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Paris, France [September 2014]

Paris, city of Love. Thats what people always said.  Paris, the ultra-cosmopolitan French capital city, has a longstanding global reputation as a mecca of art, culture, fashion, gastronomy, history and architecture. Called the City of Light, City of Love and Capital of Fashion, Paris is not only brimming with internationally famous attractions but is an energetic city where beauty and vivacity ever-weave its curvy streets. Paris’ starring role on the global stage makes it a prime destination for travelers, who have many reasons to visit beyond the emblematic Eiffel Tower and the world-renowned wines.


Accommodation:  Mercure Paris Montmarte Sacre Coeur

Stayed for two nights. Decorated with red carpet in the room. Room size is standard but cozy. Location is good, easy to get around and surrounding with cafe, restaurant, fast food and even souvenir shops. Staff are very friendly and speak good english, wifi connection is free..Definitely will stay here again



1.   Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. It has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world.

The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second. The third level observatory’s upper platform is 276 m above the ground, the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. Although there are stairs to the third and highest level, these are usually closed to the public and it is generally only accessible by lift.


View from on top of Eiffel tower:


2.   Arc De Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. 



3.   Champs Elysees

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a boulevard, which runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is famous for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day. The Avenue is one of the most famous streets in the world for upscale luxury shopping, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Hugo Boss, Adidas, Benetton, the Disney Store, Nike, Zara, H&M, Cartier, Bel Air Fashion, Toyota, Gap, and Sephora occupy major spaces. They also have the famous macaroons Laduree and Pierre Herme here.


4.  Place de la Concorde

During the French Revolution the statue of Louis XV of France was torn down and the area renamed “Place de la Révolution”. The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and it was here that King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793. I love French history so much so it was amazing to be there and witness the historical place with my own eyes.



5.   Louvre

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum.



6.   Bateaux Mouches

Bateaux Mouches are open excursion boats that provide visitors to Paris, France, with a view of the city from along the river Seine. These boats are popular tourist attractions in Paris. Most boat tours include a live or recorded commentary on the sights along the river. A typical cruise lasts about one hour. Most boats are equipped with lights to illuminate landmarks in the evening. The Steamers stopped running in the slow down of the Great Depression.

Since the Seine is centrally situated in Paris, a boat tour covers a great deal of the city. Both the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and the Right Bank (Rive Droite) are visible from the boat. You can see, among other sites, the Eiffel Tower; Notre-Dame Cathedral; the Alexander III Bridge, the Pont Neuf; the Orsay Museum, the Louvre Museum, Les Invalides, Napoleon’s burial site. I took around 6pm (local time) and it was the best time to go because you will get both afternoon view and evening view which is totally different but both are amazing. You can wave your hand along the cruise to the French people who sit near the river, they are mostly friendly and will smile and wave back at you.




7. Galerie Lafayette

When you’re in Paris, definitely its time to shop. If you want to save time from shopping, you can just visit this 10th storeys big mall. They have everything for luxury brands, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Longchamp etc. They have two main buildings and they separate each building for Women and Men section. Well, make sure you have time for this.




8.   Paris Lido

The Lido is a cabaret and burlesque show located on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It opened in 1946, famous for its exotic shows including dance, singing and other performers. I have all the arrangement for Lido, and at the time arranged, someone from the Lido company pick me up from my hotel and everything was smooth.


9.   Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Lucky me, my hotel is very near located to Moulin Rouge so it was alot easier to get there.


Extras:

My itinerary is very tight and honestly, you will always need to come back to Paris. There are too many things that you need to see and enjoy it. Two nights for me definitely far from enough but my trip is counting on and gotta continue to the next country. If you have more time or maybe for your next Paris trip, here are some worth places to visit:

- Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 km southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Its a must place for French history lover.

- Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame is a historic Catholic cathedral. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. 

- Les Invalides

 Les Invalides is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building’s original purpose, as well as the burial site for some of France’s war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte.

- Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, commonly known as the Great palace. It is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex located at the Champs-Élysées. 

- Disneyland Paris

No need to explain more right? The happiest place on earth

- La Vallee Village

Its huge factory outlet outside Paris. Worth to check if you are looking for cheaper branded stuff (eg: last season)

- Hard Rock Cafe, Paris

Located at Boulevard Montmartre

- Provence, South of France

This is my dream place. I will definitely visit this ‘lavender town’ when im in France again. 


Tips:

- The most expensive toilet entry fee in my life, it was at The Louvre. But it comes with colorful nice tissue paper. Oh well….


- Be careful of you valuable belongings everywhere in Europe (Mostly France and Italy). There are pickpockets everywhere and they will use any kind of way to get into your pocket. They will have many kind of scam. Watch out!


“A bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else.”



XOXO,


TheFLyingBun

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