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The flight from Italy to France, Paris was only CAD$59 with Transavia airlines. It was a 1hr 30min nonstop ride and by far the best deal I've had on this trip. The hotel I stayed at was called La Maison Favart which was CAD$286 per night which totaled up to CAD$943.53 for my 3-night stay. It featured free WiFi, a gym, an indoor pool and a bar/lounge.
On the first day I took a 12min cab straight to Champs Elysees after my breakfast at the hotel. Along the way, I saw everything from fancy branded stores, cafes and cinemas. This is unarguably one of the famous streets in the world and after visiting it, I can see it is for good reason. I then took another 7min cab to Arc de Triomphe, the biggest and tallest triumphal arch in the world. It stands at about 49 meters (161 ft.) high and 44 meters (144 ft.) wide. It was commissioned by Napoléon in 1806, but it was finished in 1836, 20 years after his death. Again, another wonderful piece of architectural beauty and historical significance. Next, I drove another 12min to the Eiffel Tower, built by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel. I took the elevator straight to the top at 1,050 ft (320 meters) above ground. I ate dinner there before finally, ending the day by taking a 20min cab to the Pompidou Center. This museum of modern art hosts about six million visitors every year strolling through hundreds of art works created in the last 100 years with paintings of Matisse, Picasso and more.
Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

On the second day I started off by taking a 20min cab to the Pantheon after breakfast. It was a wonderful example of 18th-century’s neoclassicism architecture, its beauty emanating from the skillful wall paintings of St. Geneviève's life. I then walked 10min to the Notre Dame which is not only a Gothic architecture masterpiece but a site which was also the focus of Catholic Paris for 700 years. I took a free 90 minutes guided tour of the cathedral in English which was very nsightful. Next, I took a 8min cab to the Louvre Museum, the largest art museum in the world and the home of one of the finest art collections anywhere to be seen. I was excited to see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and the other 30,000 exhibits displayed. Finally, I ended the day by walking 15min to the beautiful Tuileries Gardens, which was known to be painted by many famous impressionist artists.
Notre Dame

Notre Dame

On the last day, I started off by driving 20min to Luxembourg Gardens; a flower heaven with tall green grass and statues spread all over its 23-hectares land. I was able to see the Saint Sulpices church of God with mural paintings by the French painter Eugene Delacroix, as well as beautiful stained-glass windows and sculptures. I then caught another 10min cab to Pont Neuf Bridge, with its sparkling-white stone. It is known as Paris's oldest standing bridge, built in 1578. Next, I walked 10min to the Royal Palace which was built by Cardinal Richelieu who handed it over to Louis XIII's. I walked through the Jardin du Palais Royale, a 21-hectare park with fashion shops, restaurants, art galleries and jewelers. Finally, I ended the day by walking 13min to the Grevin Wax Museum. The museum itself holds more than 400 famous was figures from history and was a wonderful experience.
Pont Neuf Bridge

Pont Neuf Bridge

Posted by TravelBuddy2016 01:57 Archived in France

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