The Eurostar takes us from London to Paris in this next and final chapter!
The Eurostar is the only high-speed train that connects London and Paris, and it takes less than two and a half hours to get there! We take the metro from here to our Montmartre Airbnb. Our hosts greet us and show us around the place where we will be staying for the next four days.
Walk beneath the tower and try to purchase tickets to the very top level, but it is currently closed.
Instead, go up to the second floor. Still a fantastic view, and we get to giggle at some of the ice rink’s show-off skaters while drinking on our flutes of bubbles.
Continue strolling through the streets and along the river until we reach Notre Dame and the Lourve. It’s late afternoon now, and it’s too late to go inside, so take a cab back to the guys’ Airbnb.
After some pre-drinks, go to a couple of bars. Most businesses close at 2 a.m., but we find one that stays open until 6 a.m. Les Caves Saint Sabin is a fantastic goth club with industrial music and bartenders wearing actual snakes around their necks!
Wake up at 10 a.m. despite not arriving home until 6 a.m. so Zac and I can see the Catacombs… the other two piked. Fortunately for us, the line isn’t too long, and we’re soon deep beneath, touring these underground ossuaries.
Then we go back to get Michelle’s and my clean clothes. The guys drop me off, and now that Michelle is awake, we head out for lunch – French onion soup.
From here, we explore the beautiful Montmartre neighborhood, taking the stairs up to Sacre Coeur and taking in another view of Paris while eating Nutella crepes.
As the weather turns colder, return home and curl up with a bottle of wine. The next day was also extremely cold. Instead of walking to the Eiffel Tower, use the subway… but there’s a guy ranting in French, so get off after only two stops. For our walk, buy some hot peppermint teas and try to find the finest spot to photograph the Eiffel Tower. Get some good photographs because it’s so chilly and there aren’t many visitors or people around.
Enjoy our feast and, despite the fact that we were unable to obtain tickets, go out again to see the Moulin Rouge.
Take in all of the cute buildings, go shopping, and maybe even find the hat I’ve been seeking for since losing it on our druken in Dublin last night! Then go out and select a great restaurant for a delicious dinner.
When we leave the restaurant, it’s really chilly, so we take a cab back to the hotel. Have an early night and get up early the next morning to board a train to Rothenburg. We have to change trains for the first time, and we have to do it twice!… We make both trains and arrive around 12.30 p.m. It’s been snowing heavily here, but our hotel isn’t far away, so we’ll just lug our suitcases through the snow before heading out to see this lovely medieval-looking old town.
After visiting the Medieval Crime Museum, grab a late lunch and some Schneeballen.
As the temperature has fallen significantly, grab some wine and return to the hotel. Spend the evening drinking wine, taking a bath (first time! ), and watching German films. We’ll go downstairs in our pjs for a late dinner at the restaurant. As we dine, it begins to snow, which continues all night – view from our room.
Have a good night’s sleep and then haul our cases back to the station through the snow after breakfast. We can take one of two trains to Munich: one with two changes and one with three. We choose the two changes, but one of them is delayed, so we have to dance around the platform to keep warm until the next train arrives.
Take a snooze in the late afternoon before heading to the Deira mall, which is conveniently located across the street! It’s open until midnight, so do some more shopping and then have a late dinner for a change of pace.
Around 9.30 a.m., we arrived at the airport for our trip back to Brisbane. We didn’t want to go home, but our wallets and cases were packed and ready to go!
Despite our extensive research prior to our trip, everything went out the window once we arrived in Europe. Our strict agenda from before we left was thrown out the window, and we just went with the flow every day, having the time of our lives!
I may not have gone inside the Lourve or had time to visit Stonehenge, but that’s not a problem since I’ll be back… and I’ll be returning to all of these places at some point.
Instead, we went on a journey with no idea what we were doing or where we were going. We simply set out to see where we’d wind up. There was a lot of walking and laughing, a lot of wine, amazing cuisine, a lot of shopping, a lot of odd dancing, and a lot of great memories that will last a lifetime!