Day 4 & 5
Paris truly lives up to its moniker of “The City of Light”. Though it is a small city, there is a lot of traffic on the roads. The lanes are divided into an inner ring road & an outer ring road. Those living within the limits of the inner ring road are considered Parisians while those residing near the outer ring road are considered Non-Parisians. The suburbs of Paris are cheaper when compared to Central Paris. There are huge digital screens inside tunnels & the term “Fluide” displayed on these screens is an indication that traffic is flowing smoothly. We stopped for lunch at Hotel Bhojan, a vegetarian restaurant owned by a Parsi. After lunch, we went up to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower, post which our guide Patricia took us on a city tour & showed us the many highlights of the city. We were put up at Hotel Novotel for 2 nights. The following day we went to Eurodisney and that evening we also went on the Seine River cruise. During the cruise, the famous landmarks of the city were again pointed out to us. There was an automated electronic voice-phone to assist us for that purpose. After a long day, we returned half-dead to the hotel. The next morning we headed to Germany.
Eurodisney – I’m not a particularly big fan of Disney + I didn’t enjoy the rides much….I prefer extreme rides that give me a huge adrenalin rush! :P For those of you who are true Disney fans….you will love this place!
Paris’ Grand Palais (Big Palace) was built for the World Fair of 1900. The building is best known for its enormous glass roof. The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world. It mainly serves as a public exhibition hall and host to a variety of grand events.
The Louvre Palace houses the Louvre Museum and is the best art museum in the world. The famous glass pyramids are the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.
The Avenue des Champs-Elvsees is a prestigious avenue in Paris. The name is French for ‘Elysian Fields’, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology. The avenue runs for 2 kilometres from the Place de la Concorde in the east to the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly the Place de l’Etoile) in the west, near the location of the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Elysees is used for all the major celebrations. This is where Parisians celebrate New Year’s Eve and where the military parades are held on the 14th of July. The wide sidewalks provide adequate space for outdoor cafes and bistros. Most people walk on the north (to the left when traveling by car), which is the sunny side, where there are more cafes, theaters, chain stores, boutiques and fewer trees. Thus the left/north side houses the more expensive shops. Fewer stroll on the south, which is relatively less sunny and is dotted with banks and luxury restaurants.
Place de la Concorde is an eight hectare square in Paris. In the middle of the square is the obelisk that comes from the Egyptian temple of Luxor.
Eating Indian food will be the last thing on your mind when you are in this beautiful city. You will want nothing more than a glass of champagne and a breath-taking view of the Eiffel tower from your hotel room (C’est la vie! is all you can think of :) ).