People once said, Paris is a city of romance, city of love, inspiration, art and fashion. Paris can be seen as an interesting place to visit in Europe, perhaps one of the most fascinating city in the world. A trip to Paris is the perfect get-away, experience the arty culture, shop until you drop, visit the highlights, just relax in a city park and enjoy the stunning view from the Eiffel tower.
Trip in April 2011 | €1 = MYR4.12
This trip was finally came true when Airasia announced a new route to Paris. This 13 hours direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris-Orly Airport, I got it at MYR1400 return tickets per person. This trip were from Kuala Lumpur – Paris – Switzerland – Italy – Spain – Portugal and back to Paris again. Hence, on the first day, we only spent a night and the next day we took a train to Switzerland. The journey begin at 1.20am on Sunday, 24th april 2011 and we arrived at 9.00am on the same day.
Since our time is to tight, after we reached airport we quickly catch a train to our accommodation about 1 hour journey. We just do own walking tour around the Paris attractions until night time. We continue our Eiffel Tower visit on the last day of our Europe trip before we depart back to Kuala Lumpur on the next day.
Day 1 Paris | 24th April 2011, Sunday
Today, we visited some attractions after short rest at the hotel. We stayed 1 night at Timhotel Saint Georges Pigalle (currently its called My Sopi Hotel). The hotel is located a few steps from the famous Moulin Rouge Theatre and the lively Saint Georges district. It is one metro stop from the Montmartre. Only 1 minute walk to the nearest metro station (pigalle). Cost at €82.29 1 night for standard double room.
Update: My Sopi Hotel is permanently closed.
We purchased 1-day pass ticket for public transport at €20 each person. Apart from public transport, we just walk leisurely to the next attractions because distance not too far.
Places of interest checklist done:
~Arc de Trompe~
We didn’t manage to get the entrance ticket to go to the top of Eiffel Tower deck after a long queue. Then we decided to come back again on our last day but we purchased the tickets online to avoid any disappointment later. So, after view the Eiffel tower at night, we took train back to Pigalle. Booking online is advisable before the visit.
Day 2 | 25th April 2011, Monday
Today we continue the trip to Switzerland. Although we woke up early, we missed the flight to Geneve, Switzerland. We boarded wrong train to airport. Then have to go for plan B, catch high-speed train from Gare De Lyon, located in the east of central Paris to Switzerland.
The Gare de Lyon (Lyon station), officially Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also the Gare de Lyon metro station.
We purchased tickets €127 one-way each person, approximately MYR523. This train is passing through Geneve then we make interchange at Visp, Switzerland to reach our final destination, Zermatt.
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Last Day in Paris | 11 May 2011, Wednesday
We Arrived Paris Orly Airport from Lisbon, Portugal at 12:55pm. We took a taxi to our hotel which is quite near to the airport. We flew via TAP Portugal, cost for 2 person was MYR1k, flight journey only 2 hour 30 min.
After freshen up and dinner at the hotel, we continue to visit The Louvre and Eiffel Tower again until night time.
We stayed 1 night in Paris before fly back to Kuala Lumpur on the next day.
On 12 May 2011, We checked out from the hotel around 8:00am to catch a 10:30am flight at Paris-Orly Airport. Till we meet again, Paris…Au Revoir!