So, I will try to make this brief but just desperate to get my words down.
Flight was amazing, took off early and landed 30 minutes ahead if schedule...great start!
RER into Paris, great sign posting from the airport to the train station. Only gripe is that there are no ticket machines that accept notes. How crazy when you have only just arrived in to the country. Yes, there is a ticket office but the queue the size it was we ended up purchasing the tickets on our credit cards and will have to incur a fee...disappointing. Lovely easy journey, even had a nice old man playing his accordion!
Got caught in torrential rain looking for our hotel but found it eventually. Went to check in only to be told they did not have a reservation in my name despite the confirmation that I had in front of me. Can't even begin to describe my fear but luckily a lovely young girl was able to help the lady on reception find our booking and all got sorted after 10 minutes. Really lovely staff so far and really pleased with our small but perfectly formed room at Hotel Grand Dore.
Off to Arc de Triomphe. went up inside. AMAZING views. really recommend, reasonable waiting time of approx 15 minutes.
Walk down Champs Elysees for half an hour found a lovely shops selling all bath items very reasonably priced and watched some good street dancers.
Over to E Tower to get the bateaux Seine cruise. This was a disaster. We had pre-booked our tickets through ATD only to find out that this did not benefit us at all. This was supposed to let us jump the ticket queue and simply join the queue for the next boat. No. We had to join the ticket queue anyway and exchange our print out for actual tickets. This meant missing the boat we planned to get and having to queue for over an hour. Spent the majority of this time planning where to try to sit on the boat to get the best pictures as not many of the windows were open and luckily timed it to perfection and got our perfect seat. Only to be told by the grumpy old bloke in front of me that he wants the window shut. To which I replied...go and sit somewhere else which he so easily could of. Many other seats, no other windows. He then complained and a lovely young lad had no choice but to close the window but so sympathetic to us that he gave us 2 free tickets to go back tomoro. Great, but there is no way that we will have time. Therefore, wasted 2 hours and have no pictures to show for it. Grumpy!
Next E Tower, timed it perfectly, 21:45, hardly any queue, can't wait. into the queue we go, board flashing with all the prices. EXCITED. Get to the front of the queue only to be told that the top closed 5 minutes ago despite the website saying the last lift is 23:00 as it closes at 23:45. More wasted time when the schedule is really tight.
So back to the hotel, lovely lovely hotel with memory foam matress and desperate to spill to everyone on TA.
Here's to a more successful day tomoro.....