See: London Itinerary I for VAT refund, outlet shopping, free walking tour and review on Pollen Street Social.
London Itinerary II for Joel Robuchon (2 Michelin stars); Yauatcha (1 star); Portobello Market; Harrods; Chinatown; and best fish and chips in London.
Day Trip to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath
Book a day trip to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath for approx £71 at Premium Tours. Book it early for cheaper fares. It includes a pub lunch, which is Fish and Chips at a hotel.
There is pick up from Hilton Paddington at 7.20am which will bring you to Victoria Coach Station. You have to alight and take a coach from Gate 6 at Victoria Coach Station.
We were lucky that the Queen was in Windsor Castle, and we got to see the change of guards!
The fish and chips lunch wasn’t worth mentioning. After lunch, the tour brought us to Stonehenge.
After Stonehenge, we headed back to Bath. According to Wise Guy, Bath used to be a fashionable summer vacation for Victorian Londoners. Beautiful architecture in Bath but there is nothing much to do except to see the Bath Abbey and Roman Baths.
We left Bath for London and reached at approx 8.30pm.
Day Trip to Paris
In Paris, sign up for a free 3.5hr walking tour by Sandemans. We were dog-tired at the end of the tour. Bring a padlock if you are going there with your loved one. We saw some pretty awesome locks with the names engraved on it.
Places covered in the walking tour: Notre Dame; Latin Quarter; Ile-de-la-Cite; Pont Neuf; Louvre; Palais Royal; Haussmann’s Renovations; Eiffel Tower; Tuileries Gardens; Les Invalides; Academe Francaise; Opera Garnier; Musee d’Orsay; Pont Alexandre III; Napoleon’s Tomb; Assemble Nationale; Champs Elysees; Arc de Triomphe; Grand & Petit Palais; Place de la Concorde.
After the tour, we walked to 12 Rue St Florentin, 75001 Paris, France to the Longchamp Flagship store and bought all the bags. So cheap! And if you spend above 175€, you get tax refunds.
Then we paid pilgrimage to Chanel Flagship store on 31, Rue Cambon. Zomg! It’s like a heaven for girls.
You can also shop at Galeries Lafayette departmental store and Printemps. If you wanna have a nice view of Eiffel tower, go to the 7th floor of Printemps Beaute/Maison. There is a rooftop terrace where you have a panoramic view of Paris. You can also head to the ground level where there is Laduree, supposedly to have best macarons in the world. Damage: about S$10 for a small macaron.
Tips in Paris
1. Be careful with your belongings and don’t stay out too late. We heard of how friends’ friends got mugged on trains. Then again, just be careful when you travel overseas.
2. When getting on/off trains, you have to push the handle of the train door. Especially when you first take a train, follow behind someone else the door won’t open for you.
3. The high end stores we went to usually have store assistants who can speak English or Mandarin so don’t worry if you can’t speak French.
4. The stores don’t open on Sunday so try not to be in Paris on Sundays.
Paul is the McDonald’s of Paris. We don’t think it is fantastic here in Singapore, and it wasn’t fantastic in Paris either. (To be fair, Wise Guy was in Paris in 2002, when Paul wasn’t so big and it was really quite good.)