Have you read my adventures en route to Paris – if not, do read more here. So now moving on with my adventure for first day in Paris!!
I woke up to light snowfall and was super excited on experiencing this tiniest blessing of nature for the first time. Chose Café De Trocadero for breakfast, opted for an omelette and a cappuccino to beat the chilly weather. An amazing restaurant in a typical Parisian residential neighborhood although more like a touristy one because of great views of Eiffel Tower with excellent quality of food and top-notch service. Do visit the restaurant to get an impression of Parisian lifestyle, passing cars and tourists finding their way to Palais de Chaillot while enjoying direct views of the most spectacular tower in the world.
La Défense ~ La Grand Arche
The Trocadero metro station was just 5 mins from my hotel from where I reached Gare de La Défense – a metro station in Europe’s largest office complex located just beneath the Grand Arche in the west district of Paris.
The Arche is approximately in shape of a cube and is placed on a secondary axis with two most tallest buildings in the city – Tour Eiffel & Tour Montparnasse. The roof of the Arche was open to public for views of the city until 2010, but unfortunately closed after an incident in elevators. After completing the Grand Arche Tour, I was left with half day for exploring the city, so my voyage continues 🙂
I started my stroll towards Eiffel Tower as what better medium to explore a city than bare foot. Well, it was quite a walk which I under-estimated to be close but actually was not, although totally worth it!! While crossing Seine bridge ~ Pont d’Iena, overlooked some souvenirs shops and promised myself about purchasing some on my return, which I missed and I know I shouldn’t have!!!
Finally, reached the iconic 324 meters high Eiffel Tower acquiring its name from Gustave Eiffel’s company which designed & built the tower. Completed in 1889, the tower served as the entrance to the World Fair’89 & held skepticism in its construction, instead turned out to be a global icon. The 81-storey building ~ the tallest building in Paris has three levels for visitors accessible via stairs & lift and the observation deck showcases the bird’s eye view of the city. The monument can be seen usually from any part of the city, but standing below the Eiffel gives you a feeling you might never had before. I settled on a bench opting for a cappuccino in the cold weather with a packet of chips enjoying the view.
Arc De Triomphe
Continued my quest towards Arc De Triomphe while admiring the architecture of the city and another 30 minutes of walk brought me to my destination. It is one of the most famous monuments of Paris honoring the fighters of the French revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Located in the center of Charles De Gaulle, the monument stands high since it’s construction in 1836. There are 284 steps till the top of the Triomphe and the observation deck showcases the best panoramic views of the Paris city. The roundabout around the monument is currently the busiest traffic Triomphes of Europe.
I couldn’t visit the observation deck because of long queue for the ticket and hence I returned back capturing pictures from outside. My phone’s battery was drained so I couldn’t even locate the way back for the hotel. Following my gut, I back tracked and lost my way and reached Victor Hugo street where I did window-shopping and a lovely lady in Zara helped me with my way back.
Downright exhausted from the walking, went back to rest in my hotel only to refresh and return back to explore French cuisine in the evening.
Stay Tuned for more adventures 🙂
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— The Wanderer