Day 94 & 95: Paris, France

Day 94 and 95: October 24th and 25th

This was my first time in Paris…everyone I know that has been here has only told me the most wonderful things about the city and about how romantic it is! Let’s face it though… Paris is over priced, crowded ( near the touristy spots) and there is nothing more unromantic than standing in a queue behind a thousand people waiting to get on the Eiffel Tower or scrambling over bus loads of tourists to get a glimpse of the world’s most famous smile at the Louvre.

Inspite of this, we have had a great time in Paris. Yes, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are indeed crowded and touristy but there is something so magnificent about the tower on a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon…and the Mona Lisa, I was certainly not disappointed!:)

And when one steps away from these sights, there are some really charming neighborhoods, cafe and restaurants which were the things that made Paris so special. I cannot say enough about the food we’ve eaten. Absolutely delicious! We ate one night at a restaurant which used to be a library years ago and we were told by our friend Ruben who took us there that the famous author and poet, Dante used to study here. Wow! At another restaurant recommended by a friend…there was only one item on the menu! All we had to tell them was how we would like our steak cooked. It was simple, but amazing.

Paris is indeed a beautiful city, but the next time we are here, I would like to spend more time away from the main sights…especially since we’ve seen them now and explore some of the lesser known sights ( but equally beautiful) that first time tourists won’t be visiting.

We still have another day here.

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My first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

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Walking up

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View from the first level

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View from the second level

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The Arc de Triomphe from the top of the Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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Lovely fall afternoon

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The Arc de Triomphe

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Notre Dame at night

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With Ruben

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The Louvre

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The Mona Lisa

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Rainy Paris from the Louvre

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The Louvre

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Dinner time!

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