Paris: France Tour Episode 9

Paris the capital of France is the country’s largest city and main cultural and commercial centre, filled with architectural masterpieces like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of Europe’s largest cities. Almost 2.2 million people live in the central city and almost 12 million more people live in the whole metropolitan area.

Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities. Paris is the centre of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world’s finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Clarins, etc.

A large part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, and Lido, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.

The city of Paris itself is officially divided into 20 districts The first district, the geographical centre of Paris and a great starting point for travellers. The Musée du Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Les Halles, Palais Royal, Comédie-Française, and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel are all to be found here.

2nd May:

Around 10 am we took a train from Nice to Paris and reached Paris in the afternoon and went to our hotel.

Nice to Paris by train
Nice to Paris by train
Nice to Paris by train
Paris Station

3rd May:

After breakfast, we took a HOHO bus to go through Paris city.

Hop on hop off bus in Paris
Academy of Music, Paris
Enjoying Paris by Hop on hop off bus
Sainte Chapelle, Paris
Louvre Museum, Paris

Paris is one of Europe’s largest cities. Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities incontext of culture, art, fashion, food and design.It is also called the City of Light and Capital of Fashion. It is the home for the world’s finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Clarins, etc. A large part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world after Tokyo. Paris has numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist site, – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, and Lido, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.

Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame
Arc de Triomphe

We got down at Notre Dame, but could not enter the cathedral as it was the closing time. Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral  which was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. We took some photographs of the Cathedral from outside.

It was almost evening and we went to HOHO bus stand near Arc de Triomphe. We took the night HOHO bus trip of Paris city, which was an excellent trip, but photography was not perfect due to reflections of glass.

After breakfast on 4th May, we went for a detailed visit of Paris. First we went to Eifel Tower, stood in a long queue to go up the lift to the viewing platform of the tower. The view of Paris from the top is breath taking.

Our next stop was Les Invalides.Les Invalides or Hôtel national des Invalides is a building containing Museums and Monuments relating to military history of France, military hospital and the highest dome of Paris, Dôme des Invalides.

Dôme des Invalides.
Dôme des Invalides.

Then we went to the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Luxembourg Gardens were created by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France in the vicinity of her palace, the Luxembourg Palace.

As the evening approached, we took the Seine river cruise to see Paris in night. The cruise ended with the magnificent show of sparkling Eiffel Tower.

We came back to our hotel fully tired and went to sleep after taking dinner.

On 5th May, after breakfast we went to the famous Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century have been exhibited over an area of about 73000 square meters. The Louvre receives about 10 million visitors every year, making it the most visited museum in the world. We finished our tour of Louvre after seeing the famous painting of Monalisa.

We came out of the museum and sat below the Pramid. The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids.

Glass and Metal Pyramid, Louvre

Then we visited the Sacre Coir and the Pantheon. We concluded our tour of Paris and went back to our hotel.

Transport:

Public Transport:

The Paris public transport system is run by RATP and consists of the Metro (underground), Tram, RER suburban express train (which interconnects with the Metro inside Paris), bus and night bus. Paris and its suburbs divide into 6 zones. Zones 1 and 2 cover the city centre and ALL Metro lines. RATP tickets and passes are valid on the Metro, tram, buses and RER. The Metro alone is very efficient and will take you anywhere you need to go within Paris city limits.

Paris Visite Pass is valid for either 1, 2, 3 or 5 days’ unlimited use on all RATP services (métro, suburban trains, trams, buses etc..).

Trains:

High-speed TGV trains  link the capital with most parts of France; they also run from Paris to London, via the Channel Tunnel, and to neighbouring countries on the Continent.

Airport:

The main international airport is Roissy–Charles de Gaulle and the older Orly airport is used mainly for domestic and charter flights.

River:

The Seine River carries barges and pleasure traffic.

Accommodation:

Hotels: INR 5000 to 7000: (rating of better than 7): www.booking.com

Apartment: INR 6000 to 7000: (rating of better than 7 ): www.booking.com

Apartment: INR 5000 to 7000: ( rating better than8): www.airbnb.com

Supermarkets:

 Monoprix,

Carrefour,

 Monop,

Market Paris Rochechouart,

G20,

 Supermarket,

Diagonal

Budget restaurants:

Grenier Au Pain

 Maison Castro

Le Coquelicot

  COSI

 MMMOZZA

Frenchi to go

 Joe burger

Kraft hotdogs

,Chez le Libanais

And many more

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