So I know weekends usually only have 2 days in them really. BUT this was a long weekend. And we really didn’t do too much on this super chilled long weekend so you could squish it all into 2 days if you like. *wink*
Guys, this was the first time in our travels that my planning, or lack thereof, backfired. It was devastating because I am like the queen of spreadsheets. Planning is my jam! I plan holidays in my head and on Pinterest knowing it will probably be years before I visit that place. I just like it. Research makes my heart happy.
Day three was quite a flop, so please don’t expect any spectacular story (or photos). Sometimes travel doesn’t happen the way you imagine it will, and that’s ok, you just gotta make the best of a crappy situation.
We woke up nice and early because we planned to go to Versailles for the day. After a quick check of their website for opening times we learned that the Palace wasn’t open on Mondays and because of the miserable weather, the gardens were closed for the day too. Flipping hell man! Shoulda planned ahead!
Tip: Plan ahead for things that you really want to see, check museum/palace/monument opening times online before you go. Often you can buy a city pass that will give you entry to more than one museum/attraction for a cheaper price than paying separately at each museum/attraction you go to. BUT if things don’t go as planned, don’t let it ruin your trip, make the most of your limited time in the place you are visiting.
So we lay in for a bit trying to figure out what we wanted to do, we didn’t want to be out in the rain too much so decided to skip the Louvre, and Notredame because #beentheredonethat and decided to just see where the day took us.
When the growls in our tummies got too loud we decided to set off in search of some breakfast. It was like a ghost town, the streets were quiet with everyone huddled inside tiny cafes hiding away from the rain.
A lot of the cafes we passed were either closed or filled to the maximum, we even considered sitting outside under cover at one cafe that looked particularly good but decided against it – it was too cold out. Eventually, we found a not-too-crowded Le Pain Quotidien and settled in for very late breakfast platters and some coffee.
The breakfast was mildly disappointing and very bready with nothing exciting going on, the orange juice was from concentrate and the only real highlights were the yoghurt and fruit parfait and the Pain au Chocolat. It had nothing on day two’s breakfast.
We made our way into Paris, starting at the Eiffel Tower, we had to go say goodbye as it was our last day in the city. The weather was horrible so we spent the day going in and out of shops and cafes as we made our way along the Seine, ducking for cover as the rain came down in torrents.
We decided to stop off at Angelina’s, a beautiful Belle Époque style tea room, for one of their famous hot chocolates to warm us up. Walking in there felt like stepping into another world, a world of delicate details, curtsies, classy white hand gloves worn by ladies with fancy little hats and all things beautiful and decadent. Photo’s don’t do this place justice.
Tip: If you are going for breakfast or lunch, book online ahead of the time to avoid having to wait in the queue, it can get pretty long.
Now, there weren’t any ladies wearing white hand gloves or fancy little hats, at least not that I saw. BUT, rewind 100 years or so, and I’m sure that’s exactly what you would have found. After all, it was frequented by the likes of Coco Chanel back then. *sighs wistfully*
We stared at the menu for a good 15 minutes before deciding to have a hot chocolate each and share a pastry.
Damn! That hot chocolate! Before I tell you about how good it was, I’ll tell you what they think makes it so special…”The traditional and famous “African” hot chocolate is composed of three carefully selected varieties of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The combination of these different types of chocolate from different lands confers its exceptional taste and distinctive character upon Angelina’s hot chocolate.” That is directly from Angelina’s website.
Now I’ll tell you what I think made it so special…your drink arrives in a hot little jug with cream on the side! No calorie counting allowed here – shut that inner skinny cow up and just drink your damn melted chocolate and ENJOY IT! So, you pour this thick, rich, velvety, hot chocolate into your cup and then you stir in a (big) dollop of cream to break the sweetness a little and then you sip it and savour it, and while you’re enjoying this decadent cup of heaven, you watch all the people, and check out all the food flowing from the kitchen and maybe do a little gossiping in your own secret language.
We spent over an hour at Angelina’s, the queue to get in moved quite quickly and we took our time enjoying our hot chocolate and a delicious pastry to share. We left reluctantly to fetch our bags, agreeing that we didn’t want another sweet for at least a week, but still eyeing all the goodies on display in the counter and shop on the way out.
It seems that we can’t go to London from Paris on the Eurostar without being delayed, it’s kind of like a tradition for us now I guess. We were delayed for 2 hours in the station due to a suspected bomb on the platform. So it was a KFC for dinner kind of night while we waited to hear if we would have to find a room for the night like we had had to on the previous trip. Luckily it was nothing and we were back in London before midnight.
Luckily it was just a scare and nothing bad went down and we were back in London before midnight.
Tip: Pack snacks for your travels. On our first delay from Paris for we got delayed for hours whilst on the train and we couldn’t get off, the dining cart sold out of stock pretty quickly and the train staff ended up handing out the last box of individual twix bars and bottles of water to the passengers.
Perhaps we will meet again Paris, on an overnight to Disneyland in the summer, or maybe some far-flung roadtrip to the South of France? Who knows…I think flying south would be way easier though, I guess I’ll just need to find someone to go with me to Disney! Any takers?? Riaan is not keen *sad face*
Until next time,