Travel Flashback: A Few Days in Paris – Part 2

In 2009 I headed off on a three day trip to Paris with a then boyfriend. After a messy arrival and a laid back first day we went full out to pack in as much as possible on our remaining two days. From the Louvre to..the Statue of Liberty?? we made the most of our time in the French capital.

We make sure to have a nice early start of day tow in Paris and now that we have the Subway journey’s down minovring town is a bit easier.

Our first stop of the day is The Louvre Museum world famous and of course home to the Mona Lisa. It also has quite a hefty admission price but we really fell on our feet here and while trying to figure out one of the ticket machines a man comes up to us with two tickets. Apparently he didn’t realise his kids( kids as in under 26 as is custom in most of Europe) could go free as French citizens and so offered us his extra tickets. We did offer to pay for them but the he refused which was exceptionally generous of him. (Since then I think all EU Area citizens under 26 are now given free entry so bargain if you’re in the category)

The Louvre

We spend a long time in the Louvre, the exhibits are extensive and it’s a lot of walking but there is definitely plenty of things to see. My travel buddie would have happily spent the whole day in the museum but luckily I was able to keep him moving along.

Exhibits in the Louvre

Though there are many attractions in the Louvre, houses many famous exhibits and art pieces, by far the most well known is the Mona Lisa. Even if you nothing about art (like me) you will of course be aware of the Mona Lisa. What you might not know is that it is actually really tiny. It was also very difficult to get close to or photograph as visitors are kept well back, it is kept is dim lighting and no flash photography allowed. The crowds gathered around it were quite exceptional though.

The Mona Lisa

After what seemed like forever in the Louvre we went for a walk around near by, including past the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel before our return to the Eiffel tower. Visiting in January means its dark pretty early so we’re heading up the tower on this visit to check out the view over the city and all the twinkly lights of the city.

 

The Eiffel Tower at night

Unfortunately, all our photos while up the Eiffel Tower turned out very blurry but it was a lovely view in all directions even if very, very cold!

Our third and final day in Paris is our busiest. Another nice early morning, all packed ready from our flight and off we go to explore some more of Paris before jetting back home late night. Notre-Dame Cathedral is first on the list.

It’s nice and quiet when we first get there but it does soon busy up. We wander about inside and look at the colourful stain glass windows and the very peaceful atmosphere. We even pay a few euros to see another section of the cathedral which houses some of the more valuable silverware and other intricate church items. We were given the impression of fee was to see the upper half of the church or the bells tower but this turned out not to be the case. Sometime you need a little more than high school level French.

While everyone associates the Statue of Liberty with New York City, the statue was originally a gift to the United States from the French people and several replicas of the Statue of Liberty sit right here in Paris.

The Statue of Liberty on the Seine

This one sits on the Île aux Cygnes, River Seine and supposedly faces the much larger US version on Liberty Island in New York. Who knew that 5 years later I would get to go see the full sizes one in Manhattan during a week long stay in New York.

Next stop is the site of the Bastille Castle and the July Column; a massive monumental column in the center of the Place de la Bastille which commemorates the 1830 French Revolution.

The July Column in Bastille Square

As we continue our walk abouts we head on past Luxembourg Palace which is a lovely spot. Now the location of the French Senate it was previously a royal residence, meaning its is very fancy and ornate building set in large gardens which are very beautiful spot for a nice walk.

Luxembourg Palace

After  a lot of walking and a packed day our final stop is the Panthéon in the Latin Quarter in Paris before we head back to the airport for our late night flight home.

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