Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Six hours in Paris

When purchasing our flight from India to Valencia I was delighted to find that the cheapest flight included an 8 hour layover in Paris. Although I knew that we would be tired I could not pass up the chance to get out of the airport and see as much as possible. Before our trip I did a lot of research to see if this was doable and to find out how long it would take us to get into the city. Once we gathered all the info we decided to try to make it happen. We had it all figured out. We knew what we wanted to see and what we wanted to eat. We were both pleasantly surprised by how easily we were able to get into town (40 min by train) and find just about every site that we were trying to fit in. I should also mention that the weather was a sunny 68 degrees which was a delightful change from the heat that we experienced in India.

When we first arrived in Paris we were greeted by the smell of freshly made crepes. We decided that we should perform a little experiment to say if crepes were indeed better in France.They are!

We ordered a nutella and banana filled warm crepe and it was melt in your mouth delicious.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The most famous and oldest bridge in Paris, Pont Nuef

The Grand Palais,the largest ironwork and glass structure in the world.

Dome des Invalides

After walking for a while it was time to search for a macaron. I had read that there were two patisseries that offered the best macarons in Paris, Laduree and Lenotre. We ended up walking right past one of them and stopped in to try a few.

Our favorites were salted caramel and pistachio, delicious! A few hours later we came across the other shop and purchased a small box for our friends in Valencia, after trying one of course.

Ater our sugar rush we continued walking until we turned a corner and saw.....
The Eiffel Tower

After tossing the frisbee for a while we decided to head back to the airport. To be honest we ended up running to the airport since we had gotten a little confused with the time change. We ended up making our flight with ten minutes to spare.

I highly recommend getting out and seeing Paris to anyone with a long layover. We are so glad that we left the airport and can now cross Paris off the list.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, good for ya'll! What a great layover. And why the heck not, you really can see a lot in that amount of time :) I am really glad I got a chance to stop over at your blog here.