Easyjet has just announced the opening up of 10 new routes from UK airports to start in summer 2014. Amongst these will be a daily service from London Gatwick to Paris Charles de Gaulle, commencing in March 2014. It will be a surprise to some that Easyjet has decided to start this new route, as the French capital is already served by daily flights from London Luton, CityAirport and Heathrow. In addition, the Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord has taken a large share of the market for both business and holiday travel to Paris. However, the creation of extra flights to Paris from London is certainly good news for those people living in the south-east of England who are looking to take a short break in the French capital.
Paris never loses its appeal as a city break destination. An interesting and enjoyable way to travel between sights in the city is to take the Batobus on the River Seine. Just like the bus takes you around the streets of Paris, the Batobus carries you up and down the river and you can hop-on and hop-off whenever you like, at any of the 8 stops. The stops are Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Musée d’Orsay, Louvre, St Germain des Près, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes and Hotel de Ville so you can cover a number of major sights by river travel alone.
One of the stopping points of the Batobus is the Musée d’Orsay. This iconic museum overlooks the Seine on the Left Bank, and is a freat place to while away an art-filled afternoon. A former railway station from the Beaux Arts period, the Gare d’Orsay was converted to a museum in 1986. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh..
Another new route announced by Easyjet for summer 2014 is a weekly service from Belfast Internatonal to Bordeaux. The elegant wine capital of south-west France is well worth exploring, and could perhaps be combined with Paris to make a very appealing twin centre holiday. Bordeaux’s heart is known as the Golden Triangle. Here you can walk amidst 18th Century buildings hewn from honey-coloured stone flanked by graceful trees. This lively area contains high-end shops, bars and restaurants. The focal point of the Golden Triangle is the Place de la Comédie, a busy traffic hub that was once the site of a Roman temple. On this square stands the Grand Théâtre with its magnificent neo-classical façade. The city’s cultural symbol, the theatre was built between 1773 and 1780 as testimony to the burgeoning prosperity of Bordeaux’s emerging bourgeoisie. This is one of the last remaining 18th-century theatres in the world, rivalling those of Naples, Stockholm, and Milan.
The Riverfront area in Bordeaux is also well worth a visit. In recent years this former port area has been transformed into an area of shops, jaunty bars and cafés surrounded by attractive gardens. For a superb view of Bordeaux’s magnificently regular buildings – all arches, slate roofs and thin chimney stacks – stand on the Pont-de-Pierre.