Elegant Paris

Sharon Tiernan-Murphy on 02 March 2015

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If there was one city that I could return to again and again it would have to be the elegant, sophisticated and cultural city of Paris. As soon as you land at Charles De Gaulle Airport you will instantly know that you are in Paris. The journey from the airport won’t take long before you become enthralled in the Parisian Architecture and start to notice the iconic features that you only ever saw in books and TV and the internet. Yes they are real.

The Arc De Triomphe is even more impressive that you can imagine in your head, and you will become oblivious to the traffic, the constant sounding of car horns and the fighting for road space going round the monument because you will be amazed that you are standing under it.

No words can describe the minute you set your eyes on the Eiffel Tower (Le Tour Eiffel). You will instantly feel like the smallest person in the world and wonder where the top actually ends. As you get closer the full scale and sheer size of the Tower becomes evident and you instantly know you just have to get to the top to inspect this unbelievable 360 degree view of Paris. But wait until night time when it is illuminated and sparkling, it is such a wondrous sight. You will walk for miles just to get the perfect uninterrupted picture.

No trip to Paris is complete without a boat trip on the Seine, it really is a great way to get a good feel for where everything is in the city as it stops at different locations for different attractions such as The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Le Musée D’Orsay, and Le Grand Palais. You can hop on and off at your own pleasure.

I love to visit Montmartre when in Paris, not only is the Church a beautiful building, it is most peaceful and serene. Beside this is the Place du Tetre, where you will see all the up and coming artists and you will be able to have your own portrait done but do haggle with them on the price. The restaurants and coffee shops here are so delightful. I could spend a day here on its own. Make sure you prop yourself down outside a café on the Champs-Élysées and order a coffee, sit relax and people watch for an hour. It truly is one of those experiences you just have got to do in Paris. They don’t order coffee to go in Paris!

Another favourite of mine is a trip to the Louvre, you could easily spend every visit to Paris in the Louvre, but what would be the point of that. With so many sections to the Gallery, keep one for each returning visit. And of course you have got to see the Mona Lisa, as the saying goes, “When in Rome” but we know this is Paris!!

There is one thing for sure in Paris, you will not run out of things to see and do, a few of my favourites include the Arc de la Defence, The Musée de L’Armée, The Opera, La Madeleine, Íle de la Cité. The list is completely endless.

One thing I do know is that you will have an amazing trip, Spring or Summer and each corner you turn will surprise you even more that the last. Try and get a few French words into your vocabulary before you go and you will sail through.

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