If you follow me on Twitter you probably know how excited I was about our Topdeck Winter Wonder honeymoon. Well, after a few weeks of procrastination I finally pulled myself together & decided to write about the experience (1 of my many, I hope).
We landed in wintery Paris pretty early in the morning navigated our way to the hotel to drop off our luggage, as check-in was much later, we then looked for a the local clothing store to purchase gloves (we didn’t think it would be that cold, how ignorant of us!). Anyway, when we finally did check-in hubs & I were surprised with a room upgrade as newlyweds on their honeymoon (a.k.a #XalaMoon), thank you very much Topdeck – our tour guide Kelly Michaels, later came to our room bearing gifts – champagne. Spoilt much?!
May I just mention that the team that put together the Winter Wonder Tour itinerary are a team of hopeless romantics! On our first night in Paris, we were taken on a Paris City Lights Tour, where we got to experience the city of love in its absolute magnificence.
Famous & iconic sights include the busiest traffic circle in the world (in my opinion), Arc de Triomphe which overlooks the 5th Avenue of Paris, Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower which sparkles at the top of every hour & the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris.
We hardly take the time learn about the destinations we visit. Instead, we do the obvious, take selfies in front of famous monuments, which we probably know nothing about.
Well, in comes the Topdeck crew! *dramatic music in the background* they made it a point that we as Topdeckers were empowered with a wealth of knowledge! This proved to be a huge win for us on our free day on the tour as we knew which monuments we wanted to know about based on the brief history that was shared with us by our tour guide.
This was the theme for the rest of the tour – making informed decisions on where to go & what to see on our free days. On our free day, we did as the locals did, we walked, used the metro – we were given the opportunity to be fully entrenched into the countrys culture. As an informed traveller, this is effing EPIC! Why, you might ask? Because you get to prove not only your listening skills but also your navigation skills too!
Brief facts on some of the monuments we visited in Paris.
- A woman named Erika La Tour Eiffel “married”the Eiffel Tower in 2007.
Not weird at all!
- The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world.
Arc de Triomphe
- No insurance broker will pay out your claim if your accident happend within the crazy traffic circle, yes it’s that busy!
- An unknown soldier is buried at the base of the Arc de Triomphe, the soldier gave his life during World War I
- This is said to be most expensive & most famous boulevard in Paris
- One of the biggest Mc Donalds in the world, had to conform to the Champs-Elyées look & feel, they were not allowed to have their flagship yellow “M” as it made the boulevard look ‘tacky’ hence the “M” is white. #Confority
- ‘Notre Dame’ means ‘old lady’
- The main & big bell in Notre Dame weighs over 13 tonnes. And it’s called Emmanuel. #DontAskMeWhy
Next up is Engelberg, Switzerland…