Paris, France

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Rakesh Sinha

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Paris, France

We landed at CDG Airport at 0930 hours and reached our Hotel near CDG Airport at 1100 hours. We had informed our travel agent to request the hotel to allow us early check-in, the reason being the check in time for hotels in Paris is 1500 hours.

We decided to commence our Paris sojourn by enjoying an Evening in Paris at Paradis Latin Show with Champagne Dinner. The Champagne, the Dinner and the performances were good. We saw the fine combination of beauty, rhythm, gaiety and experienced the charm of striking ballets, shimmering costumes and talented dance troupes.

Post Paradis Latin, we took an illumination Tour of Paris driving past the old city, River Seine, elegant Mansions and Museums, magically lit up Champs-Elysees and the glittering Eiffel Tower. Now we could gather why Paris is called the City of lights.

In the morning, after a complimentary but sumptuous break-fast at the hotel, we reached the Palace of Versailles. Paris weather presented us surprise rains, and we stood in 1 km serpentine queue outside the Palace to gain entry. The Palace is a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. We were highly impressed visiting the State Apartments, King's Apartment, King's Private Apartment, Queen's Private Apartment, Hall of Mirrors, Chapel, Royal Opera, Museum of the history of France, the Gardens of Versailles. The well maintained numerous Chandeliers and Paintings were awesome.

Our next stop was Museum of Louvre. It is World's largest museum and a historic monument in France. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscanand Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture, Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa is the Louvre's most popular attraction which has fascinated the World by her smile. Other popular exhibits include Michelangelo's “Dying Slave” and the Greek statue, “Venus of Milo.” the extravagant apartments of Napoleon III, the ancient Code of Hammurabi, Egyptian antiquities and paintings by masters like Rembrandt and Rubens.

Our next destination was the grand landmark of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, where a bird's eye view from the 3rd level left us breathless. Towering more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) high in the Champ de Mars park, this iron structure was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition. One of the world's most photographed tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower presents an excellent photography opportunity for both day and night times. Visitors can ride the elevator to see incredible views of the city or dine in one of the two fine restaurants that are situated within the tower.

In the evening, we proceed for a guided panoramic city tour. We saw the Place de la Concorde, the majestic Arc de Triomphe, the fashionable Champs Elysees, the world famous Notre Dame cathedral and the magnificent Opera House.

At the east end of the Champs-Elysées is Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris with fantastic vistas in every direction. It was in this square that the French King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many others were guillotined during the French revolution. The large 3200 years old Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde was brought from the Temple of Luxor in the 19th century.

The Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50 by 45 meters) wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war.

The world famous Notre Dame cathedral. Standing more than 400 feet (120 meters) high with two lofty towers and a spire, this marvelous church is considered a supreme example of French Gothic architecture. A tour of this 13th century masterpiece allows visitors to admire the awe-inspiring rose windows, Gothic carvings, beautiful sculptures and a collection of relics.

The world famous Notre Dame cathedral. Standing more than 400 feet (120 meters) high with two lofty towers and a spire, this marvelous church is considered a supreme example of French Gothic architecture. A tour of this 13th century masterpiece allows visitors to admire the awe-inspiring rose windows, Gothic carvings, beautiful sculptures and a collection of relics.

After rest in the night at the hotel, next morning, after the break-fast, we left Paris for our next destination in Belgium.

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Saumya-Agarwal-Travel-Blogger
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nice story out there!
Mohan-Agarwal-Travel-Blogger
Excellent narration , more pictures