5 days in Paris
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September 7th, 2008 – by: onlinemediapower
We went to the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, Napolean's Tomb, The Eiffel Tower, Pere Lachaise cemetery to see Jim Morrison's grave, the Bastille, etc. I would say the highlight was going up to the top of the Arc De Triomphe at night and seeing the view of Paris from there. The Eiffel Tower lit up into different blue and white colors with the EU stars in front of it and it was breathtaking.
Versailles was a 1 day excursion that I recommend. The place is huge, of course and the lines are long but the best part are the gardens. They are so big that they actually rent electric cars that you can drive around in. We rented one and explored. The inside has a great deal of historical significance, especially if you've read anything on the French Revolution. As we were walking inside we saw the actor Ted Dansen there with his wife Mary.
One thing to look out for in Paris: there's a scam where people pretend to find a gold coin on the ground (they actually drop it themselves). They congratulate you and give you the ring, then demand money in return for their 'generosity'. We saw this happen 4 times in a row as we walked by the Seine River, so don't fall for it! :)
Notre Dame cathedral is also a magnificent place that should not be missed. It's the true center of Paris, which divided into by the Seine river and has 2 islands in its center: Ile de le Citie (where Notre Dame is) and Ile St. Louis. If you want a truly memorable walk, just start at the Louvre and head west to the Arc De Triomphe. You'll cross the Tuilleries gardens, the site of the guilotine (now and obelisk) and many interesting sites along the way.
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