Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paris 2014

Fri, 29 - Sat, 30/8/14


Who isn't familiar with Paris right? For this post I'll just write some brief notes of our travels around the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion. The weather at Paris was pleasant at around 20 deg C, compared to the blistering hot sun in Spain just a 2.5 hours ago.

We arrived at CDG around 6.40pm, then took the RER to Pantin, located in Zone 2 (EUR 10.60) one way which we chose because of its vicinity to halal eateries. We had to change line at Gare Du Nord. We stayed at the Ibis Budget hotel at Pantin which cost EUR 42 / night (RM 175). For dinner tonight, we had a set of rice with adana (EUR 9, comes with soft drink) and set of chicken chika with rice and fries (EUR 9 with soft drink) at the nearby halal Restaurant Le Palais D'Istanbul.

Paris RER

RER ticket from CDG

double decker RER
double decker RER

Pantin RER station

Ibis Budget hotel Pantin

you need to punch in the access code to enter your room

our basic room

halal Restaurant Le Palais D'Istanbul

adana with rice and fries

halal sandwich at a supermarket in Pantin

halal boulangerie in Pantin

Notre Dame Cathedral

It was a pleasant day today in Paris with the temperature around 20 deg C and cloudy; a stark contrast to the scorching heat of  Spain and Morocco. We started the day with Notre Dame cathedral, taking the Zone 1 -3 Mobilis Day Pass (EUR 9.05) with access to the Metro and RER. Beware of the people asking for your signature / interview for a survey or something, just politely decline (we pretended that we didn't speak English) and move on to take pictures of the beautiful building. We didn't go in though, only taking pictures from the outside.

Notre Dame cathedral Western side

Notre Dame cathedral view by the river Seine

From Notre Dame, we walked along the calming river Seine towards the bridge where people professed their love and padlock their vows.

river Seine

river Seine with Notre Dame at the back

padlock your love

Louvre Museum

We then walked back to the Cite Metro station and went to the next destination - the Louvre museum, alighting at the Metro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. We again only took pictures from the outside as we didn't have enough time to visit the museum (a friend told me you need at least 2 days to cover the museum!)

arch outside the Louvre

the famous pyramid at Louvre museum

Eiffel Tower

Now, a visit to Paris would not be complete without visiting its most famous Eiffel Tower via the Metro Bir-Hakeim, built in 1889 for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.

the famous Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower from below

 Champs Elysees / Arc De Triomphe

We then proceeded to the Arc de Triomphe via the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile Metro. Again, we only took pictures from below and did not climb the monument. Then we just walked along Champs Elysees for some window shopping (nothing bought!) and more photography.

Arc de Triomphe

Paris St Germain store at Champs Elysee, we didn't go to the stadium

the famous Laduree cafe with macaron and other menu available

Sacre Coeur church

From Champs Elysees, we took the Metro to the Anvers station to visit the Sacre Coeur church which is perched on top of the Montmartre hill. The church is unique with its dome, and a political and cultural landmark, built between 1875 to 1914. It offers a fantastic view of the Paris city from the top of the hill. We stopped by at a halal fast food - Chicken Spot near the Sacre Coeur to refuel.

Sacre Coeur
on top Montmartre hill
Sacre Coeur
Paris city view from Sacre Coeur

Chicken Spot

Last spot of the day was Les Invalides  (or The National Residence of the Invalids) which contains museums and monuments relating to the military history of France.  We alighted at the Invalides Metro. No visit to the museum though, just more photography and some frolicking ;)

Les Invalides
Esplanade de Invalides

frolicking around the Esplanade de Invalides

more frolicking
the grass looks too tempting ...beware of dog poop though

After all the frolicking around at the esplanade, we made our way back to the hotel to retire for the day. Not too bad, we covered most of the must see places in Paris, which are part of the Unesco World Heritage site. More exciting travel tomorrow to Versailles. Stay tuned!



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