My husband and I, along with 2 of our friends, visited Paris at the peak of the summer season. Coming in
from Oslo, Norway where we spent a week walking in the cold, drizzly streets, it was quite a shock to the senses landing in hot, summery Paris. Nevertheless, I was so excited to explore this city which has been in my bucket list even before I know what a bucket list is.
After a long walk dragging our luggage on the uneven streets, we were able to find a metro line that stops at Liege station, which is a 2-minute walk to New Hotel Opera.
After a good night’s rest, we left the hotel early to hopefully beat the hordes of tourists at Paris’ most famous landmarks. We also anticipated the need for extra time to rest in between attractions since this is going to be a day filled with looong walks under the sun. Excited for our first day in the City of Love!
On our itinerary for today:
Arc de Triomphe which you can easily reach by train via Charles de Gaulle Etoile station (RER Line A and Metro lines 1, 2 and 6).
Avenue des Champs Elysee just accross the street from Arc de Triomphe.
Jardin des Tuileries at the end of Avenue Champs Elysee, between Plaza dela Concorde and The Louvre Museum.
Pont Alexandre III can be reached via Invalides station (RER Line C and Metro lines 8 and 13).
Eiffel Tower which can be easily accessed via Trocadero station (Metro line 6 and 9) or Ecole Militaire station (Metro line 8).
From Arc de Triomphe, we walked the 1.9 km stretch of the famous Avenue des Champs Elysee.
At the end of Avenue des Champs Elysee is the a massive square called Place de la Concorde. This was where some notable French figures, including King Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette, were guillotined in front of cheering crowds in 1793.
Right across the street from Place de la Concorde, you’ll see the entrance to Jardin des Tuileries. This garden was created as the garden of Tuileries Palace but was opened to the public and eventually became a public park after the French Revolution.
I would have wanted to explore this vast garden but I have to save my energy for our walk to the Eiffel Tower. We have the option to take the metro, but as we’re only gonna be here for a few days, we wanted to see as much as we can and walking is best way to do that.
Some photos from our walk.
Passed by the beautiful Pont Alexandre with it’s winged golden horses, cherubs and art nouveau lamps.
After walking for about 30 minutes from Jardin des Tuileres, we finally reached Tour Eiffel! Be forewarned, you’ll see a lot of Eiffel Tower photos! Lol.
That’s it for Day 1! I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed walking and taking them. 🙂