Punya Trivedi continues with his series of blogs on Europe. Here he writes part 2 of his blog on Paris.
Read part 1 of his blog on Paris -Plan Smartly and Enjoy Europe on A Budget.
In part 2 of Paris blog, Punya describes the best places you should visit in Paris.
Eiffel Tower –one of the most famous and most visited monument in the World. The tower will stun you with its breath-taking views from Level – 3.
Book tickets in advance from "Tour Eiffel Tower’s" official website. Book at least 45 days in advance, select date and time-slot. If you miss booking in advance, then give it a try two days before the day you plan to visit. If you are lucky you may get tickets in the event of cancellations by other tourists.
However, note that, last minute tickets through queue can be very tiring. The queue could be as long as to take a few hours.
Note down following in your tour diary of Eiffel Tower-
* Level – 3 (Summit) tickets cost approximately € 17.
* Eiffel tower is open till 11PM. In our opinion, visiting summit at level-3 in broad-daylight will give you nicer views of Paris.
* Eiffel tower is beautifully lit at night. You get an amazing view of the tower from Trocadéro, a subway station in Paris.
Louvre Museum : Home to most famous painting ever, the ‘Mona Lisa’, Louvre is one of the largest museums in world. Boasting of multiple thousand artefacts, covering entire Louvre can take up at least a couple of days. If you are short on time, decide which artefacts to see, will help you in optimizing the visit time. Below are few key artefacts in Louvre Museum.
* Mona Lisa – Most visited painting in Louvre
* Venus De Milo – An ancient Greek statue
* Winged Victory of Samothrace – marble sculpture of Greek goddess Nike
There are many more artefacts. Many are not so famous as a Mona Lisa, but a delight to watch. However, plan your visit well, if you are running short of time. The entire museum is divided into 7 to 8 exhibition halls e.g. Egyptian, Greek etc.
Every first Sunday of the month entry to all museums in Paris is free. However, be ready for long tiring queues on these days. It took us about 45 minutes to enter Louvre. Reaching early will help you on such days. Plan to reach at least one hour in advance of opening time of the museum. Entry fees on all other days is € 12 per person. Visit Louvre Museum's official website for more details.
Love locks bridge – Most romantic place in Paris. The view of river Seine and a walk on the streets, you will just love it. There are many different beliefs for putting locks on bridge, however the one reason which we were told by a localite was "your love will remain forever for your wife and you both shall visit Paris again!"
Champs Elysees Street – It is one of the best upscale markets in the world, passing through street is a delight. You will get to see all famous brands in the world having their outlets on this street, it is a place which attracts all rich and famous people for their shopping. Paris is called the global fashion capital because of the Champs Elysees!
Arc de Triomphe – Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in various wars of freedom. It is equivalent of our India Gate, Just keep walking Champ’s Elysees Street and you will see it at the end.
Notre Dame de Paris: The famous Gothic Church, the church is surely a must visit (Entry is free).
We explored many places on foot, such as Grand Palace, Famous Theatres and many streets.
You can also visit Disney Land and Palace of Versailles. Be ready to spend one full day at each of these two destinations.
The best places to buy souvenirs in Paris !
Only unromantic person can return empty handed after visiting the most beautiful city in the world-Paris. Buying souvenirs is a must!
But the small miniatures/fridge magnets can be very expensive if bought from official stores. You can purchase Eiffel Tower miniatures from local vendors outside Louvre museum or from near the Eiffel Tower. Yes, you can bargain extensively! There is a very large souvenir market near Notre Dame. It is the best place to buy souvenirs.
Well that sums up our visit of Paris. Overall we just loved the city, would definitely be looking forward to visit it again! Do let us know, your experiences and what we can visit on next tour of Paris.
Till we meet again through this blog series, I say in French, Merci (thank you) and bonjour (good day)
Punya Trivedi writes this blog series on "Europe On A Budget"- More Europe blogs from Punya are on the way !!
Punya is an IT professional, who simply loves to go places. He has so far explored parts of western and southern India and his international travel has so far covered US, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland & Nepal.
Punya is an avid net-surfer and is always looking out for online deals to save money. Through this article he would like to share few travel hack tips on Europe. He visited Europe in March 2016 with his wife Tanvi, who is also a travel enthusiast.
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