In my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I have also taken the opportunity to explore outside of UK (read: Paris) for a day with my pen friend.
From London St Pancras station, we embarked onto Eurostar at 6:55am (London local time) and headed for Paris Nord station which we arrived at around 10:18am (Paris local time). Paris was one hour ahead of us.
Honestly, even though I had a personal tour guide and a Paris handbook, I couldn’t even remember the street names or the places I have been to because everything was spelt and pronounced in French.
So from Paris Nord station, we took the Paris Metro to Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station.
It has been brought to my attention that the sight of an overweight person is uncommon here. I wonder if it’s because the Parisians walk a lot or tend to eat healthier.
The Louvre Palace is a former royal palace located on the right bank of the Seine River in Paris.
The Louvre Palace is just right opposite the Louvre museum (Musée du Louvre). It is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris.
The Louvre Pyramid is such a popular icon now ever since we watched the movie ‘Da Vinci Code’.
I would love to check out the museum one day. I did not get a chance to do it because the lines to get into the museum were really long and we had limited time in Paris.
We walked a lot instead of relying fully on the Paris Metro.
I would hate to miss the opportunity of sightseeing in Paris with the short amount of time available for me. Thankfully I was wearing comfortable shoes to keep my legs going.
We walked along the bank of the Seine River until we got to Place de la Concorde, one of the major public squares in Paris.
The Fontaines de la Concorde is a monumental fountain located in the Place de la Concorde, which is centered in the city of Paris.
During the French Revolution, the square was renamed Place de la Revolution from its original name Place Louis XV; and after the 1830 July Revolution, the new King Louis-Philippe renamed the square Place de La Concorde.
From Place de la Concorde, we walked about 15-20 minutes to Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is a boulevard that runs between Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe is located.
As we all know, Paris is home to popular luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Guerlain and etc.
This avenue is one of the most famous streets in the world for upscale shopping.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, also known as Arch of Triumph of the Star, is also one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of Place Charles de Gauille, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.
We turned around and walked to one of the brasseries with tables on the pavement to enjoy some local gastronomie.
I ordered a classical French Omelette that came with some herbs and vegetables on the side. It was really delicious!
After lunch, we took the Metro to Eiffel Tower, the romantic icon of the city. The nearest Paris Metro station is Bir-Hakeim.
By the time I got nearer to the tower, I could not help it and kept staring at it for the longest time – wondering if I would be back again, but with my other half standing up in the tower.
Next, we headed to Notre Dame Cathedral, another historic icon of Paris.
This cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
We walked around the vicinity of St Michel and Saint German for a while before we headed back to Paris Nord station.
The Fontaine Saint-Michel is another monumental fountain located in Place Saint-Michel, constructed in 1860 during the French Second Empire.
It has been a good day in Paris even though I only had a few hours to explore. We boarded onto Eurostar to head back to London.
With that, we had bid farewell to the city of love. As the train began to leave the platforms of Paris Nord train station, I whispered gently to myself “I will definitely be back. I promise!”