest hill of Susa. The ‘Archers Frieze’ is the most famous and sumptuous decoration from the residential part of the palace.

Great steak frites at La Pointe St Eustache brasserie
Great steak frites at La Pointe St Eustache brasserie

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Notre Dame Cathedral, ‘our lady’, has a special location on Ile de la Cite in the middle of river Seine.

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Friday night at the Louvre is late opening and well worth visiting at this time, the crowds are massively reduced from daytime making it a very enjoyable stroll round the galleries.

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