We left London on the coach at 7:30am. We took the ferry from Dover and ate an English breakfast on the boat. The views were nice, but it was very windy on the deck. It was about 2 hours to Dover and then about an hour and a half to Calais.
We made a special, unscheduled stop at Vimy Ridge because there are so many of us Canadians. It was very surreal to see the place we had all learned about in school. The land is cratered everywhere from all the bombs. It is all very green. There is a massive monument erected at the site, commemorating all of the Canadian soldiers, made of marble. It was beautiful and very special. We got a photo with most of us Canadians at the monument. We also walked through the trenches. The land is a Canadian site, gifted by the French.
We continued to Paris and arrived around 6pm. We checked in to the hotel and then had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel. We stayed at a ‘Timhotel’ somewhere in the Port de Clichy area. Our dinner was a delicious buffet of salads, meats, cheeses (that were APPARENTLY decoration only, wtf!?), veggies, chicken, pomme noisettes (so good!) and french green beans and broccoli.
We then drove around to do a Paris by night tour. It was great. We saw all the main sights and learned a lot about Napoleon and King Louis XIV. Then we went to the Eiffel Tower and took pictures. Then we went to the top! The lines were crazy, but we got to skip a lot of them because of our group reservations (Tip: If you’re not doing a guided tour, and this goes for all main attractions, I highly recommend that you book your tickets to these sights in advance. It will save you a huge headache when you get there and will likely allow you to bypass some of the line ups)
Seeing the tower up close and being on it at night with it all lit up was incredible. Last time I went, it was in the morning, so this was a beautiful contrast. We took lots of pictures. We took the metro back to the hotel.