5 days in Paris

Paris Travel Blog

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view from Arc De Triomphe
We flew from Dulles airport near the DC area to Paris, France. Charles De Gualle airport is very far away from the city, and in rush hour morning traffic we probably should have taken a taxi. Our hotel was at Montmarte which is the highest point in Paris and very interesting. Paris is much larger than I expected. Probably at least 3 times the size of Rome, Vienna or Munich so 5 days were barely enough to see everything.

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.
First photo in Paris as we got out of the Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro in Montmartre and looking for our hotel.
At that moment started thinking this is probably the most amazing city in Europe.

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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view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
First photo in Paris as we got out…
First photo in Paris as we got ou…
Eiffel Tower from our boat ride on…
Eiffel Tower from our boat ride o…
Moulin Roge
Moulin Roge
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Louvre
Louvre
Arc De Triomphe
Arc De Triomphe
Louvre
Louvre
Arc De Triomphe
Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
view from Arc De Triomphe
After the Arc and walking the Cham…
After the Arc and walking the Cha…
Versailles
Versailles
Ted Dansen at Versailles
Ted Dansen at Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Versailles
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Louvre
Napoleons tomb
Napoleon's tomb
Napoleons tomb
Napoleon's tomb
Napoleons tomb
Napoleon's tomb
Napoleons tomb
Napoleon's tomb
Napoleons tomb
Napoleon's tomb
Got to throw a pie in her face for…
Got to throw a pie in her face fo…
Sacre Coeur church on Montmartre
Sacre Coeur church on Montmartre
near Sacre Coeur church on Montmar…
near Sacre Coeur church on Montma…
Paris
photo by: Sweetski