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A Quick Trip to Paris

- Jack

City of Paris

City of Paris

Imagine my surprise when my Dad came home and said he had booked a trip to Paris.  I was so excited.

We arrived in Paris in mid-August.  The weather was perfect.  In the mid 70’s and no humidity, great weather for walking and I would suggest you bring your most comfortable shoes, because Paris is a walking city.  Our hotel was right near the Arc de Triomphe near the west end of the Champs Elysees. So we were at an excellent starting point everyday.

Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe

First stop, The Arc de Triomphe.  It is a monument that represents the soldiers who fought in the French Revolution.  The monument is very large in the middle of a very busy rotary.  You actually have to walk underground to get to it.  You can also go to the top to get a view of the city. Definitely, worth a visit.

Than a walk down the Champs Elysees which is a very famous street in Paris.  It has lots of stores and cafes along the way, making it a great place to browse and get some great pastries and ice cream.

We took a trip to the  Louvre Museum, our first stop inside was the Mona Lisa.  We got there right when the Louvre opened and my dad bought the skip the line passes, so we were able to quickly get up to see the famous painting before the crowds.  The painting was not what I expected.  I thought it would be huge, and take up the entire wall.  Instead it was small and it is covered by a glass shield to protect it.  From there we headed over to see the famous Venus De Milo statue, Napoleon’s Apartment and other famous works of art.  I had just taken AP European History class in school so it was interesting to see some of the painting we had discussed.

From there we walked to see Napoleon’s Tomb.  To say it was grand is an understatement.  It was in a very large building and in the middle was Napoleon’s coffin/tomb.  All by itself you could see if from 3 different stories in the building.  A tip for teens, if you bring your student id and you are under 18 you can get in free, but you still need a ticket.

We also headed to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica,  a church set on the highest point in the city.  It has breathtaking views of the Paris.  The area around the outside the church is filled with artists,  shops and restaurants.  There were  street performers and we got to see a Parisian woman singing, which was  fun.  They also had stairs that you could climb to get up the church.  It was very steep, but I took on the challenge and ran down and back.  Great workout after eating all those Parisian pastries.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Next stop, Notre Dame de Paris, which was interesting to see such an old church and it all its glory, I have heard so much about it, I feel really lucky that I was able to actually visit it.  It does not take much time to go through the building, the highlights include the stained glass windows and high ceiling which where architectural feats of the day.

We took a boat tour down the river Siene at night.  The lights and sights were spectacular.

We visited the Eiffel Tower and I do have to say that the Eiffel Tower was amazing. I was so surprised how awestruck I was by it.  Its structure just amazed me and it seemed to pop up everywhere, whether you where at a cafe enjoying crepes and coffee or walking town the street you seemed to be able to see it at all different angles and it looked so cool all lit up.

It really was an amazing trip and on my family’s scale of 1- 10 I gave it a 10.  If you have the opportunity to head to Paris, I would take it.  It truly is a wonderful city with friendly people and lots of history.

 

Eiffel Tower at Night

Eiffel Tower at Night

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