Eiffel tower, symbol of Paris, is memorizing 100 years of the victory of French Revolution, icon of the Industrial Revolution. It is one of the most desired tourist attractions in the world , many people consider it as a spot filled with romance. Did I actually describe this iron structure romantic?
Yes, indeed. The Eiffel tower is quite abrupt from the mild looking of Paris. Why do I feel the endless warmth and softness tho? Perhaps everyone has a Paris dream. We encounter this iron tower with our love and expectation.
Located in the Champs de Mars, the most you can see, is people, people, people. It’s mission impossible to find a place to take picture of only yourself, at least, you won’t feel lonely if you travel alone. 😛 There is always long queue to enter the tower, if you want to save time, I highly recommend you to order the ticket online and book the entering time, then go from the Pilier Nord of the tower. There are two separated elevators for the top floor and the second floor, so you have to line up again for going up to the top floor. Actually, I went up by stairs. Because not only is the price cheaper, but the queue is also shorter.
For climbing, go to the Pilier Est. On the top, the whole Paris feels like under your feet! I felt so excited and amazed overlooking this metropoly, the tiredness just faded away.
It is 324 meters high, basically, you can see the tower everywhere you are in the center of Paris. But it is a challenge to get the nice whole tower on your picture. Palais de Chaillo and Avenue de New York is two of the best spots.
Address: Île de la Cité, Paris
Through the center of Paris, there are 37 different bridges over La seina. You might not be able to name all the bridges, but you must know this one: Pont des Arts. It links Institut de France and Palais des Arts (named Palais du Louvre now), and this bridge is named after the formal name of The Louvre.
Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks to the railing on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into La Seine. It is said it represents a couple’s committment and long lasting love. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too much love. Part of the bridge collapsed few years after I visited. It was actually a beautiful scene of the padlocks hanging around, on the other hand, unbreakable love shouldn’t be committed or proved on a rail.
I walked along both sides of La Seine, instead of going on a boat. In fact, you can join the river cruise, choose to have brunch, lunch, romantic dinner or simply a guided tour. Meanwhile, if you book a dinner, keep an eye on your outfit. The website as below:
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Address: Avenue des Champs-Élysées 75008 Paris
The French name is Elysium Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. As a famous and important street in Paris, many events are held here. Every year on 14th July, the Bastille Day, the largest military parade in Europe passes down here, reviewed by the president of France. Furthermore, on every new year eve, people will gather and celebrate the new year here, turn the street into a walking street. Oh, the Champs-Élysées has occasionally been the site of large political protest meetings.
The French proudly nickname this world-famous avenue “la plus belle avenue du monde” (“the world’s most beautiful avenue”). I can hardly agree with it, but comparing to many streets in Paris, this is at least a wide and tidy one. 😛 It’s designed and decorated with art, siding with many boutiques and café. There is no doubt that it is a fashion paradise. You might easily lose control if you are a shopaholic. Whereas, what you can do on this famous street is far more than buying.
What can you do? It’s better for you to ask a real French. What I can see on this street, is the lifestyle of Parisians. Tasting a cup of coffee with a crispy croissant and having a relaxing moment, updating the fashion trend and sharing thoughts. There is one moment that I was sitting outside of a café, facing to the street and imagined what if I lived in this city, what if I spoke French, what if I was French.
Address: 14 rue Crespin Dugast 75011 Paris
Talking about the lifestyle of Parisians, I guess night life plays an important role. I went to a rooftop bar in Paris, it is quite difficult to find, as the entrance is really not that obvious. You have to either go up the stairs or elevator, then climb up few steps. It was very busy even it was just early evening, to be honest, I don’t remember so much about it, because I got drunk after a glass of Rossie.