Paris in 5 Days- Top 10 places to visit and Desserts to try!!
1. The Eiffel Tower
When we say Paris, the first obvious thing that comes to mind is the Eiffel tower, an iconic symbol of France! No trip to France is justified without a visit to the Eiffel tower, (and like many other travelers) this was my “first” to do bucket list as I got there! By “do” I mean not just the visit, an elevator ride to the top of the tower is sure to take you to a new level of experience….
We hear so much about it and often see pictures on the internet, but that in-person experience truly takes you aback! Take the elevator all the way to the top for unparalleled panoramic views of the city of lights!
A little I learned during our visit – This tower was built by Gustave Eiffel (Hence the name) in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the French revolution. It took 2 years,2 months and 5 days to complete the construction. This was the tallest tower in the world at the time it was built until it was overtaken by other buildings around the world, yet it stands out to be unique, irreplaceable and iconic!
The Tower is surrounded by many gardens. We spent some time at “Jardins du Trocadero” (gardens of the Trucadero) where you get an amazing view of the tower, and there are many eateries around here for a grab and go picnic. My memories are rekindled and i want to visit again !!
A visit during the day and the night, both are awe striking ! During the day you get to enjoy the details of the construction and panorama of the city whilst during the night you are privileged to experience the “once every hour” twinkling light show and the beautifully lit city from above. We enjoyed watching the night light show from the comfort of our hotel at Novotel, Paris.
ENTRY– Entrance to the base of the tower is free after a security check, some choose to sit at one of the benches and gaze at this wonder. If you choose to take the ride up be prepared for the long queues (fast track moves faster but you still can be crowded during summer). Entry fee to the top of the tower is 17 Euros/adult (2016)
TRAVEL TIPS- Try to get there as early as you can! If you are travelling with young children it is advisable to take umbrella strollers so they can comfortably experience the monument and nap in between during the long waits.
2. River Siene
River Seine is one of Europe’s great historic rivers that is 780 km long with over 37 bridges just within Paris! so there is no way you can miss the Seine river when you get here. We saw so much of this river during our stay that it didn’t occur as much to take better photos (can I blame it on jet lag ? ;p) !!!
This was the very first “sight”, after checking-in at our hotel Novotel Gare de Lyon, the friendly hotel staff directed us to to the nearest entry point to the river which was easily walk-able. We wanted to keep it short but just couldn’t!!…..The new sights along the river bank welcome you so much that you want to keep strolling along as you discover more!
When your feet are sore hop on a tuk and take a ride to the next stop 🙂