PARIS: Around the City

written by Coeur de Saigon

Despite how brief my trip in Paris was, I was still able to explore the city at its best.

Day 1: Modern Paris

Puteaux Neighborhood
Puteaux Neighborhood

It was brief indeed, because I arrived so late at about 7:30 PM. Arriving in Charles de Gaulle Airport and hitting La Défense to get to my friend’s house were all I could do.

However, I was amazed by long day light until 8:30 PM, which I had never experienced before in a tropical country like Vietnam. It was Spring after all. Day is longer, people are hotter.

A modern building in the area
A modern building in the area

Where I stayed was only a 10 minute walk from La Défense Metro station. Blessed with modernity from the skyscrapers, the neighborhood gave me a different view on Paris, since I only thought of Paris as a old and vintage kind of city.

La Défense de Paris
La Défense de Paris

However modern it is, this place still owns its glory. Typically depicted as the icon of the whole La Défense area, the statue La Défense de Paris stood proudly like defending the city.

I could see here, the harmony of history and modernity.

Day 2: A Touristy Day

Brand new to the city and had less than 48 hours to explore it. So I wanted to check off as many attractions as possible. It wasn’t a bad idea.

Arrived in Les Sablons only 15 minutes after catching the first metro line. I was already in love with the French architectures on the street of Paris.

Fondation Louis Vuitton bathes in the April sun
Fondation Louis Vuitton bathes in the April sun

Fondation Louis Vuitton was the first place I decided to go to since I am a big fan of Louis Vuitton’s heritage. The place didn’t fail to amaze me. With a slide of water flowing down to the Frank Gehry’s architecture, the place was blessed with a unique sound of water.

The building is the big exhibit itself but not to mention the beautiful Picasso works which I failed to photograph due to strict internal photography restriction.

Stands in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle
Stands in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle

l’Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile was my next destination. Done with some touristy shots, and jaw-dropping moments. It was best to move on to some other place, like having lunch at Chez Clement on the prestigious avenue Champs-Élysées.

A corner of Paris
A corner of Paris

Walking around the city was the most enjoyable activity in Paris. I was always have to look up to the buildings surrounding me.

La Tour Eiffel
La Tour Eiffel

And here I was at La Tour Eiffel, after passing Pont l’Alma, I could see the tall tower. All I could recall was how huge this pointy tower was. I was totally lost. But I didn’t rush to the top to see the aerial view of “City of Light,” instead, I laid on the grass, read my favorite Murakami book and bathed under the sun which I always neglected to enjoy.

Day 3: Indulging and Louvre

Foie gras maison
Foie gras maison

By indulging, it means I ate a lot. Starting off the third day with lunchie by the Seine, at  Le Comptoir du 5ème. Foie Gras maison, and panned sea food could make me happy.

Panned Seabass with smashed potato and cube sausage
Panned Seabass with smashed potato and cube sausage

Having Paul baguette at Jardin de Tuileries, and finish the day with a sweet salted-caramel crepes at Saint Michel. I was in heaven.

Renaissance Ceiling in the Louvre
Renaissance Ceiling in the Louvre

But that’s not all for that third day in Paris. It would be a waste without visiting the King Museum. Spent 4 hours here but could not contemplate everything, not to mention a deep contemplation.

Hunting lady
Hunting lady

All the sculptures were like soulful creatures that are frozen there in the museum for eternity. And who cares about Mona Lisa painting, because the Louvre had so much to offer tourists and art enthusiasts

Besides the above listed attractions and activities, I also visited Grand Arche, Jardin Luxembourg, Jardin de Tuileries, Notre Dame de Paris, shopping at Les 4 Temps, enjoying the street arts of Paris.

And this video is likely to sum everything up, which I am really excited to share.

Note from the author:

Can’t wait for the next entry? Me neither. I can’t wait to post it.

So it’s an extra entry to celebrate June. Stay tuned 😉

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