Guide to Paris

Hello everyone.

This is my guide to Paris. in Late October, we had amazing four days at Paris with Leda. This guide does not cover all of the places you should see in Paris. Since it was a short trip and we got pretty tired we had to skip some important places like Moulin Rouge. Therefore it’s not one of my ultimate guides, just a regular one.

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Since I got my phone stolen at Paris subway, I’ve lost most of my photos.I’ve stolen some from Leda and my action cam, so, fish-eye photos incoming!!

Let’s get started!

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral is placed at Cite Island and one of the most amazing sights in Paris. They’re still using it as a church, so go and spend some time, if you are lucky you can see the mass. Listen the bells and live the amazing atmosphere.

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Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg gardens are located at south of Notre Dame Cathedral, you can reach it by 15 minutes of walking. I’s a peaceful place and a good opportunity to spend couple of hours and resting. Also, looks amazing at autumn!

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Pantheon
We didn’t actually visited Pantheon but we passed by this amazing places. It contains many graves of the very important people such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola , Marie Curie and many others. Visiting fee is €7.50.

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Place de la Concorde

This square is placed by the Saine River and largest square in Paris. During the French Revolution, many important people are executed here, including Marie Antoinette. Don’t forget to see Obelisk and fountain.

Also, we had a photoshoot there, because I kinda had to.
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Champs Elysees
Famous shopping street of Paris is a must-see places in Paris if you want to spend money. Paris is a great city to go luxury shopping and Champs Elysees is one of the best examples of this shopping madness.

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Arc de Triompe

You can find the arc the triompe at the western end  of the Champs Elysees, which is really hard to miss considering it’s 50 meters tall! It’s made to honor the people who have fought for France. You can also go up to see Paris from above but I don’t know the prices.

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Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall and finished in 1889. I heard that French people don’t like it that much, but it still is an amazing view and one of the most popular buildings of all times. At night they use additional lights and it’s amazing to watch at at the huge park nearby. You can also clim up to the top to see the Paris from above, it has three levels open to the tourists and you can buy the tickets under the tower.
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Les Invalides

Les Invalides is a complex of buildings and museums, mostly about French military. If you are interested in military or you want to see the Napoleon’s tomb, it’s recommended. We didn’t go inside but had a chance to see the beautiful dome when we were visiting Rodin Museum.

Louvre Museum

This is the ultimate art p0rn. I’ve been to many museums but never impressed this much. Since we didn’t have enough time, we had a quick tour to see our favourites but Louvre itself actually requires couple of days to conquer. I’m an (mostly Italian) Renaissance fan and I got to see many works from Raphael, da Vinci and Michelangelo in Louvre. I also had a chance to see Venus de Milo, the most beautiful woman on earth. Leda loves Impressionism, so I had a chance to see beautiful paintings of Delacroix , Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many others. Louvre Museum is the must-see place in Paris and I recommend you to spend time, as much as you can.

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me and most beautiful woman on Earth.

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Dick Lady of Paris (you can see the other one in my Italy Guide

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Rebellious Slave and Dying Slave by Michelangelo

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Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix. I’m sure you know this one.

 

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People kept telling me “it’s so small” all these years, it wasn’t “that” small after all. Mona Lisa!

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Self portrait with a friend by Raphael. I’m a huge Raphael fan and wanted to see this painting for a long time. We actually imitated this pose but it’s long gone with my phone :(

 

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other works by Raphael

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Virgin of the Rocks by da Vinci. Waited YEARS to see this.

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SUDDENLY PICASSO!

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NIPPLE SISTERS! AGAIN!!

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amazong room with tons of amazing and huge paintings, it was netherlands if I remember right.

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Lacemaker

There are many more amazing artworks and sculptures at Louvre, it’s definitely must-see.

d’orsay Museum
Louvre kinda overshadows this museum but it’s still amazing! They have the original “Gates of Hell” by Rodin, tons of Van Gogh paintings and many artworks by Impressionists.

But I have to complain. after spending hours and looking we couldn’t find Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh anywhere. :(

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One of the most famous self portraits of the Artist and thought to be the last one he painted.

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The Gates of Hell

Rehearsal on Stage

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enormous clock from inside

Rodin Museum
We didn’t have a chance to see the Museum at it’s true beauty because of renovations, but we saw most of Rodin’s and his students works at exhibition. Most beautiful part was garden, it’s one of the best gardens I’ve seen in my life, it features many bronze casts, inspired from Rodin’s works. We couldn’t see the Kiss, again because of renovation.. but things happen :<

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Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur Basilica was build in late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It’s located at the north of the city on top of Montmartre. It’s a beautiful Basilica and Montmartre has an amazing view of Paris. You can use Funicular to the top. If you are a fan of Amelie, you can try to find filming locations around Montmartre and go see Moulin Rouge while you are there.

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Bonus: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Destin Poulain  (The Fabulous Destiny of Destan Poulain)

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Disneyland

Alright, this is where the magic happens.

I haven’t been a big fan of Disney for the past 15 years (excluding Pixar ofcourse) and when everyone insisted that the Disneyland is magical, I was like “meh”. Well, everything changed when I visited Disneyland Paris. I was expecting princesses and shit, all over the place. It wasn’t quite like that. Yes princesses and mickey were everywhere but it didn’t disgust me that much. There are huge waiting lines for each ride but it’s not that boring, because of the decorations, you get into mood and get excited. Yes, it was one of the best days of my life and I definitely recommend Disneyland. I might even end up as a Disneyfag after all those years.

Also, if you think you can spend enough time at both, try to visit both parks because they have amazing rides :3

Before watching the whole ending ceremony (mapping on castle) we tried these rides;
Disneyland;
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril             (which has a sharp 360 turn, I thought I broke my neck for a second)
Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin                  (which is for kids but they had amazing animatronics)
Pirates of the Caribbean                      (get on the boat to the see the Caribbeans! They still haven’t put the characters from the movies but atmosphere was amazing!)
Big Thunder Mountain                           (one of the most popular rides and our first ride that day. We actually run to the attraction but still had to wait about 40 minutes)
Phantom Manor                                 (you get into the mood even before you take the ride. Animatronics and the whole technology is amazing)
The Dragon’s Lair                                   (which has the best animatronic imo, you can find it just near the castle)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs                          (was for the kids but we got bored and tried)
Star Tours                                             ( is actually a basic ride but you get into the mood while waiting and seeing the character you know from the series.)
The Mysteries of the Nautilus                  (which was kinda lame if you ask me)
Space Mountain                                  (SPACE MOUNTAIIIINNNN!!! it was one of the best rides in the park, we actually took this one twice)
Walt Disney Studios;
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror                    (you fall from 42 m, most of the time you see the view of park. I happened to close my eyes almost the whole time :/ )
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith                  ( we decided to give it a try and it was my fav. ride of the park with 360 turns, signed instruments in the waiting room and everything. definitely recommended)

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That’s all from Paris. Ofcourse there are more places to see at this beautiful city, I hope I can visit Paris one more time and discover more <3

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