Last revised: May 26, 2013                                                                                    

PARIS Photo Albums: #2. | #2A. | #2B. | #2C. | #2D. | #2E.| #3. | #3A. | #3B. | #4.| #4A. | #4B. #4C. | #5. | --    LONDON Albums 

  Our high-speed EuroStar train arrived at Paris  Nord Railway Station, where we found our way to the Paris Metro which took us to a Metro stop  within walking distance of our Hotel: Hotel du Champs de Mars. (near the Eiffel Tower)

It only took us 2 1/2 hours, via EuroStar, from London to Paris.

We purchased our multi-day Metro Pass as well as multi-day Museum Pass at
Waterloo Station in London before we left, and quickly learned how to use the
very well-mapped Paris Metro to get to our hotel.

        Hotel du Champ de Mars        

Paris is divided into 20 numbered arrondissements (municipal districts), and our hotel was located in
the 7th Arrondissement, one of the most recommended and the best and safest areas of Paris.

Hotel Entrance                     |                           Attractive Lobby

Hotel du Champ de Mars was a welcome change from our hotel in London. This hotel was recommended by two of
 our guide books: 'Rick Steves' Paris', and 'Paris for Dummies'. Great choice! Located on a colorful street near the Eiffel
 Tower, this 25-room hotel is like a country house offering a nice breakfast on the lower level. The helpful English-speaking
 owners recommend that you make reservations at least four months in advance. One couple from California were there for
 their eighth time.

Hotel Breakfast Room (lower level)

The bathroom was 100% better than our 'RV-Sized' bathroom in London.

The nicely decorated rooms had nice fabric covered headboards.

We would definitely stay here again!


           Eiffel Tower            

Our Hotel was only 4 blocks away, so this was our first stop!

The Eiffel Tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the Revolution.
 It is 1,063 ft. high and was designed by Gustave Eiffel. It was the world's tallest building until 1931, when New York's
 Empire State Building was completed. We rode an elevator to the 2nd level (376') for great views of Paris. To walk to the
 top would be to climb 1,665 steps. The tower never sways more than 2.5 in.

Bust of Gustave Eiffel

If you've never seen it before, you'll be amazed at how big it is!


Planning for this special vacation was a big part of the excitement, fun and anticipation of a new
experience. We did a lot of research on the Internet, local libraries, talking with friends who
had been to Paris before and read these three excellent Travel Guide Books:

 We found great tips and suggestions in each book but took the
compact "DK Guide", (excellent maps) with us as we toured Paris.

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