In early October, the SuperBreak Trade Sales Team took a quick 48-hour trip over to Paris and visited Disneyland Paris. They then documented their travels to share their Paris short break experience. Read on to find out more about their trip.
Arriving in Paris
We were booked on an early Eurostar train out of St Pancras, so after a swift and smooth check-in we had time to grab a croissant and hot chocolate before boarding the train. We travelled out in standard class on one of the newest trains and we were really impressed with the level of comfort that standard class offered; wide, comfortable seats, big windows and great lighting meant that we had plenty of room to relax and chat as we watched the scenery change. In just over 2 hours 15mins after leaving London, we were stepping off the platform right in the heart of Paris at Gare du Nord Station.
We went straight to our hotel, The Millennium Paris Opera, by Paris Metro, which was very easy and much quicker than navigating Paris traffic by taxi. We’d also pre-purchased our Metro tickets, which made things much quicker and easier when we arrived in Gare du Nord.
The Millennium Paris Opera is in a traditional Belle-Epoque building on Ave. Haussmann, close to the Opera and about a 20-minute walk from Sacre Coeur. The hotel’s interior is traditionally French, with Art-Deco-style furniture and stained glass. It also has an old fashioned, glass fronted lift which the elegant staircase wraps around – we all found very amusing when we all tried to squeeze in. My room was a great size, elegantly furnished with antiques and big bath tub and French windows opening onto a lovely small balcony which overlooked the Boulevard. I had a great night’s sleep, and I found the hotel quiet and calm, even though it is in central Paris in a busy area.
Peckish in Paris
When we’d dropped our bags off, we headed out to get some lunch and managed to find a real little Parisian gem! Café de la Paix near the Opera is an elegant, French café-restaurant in a stunningly beautiful gilded building that dates back to 1862. We ordered something suitably French – Croque Monsieur’s all round – and settled down to enjoy the atmosphere. When our food came we all agreed that, even though it was quite pricey, this was the best toasted cheese sandwich any of us had ever eaten!
After a lovely lunch, we jumped back onto the train and made our way to Disneyland Paris, which took about 45mins.
Discovering Disneyland Paris
Once we got there we spent a great afternoon in the park, enjoying the rides, doing a bit of Disney shopping and looking at the fabulous Halloween and autumn decorations. The park itself was quite busy, but it was mainly families with young children, so we managed to get on a lot of the thrill rides and roller coasters without queuing. I’d recommend this time of year as a great time to go if you love going on all the thrill rides. If your constitution is robust, you could get a lot of goes on the biggest, scariest rides! We then finished the evening by watching the Disney Dream show; a huge sound and light show using Cinderella’s Castle as the back drop and it features lots of the best loved Disney characters. It’s difficult to explain without experiencing it, but it’s a real spectacle and a great way to end your evening at Disney.
The next day we had our Sales Meeting in the morning, but we managed to squeeze in a quick walk up the hill to see Sacre Coeur, enjoy the view across Paris and have coffee and cake in pretty Montmartre before we headed back to Gare du Nord for our return Eurostar journey.
We travelled back in Standard Premier class which meant that our seats we bigger and more comfortable and we enjoyed a fantastic evening meal and complimentary drinks and snacks. The journey back was really relaxing and the service was great so it was a great way to end our whistle stop trip to Paris! – A wonderful trip for anyone wanting an enchanting trip to Paris this autumn/ winter.