So, after revising the trip in mid-May for my husband and myself, we've decided to take some helpful advice, and make Paris a day trip from London via the Eurostar.
We would likely be arriving at Paris Gare du Nord at 09:17, and departing either at 20:13 or 21:13.
I would like to use the Batobus to get around to the major attractions, mainly for the river perspective, and for photos.
Of course we'd want to see the Eiffel Tower (but *possibly* not go up, depending on time). If possible, I'd like to walk around the base twice.. once in the morning, and once in the evening, to have different lighting for pictures.
Also want to see Notre Dame quickly, the Flame of Liberty, Arc de Triomphe, and walk down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. I want to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, but not for full admission pricing, so maybe just take pics of the Louvre exterior.
Would love to wonder Montmartre up to the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, but realize we likely won't have time.
Questions I have:
Does this sound like a relaxed enough schedule?
Any suggestions of authentic, cheap restaurants as good stops for lunch and supper? Also good pastry shops?
Perhaps most importantly, as I can't seem to find a concrete answer online: how early should we arrive at the train station before our departure back to London? I am terrified that we'll miss the train, yet want to have as much time as possible in the city.
Also, would it be smart to walk from the train station to the 7th arr.? We are in our 20's and don't mind walking, but I'm worried we might be worn out a bit from touring London.
If we don't walk, what is the fastest way to get from the train station to the 7th arr.?
Thanks for your help!!!