Paris in a day

How can anyone see a historical and touristy city like Paris in a day? I know it is a toughie, but if you really have just a day in Paris like we did, would you sob over the lack of time or make the most of it. We decided to do the later. After putting our combined brains to ideation mode the outcome was the proposal for a full day bus tour of Paris. The bus tour offered the convenience of not having to bother about transport, no wasting time looking for directions in city maps and an easy familiarisation with all the key monuments through the audio guide on the bus. The tour started at 11 am as we wheeled into the streets of Paris. The first glimpse of Paris showed a mix of  history and modernism. The city had maintained its old world character and yet had all the modern amenities and glitz that one associates with big cities.

The audio guide told us about the history of the monuments as we came across each of them. But nothing prepared us for the awe-inspiring Eiffel Tower. It was one thing to have heard and seen the world’s most visited monument in pictures and yet another spectacular feeling to see it in person.

After admiring the Eiffel and capturing it in our cameras, the bus moved to the other equally iconic building of Paris — The Louvre. The first thing that comes to your mind when you see this museum that had a central role in Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code  is how vast it is. Next on the list was the charming  Avenues de Champs Elysees–  we saw two important monuments — the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde — on this tree lined avenue.  Some of the big names in luxury fashion retail have their presence on this street as well as some famous French cafes.

The best was yet to come. As part of the tour was a Seine river cruise. The nip in the air and the overcast sky gave a romantic aura to the tour. We passed through 32 bridges atop the river that spreads across miles with all iconic monuments visible on both sides.

Post a lunch of quiches and pizzas, we headed for some retail therapy — bought souvenirs and ended the tour with a trip to the Montparnasse Tower to see a high view of Paris.

But us greedy souls wanted to capture some more of Paris, so we rushed to get an inside glimpse of Notre dame Cathedral. The Gothic Roman Catholic church stands tall and spreads wide. It is impressive from both inside and outside.  There are several stunning works of art depicting Biblical scenes, striking stained glass windows and mesmerising candles.

The climax of our day in Paris happened with coffee and chocolate eclairs at a Parisian cafe.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dad in Dubai
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 17:45:45

    Paris is just amazing and I have a teenage crush on the city!

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  2. Tessy
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:16:24

    That’s wonderful, thanks for reading.

    Reply

  3. Patricia Torres
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 06:08:48

    Oh How lovely.. When was this… Were you in Paris in March??? Coz I was there too… That would have been something… 🙂

    I love this city… and this is the third time we’ve gone back to Paris on a holiday… The air, the architecture, the style… is simply stunning!!

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  4. Tessy
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 15:23:42

    We were there in May 🙂 Went to Disneyland and Paris.

    Reply

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