When I was younger, I had this dream. I was in Paris with the person who loved me more than anything in the world. It was winter time around Christmas. We went for a walk beside the river when he suddenly kneeled and asked me to marry him…
After my first six flights, I have sworn to myself I am never going on the aeroplane again. For nine years I was terrified of flying. But then I have heard a call from Paris. It was time, I had to go. I was just hoping that the aeroplane would crash on my way back so at least I get to see the city first.
The Eiffel Tower
The #1 sigh to see in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. It was finished and opened in 1889 with an intention to tear it down after the exposition which was celebrating the French Revolution. On average, it is 324 meters (or 1063 ft) tall but in the summer it can “grow up” even 15 centimetres (6 inches) because the heat causes the metal to expand. When it is windy, it can sway up to 9 centimetres (3.5 inches) at the top. There are 8 elevators which can take you up on each of 3 floors. On the first and the second floor you can enjoy some nice restaurants, on the highest floor, there is a small apartment which belonged to Gustave Eiffel. Today, the tower is the most visited paid monument in the world.
The City of Museums
Louvre is the world’s largest and the most visited art museum. It is actually a national museum of France situated in a palace with more than 35.000 exhibited objects. Other famous ones in Paris are the Orsay and the Rodin Museum where you can find statues as The Kiss and The Thinker. These are just three of my favourite ones but there are so many more!
Unfortunately, the seats for the Moulin Rouge were already taken when I wanted to book them but I bet it is worth it. The place is famous for its can-can dance shows. It was opened in 1889. The romantic musical movie with the same title was released in 2001 and I am unconditionally in love with it.
Being a Typical Tourist
During the five sunny days in Paris there was just enough time to jump on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus, take a river cruise around the city on the 777 kilometres long Seine River and join the Walking tour around the city centre and the Latin Quarter. You might see that I do the bus and walking tours almost everywhere I go but I honestly love this kind of exploring the city because in just one day you can see and learn a lot.
Visiting the Ferris Wheels
Talking about my guilty-pleasure, my life goal is to visit them all! I am talking about the Ferris wheels, not the naked men, of course. Although, I do like touching statues which I come across with. They say it is for good luck…
Where to Eat
Find some delicious and cheap restaurants in the Latin Quarter. Look for the ones which offer a “menu of the day”, usually with a starter, main meal and a dessert even from 14€.
Some Basic Information
I visited Paris last year in May. The city can get extremely crowded so it is very important to book all of your tickets in advance online to skip standing in line for hours. Take a look for the discounts because Paris can be a very friendly city to people younger of 25 (even if you are not a student anymore). English language in France is usually not a problem at least if you talk to the people who work in tourism but they do appreciate if you are being polite.
I have returned from Paris without the ring on my finger and broke up with the man four months after that. Well, a girl can dream… By the way, the plane did not crash… not even on its way back. Lucky me!
Let me hear your love stories from Paris or any other place in the world in the comment section below. Do you enjoy musicals as much as I do?
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