My trip to Paris
My trip to Paris
Paris, France is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit for 4 days this past July and absolutely loved it! Since many of my work colleagues have already been there I actually felt very familiar with the city even though I had never visited before. My husband and I worked out an itinerary a few days prior to our arrival and we are delighted to talk about this most memorable trip.
The City of Paris is divided into many sections
For a total of 20 municipalities
The city of Paris is divided up into 20 smaller sections referred to as "arrondissements", or municipalities beginning in the center of the city and working outwards in a spiral shape. With the river Seine dividing the city, many of the municipalities are located on the Rive Gauche (left bank) with the remaining situated on the Rive Droite (right bank)
Taking a tour of Paris
Get out those walking shoes!
The best way to see Paris is on foot. Even though it is quite a large city, it is fairly easy to get around. You can take a city tour as well and the advantage of that would be getting a crash course about Paris' rich history. Or you can go for a ride on "les bateaux mouches" along the River Seine which sails to many attractions around the city. Paris also is one of the (22) cities around the world that has a Greeter program. It is called Parisien d'un jour which translates as "Parisian for a day". A local parisian will meet with you and show you around Paris free of charge. You can email them prior to your arrival in Paris to make the booking.
Les Champs ElysÃ©es
The busiest street in Paris
Of course what would a trip to Paris be without visiting Les Champs ElysÃ©es? This large boulevard runs through the 8th arrondissement spanning from the Arc de Triomphe down to Place de la Concorde. With it's many boutiques, bistrots and restaurants l'avenue des Champs ElysÃ©es attracts thousands of tourists every day. Many of the top designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Benetton and many others are located right here. While many areas of Paris shut down on Saturday and Sunday, this large avenue is always hopping!
The MusÃ©e du Louvre
Once a fortress, now one of the world's largest and most visited museums
The world famous Louvre Museum, situated in 1st arrondissement of Paris is home to thousands of famous international works of art such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. It is open every day except Tuesday. Set aside a full day for touring this former fortress as it is well worth it!
Crossing the River Seine headed towards the Eiffel Tower
If you can't visit the Eiffel Tower right away
Bring the Eiffel Tower into your home!
Of course, nothing replaces seeing the Eiffel Tower in person, but here is the next best thing!
Parlez-vous francais? But of course!
J'aime Paris! Oui Oui!
Of course, growing up in the world's second largest french speaking city, Montreal, I had no problem communicating with Les Parisiens. Below are some useful french phrases
Bonjour = Hello or Good Day
Je veux acheter un billet, s'il vous plait = I would like to buy a ticket please.
C'est ou la gare? = Where is the train (station)?
L'addition, s'il vous plait = May I have the check please (in a restaurant)
Au revoir = good bye or until we meet again
Tallest Structure in Paris - The Eiffel Tower - Situated in the 7th arrondissement of the City of Paris
Our visit to the Eiffel Tower took place after dark. With hundreds of people all around the tower and many more waiting in line to go to the top, we just decided to admire Paris' tallest structure by standing directly underneath and looking upwards. Have a look at this video which shows the lights flashing on the Eiffel Tower. It is really something to see!
A Camera is a Must when visiting Paris - Take home memories of the world's most romantic city!
If you are planning a trip to Paris, a good digital camera that takes video is essential.
Boatride on the River Seine - The River Seine runs through the center of the City of Paris
Taking a boatride on the Seine is one of most romantic things to do in Paris. On our way to the Eiffel Tower we encountered these musicians. Listen to the peaceful music that sets the tone for this scene! By the way, the sun sets a lot later in Paris. This video was shot around 1030pm and it was still quite light outside!
Visiting Paris soon? - Why not take a Paris travel guide with you?
The Sights and Sounds of Paris! - Montmartre and Eglise SacrÃ©-Coeur
Our second day in Paris was spent walking around in Montmartre, which is where you will find many talented artists eager to paint your portrait or perform outdoor concerts. This area of Paris is located high up on a hill. At the very top you will find L' Eglise Sacre-Coeur. While we were there, we witnessed a wedding taking place. I bet that the bride and groom didn't expect so many guests! There are also a lot of quaint shops that offer delicious sweets such as gaufres (waffles) or crepes. This young woman is preparing a lot of crepes to be served in one of the restaurants. I'm getting hungry! Have a look at all the videos which will give you a good idea of how beautiful the area is!
This trip was my first time in Paris but not my last. If you have been to La Ville Lumiere, I invite you to share your memories right here!