First stop of the day:
Its quite a nice little 'park' really, and its a steal at 3€ to get in. Yes the rides are pretty expensive, but there's lots of free play areas for kids and animals.
This was quite fun for a powered coaster!
And I thought this was quite cute too, though calling it a spinning coaster is a bit much, its more of a 'slightly turning a bit' coaster
Eventually found the other coaster... and what a strange one it is!
Its got like 3 lift hills, and its only a 'figure 8' layout!
Its such a random park!
And this is such a cred!
And thats it for Jardin d'Acclimatation. Its quite a nice place really, and when we go back to Paris, we will go back here. It has a nice city park feel to it, but without the hustle of all the tourists everywhere, not really fussed about the rides to be honest.
And from there we ventured to end of the tube line, to La Defense, where we hopped over to the RER, and headed to St Germain en Laye, where there is apparently a big fair....
Again, it was yet another beautiful area, with spectacular buildings... but no fair in sight. Luckily I just so happened to spot a little road train which I is there to transport people to and from the fair, to the RER station. Well I didn't have a clue where the fair was, so we had no choice really.
Yeah, it was quite far away!
Eventually, we arrived.
There seemed to be more food/game stalls than rides! But as soon as we come to rides, I spot this:
Woop! Having only done standard spinning crap before, this was potentially my first interesting travelling coaster!
Its an old Schwartzkopf, with steep drops and tight turns, yum!
God the capacity was awful! They had 8 or 9 little cars, yet they would only let one car out on the track! Wheres the sense in that?!
The forceful turn at the bottom of the first drop was probably the highlight.
Live Horror show...!?! Kinda regret not going on this really, but I'm just not into Ghost trains.
Chattanooga Choo Choo, a Flying Fish clone. It was old, very old. They should really look to spruce it up a bit really, as it was a right state.
And now onto that weird looking contraption:
Basically, its swings whilst the seats rotata like mad. Not really my cup of tea, especially after I had stuffed myselt with this weird kebab thing.
And we then left to head back into central Paris. It was a bit of a dumpy fair really, despite the good collection of rides. Most rides seemed a bit run down, and just looked a little unsafe.
Heading back on the road train thing.
Views from the RER.
So when we got back, we decided to hang around at La Defense
It was pretty cool, I really liked it here. The fab shobbing mall helped of course!
The fab shopping mall.
Once we were done here, it was off for more touristy stuff.
Literally, just opposite the Notre Dame is a bloody Subway - the sandwich type. Why do they let the fast food places take over in Paris? Especially in the really gorgeous areas, it just ruins it!
Think this was day 3 now.... didn't really do too much, just shopping along the Champs Elysees, before heading back home mid-afternoon.
The 'Posh' street, Avenue Montaigne.
Weirdly, there were lots of car show rooms along this shopping street!
And thats it! If you're planning on visiting Paris, I'd recommened that hotel! We booked direct through Ibis/Accor, and that was cheap enough.
Downsides of Paris: Beggers everywhere, lots of pick pocket 'warnings' though we never really noticed anything - apart from when we got off our last tube stop at Gare du Nord, there was this girl surrounded by a lot of people, all shouting at here, and there was quite a lot of money being waved about and anger being directed at her - it was quite an uncomfortable situation really.
Quite a few underground stations stank of piss
Positives: Its gorgeous, stunning and beautiful.