Paris

22 05 2008

Weekend of week 8 was spent in Paris. Took an ICE train to Paris via the super fast Frankfurt/Paris connection which took around 3.5 hours. Romantic Paris indeed. With the Da Vinci Code craze going on, I followed the “roseline” in Paris all the way to Lourve in search of the glass pyramid. Apart from the novel craze, I walked along the banks of the Seine, and through its royal gardens and squares to visit the beautiful Tuileries Gardens & Palais Royal, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe from Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame, Grand & Petit Palais, Moulin Rogue and Montmartre district, etc.

Tips on Paris:
– There are free walking tours for Paris so join them. The tour guides will give you more insights of the city and share lovely stories. It’s free and you only need to give tips at the end of the tour (no minimum rate stipulated for the tips).
– A trip to the Montmartre district is worth the effort. Many infamous people like Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali called this eclectic district home. Just take the Metro and it will get you to the station just opposite to Moulin Rogue which is usually the starting point of the walk. Montmartre typifies all things quintessentially Parisian – from the famous Moulin Rogue with the can-can dancers, to the terrace cafes to romping bars and clubs, to bourgeois-bohemian apartments and the tiny cobblestone streets. There are lots of artist studios, statues of pop stars in this district. The highlight when walking uphill to the church at the highest point of Paris (Basilica Sacré Coeur) is the amazing view of the whole of Paris.


– Shops are not opened on Sundays, yes even for touristy Paris. So if you want to do shopping for your LVs, remember to do so by Saturday.

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