What’s even more fascinating about the city of Paris is the bulk of places one may reach through walking around and the use of its public transport. It is pretty much a well-preserved city– with its people and government giving due importance to the maintenance and celebration of these remarkable monuments and infrastructures.
One of the most famous monuments in the city found in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile was built to commemorate those who fought and died in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Beneath the arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Not to be confused with the arch found at the end of Champ Élysées, The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is located in Place du Carrousel near The Louvre. It was built to remember Napoleon’s victories executed through reliefs in rose marble.
Not just pertaining to one of my all-time movie favourites starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, depicting the tale of tragic love between a young poet and a courtesan, Moulin Rouge was a cabaret in Paris known to be the birthplace of can-can dancing, and is now a popular tourist attraction providing musical dance entertainment.
Now a mausoleum, the Pantheon was one of the first buildings I’ve seen in Paris, and bears a facade patterned to the Pantheon in Rome. Seeing it made me look forward to visiting Rome in the near future!
Also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame, it stands as a medieval Catholic cathedral that is among the biggest and most well-known church buildings globally. Its windows are amazing to witness upon especially when the sun graces its light upon it. We were quite lucky to be able to attend a mass here, which I thought was our perfect thanksgiving for the safety and realisation of our Eurotrip.
Not your usual date place and tourist destination, we literally waited an hour or so for us to visit the Catacombs! The Catacombs of Paris were first known to me through documentaries from NatGeo or Discovery Channel when I was quite young, which both scared and fascinated me back then. Of course, I’m not letting this pass! Holding over 6 million remains, I was actually thankful to be working as a nurse as these no longer scared me at all. Femur. Ulna. Skull. Oh look, Femur again.
If you are up to enjoying some luxurious baked goods and sweets, then visiting the world’s best known seller of the macaron is for you. We also had a Laduree branch back in London, somewhere in Covent Garden, but we were really tempted to dine right where macarons were born and created. Good thing it was just a temptation! And we simply ended up buying a couple of macarons to taste and enjoy as a snack. Thank you to free will and self-control.
A train ride away from the heart of Paris is the Palace of Versailles, or the Château de Versailles. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site first built by Louis XIII in the 1620s. It boasts of grand State Apartments and museums, and an even more phenomenal garden. HUGE is an understatement. We visited the Palace on a cloudy, rainy Monday so sadly, the state apartments were closed to visitors, and we didn’t really explore the beauty of the gardens.. Will definitely come back for Versailles.
Not to be missed is dropping by the happiest place on Earth! Well, on this case, the happiest places on Earth as you get to be mesmerised not by one but by two theme parks — Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. An hour or so of train ride from the city to Marne-la-Vallee, this is where the young ones are given a whole year of Christmas gifts in the form of their favourite characters breathing life, and where the older ones are allowed to be children in heart and in action for a day! Merchandise will try to kill your savings and bank accounts, so be vigilant!
Looks like I’ve reached the end of this entry and hopefully, you get to decide which feasts to include once you indulge in the beauty of Paris! Leave a comment of other places we probably have missed, as we are definitely going back for more Parisian architectural, landscape, (and edible) delight!