Category: France

Notre Dame Cathedral




It is probably the most popular church in Paris thanks to Disney. This is my third time visiting this church and it impresses me still every time. Well built churches are just timeless. You can walk up the church for a fee. 🙂



Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Montmarte



The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris France. It is located in the Montmarte district, the highest point of the city.



Galleries Lafayette



Galleries Lafayette is a posh department store located at Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondisement of Paris. It has really good architecture especially the ceiling. I don’t think I can afford anything here. Haha. A lot of the name brands have shops here.



The Louvre



The Louvre is just beautiful any time of the year. It is the most popular museum in Paris, if not the whole of Europe. It houses classics like the Mona Lisa, Nike of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, and of course the Pyramid de Louvre pictured above.



Pont des Arts



This was on top of our must see list. No, we didn’t get a lock and throw it on the river below. We’re just curious. We went by metro and stopped at Pont Neuf on Line 7. It was bit of a walk from the metro. Just look for the river and head towards that direction. The Louvre Museum is actually close by.



Place de la Concorde and Jardin des Tuilleres



This was an execution during the French Revolution and was called Place de la Revolution then before it was renamed Place de la Concorde in 1795. The famous personalities that were executed here include King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.



Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees



Arc de Triomphe is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Paris. I remember arriving at night in Paris for the first time and this was the first monument I saw so it was quite memorable. The structure is actually quite big up close. You can’t cross it from across the street because of vehicular traffic. You need to go underground and emerge right across. You can actually go up the arc by stairs (no elevators) and the admission fee is currently at 8 euros.



Tour Eiffel at Trocadero



Of course the first thing you do when in Paris is see the Eiffel Tower. We went to Trocadero which is just opposit the Eiffel Tower and it has the best views of the tower, really great for photos. I’ve bee to Paris a few times but this is my first time at the Trocadero. Subway stop is also: Trocadero on metro line 9 or 6.



Charles De Gaulle Airport to the City and Hotel de l’Europe



We came to Europe via Paris. This is actually my first time at the Charles de Gaulle airport. My previous trips in the city were via train. It was very quick and efficient from the plane to immigration. They didn’t really ask any question. We were on to the baggage carousel which actually took a while. The area was kind of congested with a lot of passengers and our bags took a while to be loaded off. To go into the city, we opted to take the train. We just actually followed the signs and directions to the station.



Chateau de Versailles


The Palace of Versailles is one of the more popular day trips in Paris because of the accessibility. It’s only about 45 minutes to an hour away from the city center by train through the RER C (yellow) line. It’s also the last stop – Versailles – Rive Gauche. It’s also infamous for having housed royalty such as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Can you imagine the parties that took place there? 😛