Eiffel Tower, Paris, PARIS! All the tour books, online research, talking with friends who have been there, and pre-trip planning donâ€™t prepare you for the overwhelming feeling of immersion once arriving in Paris. On a recent business trip to London, I weighed the pros and cons of going to Paris for the weekend.
1. Itâ€™s PARIS.
2. Only a 2Â˝-hour train ride on Eurostar from London.
3. Because I can.
1. Cost of Eurostar: $300 round-trip.
2. Canâ€™t think of anything else for a con.
Upon arrival at Paris Nord Train Station, my plan was to grab a taxi to my hotel, located just blocks from the architectural wonder of the Eiffel Tower. When I stepped outside, one of the first things I saw was McDonalds.
Needing to make a pit stop, craving a coke and French fries, and just curious to know what a McDonalds experience in Paris would be like, I walked across the street and went inside. The fries, coke, and lines to order were all pretty much the same as in the U.S.A., one exception being that I couldâ€™ve ordered a beer with my fries.
Having taken care of the necessities, off I went off to grab a taxi to the hotel.
The Eiffel Seine is a quaint boutique hotel, â€śArt Nouveauâ€ť style. Itâ€™s in a great location for sights and restaurants, with only a four-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower and public transportation right outside the door to get to other areas in Paris. Just outside the hotel was a crepe takeout stand where I had an incredibly delicious ham and cheese crepe â€“ the best food I had in 36 hours.