Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Falling in love with Paris

It has been my biggest dream to visit Paris - and is still my absolute biggest dream to live in Paris. Maybe I have watched too many romantic Parisian films or fallen in love with the language. But hey, a girl can dream.

If you know me well, you're fully aware of my obsession with Paris. Even my 21st birthday was themed 'An Evening in Paris', completely decorated with Parisian things from Eiffel Towers (of course), French food, French music and of course delicious Champagne.

Anyway, back to my travels, the drive from Lucerne to Paris was long but totally worth it. After arriving at our lovely hotel just outside of the city, we were not long back onto the bus for a sight seeing tour of the city. Around 9pm our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. The light show begins every night at 9pm and sparkles for 5 minutes every hour until 1am. It was cold, drizzling rain and I was shivering as I clearly wasn't dressed for the weather, but as soon as the light show began all was forgotten. I was absolutely in awe of the light show. I'm not sure how a man made structure can be so mesmerising but for some reason I just couldn't take my eyes off of the giant triangle. The whole five minutes I stood there hypnotised. I propped my coat up over my head and everything fell silent, except for the rain drops landing on my coat falling in pattern of the twinkle of the lights - or so it seemed. 

They say the early bird gets the worm, which we proved correct waking up early the next morning to beat the line for the Notre Dame. We walked straight on in without a line in sight. This cathedral is beautifully gothic inspired and created with such detail it's no wonder it took years to complete. The stain glass windows create so much colour and depth on the inside, it allows you to feel a peacefulness, but with the small use of light a mysterious feeling is created forcing you to wonder about its history.
As all tourists do, while in Paris we visited the ever famous shopping street Champs Eylsees (which apparently I can't pronounce even remotely close due to my Australian accent). It's actually a gorgeous street, everything is set out so appealing to the eye you'd think it was a painting. But no, it's all real including those hundreds of people wandering the streets at the same time. We started at the Arch de Triomph and made our way down to the Lourve Museum.
The Lourve Museum is quiet a magnificent architectural sight. And if you were also unaware of the size like me you are going to be blown away. Did you know its one of the largest museum in the world? Yes, I probably should have know that but I didn't. We used our Tour Managers' secret tip to skip the que for the line, which worked a treat. We got to check out the famous Mona Lisa painting and many more famous paintings. 
By night we had tickets to experience the jaw dropping Moulin Rouge. If anyone is in Paris this is the first thing I'd highly recommend to go and see (after the Eiffel Tower light show obviously). It was quite pricey but absolutely worth every cent. I have been to circuses, dance events and even some plays but this topped everything by miles! It was a two hour long show that literally didn't stop surprising me. From miniature horses to a pool filled with pythons, the Moulin Rouge has no limits. I don't want to give too much away so you are going to have to witness it for yourself. 
The morning crept up on us and it was time for goodbyes - Contiki was at an end. After spending 19 days with a bunch of strangers turn friends, from all over the world it was safe to say I had learnt my limits and how to say hello in multiply languages. I am so glad that I went on a Contiki tour and would recommend it to everyone. It was so great for a first time traveller because everything was exceptionally organised.
I spent my last night in Paris watching the Eiffel Tower light show with a delicious nutella and banana crepe in hand. Perfection.

The amazing views from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Obviously while in Paris I had to order some Escargot. Rather tasty I must say.
The Beautiful Arc De Triomphe. 
Tomb of the unknown soldier.
The charming streets of Paris.

Admiring the Moulin Rouge in all its glory.
Magnificent Lourve Museum
Lourve Pyramid

“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city”. Roman Payne.

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