Bonjour Madame, Monsieur… no English please. Paris totally impressed us! Enormous number of walked miles callouses on the feet, muscle pain… but everything is almost forgotten and definitely we will forever remain in our memory one another crazy experience. Paris is not exactly cheap, but with little flexibility you can avoid excessive waste of money. We recommended eating in fast food restaurants and or shopping in supermarkets for other food and drinks, where everything is completely accessible to our pocket. This is not advice for a healthy lifestyle, but a few days with a little “worse food” will not hurt. It is true that one of the main French stereotypes is a wonderful cuisine… but hunger just by looking at the prices, passes quickly (at least for us).
Nevertheless, macrons are macrons. Without this amazing and delicious biscuits could not go. The popularity of them is most sharply in the last two years, but for centuries, they are stated as one of the most prestigious and most expensive French pastries. Macrons are small fragile whites’ warbler, which brings together a diverse stuffing. Quite accidentally we afford them in one of the chocolate store in a stepped street, which climbs to the Montmartre neighbourhood, known for its legendary artists, which leads to snow-white domes of Sacre Coeur. We chose among many flavours and we have to admit that we made the perfect choice, because they were all divine and worth every euro (7 macrons = € 4,5).
In the bohemian neighbourhood Montmartre, you experience the life of Parisian people. The café at the café, people sit with their friends over coffee or good wine… from bakeries smells of freshly baked baguettes and croissants. The atmosphere is different than elsewhere in Europe. The area where stands the Basilica, seems calm and peaceful – many street artists are looking for their 15 minutes of fame, also a lot of locals and tourists enjoy the beautiful view during their picnic time. However, right here on several occasions in the history of Paris, took place the riots in which some blood was spilled. But despite numerous of bombing, Sacre Coer today remains the same. If your time permits, do not forget your memorial photo shooting in the near neighbourhood, in front of the cabaret Moulin Rouge, where the dancing of Can-Can was born 🙂
If you are visiting Paris, you are in the Leonardo’s eyes definitely poorly marked, if you do not spend your valuable time waiting in the endless queue for his one and only – the Mona Lisa. We’re talking of course about Mr. da Vinci and the Louvre, which is the most visited museum in the world. Mona Lisa is exhibited in it for over 100 years, while he survived the attack with acid and stones. Her value is priceless or some say that the French State may by selling her, repay almost the entire national debt. Painting is assessed at 1.5 billion pounds… yes, you read it correctly 🙂 …Well probably many of you, would of course recognize any of the 35.000 creations which are located in the building, but our “soul” unfortunately is not so artistically oriented. We prefer to continue walking through a huge park Jardin des Tuileries, all the way to the crowded Champs- Élysés. Here you can afford almost anything, if you have a thick wallet. In the shops you can find luxury cars, clothing of the world-renowned designers, furniture etc. Sure, we were only in the role of observer 🙂
Daily tour: Pantheon – Louvre – Champs Élysés, we wrap it up in style with the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of French patriotism, on it are engraved the names of several generals who fought and died for France. However, this is not the main reason for his glory, there is a view to which you get up the steep, winding stairs – this is what makes this attraction much more special.
As there is no Cairo without pyramids, New York without the Statue of Liberty… certainly there is no Paris without the Eiffel Tower. We have two chances – kilometre column of excited tourists and ride with the elevator for € 17 per person or column of a few dozen people, which want for significantly less money (€ 11) get experience by ascent through the 360 stairs to the first floor and the following 360 to 2nd floor of Eiffel Tower. Great, everywhere in Paris you face with stairs… But these were worth the effort, because in the end you still need to take the elevator, which leads you to the top (276 m from 324 m). From there the view extends to all corners of the city. Enjoyable and beneficial 🙂
Architect Gustavo Eiffel certainly not imagine that on his tower will yearly entered 6.7 million people, after the government wanted to collapsed it down in the start of 20th century. At that time, the demolition prevented the idea, that the tower could become an excellent platform for transmitting radio waves… But today the tower brings to Paris a worldwide fame and a lot of money into the city treasury.
Besides the mentioned: Sacre Coer, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, town has many other more or a less known places, which are also worth remembering. Notre Dames, Hotel des Invalides and Pere Lachaise Cemetery, are certainly one of them.
Some advice about the rest: Metro station (you get a pack of 10th tickets for € 14,20) operate under the same principle such in London or Barcelona, so here we won’t waste the words. Because almost everywhere (except for the Eiffel tower) are admissions for European residents free of charge and thus you can save quite a mound of money. So, we think that this is it… If we missed some other important information, thought you might be interested in, you can easily send us a message.
S & B