It's been a long time since I posted anything here. The most obvious reason is the pandemic, but despite that, in the past year, I was still able to travel, mostly within Netherlands, but couldn't find the drive to share that. Maybe I'll do it in the next months. I've discovered a lot of hidden gems in Netherlands that are worth sharing with you.
Anyway, this post is about my most recent visit to Paris! 7 years ago I went to Paris for the first time. Back then I had to choose between doing the trip I planned to Paris or take the exam to enter a master programme. I chose the first one and I have no regrets regarding the path I followed. Now, what brought me to Paris was my brother's birthday. He wanted to celebrate his birthday in Paris and I decided to join him. Now he owes me haha. He promised to join my 30th birthday this years in South-East Asia (that's where I would like to celebrate it).
I stayed for 3 nights (4 full days) and he stayed one more night. To get there, I took the Thalys train (door to door is faster than by plane, it's not cheaper than the plane, it's more sustainable). Within 3h30 I was boarding off in Paris Gare du Nord. My brother came from Bucharest and he arrived later that day.
The first afternoon I've spent it around Montmartre district. This district is a charming hilltop with sweeping views from its steep. It used to be the artists' village, once inhabited by Picasso and Dali, and the home of the domed Sacré-Cœur basilica (tip: the entrance is free).
|Sacré-Cœur basilica viewed from the hill base|
|View from the top|
|View with the basilica from a park behind|
While in Montmartre, Place du Tertre is a bustling cobbled square and hangout place for buskers and artists painting visitors' portraits. Thank you Adela for sharing this location with us!
|@Place du Tertre|
and second time at Buvette Paris. Thank you Alex for these amazing recommendations.
|A reinterpretation of Croque monsieur with croissant|
|Croque monsieur is an original French snack. Literally it means gentleman's sandwich.|
|I learned there's a Stephen King novel with a cat in a cemetery as cover (Pet Sematary)|
|Enjoy the silence!|
|Arc de Triomphe viewed from Champs-Élysées|
|Climbing 202 steps was worth it!|
|Macarons from PIERRE HERMÉ|
|Pont Alexandre III over Seine is a late 19th century arched bridge in a Beaux Arts style and it's named after a Russian tsar|
|View with Eiffel Tower from Rue de l'Université|
|Break for photo-shooting|
|Others knew about this spot too|
|Night mode on - from the same spot (we returned after dinner)|
|We tried for the first time escargot - cooked land snails|
|View from Trocadéro|
|On our way to a metro station we stumble upon another hidden gem - Square Alex-Biscarre|
|Spring has come!|
|Exterior of the state apartments|
|The Royal Chapel|
|The Mars Room marked the start of the King's apartment|
|The Hall of Mirrors|
|The Queen's Bedchamber|
|The battle of Austerlitz in The Gallery of Great Battles|
|The Gardens of Versailles|
|@Le Bistro des Augustins|
|Picnic on Seine|
|View from second floor of the tower|
|Trocadero viewed from the tower (2nd floor)|
|Champs de Mars viewed from the tower (2nd floor)|
For my last day in Paris (my brother stayed one more day after I left) we went to Louvre museum and spent the rest of the afternoon shopping.
|Columns corridor in the courtyard of the monument|
|The Salle des Cariatides - ancient masterpieces from the royal collections|
|Aphrodite, known as Venus de Milo|
|The Athena of Velletri|
|The Winged Victory of Samothrace|
|The Wedding Feast at Cana|
|Mona Lisa and the queue to see it more closely|
|Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix|
|Taking selfies is an ancient practice|
|Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss|
|The Pyramid viewed through a glass window|
|The Great Sphinx of Tanis|
|Louvre courtyard with the Pyramid in the middle|
- Librairie Galignani - bookshop with tradition, claimed to be the first English bookstore opened in continental Europe. I bought "The Red and The Black" by Stendhal on my brother's recommendation.
- Palais des Thés - tea store with many stores across the city. One of the best teas I've ever tasted. I discovered them some time ago (I got some as present from a friend).
- Panier des Sens - cosmetics store. Although their products are original from Provence they seem to have great products using natural ingredients and they are environmental friendly.