I was entering the city just as the Parisian skyline was turning into a crimson hue and that was a sight I will always remember as the bus drove along the majestic Siene River with the river looking just like a mirror reflecting the city skyline. I had booked a studio apartment near the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.After checking in, I had my breakfast at Mc Donalds as I was running really short on cash by now. Some of the non-clichéd Parisian attractions were the order of the day. I went to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery where the legendary poet and singer Jim Morrison is buried. I also visited the Catacombs. The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, which hold the remains of more than six million people in a small part of the ancient Mines of Paris tunnel network. Located south of the former city gate "Barrière d’Enfer" (Gate of Hell) beneath Rue de la Tombe-Issoire, the ossuary was founded when city officials had two simultaneous problems: a series of cave-ins beginning 1774, and overflowing cemeteries, particularly Saint Innocents. Nightly processions of bones from 1786 to 1788 transferred remains from cemeteries to the reinforced tunnels, and more remains were added during later years. After this eerie experience I went to the Louvre Museum, one of the most iconic one is the whole world. As I had a European student card, I could buy tickets for only 12 euros instead of the regular 48 euros. I tried to cover as much as I could but I found out that 2 full days were also not enough to cover the entire museum. In the evening I sat at a famous Parisian Café having French delicacies like Macarons and croissants.
11 | Paris + Bruges + AMSTERDAMEasy train connections connect the romantic city of lights, a charming Belgian village with endless varieties of brew, and a beautiful canalled city on water. Beaming with museums, great food and nightlife this itinerary is ideal for culture-lovers and foodies and ideal any time of the year. Remember to pack your camera to capture that quintessential European architecture and comfortable shoes for long strolls through winding narrow streets.
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Day 11: We booked the Positano shuttle at 7:45AM to take us to Naples Airport. We had a 12Noon flight by EasyJet which was delayed and we ended up reaching Paris CDG airport at 3PM. We checked into our hotel Provinces Opera at 5PM. Unfortunately, the AC in the hotel wasn’t working. We then freshened up and went out to explore Paris. We picked up snacks and walked to River Seine, sat down on the banks of Seine and had a little picnic. We then thought of visiting the Eiffel Tower to see how it looks at night, we reached there around 9:45PM and once we were there the sight of the Eiffel Tower lit up was amazing. The first sight of the enormous structure leaves everyone in awe. It then started twinkling around 10PM for 5 minutes and it looked so pretty. We then headed back to our hotel.Day 12: We bought the 3 day travel pass to travel around Paris. Visited the Louvre, as usual, there was a crowd around the Mona Lisa painting and the rest of the Louvre was quite empty. From there we went to the Catacombs for which we had to stand in the queue for about an hour but was worth it. The eerie feeling of being amidst human Parisien remains was extraordinary. We then headed to Arc de Triomphe, where you have to climb about 284 steps to reach the top. You get an amazing view of Paris from up there. We chilled on top for quite some time and waited for the sun to set and then waited for the Eiffel Tower to light up. It’s amazing to see the Eiffel tower from the top of Arc di Triomphe. We then visited the ever famous Laduree store at Champs Elysees and picked up their macarons and headed to the hotel.
Day 14: This was our last day of our trip as well as last day in Paris. We headed to Montmartre which again is a really nice white church. We took the Funicular to go up to Montmartre, visited the church and then had brunch near Montmartre. We then went in search of the Lindt store to buy my favourite Lindor chocolates. We visited the Boutique Lindt Paris Opéra store, picked up a lot of chocolate and then went to Boulevard Haussmann which is the next street to do some shopping. We then went to a supermarket Monoprix close to our hotel to do some local shopping. We then freshened up and walked along River Seine and went to the different bridges near Notre Dame, from there we then went back to the Eiffel Tower to take a river cruise of the Seine at night. Had dinner and headed back to our hotel.
Day 13: Visited Sainte-Chapelle which is has stained glass windows and then Notre Dame which is such a pretty church. It was Assumption Day hence we were lucky to get the 11:45AM mass. We had lunch and then headed to Eiffel Tower where we sat on the steps leading to Trocadero Square where there was a group performing a street dance, they were really good and kept the entire crowd entertained. We then purchased tickets and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and waited for sunset and for the lights of the tower to come on. Had dinner near Eiffel Tower and headed back to the hotel.
Day 1: So we had a 3:40AM Qatar Airways flight from Mumbai to Paris via Doha. Unfortunately, we had a 9-hour layover in Doha which I thought would be really bad, but it wasn't really. Doha airport had a nice family room to sleep and time just passed. Landed at CDG airport in Paris at 8:40PM and took the airport shuttle to our hotel. We checked into Premiere Classe Roissy - Le Mesnil Amelot at 10:30PM. This was just for a night layover near the airport for our next day flight to Italy. Yes, we spent this entire day only travelling.
Nice is a little mix of sugar, spice and everything 'nice'. It is appropriate for everyone - right from those looking to spend a few days in the lap of luxury to shoestring backpackers looking to explore the south of France. The pebble beaches look almost heavenly, if not entirely comfortable and the nightlife is fantastic. Right from open-air markets and musical performances to a promenade right out of your dreams, Nice is the ultimate getaway.Read More
Nice is a little mix of sugar, spice and everything 'nice'. It is appropriate for everyone - right from those looking to spend a few days in the lap of luxury to shoestring backpackers looking to explore the south of France. The pebble beaches look almost heavenly, if not entirely comfortable and the nightlife is fantastic. Right from open-air markets and musical performances to a promenade right out of your dreams, Nice is the ultimate getaway.
If this was all that time would allow I would head out of Marseille. I can’t personally recommend much in Marseille as we haven’t made it there but I hear many many good thing, amongst the bad, so I would definitely give it some time, otherwise keep going towards Nice but stop off in other beautiful towns and villages like Saint-Raphael and Bagnols en Foret along the way.
I have been staying in Marseille since January 6 and have traveled to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and of course in France maintaining it as a base location. I start my Europathon of 14 countries from here!