The extent of this alluring city resonates all that I think and assume of. Indeed a place where your fantasy, imagination and dreams becomes a reality. And because PARIS is always a good idea… and there’s a lot of passion in this city that is impossible not to fall in love… a visit will always be worth your precious time.
I decided to stay near the iconic tower, Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel, centrally located in Paris and less than 5 minutes walk from Eiffel Tower is the best idea. Though there’s a lot of option where to stay, I choose this one because of its contemporary design and location.
TIP 1: Remember that if you’re going to travel to a city for a short period of time, it is important to always consider the location where to stay in order to save time and for you to see as much as you can.
After checking in at the hotel, and enough time to relax and prepare for my scheduled tour later in the afternoon. Excited as I am, I went earlier than the call time for the tour to see once again the EIFFEL TOWER. It is within the tower’s vicinity where the group tour will meet and assemble. Since it is just less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel, I have enough time to snap some pictures and savor the dazzling beauty of the tower at the center of this charming city.
The group went on with the tour. As expected, the climb is exciting and the view from the tower is stunning. No visit in Paris is complete without this experience.
Had a dinner at “58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant” at the first floor. A bit pricey but the experience is truly worth it.
The Eiffel Tower experience was followed immediately with SEINE RIVER boat cruise sightseeing. It’s very relaxing seeing the major sights of Paris from another perspective.
To pass underneath the city’s beautiful bridges and pass its elegant architecture is truly one of a kind. I just love seeing Paris at night from the river.
Eiffel Tower… Dinner at the tower… Seine river cruise… what could have been better to end the night is to experience an evening of iconic glamour at MOULIN ROUGE, the legendary home of Parisian cabaret!
I wish I could have snap some photos secretly to show everyone how flashy it was. But since it is not allowed and we have to obey rules, I just sit, drink the champagne and watched the whole show in total pleasure. Please check some youtube videos of “Moulin Rouge Paris” to have an idea of this glittering elegant show. However, since it contains partial nudity, therefore not appropriate for all audiences.
I was mesmerized as those lovely showgirls and talented dancers started the show like no other. The lovely “Doriss Girls” are perfection! I just can’t believed that they all looked the same physically. It was sexy but not provocative. It does contain partial nudity where some parts where the performers are topless and their only upper costumes are just feathers and sequins. It was foxy in an artistic way.
My eyes are feasting on eye-popping explosion of colorful carnival like costumes of feathers and sequins with a backdrop of elaborate moving sets and performers that is indeed a feast for the senses.
Sensational! Fabulous! Spectacular!
TIP 2: Don’t be late. If you’re going to a group tour, always go ahead of time if you don’t know the exact location. Don’t be the reason for the delay of group’s tour. Respect other people’s time.
It was a lovely morning weather in Paris. Just perfect for the 2nd day of activities.
If there is a place to see the Old France in all its flamboyant grandiose, the PALACE DE VERSAILLES will take your breath away. A French Baroque architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known to be the residence of the kings and queens of France from Louis XIV in 1682 until the beginning of the French revolution in 1789.
An example of an immense and extravagant complex with fountains and gardens. The palace itself is full of history and stories to tell. Exceptional architecture and interiors that is beyond comparable. Each room tells a story with furnishing that is fit for royalty. Impressive!
It was followed by a visit on the steep and cobbled streets of MONTMARTRE, a 130 meters high hill. It is said that some of the most famous artist such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh once lived here. Perhaps that’s the reason why Place du Tertre is packed with colorful artist stalls that acts as an open air art gallery bustling with tourist and locals. While Rue de Steinkerque is popular place to hunt for souvenirs.
Lastly, a visit to “SACRE COEUR BASILICA,” the most recognizable landmark of Montmartre. You can stay to hear a mass, and as for me… I lighted a candle for my mama.
Just outside the famous church is a breathtaking view of Paris.
TIP 3: It is advisable to go on a small group tour with a tourist guide on a skip the line pass/ticket instead of waiting for long hours in a long queue in museums or other popular attractions.
Another must see is the LOUVRE MUSEUM, a massive museum opened in 1793. A haven for art lovers. It is said to be built originally as a royal palace in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II.
A collection of awe-inspiring arts that is absolutely incredible. Among the famous and most celebrated works of art includes the “Mona Lisa” and “The Venus of Milo.” You just really need to be patient to wait for your chance and turn to be near in such work of art. The museum is full of tourist from all over the world.
Great collection of arts that was preserved for generations to witness works of imagination, ingenuity, craftsmanship, expertise and artistry. The museum itself is truly mesmerizing with its exteriors and interiors. From every walls, ceilings and different areas and rooms of this marvelous museum is truly a work of art. Amazing!
The rest of the day was spent ambling through “Champs Elysees.” Perhaps one of the most famous avenues in the world. A haven for those who love shopping. Well, for me it’s a place to sit on a bench and people watch, enjoy a cocktail, coffee or have a meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes. You can visit the “Arc de Triomphe” at the western end of the Champs Elysees. One of the famous monuments in Paris.
TIP 4: Always enjoy the journey. It’s not always we can be in these lovely historic popular destinations.
And since it’s the last day of my short visit, I just enjoy sauntering around Paris soaking up all this captivating city has to offer.
If I had an affinity to a particular place, one of them would definitely be the city of Paris. There is something about this gorgeous city that the moment I stepped out of the pavement, I just feel like I’m home.
As Ernest Hemingway quote: “There are two places in the world where we can live happy; at home and in PARIS!”
Yes I am happy… I feel at home… and I was in love with Paris!
No! I was not just in love… I was totally madly in love with Paris haha!
I do not mean “love” in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city and everything about it.
Je T’aime Paris!