Monday, January 4, 2010

Paris Je T'aime

I have been to Paris before. In fact, I have been there 3 or 4 times and have done most of the typical touristy stuff. But every time I leave the city, I just want to keep going back. Paris just has that effect on you. It may be the feeling of being enveloped by the grandeur of this vast and dynamic city or the magical charm this romantic city possesses that allures both the locals and visitors. Whatever it is, I consider Paris as one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to visit it again, especially during the end-of-year festive period.

I won’t bore you with details of every attraction that I visited, as by now, you probably have tons of sites that give tips to travelers. But, if you asked me to list my Top 10 things to see or do in and around Paris, these would be them:

1. Ascend to the summit of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy breathtaking views of this marvelous city*.


2. Explore the Montmarte area, which is famous for the Sacre Coeur basilica and its artists’ square.


3. Visit the Chateau of Versailles and its lush gardens**.


4. Even if you are not into museums like me, I do think the Louvre is definitely a must see***.


5. Stroll along the famous Champs Elysées, where you can see the Arc de Triomphe.


6. See the magnificent complex of buildings in Les Invalides.


7. Enjoy simple but exquisite breakfast at Pain et Chocolat! Simply out of this world!


8. See the Opera and les Galleries Lafayettes by night.


9. Take a peek at Place de Clichy which is a sleazy area of Paris. If you have time, you can enjoy a cabaret performance at the Moulin Rouge****.


10. Visit the Notre Dame de Paris and enjoy drinks or dinner at St Germain du Près!


I will put up a few individual posts of certain experiences in Paris that I truly enjoyed. Be on the lookout for those in the coming days!

Au Revoir!

*You can book tickets in advance to avoid the long queues. Tickets can be bought online at www.tour-eiffel.fr .

**Again, queues to enter the château are very long and time consuming. The online ticket shop is currently closed, but you could always purchase tickets from the Office du Tourisme which can be easily found on the way to the chateau. They do not sell tickets on public holidays though, and in this case, you can purchase tickets from travel agencies such as Guida Tours, http://www.guidatours.com/ . There is an additional charge of 2 Euros, but this is insignificant when you think about how much time you can save from avoiding the queues.

***I think you can buy tickets online in advance but I am not sure. You can get more information about tickets here: http://www.louvre.fr/llv/pratique/venir.jsp?acces=1 . I just found out by chance that on the first Sunday of every month, all visitors can enjoy free access to the museum. You can use the lesser known Porte de Lions entrance for that as there are much lesser people there.


****Make sure you book your tickets well in advance from the website!

1 comments:

Travel Freak said...

Oooh, I want to visit Paris now!!!

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