After spending a week in London, UK in the summer, my mother and I decided to book a train over to Paris, France (mom’s favourite place) which took about 2 hours. It was quite an experience traveling in a big city where a small amount of people speaks English.
If anyone likes a 90-degree-fahrenheit (32 celsius) weather, historic monuments in beautiful city landmarks, and shopping, then Paris should be on your travel bucket list.
Of course, the first stop in this city of love would be the famous Eiffel Tower. You can get souvenirs such as key chains, selfie sticks, etc. really cheap from people who wander around the area selling them in front of the tower.
However, be very careful of people who will approach you asking for donations for a disability charity. Those people do that for living so money you donate will go straight to their pockets rather than those in need.
From the top reveals the gorgeous view of the whole Paris. Just to let you know, the higher you go the windy it will be so be prepare for the wind!
Louvre was the place we were most excited to go.
The museum was gigantic and fascinating. The place was full of appliances, furnitures, gadgets, decorations, paintings and many more things from the ancient time (all looking very gorgeous and expensive). If you think Louvre is where you spend couple hours in and can easily explore every inch or corner of it, you thought very wrong! I really mean it when I say gigantic, so plan your trip well because you’re going to end up spending your whole day here. There were maps and staffs around in each area to help guiding us and minimize a chance of us getting lost.
This is also where you can find thousands of paintings done by famous artists, including the painting of Mona Lisa. The picture is kept in a glass cage in a separate room. It has a barrier in front with staff members keeping the distance between Mona Lisa and its visitors. The area was packed with people holding their devices in hope to get a shot with the painting, so if you want to do the same just watch out for the crowd!
Another historical place you would want to visit is Sainte Chapelle.
This ancient church has two levels, and the top one is where people end up taking loads of photos at.
Arc de Triomphe shouldn’t be left out on your trip as well. This famous monument was absolutely amazing, and apparently you can access the top floor area. My mom and I didn’t get a chance because we couldn’t see where an elevator or stairs were. If anyone have been up there, please let me know in the comment of where the access to the top is as I bet the view must be pretty gorgeous up there. Or if you are curious, I recommend going there to find out for yourself!
Since you’re in the city of fashion why not take a trip down to Champ Elysees street to do some shopping? And it’s only few steps away from Arc de Triomph.
My mother (who is quite obsessed with handbags and purses), of course decided to take a stroll to the famous Louis Vuitton store and got a little souvenir for herself.
A very big smile on her face, indeed! It was actually fascinating how the store has one staff for each language such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc. and all of them were able to speak French and English very fluently.
The service was excellent and we had a chance to try Louis Vuitton’s perfumes when they first came out. The fragrance actually last all day, even on your skin.
There are various places to explore in Paris, so if you want to take a break from learning about history or shopping and go on a cruise down the Saine River, you can!