Yeah, Paris it is!!
Once your in Europe, Paris would always and anytime be your best option to start your vacations with. I am no different. Ever since I learned in my school days the wonders of world, Paris was my dream destination. I always dreamed of standing on top of the Eiffel Tower and shout out my name and wonder if it echoed back ( lol, just kidding!) But yes, I am glad I could make the most out of this trip.
Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. (Source Google).
We had planned a three day trip. Since we live in Belgium, Paris is around 4 hours journey by bus. So we had opted for a journey by flexibus. Since we wanted a more comfortable trip, considering the demands of my 2 years 10 months old son, we had booked an apartment through Airbnb( this is the best one trust me).
We started early morning and reached Paris by early afternoon. We had our lunch and started for Eiffel Tower. Throughout Paris we travelled by train. We had a three day pass/ ticket to travel anywhere within Paris by train.
Img: top of Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Trust me the first glance of the 300 meters high tower fills your heart with awe! It stands there tall and strong cutting the winds with pride. I was more than overwhelmed. We had a lot of time to stroll around and beneath the tower. Also not to forget the very long queue for the tickets to sommet (top of Eiffel Tower). After around 2 hours of waiting in the queue and half n hour near the lift that takes you to the top, we were finally there, on the sommet, top of Eiffel. I have a phobia of heights so I was more nervous. My kiddo and hubby where pretty confident and enjoyed posing for photographs. Nevertheless, this was once in a lifetime experience and I enjoyed to the core. You see a Panaromic view of the entire Paris city (don’t dare to peep down if you are like me,phobic to hieghts!)
Img: museum de louvre
Img: Monalisa painting
Img: Nike of samothrace
Img: arc de triomphe
Img: Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Our second day was pretty relaxed. We woke up had our breakfast a headed for museum de lourve, famous museum of art and literary work and yes the one having the monalisa painting and Nike of samothrace statue. It was overly crowded but a really large museum. French paintings were the best.
After spending around three hours in the museum, we headed to our next spots, Notre Dame de Paris. It is an iconic gothic church with a literary link. Beautiful and one of a kind.
Next we visited the hilltop church, the basilica of the sacred heart. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.
Our next stop was Arc de triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. With this we were pretty exhausted and ended our second day.
Img: champ elysees street
The third day was all reserved for shopping on champs elysees street. We could not cover the opera house and Disney land as I mentioned we travelled everywhere through train and was pretty time consuming. But yes, we are planning for a separate one full day trip to Disney land just for my dear son and I would write about that separately 😊