MAJESTIC, PARISIn the peaceful neighbourhood on the Right Bank of the Seine, stands one of the finest Parisian hotels establishing its take on French understated luxury. Its philosophy of ‘home away from home’ lies in an immensely personalised and discreet service, making it ideal for couples. Book the two-bedroom Majestic Suite (US$1,181 upwards per night) that comes with a private terrace and kitchenette, and be left to the comfort of your twosome. leshotelsbaverez.comRead More
MAJESTIC, PARISIn the peaceful neighbourhood on the Right Bank of the Seine, stands one of the finest Parisian hotels establishing its take on French understated luxury. Its philosophy of ‘home away from home’ lies in an immensely personalised and discreet service, making it ideal for couples. Book the two-bedroom Majestic Suite (US$1,181 upwards per night) that comes with a private terrace and kitchenette, and be left to the comfort of your twosome. leshotelsbaverez.com
Maybe I’d been watching too many chick flicks or maybe I had been living in an parallel utopian world altogether, but Paris is definitely not how I had visualised it to be. It was dirty, to the extent of being filthy sometimes, literally and metaphorically. All I know is that what I saw in my stay only managed to break my heart.I had finally saved up and decided to go to Paris with my girlfriend in the beginning of May. I was so bloody excited about the city that out of our three-week long Eurotrip, I had planned to stay in Paris for an entire week. As fate would have it, both of us would have had enough of it sooner than that and we decided to leave on the fourth day itself. Although it was supposed to be a romantic trip, it was anything but that. It was so bad that by the end of the second day, we had discreetly realised that it was going to be nothing but a disappointment, but we were just too dismayed to mention it to each other. We finally discussed it on the third day, and by the fourth morning we were off.I’ll briefly try to list down my woes in the “most romantic city of the world”. PoopPardon me if I sound condescending about my own nation, but a few cobbled alleys later I could make a successful analogy between Paris and some villages in Delhi/NCR. That’s because there was poop at a lot of places. The only probable difference was that of the animal which must have caused it. Paris is dirty and even urban roadsides are full of dog poop. The entire city is generally unhygienic. There are OPEN urinals at metro stations that stink worse than a crowded horse stable. I’d never seen litter on the roads when I saw Paris in the movies, but there was plenty of it everywhere, my friends. Lust, not loveAlthough I personally have no issues with it and nor do I wear the moral police’s badge on my chest with élan, but I personally did not come across “love” on the streets of Paris, it was always extreme PDA instead. There were couples (straight and gay) all over each other, everywhere in the city. Dark lanes were sure shot to scandalise, and the best part was the crowded metros where couples making out would physically contact others while in the act.Crowded as hellExtending the point started above, Paris is REALLY crowded. I know it shouldn't concern an Indian at all, but dude the standards were still quite high and that’s why I mention this exclusively. Apart from the obvious tourist population from across the globe, the indigenous French people also densely inhabit the city. After a point, we really could not distinguish whether it was really the Main Paris Square or Manali’s Mall Road.Still rude afI mean it was so hilarious at times because my girlfriend and I would place bets before entering every cafe or restaurant; and the bet would be whether the person at the counter would smile on seeing us or not. Although I won every time, but Paris was always on the losing side since nobody greeted us properly wherever we went. Also on instances when we would ask someone for directions, we would end up feeling as if we had committed a cardinal sin because either we would be responded with a scorn or an outright refusal.Food fit for hospitalsWe Indians are simple people. We forgive everything if the food is nice. Don’t you remember the wedding of that distant cousin in Karnal where it rained like hell and spoiled the party? But if the Dal Makhni was delicious there, that wedding would only mean good memories for you. Such was sadly not the case in the French capital. Food was insipid everywhere, and there were very few vegetarian options (sometimes, none at all). The coffee was good though. Another very peculiar thing was the erratic opening hours of the cafes. Like c’mon, how can you put up a signboard saying “Closed for lunch” at a cafe? It defeats the fundamental purpose of an eatery! This irony extended to many a shop and entire markets as well.Inhabitable only for AmbanisAlthough it can be a personal thing because I’m poor, but it is very VERY expensive. And because obviously I do not go by a surname that starts with an “Am” and ends with “Bani,” I was very wary of even stepping inside a roadside cafe for a light meal.LanguageI would be fine with the fact that you do not know how to speak English, but I’d be extremely pissed if you just pretend to ignore me if I do not speak to you in your mother tongue. I know you’re rude, but you can see that I’m absolutely helpless. And for the sake of humanity at least, either help me or politely refuse because you’re unfamiliar with English, but do NOT make fun of me just because I don’t know French. Yes, it’s directed to all you high-collared Parisians. This was probably my biggest turn-off in the capital.With my stupid bubble burst and my mandatory Eiffel picture clicked, I discourage all of you to go to Paris thinking it’ll be great for your honeymoon or love life. Trust me, my girlfriend has not been picking up my calls ever since.
