Why is Paris, the capital city of France, on nearly everyone’s radar when travelling overseas? Known as “the City of love” it appeals to all these incurable romantics, including me. I envision walking along the river Seine, sipping coffee at an outdoor cafe watching the people walking by as the artists paint and sketch the various scenes around – what could be more alluring? And let’s not forget that accent, it is so well – passionate. Even Gerard Depardieu oozes that sensuality and assuredness that comes with being Parisian. Paris is classy in my mind, an uber-chic city on the ‘must do’ list.
I am a great believer in the ‘city bus – the hop on hop off, and that is what we seek immediately in every city – Rome, Sydney, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur for example, have been fonts of information and indeed fun. This gives your bearings but also allows you to see the crème de la crème (French – see how catching it can be!) of Parisian sights, sounds and smells. The best ones have the commentary that explain the history and development of each destination and also anecdotal insights that you could never research.
The Paris Hop-on Hop-off highlights some of the major iconic structures and attractions. What I suggest is to do the full trip first and then on the second round start hopping off and then back on when you are ready. It is very modestly priced at and worth every franc (ok Euro).
Here are some things you will get to see:
1. The Eiffel Tower – Walk around it, admire it and photograph it. However who doesn’t want to know more and maybe even take it to a new level? Supplement this with another tour on another day with an exclusive Eiffel Tower tours. This tour explains a lot about not only its construction and design but also the controversies that surrounded it. Find the inside information and enjoy going up the tower. There are a number of tour options that can be selected. From the Eiffel tower enjoy Quai Branly near the Bridge of Iena and experience the museums indigenous displays
2. The Champs de Mars includes Napoleons grave and the Musee de Rodin
3. The Louvre – you have just got to smile back at her don’t you, or pretend you are in the Dan Brown novel The da Vinci code. Visit the Jardin des Tuileries – such magnificent gardens spanning much of the history of France
4. The Musee de Orsays which contains a collection of renowned French Art. Being as you are on the left bank, the so bohemian area you must stop for a coffee and croissant and watch the emerging literary and artistic greats
5. Try the Opera Galers Lafayette – the opulent shop til you drop experience.
6. Drive along the Champs Elysées and around the iconic Arc de Triomphe
7. Also, The Grand Palais is an architectural masterpiece with a trove of treasures
8. The tour also stops at the Trocadero where you can visit many museums and wonderful sites.
These tours also allow you the luxury of watching Parisians going about their daily business – fascinating in itself.
Profiter de votre voyage.
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