Paris is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world, full of life and culture. In my previous blog post My Trip Diary: Paris Part 1, I have presented some of the city’s amazing views and wonderful sights, and this post adds to the glamour with even more amazing places! Let’s continue with our tour from where we left – at the heart of Paris! What was next on our trip agenda?
Palais du Luxembourg
Fantastic palace, fairy-tale gardens, majestic fountains. The magical Palais du Luxembourg’s gardens gives the feeling of entering into another era.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe
Our trip would not have been fully accomplished, if we did not take a long walk down the famous boulevard of luxurious shops and high-end (overpriced) cafes. We enjoyed some coffee, tea and croissants at one of the main cafes at the avenue, and even though we had definitely had much better else in Paris, the view towards the Arc and the boulevard was breath-taking. The density of the air at Champs-Elysees is of a candy sweet scent from all the fragrance stores and designer clothes boutiques (needless to say, we visited most of them – I have incredibly patient boyfriend).
The boulevard is leading straight to the Arc de Triomphe, which is honoring the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, Petit Palais
You can spend a full day only at these palaces! Petit Palais is now the Museum of Fine Arts, whereas the Grand Palais houses different exhibition halls.
When we reached the modern, business district of Paris, I was transferred to the metropolis New York in a heartbeat, with its skyscrapers and glass-windowed corporate surroundings.
I doubt the glamorous Moulin Rouge needs any introduction. In all honesty, however, we were not impressed by the area, but after all, that was probably because we did not have time to enjoy a cabaret performance.
Basilique Sacré-Cœur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris)
I read so much about the basilica before we reached the sacred place, and yet when we finally arrived at the magnificent hill, the sight of it was unimaginable. After enjoying the bright, sunny morning outside, and accidentally taking part in a liturgy inside the chapel, we took a tour inside and up to the towers.
The view over the city from the highest terrace of the Basilique is simply glamorous – goes without saying that you should make sure you visit the basilica on a sunny, bright day for obvious reasons.
I had to include the below picture, since, even though it was three times cheaper than the cup of coffee I had ordered at Champs Elysees, the displayed drink below was the best coffee I had in Paris! My boyfriend and I actually discussed later too, that it was also probably the best lunch that we had there as well, so I am glad that the name of the café is visible in my cup, as I would like to strongly recommend Café Richard. It is located not more than 400-500 meters down from the Basilica.
Due to the location of our hotel in Northern Paris, as well as due to our good planning the rest of the trip, we have managed easily to also see other sights at different locations, such as Cathedral St. Louis Des Invalides, the Military Base, The Opera House, Pl. De La Republique, and more. One place remained outstanding and that was the Chateau De Versailles – one more good reason why I should visit Paris again.
Long Walks during Twilight at La Seine
I would like to end the post by what we loved the most from the trip to Paris – the long walks at the end of the evening twilight during the breath-taking sunsets at La Seine.
By writing this post, I felt like I visited Paris all over again. Hope you felt the same:)