Our recent trip to London was done via the TGV and Eurostar which always means a great taxi ride in Paris, as we arrive from Brittany into the station Paris Montparnasse and have to get to Waterloo from the Gare du Nord. Our taxi ride last week was great, we had a first class driver who was a bit like a tour guide and we went down some lovely turnings that I'd never seen before.
It made us wonder why we don't try and get to know Paris a bit better. We always go to London for our city pleasures and it seems a bit daft really. In the 4.5 years we've lived here we've only had one proper short break in Paris, but numerous aforementioned taxi rides.
So I've just booked tickets for the Nutcracker Suite ballet at the Paris Opera one week before Christmas and it will also be our first chance to see this beautiful city with its Christmas decorations. We'll stay two nights in a hotel just beside the venue and if it works out well I see no reason why we can't go to either the ballet or opera a few times a year. Tickets are loads cheaper than Covent Garden; front stalls work out at about £50 a ticket! Can't wait.