Paris in 2 Days - Day 1

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Tuileries Garden
Since the TGV [Train à Grande-Vitesse = a very fast train ;)] started to pick people up in the capital of luxembourg city, i decided to visit paris for a couple of days. 20 minutes to the train station by car, and less than 2 hours for the train ride to paris.... finally! i step off the train, and i'm in paris...

We arrived at the Gare de l'Est (East-side train station)...
leaving the station, it didn't look like we landed in paris.. it could have been any other european city.

We walked throug a lot of smaller streets, because we first wanted to visit the MontMartre..
however somehow we landed in the soutern part of the center of paris. So we first visited the border of the seine, walked accross several bridges, and arrived at our first "famous" spot.
Gare de l'Est Area
It was the Louvre museum...
it looks amazingly HUGE. I'm pretty sure the whole building complex is much larger than the biggest Museum in N.y.
However we didn't visit the museum.. we were only there for 2 days, so this would cost too much time..

After that we walked through the Touileries Gardens...which looked very historical.. lots of sculptures surrounded by beautiful garden sceneries.. BEAUTIFUL!

We crossed lots of bridges... the famous Pont Alexandre bridge, passed Les Invalides, follwed the direcion of the Seine River...and 2-3 hours later after our arrival we finally arrived under the Eiffel Tower.

It looks pretty amazing, once you stand right under it. However the only bad thing about it are the 1000000 tourists around the area.
We decided to go up to the highest point of the tower. It took us over 3 hours !! 2:30 hours of waiting line (at the entrance, and the first floor, and once again waiting to get off the tower...). Never again... If you don't wanna shoot pictures, it isn't worth waiting 3 hours in line. The 1st Level would already be high enough. The 2nd level takes another 30-40 minutes to wait in line for the elevator, and it doesn't look much different on the photographs... If you're planning to visit the eiffel tower, try to book your tickts online in advance, you'll save a lot of time!

After the eiffel tower we headed towards the Trocadero. Beautiful Place, and you get one of the best views onto the Eiffel Tower.

After that, we chose to check in at our Hotel. So we took our first metro (subway) ride toward the Arc de Triomphe.
Louvre Museum
We paid 11 euros for a 1.5 Day Metro Ticket. Arrived at the Place Charles de Gaule, we walked south-wards to our Hotel. I will review it later.

After our check in, we decided to have a nap for 1 or 2 hours... we were pretty exhausted.
Got up at 5 am, arrived at 8:40 am. and kept on walking til 5 pm.

In the evening around 8 PM, we walked to the Champs Elysées. It's a good street for shopping addicts. Most of the shops are opened til 11PM. and they've got a bunch of nice (but expensive) shops..

At almost 10 PM, we decided to put an end to our first day. We had dinner at an italian restaurant, had 1 coctail, 2 ricards. Enough to feel tipsy...and went on to a nice lounge 1 block south of the arc the triomphe :).
A couple of cocktails, an absinth, a 17 year old whiskey, and we felt tired enough to go to bed :).
yasuyo says:
Nice blog! Thank you share your tip! I should book Eiffel Tower's ticket online;)
Posted on: Jul 17, 2009
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Tuileries Garden
Tuileries Garden
Gare de lEst Area
Gare de l'Est Area
Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
View from the Tower
View from the Tower
Another Tower View
Another Tower View
and another one
and another one
Tuilerie Parc
Tuilerie Parc
Underneath the Eiffel Tower
Underneath the Eiffel Tower
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