18:30 h. -Paris – Arrival.Guided tour lasting two hours and a half. Cruise on the river Seine. Ascent to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, and transfer to Gare du Nord station.09:00h Comprehensive tour of Paris with a local guide, visiting the Champs Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Concorde Square, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace, Garnier Opera House, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Town Hall of Paris, Eiffel Tower, etc.Includes admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in the lift.The visit is followed by a spectacular cruise on the river Seine.Free afternoon.
Travel from London:Flight around (29--25 Pounds) 1 :25 min journey. Stay :2 days 1 night Accommodation:Ibis budget,Ibis style Marne la Vallee Val d'Europe.Budget and clean hotel for Disney. Places visited: 1)Disney studios(1 whole day required.Avoid weekends) 2)Eiffel tower top(Better if we prebook tickets online.Saves time) 3)Big bus tour(i think its little boring you can try hop on hop off tours) Tips: 1)Take day pass the best option. can be used in bus as well as in trains. 2)Louvre museum closed on Tuesday so avoid Tuesdays if planning to visit louvre . 3)Check for Eiffel tower light timings as it changes depending on seasons. 4)If you are on backpacking tour all major stations of paris have lockers where you can keep your bags and roam around city. 5)As our planning was last minute we couldn't book euro rail tickets.If planned early you can get good deals.
How to reach: Overnight bus from Amsterdam to Paris booked to Eurolines.
Place to stay: Booked an apartment through airbnb.
Place to visit: Musée du Louvre (where Mona Lisa is smiling in peace), Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Père Lachaise Cemetery (where Icons Rest in peace like Jim Morrison , Oscar Wilde and many more. Arc de Triomphe, Montmarte, Love Wall, Moulin Rouge, Pompidou Centre, Luxembourg gardens, Palais-Royal, Love Lock bridge doesn't exist any more. Champs Elysees, Ferris wheel. River Siene, Do I still need to mention Effiel Tower here??????? Am sure if your in Paris you wont miss this place.
Cheap Eats: Nothing is cheap in Paris. However, you can go to Bastille here lanes are full of pubs, restaurants & discos. They do serve food in good quantity so it wont punch you much. And yes do not forget to try french wine. (3.5 euros per glass of wine)
Retails Therapy: If your on a so called budget trip....you should only do window shopping at Champs Elysees. Galeries Lafayette, Le Forum des Halles, Tati is apt for so called budget travellers.
Tips: Do not waste money in going up the effiel tower. Rather to the top of Arc de triomphe and see effiel tower glitter. View from Arc De Triomphe is priceless ( go in the night) it is open till 10:30 pm but one has to climb 300 stairs. Weather in Paris is very unpredictable so please carry your raincoat or umbrella with you. The first sunday of the month entry to all museums is free so please be ready to spend 1-2 hours standing in the que. And yes don't be disappointed when you see Mona Lisa painting.
It is my first time in Bournemouth and I'm already loving it. It is a really small town but everyone just chills on the beach, enjoying the sun. Sadly there weren't much water activities available on this beach.Read More
It is my first time in Bournemouth and I'm already loving it. It is a really small town but everyone just chills on the beach, enjoying the sun. Sadly there weren't much water activities available on this beach.