We have just returned from a romantic week for four in Paris - which was part of hubby and I's joint birthday trip (he is 50 in March). We didn't think that we would be able to get away for our birthdays as I keep getting emails etc at work threatening redundancy and with the general way the "credit crunch" is panning out, but in true Diane fashion, I was able to find us a fabulous deal - thanks to the French love of "Le Camping"!! We stayed on a campsite on an island in the middle of the Seine in the affluent suburb of Maisons Laffitte courtesy of Eurocamp in a lovely little static caravan (well equipped and spotlessly clean, but don't bring your cat to swing!!)that cost £200 all in, including the ferry from Dover to Calais!! I reckon that the savings made on wine brought back more than pays for this jaunt!!
Maisons Laffitte was lovely complete with its own Chateau in the middle of town and a handy 20 minute train ride which dropped us off right outside the Arc de Triumphe. I won't bore you with the several hundred photo's that I took, but to get the general flavour:
The Chateau in Maisons Laffitte - the area is famous for Horse Racing (apparently) and several horses were being exercised in the park when we looked around. The houses were all stunning and the little school looked like the one in "Madeleine". It is a lovley area and I would stay there again without hesitation.
We emerged from the train by the side of the Arc de Triomphe. We explored around here - I had forgotten about the eternal flame at the Tomb of the unknown soldier, and this brought a tear to my eye.
From the top, we were able to see the the Grande Arche at La Defence - amazing.
We walked down the Champs Elysee (which took forever as the kids could not resist a look around the amazing shops on here) - we crossed at the Place de la Concorde and ended up at the Louvre. I had forgotten the immense scale of the old building and the architecture and stone masonry were so spectacular. We didn't go in on this day , but we did the day after - more of that later.
We bobbed across to the Isle de la Cite and visited Notre Dame. As you can see, we had the best weather ever - it was sunny and very hot!
We sat for a while in Notre Dame. I had decided that the only way to get around was to walk so we didn't use the Metro at all.