Following London, we took EuroStar to Paris which took only a few hours. We booked this apartment in Paris which look like the apartment featured in Taken, whereby one of the girls was kidnapped via human trafficking. Holy crap. I have learnt my lesson not to just take whatever you see on the internet as face value and I definitely need to do more research. Thankfully my uncle (who’s residing in Paris) check on me and ensure that I’m safe.
In general, I felt very unsafe in Paris though it’s such a beautiful city. I was being stared in metro (alone or even with I’m with my friends). There was once when my uncle and I were strolling along Champ Elysees with my Dior shopping bag and we were followed by a group, one too many times. He said it’s common and sometimes when he does grocery shopping, his eggs or food will go missing from his grocery bag. Just need to be more prudent and be aware of your surroundings.
I’ve always wanted to visit Paris for its iconic Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Arc De Triomphe etc.
- The Louvre
My uncle and I beat the crowd by heading here early. For museum enthusiast, you may need to queue for a while and take up 1-2 days to fully cover the museum. This Louvre Museum is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other amazing art pieces. However, I heard it’s kind of hard to appreciate the art pieces in a chaotic environment (super crowded) so we dropped off the idea of entering the museum.
2. Eiffel Tower
We gladly queued for more than 1 hour, just to get up the iconic Eiffel Tower, to have a panoramic view of Paris. The lift up was super squeezy, but the view was worth it. The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to be a temporary installation but it then became the most popular touristy places in Paris. The wrought iron lattice tower is an amazing architecture. No matter what, you have to drop by to take this mandatory shot when in Paris.
3. Arc De Triomphe
I wonder where did I get the courage to stand in the middle of the road to get this shot with Arc De Triomphe with one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Arc de Triomphe was built to commemorate those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
You can actually climb up the 280 stairs at night and have a splendid of Eiffel Tower around 10pm to enjoy the Eiffel light show.
4. Galeries Lafayette
Thereafter, we took a break and had tea with macarons in Galeries Lafayette. It is one of the best shopping malls in Paris and the interior decor is always stunning; especially the splendid glass Coupole. This upmarket shopping place is a dreamland for those fashionista.
The next day, we went to Notre Dame De Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre (White Church). Both places were brimmed with crowd and we were perspiring from all the climbing and walking, despite the cold weather in November.
5. Notre Dame De Paris
This famous cathedral is not-to-be missed! It is the most visited monument in France and as you can see from my pics, there’s a long queue snaking from the entrance. Entry is free but you would need to pay to climb the stairs up the tower.
6. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre (White Church)
This stunning white church on a hill is the best place to kick-start your Paris adventures. However, the streets leading up the montmarte hill to the White Church were filled with street vendors, getting you to buy their stuff. Just say NO and move on.
7. Les Invalides
Another long walk to Les Invalides – one of the largest military and art collection, or also known as a military museum. It also contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.
8. Champ Elysees Avenue
Champ Elysees Avenue is the exclusive shopping destination, and also known as one of the most beautiful avenue in the world. When you think of Fifth Avenue in New York and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, or Orchard Road in Singapore, that’s the standard of Champ Elysees. Along Champs Elysees, you can find all the prestigious, luxury brands with their flagship stores. My uncle and I like to sit down at one of the restaurants/cafes’ alfresco seating, to just people-watch.
So that’s the summary of my list of 8 Best Attractions in Paris. What’s yours?