marți, 27 noiembrie 2012

Paris, Je T’Aime!

I’ve been extremely eager to share with you some of my beautiful Paris memories. From visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum (I recommend going there early in the morning, to avoid long queues and immense crowds), seeing the famous Mona Lisa and Napoleon’s apartments, seeing the Arc de Triomphe, walking along the charming Champs Elysees with all its tempting stores until reaching Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome, then L’Eglise de la Madeleine and the Opera, since they were both in the area, the first two days in Paris went by perfectly. Of course, I could not have missed Notre Dame de Paris, the Love Bridge (I was impressed by the number of locks on it), the unique Montmartre and a ride with the pittoresque funicular up to La Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Although it was getting late already, we then wandered on the streets to find the Moulin Rouge and the Dome of Invalides. The only downside of the trip was the fact that, while waiting in line on the second floor of the Eiffel Tour, my ticket for the elevator up to the third floor got stolen from my pocket (they were probably interested in my bag, actually, but I was holding it with both hands), so, after having waited in line for quite some time, I realized that I was missing my ticket. It was quite disappointing, but now I have a reason to return to Paris some day. This and the fact that I still missed some attractions, such as the Versailles Palace, the Pantheon and the Catacombs and only got to see others from the outside. I’ll leave you with a photo diary. If you have questions or are planning a trip there and need some extra tips, let me know. Stay tuned, because I am planning a second Paris post, with details from the amazing Disneyland!

            Abia asteptam sa va impartasesc cateva dintre frumoasele amintiri ale calatoriei mele la Paris. De la vizitarea turnului Eiffel, a muzeului Louvre (va recomand sa mergeti acolo dimineata, pentru a evita cozile lungi si multimea de oameni), unde am vazut, printre altele, faimosul tablou Mona Lisa si apartamente lui Napoleon, vizitarea Arcului de Triumf, urmata de o plimbare de-a lungul Champs Elysees, cu multimea de magazine tentante, de-o parte si de alta, pana la Place de la Concorde si Place Vendome, apoi catre Eglise de la Madeleine si Opera, intrucat ambele se aflau in zona, primele doua zile in Paris au trecut minunat. Nu puteam pierde catedrala Notre Dame de Paris, unul dintre numeroasele poduri cu lacate puse de indragostiti (impresionant de multe), fascinantul cartier Montmartre, un pitoresc urcus cu funicularul pana la Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Desi se inserase deja, am mai hoinarit pe strazi, catre Moulin Rouge si Domul Invalizilor. Singurul lucru care mi-a intristat oarecum calatoria a fost faptul ca, in timp ce asteptam la coada pentru a urca la al treilea nivel al Turnului Eiffel, mi-a fost furat biletul pentru lift din buzunar (probabil hotul era mai degraba interesat de geanta, insa o tineam cu ambele maini,asa ca a luat ce a reusit sa apuce). Atunci cand am ajuns in fata, am constatat cu stupoare ca pierdusem timpul degeaba asteptand (casa de bilete de la al doilea nivel fiind inchisa). Am fost destul de dezamagita, insa acum am un motiv in plus sa revin in Paris intr-o buna zi- acesta si faptul ca nu am avut timp sa vizitez atractii precum: Palatul Versailles, Pantheonul sau Catacombele, iar pe altele le-am vazut doar din exterior, din lipsa de timp. Va las in compania unor fotografii. Daca aveti intrebari sau planuiti o calatorie acolo si aveti nevoie de sugestii, dati-mi de stire. Stati pe-aproape, pentru ca pregatesc o a doua postare despre Paris, cu detalii de la uimitorul Disneyland!
Tour Eiffel at night- have you ever seen something this spectacular?
The structure
View from the second level
The structure at night
The view at sunset
It gets better at night fall
Mona Lisa
Napoleon's apartments
Pyramide du Louvre
Arc de Triomphe

Champs Elysees
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde
La Madeleine
Place Vendome
Notre Dame de Paris

Love locks
Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Moulin Rouge

Dome des Invalides
Dome des Invalides
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