Sightseeing in Paris
Sightseeing in Paris is a must for any traveller. For those of you out there who love to get out and see the sights on a trip you can’t go past a visit to Paris.
When you go sightseeing in Paris you get the whole deal – there’s culture, authenticity and that little snap of individuality. So I’m told anyway And seeing I did it my way I guess the individuality bit is about right.
Already in France visiting my aunt and uncle who live in a fantastic farmhouse in Normandy, I traveled from a little town called Flers in the French countryside to Paris by – not one of those utlra fast ones which whizz you by everything before you have time to see it, but a slow countryside plodder of a train…. lovely.
I’d booked a week in the Bleu Marine Paris Montparnasse Hotel mainly because it was within an easy walk of the Eiffel Tower and the river (and the railways station so I didn’t have far to carry my luggage) and the first thing I saw when I walked out of the Montparnasse train station when I arrived, was the breathtaking sight of the the Eiffel Tower looming straight ahead of me. Wow! It was the first time I’d seen it in real life. And I could see it everytime I turned around right until the moment I stepped inside the hotel. Sadly I didn’t have a view of it from my room, because I couldn’t afford one of the better rooms.
Paris is sightseeing on a whole new level. On my list of must does were the Eiffel Tower (of course ) Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc Di Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees, The Louvre, Napoleon’s Tomb and so, so much more.
My sightseeing in Paris (naturally…seeing I’d been yearning to climb it my whole life) began at the Eiffel Tower. This 116 year old structure which graces the Parisian skyline stands at 324m high and is a favourite stop for tourists from all over the world. For just a few euros you can walk up the 1665 stairs or catch the glass lift all the way to the top to get one of the best city views you will ever see ( the best night time view of the tower itself is probably from the top of the Montparnasse Tower which was near my hotel…brilliant (you have to pay to go up to the viewing platform though)
Back at the hotel I decided against eating in their restaurant and head out into the streets looking for somewhere quirkier and Parisian. And I found it big time
Monsieur Lapin… understated decor featuring a bizarrely morbid take on Alice in Wonderland on the toilet door, and as the name suggests a penchant for rabbit based dishes (lapin in French) . Delicious food but slightly strange place, where nearly all the other diners were male gay couples
I’m going to use the word bizarre again, because I’m a vegetarian so it it was a bizarre choice of a place to eat in the first place…but the most bizarre thing about the place was a HUGE picture in the ladies toilets of Alice in Wonderland brandishing a shotgun and a dead rabbit in a waistcoat with a watch at her feet. I remember my horror when I closed the door to behind me, sat down, and looked up to see her staying at me with that malevolent look..then I couldn’t stop laughing. Brilliant!
Sightseeing in Paris – The Louvre
My travels then took me to The Louvre – an absolute must for sightseeing in Paris! Based in the former Royal Palace, the Louvre Museum showcases the very apartments that Napoleon Bonaparte lived in, still in their original state. Given the long history of the Louvre, the glass pyramids which mark the entrance of the museum at the end of the Tullieries gardens seem in stark contrast to their surrounds. The Louvre showcases around 35,000 works of art including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and many other famous works from around the world. The place is so huge that it is estimated it would take five and a half weeks of non-stop looking for someone to see everything within the Louvre’s walls.
When sightseeing in Paris you also can’t go past a visit to the Moulin Rouge, it is expensive to go in, but well worth the experience if you can afford it!
by kate wiley (this article is an ongoing adventure which will be added to soon, and regularly….sorry it’s so short at the moment. I actually wrote it at about 7 or 8 years ago when it was just thrown together without much thought except pleasing the search engines to make some money running advertising, which I no longer care about. Since then I’ve been back to Paris several times, and I’m still travelling – currently in Melbourne, heading for London in a few weeks.)
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