Paris, France – Landmarks (August 2014 Series #2)

 

There is no doubt that the city of Paris is a beautiful city rich of history and architecture. During our 4 day stay we wanted to do as much as we could, but obviously we lacked time. For most of the landmarks, we contented ourselves by seeing them from the outside. There is probably just 1-2 that we took the time to actually visit.

During our stay we decided to rent an apartment with Airbnb for the first time. It was a good experience. It’s too bad that I didn’t take any photos.

 

When visiting Paris, taking the Metro is a great way of going from one spot to another. The solo ticket is 1.90 Euros, though. I think that it’s a bit pricey. Plus, the Metro can be a surprise experience. The Husband hated it. He hated the fact that it was so dirty and smelled of urine. 🤢  Correct me if I am wrong, but a lot of the metro lines were not equipped for disabled persons too.

 

Personally, I would strongly recommend walking around Paris. I absolutely love these little streets!

 

Sometimes you can even get a glimpse of famous landmarks from another point of view.

 

On our first day in Paris, we decided to explore the area of Le Marais. My friend, KR, loved it. We ended up having drinks at a local bar then having dinner at L’As du Fallafel.

 

The next day, we walked to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. We had decided that this was going to be a « chill day ». We just wanted to grab some food, choose a spot, have a picnic, and catch up on everything that’s been happening in our lives. KR is one of my closest childhood friend and I absolutely love her.

 

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is approximately 24 hectares big, it is the 5th biggest green space / public park in Paris, and the entrance is free. After walking for a bit, we found our spot and wow, the view of the city was spectacular!

 

After 5 hours of lying down on the grass and talking about everything and anything, we thought it would be fun to explore the park some more. The scenery was beautiful and the view just one of a kind.

 

On the evening of the second day, The Husband finally joined us. The first landmark we decided to visit together was Cimetiere Pere Lachaise. This was actually one of the rare spot we actually visited.

Some of you might think – what the hell are they doing visiting a cemetery in Paris? Well, first, I’ve always had an appreciation for cemetery art. Back in the Philippines, I particularly loved the Chinese cemeteries. And second, le Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise has become quite a tourist spot; there were even tours with tour guides going on! I felt like the cemetery was like a museum.

 

Jim Morrison

 

The one of a kind French music icon, Edith Piaf

 

Oscar Wilde

 

Que devient le reve quand le reve est fini.
What happens to the dream when the dream is done.

 

We weren’t planning to stop by the Opera Garnier in Paris. We were here to go to a restaurant I really wanted to go to. Unfortunately it was closed for the summer. Anyways, we got out of the metro and instantly, we came face to face with this beautiful building. It took me a couple of seconds to realize that this was the Opera. Hearing music in the air, we approached the crowd in front of the building. A wonderful performer was singing Imagine by The Beatles and cheering the crowd to sing along with him. No wonder so many people were standing here, I told myself, the ambiance was unbelievable!

 

Perched on a mound in Montmartre, the Basilique du Sacré Coeur is the highest point of the city. The way we got there was by taking the metro and stopping at the metro stop, Anvers. This brought us at the bottom of the hill and we walked up the main road. You won’t get lost as the road is pretty busy and full of tourists. There are also lots of stores and unfortunately people who will try to tempt you to buy things. Resist the tourist traps if you can. Luckily for us, police agents were present and pretty visible so everything went smoothly for us.

 

Unfortunately, taking photos inside the Basilique is strictly prohibited. Don’t hesitate to go inside though- it is as beautiful inside as it is outside.

 

And if you have a minute, do take a seat on the stairs in front of the Basilique. The view of the city is breathtaking.

« Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. »

 

There is a small tourist train you can take from the Basilique that goes around and tours around Montmartre-Pigalle for 30 minutes. The train lets you go around the area and it is commented to make sure you don’t miss out anything important.

The Moulin Rouge. Popularly known because of the 2001 movie featuring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, there is more to Moulin Rouge than the movie. Located in the Pigalle area, close to many sex shops, theaters, and adult stores, the Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret in France that first opened in 1889. It is the spiritual birthplace of the popular French dance, the Cancan, and is presently a very popular tourist spot. If you’re worried about passing by it and missing it, just look for a red windmill on a roof!

 

Musée du Louvre. While I was itching to go in and enjoy each and every piece of art in there, I knew that we didn’t have enough time. Musée du Louvre should be enjoyed at least for 1 day, maybe 2.

 

Jardin des Tuileries

 

Pont d’Amour. Last I heard, the locks were removed because it was threatening the bridge of breaking down.

 

Meet La Tour Eiffel / The Eiffel Tower. A childhood friend once dreamt of me walking under the Eiffel Tower with my husband and 6 kids. I hate to disappoint her, but I did get to walk under the Eiffel Tower this year with my husband but definitely not 6 kids. Anyways, the Husband really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower and so we decided to go to Trocadero to see it from there. It was beautiful, just as I remembered it. Sadly though, the Husband wasn’t impressed. From afar, he said that he felt like he was looking at a postcard or photos on the internet. He wanted a close up and so we walked towards its direction.

Looking up the Eiffel Tower is amazing. You can’t help, but think to yourself – how the hell did they make this?!? It’s huge, impressive, and truly one of the greatest wonder of the world.

 

While walking on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, we came face-to-face to this beautiful monument. Arc du Triomphe. I can’t even begin to imagine how they built this. It holds a special meaning – it represents and honours the men who fought and lost their lives during French wars. Beneath the arc, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It has an eternal flame lit all the time. It is especially poignant and I couldn’t help but think of all the men that lost their lives fighting for our country. My dad used to be in the French army, even fought a war, so it was an intense feeling I felt taking this photo.

 


I strongly suggest visiting the two landmarks during the day, but also the night time!

Have you been to Paris? What’s your favorite landmark? 🙂 🙂

Anyways, make sure to check out the food posts. That’s coming up next.

xoxo Elodie

 

 

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