Ahhh, Paris, the city of love. Or more like crowded and polluted city of disgust by the locals. No, I’m serious. I really think the locals are really sick of tourists who have no idea that they are basically barbarians in this French capital but at the same time, I don’t think the natives understand how much money travelers pour into both the city and country which help circulate the money into the system which keeps the locals employed indirectly. But don’t let the stories of the French treating tourists horribly or snobbish put you off from traveling there. I still think it’s worth going to see it, experience it, and say that you’ve gone there.
What visit to Paris would be complete without going onto the Eiffel Tower? It’s a famous landmark despite the locals despising its hideous look when it was first constructed. Now it’s an icon to the world.
I’m not sure what’s more imposing. The bottom part of the Eiffel Tower or the huge caterpillar lines that zig-zag back and forth for what appears for miles. And I didn’t even go during the summer time, which is high tourist season meaning much longer lines!
My proof that I was there at the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
The views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower are spectacular. This view is looking towards the Trocadéro Gardens which is northwest of the Tower.
This view, southeast from the Eiffel Tower, is towards the Champ de Mars which is a park.
There are a lot of great sites to go visit in Paris other than the Eiffel Tower, so make sure that you have several days to spend it because the city is so spread out with so many places to go see and do. Many museums, monuments, galleries, etc. which many are world-known and famous. For example, the Louvre Museum which houses the famous Mona Lisa painting (which by the way, was a disappointment for being so small). It’s a grand building surrounding this glass pyramid and it also has an underground level as well – there is so much stuff in terms of artifacts, paintings, statues, relics, gold, silver, etc. in that museum that it would take days. It almost reminds me of the Egyptian Museum except the Louvre has more items from around Europe and the world.
Another grand museum in Europe which is regarded as one of the best so they say. But as usual, it’s crowded like the rest.
The headless but winged statue of Nike. One of the three women of the Louvre that attracts tourists to the Louvre.
The second of the three women of the Louvre, this one is the Venus of Milo, a 3-D statue of the goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. Aphrodite was her Hellenic name.
Although this not of the 3 women of the Louvre, I still liked seeing this one as it is a statue of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, forests and hills, the moon, and archer. She’s posing with a female deer (doe) because it represents the hunt. Her Roman name was Diana.
This is a famous painting of Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation who first received the crown and then placed the Queen’s crown on his wife at time, Josephine.
Even as you walk the halls, it was being back in the Versailles Palace all over again. But this is a famous world-known painting.
And now here is the third artwork of the 3 women of the Louvre: the famed Mona Lisa painting created and painted by the famous Leonardo da Vinci. It is a lot smaller than you think it is. At first, I thought, that’s it??? That’s all there is to it? Gosh, that was a big letdown in life in the midst of all these tourists wanting to take a look at it.
The Pantheon is also another famous Parisian place to go to as well. There is a fee to get in but it’s worth the price to go in because like the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco where you have to pay to get in, fees seem to un-attract the tourists who are trying to get into these places for free.
Kind of looks like the front entrance of the US Congress building, doesn’t it?
There are two levels to this place. The first is the ground floor with open space and you’re able to see the ceiling. The other level is below, underground where famous French people are tombed/encrypted.
A Joan of Arc painting that hangs in the halls of the Pantheon.
A marbled statue in the Pantheon. Quite big I must say.
Once you’re done looking at the walls, statues, paintings, and other works of art, you can look upwards to the dome ceiling which was constructed very well.
When you go downstairs of the Pantheon, you’ll recognize some famous people down there. Here lies Louis Braille, who invented the Braille System for the blind so they could read by feeling those bumps.
And of course, the great philosopher/writer, Voltaire, is also in the underground as well. Known for wit and able to criticize quite amazingly, he helped argue for the separation between the church and the state.
Lastly, and this one seems to be missed which is the Notre Dame Cathedral, a Catholic Church built in the Gothic style and on a small island in the middle of the Seine River in Paris. This is Paris’s most visited site, not the Eiffel Tower, because it’s free to get in which is why it attracts the freeloaders to show up.
I took the boat to travel on the Seine River and one of the stops was at this location, Notre Dame Cathedral. And there ain’t no hunchback there either – I looked. Trust me.
The front entrance of Notre Dame looks quite imposing but don’t let the dark front scare you away because it’s got quite some light inside.
Even the arches are amazing in the Notre Dame Cathedral. It made me think of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
For a building that started construction in the 1100s and then completed in the 1300s is quite amazing for a Cathedral like this.
With everything being said, it’s worth noting that you might need a few days in Paris and that’s pretty much it unless you want to go to other places of interest such as the Père Lachaise Cemetery which is where some famous people are buried there such as Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, writer Oscar Wilde, the paintist Frédéric Chopin, and others. My recommendation is go do the tourist stuff and then take off doing your own thing elsewhere. I do suggest knowing some of the French language as I’ve noticed that when I went to places where there were a lot of tourists and I spoke the local language, the people treated me a lot better than the generalized tourists. Also, try to avoid visiting during the summer time as the climate can be quite uncomfortable due to scorching temperatures and humidity. It also doesn’t help that the majority of tourists flood the streets and tourist sites which also cause the Parisian locals to escape Paris for other locations which cause some restaurants and hotels to be closed meaning prices rise during the summer due to the economics of less supply and increased demand.