If there is one place on Earth that serves a delicious cocktail of Philosophy, arts, romance and history – it has to be Paris!

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Interesting Trivia

  • The official height of the Eiffel Tower is debatable. Figures range between 312 and 330m. The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 for the World Expo. It has three levels with shops and a restaurant, not to mention the beautiful view over Paris.
  • The tunnels that make up the Paris sewer system are very large, many the size of a subway (tube/underground) tunnel. The central channel can hold a boat while on both sides are paved walkways.
  • For centuries, Paris has attracted artists from around the world, who arrive in the city to educate themselves and to seek inspiration from its vast pool of artistic resources and galleries. As a result, Paris has acquired a reputation as the “City of Art”.
  • Paris has been an international capital of high fashion since the 19th century, particularly in the domain of haute couture, clothing hand-made to order for private clients. It is home of some of the largest fashion houses in the world, including Dior and Chanel.
  • Most of the buildings in Paris are designed in an identical manner. The ground floor is for restaurants/shops. First floor is for landlords. Second floor for tenants and the top most floor has hostel like rooms.paris2

We visited Eiffel Tower, took the  Seine River Cruise and the night city bus tour. We also did some shopping at the famous Shanzelize street, which houses all the who’s who branded shops of the Fashion Industry. All this was covered in two days. What I absolutely loved about Paris was its vibrancy. Every night in Paris is a night of lights, and some of the lightings reminded of me of our very own Diwali period back home.

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The Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. But it doesn’t really look like one of the seven wonders during daylight. It’s only during the night with all the lighting arrangement done, that the monument manages to come out in its full glory and shines like a glittering spectacle. It’s also painted once  every seven years as a lot of it is made with iron, and so it gets rusty time to time. The building is fairly tall, and just to challenge myself I decided to take the stairs while coming down from its third floor. I think it was around 850 steps and you can see the entire Paris from the top. There are some cool restaurants in the ground floor. Being a vegetarian, I just decided to have french fries. A lot of pigeons roam around these eateries as visitors generally like to feed and play with them!

Seine River cruise takes you through a wonderful 90 minutes of cruise journey across the entire city of Paris, with some lively commentary about the historical significance of places on the way. The cruise has All-glass boats with open air observation decks for exceptional views.

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Paris Night City tour was undoubtedly my favorite part of the Paris expedition. There are these hop on, hop off  open-top bus tour that showcase the stunning sights of the city’s illuminated landmarks and monuments. The two-hour route takes you past the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, the famous illuminations of the Champs-Elysées, the iconic sights of the Moulin Rouge (a famous cabaret) and many more.

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paris4If anyone wants to plan a trip to Europe, I would say Paris should definitely be on your ‘to go’ places. While its certainly one of the most expensive places in Europe, the experience and memories  you are gonna make will also be one of their kind!

 

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