Four Days in Paris

There’s the saying that ‘Paris is always a good idea’. I couldn’t agree more. I have been to Paris three times: with the family as a kid, on a high school trip and last year to spend New Year’s with my girlfriend, who is from Vermont, USA.

Paris is magical during the winter holidays. We had four days to spend, which is enough to explore most of the city. Our hostel was located in the middle of the Montmartre neighbourhood and really close to the metro station. The metro is a fantastic way to get around. We used it several times a day to get from place to place.

Small streets in Montmartre.
Small streets in Montmartre.

View from the Sacré-Cœur.
View of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur.
Métro in Paris.
Métro in Paris.
Montmartre and the Basilique du Sacre Coeur.
Going for a stroll in Montmartre.

I love Montmartre and its narrow streets and squares where artists paint and draw. Cosy is the right word here.

Painters in Montmartre.
Painters in Montmartre.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur.

There’s just something about Paris. It’s hard to describe though. The feeling you get in Paris is a feeling that you could only get in Paris, if you know what I mean. Whether it’s the grandeur of the city, the small cafés or the accordeon music on the streets, it’s enchanting.

Christmas lights at the Champs-Élysées.
Christmas lights at the Champs-Élysées.
Parisian architecture along the Seine.
Parisian architecture along the Seine.
River Seine, France.
One of several bridges across the Seine.
Books, postcards and souvenirs in Paris, France.
Books, postcards and souvenirs.

A stroll along the Seine is a great way to end a day in Paris.

Paris by night.
Paris by night.
Boat on the Seine in Paris, France.
Boats are another excellent way to see the city.

We visited every landmark in the city. That’s right folks, we were stereotypical tourists! And it was great.

Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.
Place de la Concorde.
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Arc de Triomphe.
Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France.
Jardin des Tuileries.

An absolute must-do while in Paris is a visit to the Louvre, the world’s most famous museum. (Here’s a great website if you want to buy Louvre tickets or book a tour)

Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Musée du Louvre.
Hôtel de Ville in Paris, France.
Hôtel de Ville.
Centre Pompidou.
Centre Pompidou.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, France.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

We spent New Year’s Eve drinking champagne on the Champs-Elysées, among tens of thousands of people. It was awesome. Afterwards we went to the bars near the Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge.
Moulin Rouge.

Paris’ biggest landmark is, without question, the Eiffel Tower. It can be seen from various places in the city, but we succeeded in not going there until our very last evening. The queue to get up the tower was massive and after having waited half an hour and not moving an inch, we decided that it wasn’t worth the wait. We took a walk around the area and enjoyed the views from the ground, which are not too bad either!

Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Eiffel Tower.

A very popular and romantic thing to do for couples is a visit to the Pont des Arts. This footbridge is filled with little locks on which the names or initials of lovers are written.

Pont des Arts in Paris, France.
Pont des Arts.
Love locks on the Pont des Arts in Paris.
Love locks.

We had an absolutely wonderful time in the City of Light!

This is my entry for the February 2013 Carnival of Europe, hosted by Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer, with the theme “Most Romantic Places in Europe“.

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