Just two months ago, I was able to tick off one of my Top 10 dream destinations to visit — PARIS!
Everything’s still so fresh in my mind and I still seem to be walking on cloud nine. It’s not every day that one finds him or herself in the romantic city of love and lights.
The main reason why we visited Paris is to attend the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards which was held at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget Airport. During this prestigious event, we were going to witness AirAsia receiving the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award for the ninth year in a row. Quite a feat!
And since the awarding is only a one-day event, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a couple more days going around the city to do some sightseeing together with the AirAsia Philippines’ bosses and the PH media that joined us.
Ah! Paris! Beauty as far as your eyes can see.
The unmistakably distinct French boulevards.
And of course, historical and iconic structures that will leave anyone in awe.
1st Stop: Eiffel Tower
This iconic landmark was created by the same man who created The Statue of Liberty — Gustave Eiffel. This 1,000-foot tower made of steel can be seen from wherever you are in Paris. Truly breathtaking.
The tower was completed in 20 years making it the tallest building in the world for over 40 years.
This most photographed and recognizable structure in Paris has been attracting tourists ever since. Including us!
I had to sit under the scorching heat of the sun, waiting out the crowd in order to get the perfect opportunity to capture this photo. I ended up having tan lines but who cares? Eiffel in love!
- Go to Trocadero to get a nice shot of yourself with the tower in the background like what we did.
2nd stop: Arc d’ Triomphe
This popularly photographed monument in Paris stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle.
This arc honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. You’ll even see the names of the generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
The overall height of this arc is 50 metres (164 ft) with a width of 45 m (148 ft), depth of 22 m (72 ft). The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide.
There’s a special marker located at the end of Avenue de la Grande Armee, right in front of the arc, where you can take perfect photos and selfies with the Arc d’ Triomphe. You can also go to the top of the arc, climbing about 200+ steps to get a majestic view of the city and Eiffel Tower. I’m terribly regretting the decision of not going to the top of the arc when I had the chance!
3rd Stop: Louvre
Behold… the world’s largest museum. With a multitude of celebrated sculptures, art, relics and artifacts dating as far back as 450 BCE, the Louvre is one place that left me in awe.
And I got to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa! Wow!
I had an awesome time touring the Louvre. Though we weren’t able to finish the entire tour due to time constraints, I was able to see the world’s most photographed painting.
- Skip The Line Guided tour for 2 hours and 30 minutes is $153/pax.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Non-flash photography is permitted.
- Strollers/baby carriage is not permitted on group tours.
4th Stop: Chateau de Versailles
Technically, this place isn’t in Paris but since it’s located just outside of it, I decided to include it.
Chateau de Versailles is home to Louis XIV or the Sun King. Having the opportunity to tour around the Grand Apartments, Galerie des Glaces (or the Mirror Gallery) and the Queen’s bedroom, the incredible experience is something I won’t soon forget!
On your way out, make sure to visit the Gardens a la Francaise. Instagram addicts, take note… this is the perfect backdrop for your OOTDs! Haha!
- Skip The Line Guided Tour with Audioguides for 4 hours at $143/pax.
- Local transportation is provided at Paris City Vision office. 45-min travel time.
- Wear comfortable shoes. It is discouraged to wear high heels because of the parquet flooring and cobblestones.
- Strollers are not permitted inside the palace.
- Non-flash photography is permitted
- Tuesday morning tours are not recommended due to high volume of visitors.
Paris is not just a city. It is an experience. And I just feel so blessed to be able to take in its beauty, walk along its historic streets, and behold the majesty and enchantment this popular destination brings.
Thank you, Paris. I look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Get ready for some delicious French fare because I will be blogging about Paris’ gastronomical offerings next. Plus! Our hassle-free tours c/o KKday. Come back real soon, ok?
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