London and Paris
London and Paris
In August this year myself along with 10 other travel agents were lucky enough to be invited by Creative Holidays on a familiarisation tour of London, Paris & Bangkok. First stop, London. We spent 3 days here, starting off we jumped straight on the iconic red double decker bus which took us all around the city and to all the main hot spots including Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, London Eye and Westminster Abbey just to name a few. We also spent a lot of time inspecting hotels we sell which gave us a good insight on location and standard of particular hotels within London City. We were also lucky enough to inspect and have lunch at the Mayfair hotel in London which was stunning and the food was to die for! We spent a lovely afternoon inspecting The Rubens at the Palace Hotel followed by a traditional English High tea which was beautiful. In my free time I took to opportunity to do some shopping on Oxford Street, check out Harrods, as well as take a ride on the London Eye. We stayed conveniently close to trendy Convent Garden so was able to stroll through and check out the numerous pubs and shopping…on our last night we had a traditional English Pub meal.
Next Stop, Paris. We spent 4 nights in Paris, during this time we stayed a couple of nights on the right bank which was in a great location, close to the Louvre and the infamous ‘Love Lock’ bridge. From here we also did a double decker bus tour which again took us to all the famous landmarks, we were lucky enough to have a fair bit of free time here which was good, as I had been to Paris before I was able to spend my free time living a little like a local, chilling out and soaking up the Parisian culture. I took the opportunity to stroll up the Champs Elysee and explore the area around Pompidou with its restaurants and bars as well as St Germain with its great restaurants and night life. Our last 2 nights were spent near the Eiffel Tower on the left bank, from here we had time to climb the Eiffel Tower and take lots of photo’s we also did an inspection of the Shangri La Hotel which was beautiful with its grand feel and amazing views of the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. One of the highlights of our time in Paris was taking a day trip to the Champagne region, visiting the home of GH Mumm and Moet & Chandon and having the opportunity to do a champagne tasting at both. This a great day out if you have the time while in Paris, it was nice to get out of the city and see a bit of the countryside, driving through the vineyards is really beautiful.
On our last morning I was lucky enough to catch the local markets just outside our hotel with countless stands of fresh produce, fruit & veg, meat, fish, cheeses, pastries, pasta’s….I could have spent the entire day eating my way through, it was amazing! Alongside the food they also had numerous stands selling leather goods and clothing and all sorts of bits and pieces – the Parisian markets are definitely a must see if you have the time and happen to be in Paris on a Sunday.
Last stop, Bangkok. Following the 12 hour flight from Paris we started off the day with a sight inspection we then hit the shops, staying right next to the MBK building was very convenient! Bartering with the shop assistants for the best bargain is always a lot of fun. the afternoon was spent resting up before dinner followed by drinks at the Centara Grand Bangkok Sky Bar with 360 degree views of the city. From here we took a late night stroll through Pat Pong markets, again trying our luck bartering with the market folk. This brought our trip to an end, the following day we boarded our Thai Airways flight bound for Sydney. A whirlwind trip but lots of fun. Who said you can’t mix business with pleasure!!