The city of love
From London, you can catch a train to Paris. The ride can surely turn out to be the best train journey of your life. It will take you more than two hours to reach your destination. On the way, you will cross picturesque countryside, vast uninhabited open spaces, hills, lakes and lush green patches. The train will halt at Paris’s Gare du Nord station. If you can’t speak French, you will have to resort to sign language to communicate with people.
Temperatures in Paris during this time hover around 5 degree Celsius.
You might encounter long queues and huge number of tourists at every major attraction in the city. Considering it’s chilly during this time of the year, spending a lot of time in the open can get difficult for you. If you have heard from people that the city is expensive, well, you have heard the truth. In fact, there isn’t much difference in the prices of food sold on the streets and restaurants.
If you are in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is surely going to be on top of your ‘must visit’ list. Most people visit the tower at night as about 336 light projectors and 20,000 light bulbs makes it look magnificent. The tower’s observation decks give you a view of the Paris’s floodlit bridges, churches and other landmarks. In the night, the Seine River Cruise is a popular attraction. The hour-long cruise starts at Pont Neuf and takes you past the Louvre museum, Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexandre III Bridge, Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. A running commentary on the cruise gives you information as you sail through the Seine River.
Relax in Brussels
You can go to Brussels from Paris by bus, which will take you around four hours to reach. Your trip to Brussels would be incomplete without seeing the bronze sculpture of Manneken Pis. Grand Place, Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and Atomium are some of the other attractions in Brussels, which are popular among tourists
1. Do not forget to carry proper winter clothes
2. Google Maps is a must, especially in places where English is not the spoken language
3. Consult your doctor and carry first-aid medicines because you can’t buy medicines without a prescription in Europe
4. In winter, the sun sets around 4.30pm in Europe, so plan your day accordingly. The streets are almost deserted once it’s dark.