Thursday, October 11, 2007

Europe Part1 - About Paris...

On 19th Sept, 6.30am, our flight arrived in Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Hubby has been to Paris so he wasnt as excited as me. Despite of the tiring flight journey, I was all excited & ready to see "Paris"!

After we checked out from the airport, we went straight to check-in to Tim Hotel where we have made prior reservation. Then at 10.30am, we started our "day" at Champs Elysées...We passed by the HUGE Louis Vuitton (LV) shop and we went in ofcoz! Next is the Arc de Triomphe, 50 meters tall and 45 meters wide awesome looking arch, which construction on the Arch began in 1806, restarted in 1825, and was not finished until 1836.

At 11.30am, we arrived at the great giant monument of Paris - The Eiffel Tower! This amazing 320 meters high structure was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The tower has 3 main levels where the first level has the post office, restaurant, cafe and souvenier shop. The second level is mainly the viewing terrace and then the top level is the office and viewing terrace too. Looking down at Paris from the Eiffel Tower is really awesome! And I must say...this is truely an architecture to be appreciated. See some of these pics i've taken...

After lunch, we went to The Louvre Museum. The building itself is 800 years old, and the treasures within it represent centuries of priceless works of art. The highlight ofcoz is the visit to see the original Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Many people including myself, also stand to marvel the 20 years old pyramid outside the Louvre Museum.

Hubby & I were all tired after the whole day of walking (non-stop), so we went for dinner & we tried Ratatouille! It was delicious but the presentation was really different from the one we saw in the cartoon though...haha! And u know what? We forgot to even take a pic of it!! dem...


On the next day, Notre Dame was our first stop. Constructed in three stages, the cathedral was completed in 1250. This is really one of the most outstanding church I've ever been (since I havent been to Rome, if u know what I mean...haha). The yellowish pic is the architecture model of Notre Dame.

After Notre Dame, we went up the hill of Montmartre to visit The Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart), which was constructed in completion in 1914. From in front of the Basilica, you can actually see the whole city of Paris, which was really an awesome view... This Basilica is not really one of the most famour tourist spot in Paris, but we decided to pay a visit since it's situated at the highest point of the city!

In the late afternoon, we finally had some time for shopping at the Galeries Lafayette! And then we went back to Eiffel Tower again to have a night view of the impressive architecture. Lucky us, while enjoying the view and eating crepe, the spotlight went on so I took this picture...

This is a rather long post coz I wanted to write down those details while I can still remember them fresh in my head...so when I read this some long time later in the future, I would be able to remember the experience clearly...

11 comments:

Alvin Lim said...

Heard from a lot of people that Paris is a very nice and romantic place. Aiseh. Should bring my future gf there in the future. hahaa.

but heard there are a lot of immigrants there?

mm, actually london to paris is very near. just take the eurostar or something...2-3 hours journey.

daniel said...

Paris is indeed very beautiful place to visit. If I have saved enough $, will definitely go there..

Dio Brando said...

Love the photos... looks like you must have spent a bomb over there:)

So of all the places you visited which one is your favorite?

sharlydia said...

alvin - year u'r right, Paris is nice, u shud bring your gf or wife next time. Immigrants? err..plenty of blacks lar, but also depending on which area in Paris do u go to...

daniel - definitely worth the effort of saving!

dio brando - I like Paris & Rome equally alot for their impressive architectures. And i love the shopping in London! haha...

zewt said...

the funeral u attended today... was it theresa's mom?

sharlydia said...

zewt - yes, i attended her mum's funeral in KL Wesley today...

Lil' Ms Pinky said...

I love Paris too! One of my favourite cities in the world! I am obsessed with everything French.

Along the Champ Elysees is a nice restaurant called Leon's that serves fantastic mussels. I saw this post a tad too late, otherwise I would've recommended it to you. But well, next time then. :)

C'est la vie!

Sakura6267 said...

Glad you had a wonderful trip. I hope those happy memories will stay with you forever. :)

sharlydia said...

lil' Ms Pinky - thx for dropping by...arggh, how nice if I could try at the restaurant u mentioned...

sakura - will write more about rome & london soon...

SpikeySpikey said...

Sharlydia, I have ALWAYS LOVE Paris. I even chosen that as my honeymoon spot if and when I get married. Good on you to have gone there. Sounds like you had a really good time.

sharlydia said...

spikey - It was really an enjoyable trip, u shud go!