I have visited Paris on several occasions and enjoy it more every time I go there. I have so many memories of Paris, a vibrant city with so much to do and see during the day and at night. One thing about this city is that you are never bored! With my limited knowledge of French, but enough to ask for information and understand the reply, I managed to get around the city and surrounding regions with ease.
My special memories of Paris include ambling down the long Champs Elysee or meandering among the artists and art shops of Montmartre is always a pleasure. The Champs Elysee used to have a selection of the most elegant shops where you mentally bought the most exquisite latest fashions, or sipped coffee at sidewalk cafes. Although it’s still interesting and enjoyable, the quality of the mental shopping experience has changed and overall become more affordable. However, you can still relax, sip a café au lait and watch the people strolling along.
For anybody interested in art, the Louvre Museum on the Paris Right Bank is an art lovers Paradise. Besides seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, every tourists aim, the collection of paintings and sculptures of so many famous artists can hold your interest for days, if you have the time. The erection of the glass triangle entrance located on the forecourt now, modernised what was once an historical Renaissance style RoyalPalace.
The Musee d’Orsay
The Musee d’Orsay, originally was a railway station, and now is an art museum. On the first Sunday of the month, entrance is free and therefore, the queues to get in are long. Even if it’s pouring with rain, the locals, as well as many tourists consider it worth waiting in to enter without having to pay. The experience is one to remember as the building interior is magnificent and the art collection vast.
The Eiffel Tower
Originally built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle celebrating the centennial of the French Revolution and completed on March 31, 1889. This Parisian iron landmark designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel after who named is today and is an icon visited by every tourist who comes to Paris. To commemorate its completion, Monsieur Eiffel climbed up the 1710 steps to unfurl a French flag from the pinnacle. Today of course, you can ascend to the top by elevator but if you have the strength, you too can climb the stairs.
Memories of Paris: Shopping
The massive department store Galeries la Fayette is filled with anything you could possibly want to shop for, including a section devoted to selling exquisitely packaged chocolates with the most decadent fillings. Their enormous cosmetic department features all the very latest in skin care and perfumery, with many sample giveaways as well.
Another store further along the street to browse through is au Printemps. You find a variety of beautifully decorated boutiques selling tempting exquisite merchandise scattered around the shopping areas of Paris. To shop in Paris is a pleasure and your purchases are always elegantly wrapped and tied with ribbon.
Paris in December is filled with an exciting bustling atmosphere. The stores and streets are lit up and certainly this is the city to be in at this time of the year. All over Paris are little Christmas Fairs dotted with stalls selling an array of attractive Christmas items, gifts and special traditional Christmas food fare that is only sold during December! Spending the season in this city is definitely one of my fondest memories of Paris.
When staying in central Paris, whether you are alone or with a party, is always a place where you may never feel lonely. With the magic of the city and its surroundings, clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants and the huge variety of entertainment; vive le France.