We arrived in Paris just before noon on a Saturday, catching an early morning train from St Pancras. Having Paris on our doorstep makes me SO HAPPY! It was pretty overcast but warmer than expected so after jumping on the Métro to Saint Germain and checking in to our hotel, we ditched our scarves and strolled along the Seine to grab some lunch.
After a quick bite and a beer at FrogBurger, we headed to the Tour Montparnasse. ‘They’ say the best place to be in Paris is on top of it, as it’s the only place from which you can’t see it. They’re right: it’s an eyesore. But even on a cloudy day the views are pretty impressive!
After a windswept few minutes on the rooftop terrace we decided to try our luck getting into the Catacombs (spoiler alert: we’ve tried three times over two trips and never made it in. I can’t bear the thought of wasting 90+ minutes of limited Paris-time in a queue). We took a shortcut through the cimetière du Montparnasse, almost getting locked in after not realising the time. It’s smaller than Père Lachaise but no less interesting, with some unusual memorials including a giant mirror-bedecked bird.
Giving up on the Catacombs once again, we hopped back on the Métro and by the time we emerged at Saint Michel it was dark and Paris was all lit up and shiny. It was cocktail hour! A Moutarde Street happy hour later, it was time for dinner at Restaurant AG then off to bed before another busy day – which is up next!