After booking our tickets to Paris a few months in advance I was able to treat my mum to a day in Paris travelling first class on the TGV for only 70€ each. Obviously you can travel to Paris for under 50€ if booked in advance and in second class, but as this was her 60th birthday I thought it would be nice to travel in style!
The nearest station to us is Macon, which is ideal as there are several direct trains to Paris taking just under 1 1/2 hours, which leaves plenty of time to spend a pleasant day taking in the sights of the French capital.
We were greeted by a sunlit Paris and after a morning of wandering round the antiques area of Saint Germain and visiting the Musée d'Orsay, we crossed the river and took in the sights along the Champs Elysée.
We then stopped off for afternoon tea at the famous Ladurée tea room, treating ourselves to a vanilla tea and being spoilt for choice with the large selection of exquisite macaroons and delicate cakes. The Ladurée shop next door tempted us with all its sumptuous offerings and we ended up buying a box of their famous mini macaroons.
We then had just over an hour to wander around the small streets surrounding La Concorde where you will find all of the chic boutiques like Dior, and Chanel before deciding to take in some of the other sights Paris has to offer by taking a bus ride from La Concorde to Gare de Lyon where our train to Macon was on time returning us to the Burgundy countryside just in time for supper.
Now that we know that a day trip to Paris is this easy and enjoyable we shall definitely be making the best of this location by doing this again soon!