Combine your trip to the London Olympics with a visit to beautiful Paris.
The Olympics are almost upon us, Great Britain is brimming with excitement, and tourism is going through the roof. But have you ever wondered about combining a trip to see the greatest sporting event on the planet with a trip to the most popular travel destination on the planet? From the Olympic Stadium to the Eiffel Tower, it is a trip worth taking.
London as a capital is one of the most historic you can think of, and going when the Olympics are on is the perfect time. Taking a memorable trip on the Eurostar to the romantic focal point of France is also a great option as it is both the quickest and cheapest way to get from London to Paris. So, let’s take a look at three of the best things to see and do during your trip.
Olympics in London
- Opening Ceremony – The opening of Beijing 2008 has been called the best showcase of any host nation. With this in mind, London has promised to pull out all the stops to better that. Head down for the opening to see everything from the head of State to athletes to speeches as the country spends around £50 million solely on this.
- Indoor Cycling – The Tour de France finishes in Paris just before the Olympics opens, so with that tedious link – and the top cyclists on show – it is worth taking in this event. Get inside the velodrome and wave your flags as the world-renowned Great British team looks to match their performance from 2008 where they won gold in the individual pursuit and sprint in both the Men’s and Women’s categories among others.
- Men’s 100m sprint – With what promises to be one of the closest sprints of all time, if you have the chance it is worth a look. Usain Bolt is the bookies favourite but the Jamaican has been beaten by fellow countryman Yohan Blake recently. Don’t forget Tyson Gay or Asafa Powell either.
Cultural heart of France
- Louvre – We’ve all heard of it, we all want the opportunity to see the Mona Lisa and it is almost a reason to hit Paris on its own. The largest art museum in the world has been part of the culture for more than 200 years and while it is a complicated set up, it is a remarkable experience to see the spectacular building and its pyramid.
- Seine – The city is on the river Seine and seeing it from the water is a wonderful experience. Some feel that it is a tourist trap, but this isn’t true and the hour long tours are well worth a go. Consider a sunset river cruise so that you can see the lights of the city, the big landmarks of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower look even more spectacular at that point in the day.
- Eiffel Tower – We considered leaving it out but, let’s be honest, it has to be in there. This is undoubtedly the icon of Paris and you can’t live life without a trip here. Named after Gustave Eiffel, the builder, it has been an integral part since 1889. An elevator up to the top will give you a stunning panoramic of the city. Consider going at night because, like the River Seine sunset cruise, you can see the City of Lights in full flow.
Olympic photos courtesy of London 2012