On Tuesday I was fortunate enough to have my first ever visit to Paris. After an early start from London (5.40am thanks for asking), I arrived into Paris right on time at 9.20am. Straight away I headed down to the River Seine which cuts through the centre of town, with numerous bridges as far as the eye can see
I headed to Notre Dame Cathedral which dates back to the 12th Century and is an amazing sight, with the outside covered by intricate carvings and statues.
Inside it is full of beautiful stain glass windows and colourful hanging tapestries.
Understandably the Cathedral was extremely busy but I am glad I took some time out to visit.
Next I took a wander to the Louvre which is one of the world’s greatest museums housing a collection of over 200,000 works of art. The entrance is easily recognisable with its unique glass pyramid.
The day I visited, the Louvre was closed which was a pity. However by all accounts there is so much to see there it would be easy to spend a whole day wandering the vast amounts of corridors, and I really wanted to be outside seeing the sights.
Walking past the Louvre leads into the beautiful Tuileries Gardens.
The weather was very very warm by now and plenty of people were enjoying the hospitality at the numerous cafes and ice cream stands, or just relaxing in such lovely surroundings. But I had no time to stop – I still had plenty to do!
And here I’ve just reached the bottom end of the Champs-Elysees which is probably the world’s most famous promenade.
It doesn’t look terribly exciting in this picture but it’s just rather nice to have walked up such a famous road (it’s also very long!)
And at the top, here’s the next famous landmark – the Arc De Triomphe.
The Arc was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his Grande Armee’s victories. It is engraved with the names of the 128 victories of Napoleon and the 600 generals who particpated in them.
Finally I headed off towards what is probably Paris’ most famous landmark – the Eiffel Tower.
And here it is standing at 956 feet (or 296 metres). Seeing it close up, it is a very impressive sight and a remarkable feat of engineering. Unfortunately I did not have time to go to any of the viewing platforms – I can only imagine the incredible views on a clear day.
And that was it! My flying visit to Paris was complete and I stumbled wearily back to Gare Du Nord for my Eurostar back to London. Paris was warm, busy, noisy and I loved every minute!