City Guide: Paris
Paris has “enjoyed” high attention of the media lately due to horrible attacks. However, Paris is known as the City of Lights as well as being the City of Love. For business and leisure travelers alike, Pairs is one of the most important metropolises in Europe. Even though Paris is a troubled city at the moment, let’s forget about that for a while and remember the wonderful time we had in Paris!
It’s not that long that we’ve been in Paris. To be more precise, our trip dates back to Halloween. Unfortunately, we didn’t have as much time as we wished we’d have for Paris. However, we made the best out of our time!
Surprised by the architecture in Paris
When thinking of a metropolis, one usually thinks of high-rising buildings and a mixture of architecture from different centuries.
But Paris definitely is different. No skyscrapers and far away from modern architecture. Most buildings are rather historic.
Doing the tourist things
As already mentioned, our time was rather limited. Thus, we decided to see the most popular things and sights such as Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Le Louvre, Champs-Élysées as well as l’Arc de Triomphe.
The construction of Notre Dame almost took two centuries. The nowadays so popular cathedral goes back to the 12th century. But honestly, I don’t know why this cathedral is so well-known in comparison to other impressive cathedrals around the world.
At first, we just weren’t able to see the Eiffel Tower as it was just too foggy. But later on, we couldn’t resist going there. When being under it, the Eiffel Tower rather seemed brown than grey. Definitely an eye-catcher, but the vendors of souvenirs or selfie sticks were very annoying. Panoramas of the Tower are more exciting than being there…
Grand Palais was built for the world exhibition 1900. Nowadays, it serves as a museum. But the weather was just too good to go in a museum when it comes to our day in Paris.
Le Louvre is probably one of the most popular museums all around the world. Even da Vinci’s oil painting Mona Lisa, definitely world famous, is exhibited there. Accordingly high are the entrance fees.
Officially, Avenue des Champs-Élysées is famous for the high prestigious shops. But I think that a broad of 70 meters might also be a factor, not to mention world famous l’Arc de Triomphe!
There are constantly honors and wreaths over the year remembering the soldiers of the first world war who have never been identified. Apart from that, it is possible to get to l’Arc de Triomphe as a pedestrian through an underpass and even to step on a viewing platform!
Admittedly, Paris has so much more to offer than these things. Shame on us we were so short of time we nearly just saw this. For me, it was the first time in Paris, so how could I possibly skip the Eiffel Tower? No way. Paris, I will definitely come back and will then have some unique moments! Indeed our next trip is already planned for February! Be sure to check back for our next city review of Paris!