How To Do Paris In Half A Day

11.22.2014 Paris, France

As the Eiffel Tower lights scintillate,we admire the 37 bridges and enjoy the history,architecture and attractions like Notre Dame,Musee D' Orsay situated on the banks of Seine River.Coupled with slow music and translations in 8 languages,we feel at ease with our soul as if therapeutic.

The fixed stare at the Illuminations on Eiffel Tower from Seine River Cruise

And we all know how beautiful that is!

I took the tour by Paris City Vision(Skip The Line Eiffel Tower,City Tour,Cruise) which I felt that saved a lot of time and effort than if I had done it on my own.I started around 6pm and was way back at my hostel by 11pm.To read previous post on Paris where I stayed and my experience do read,'Bursting the Myth:Paris And Misconceptions'

Landing in Paris from Venice
in a low cost budget airline,why I prefer to not go by Ryan further
Is what I would be writing in next post...!

Here's a quick photo essay on how to do Paris in half a day!

1)Seine River Cruise:

There are 37 bridges on River Seine.

I am not sure how many of you do this exactly,but when you go to Paris this is a must do along with Eiffel Tower visit which is just side by side.Even though I cruised at night,I felt night would be better than day because of lights on the bridges or may be day would have been better because of activities along the bank.There are beautiful bridges that you cross under,and each of them unique and grandiose.The ones which are humble are also so well lit that it gives a shimmer of golden on the river Seine.

                                            Each of them like a poetry in motion
With Sights That Say Hi In A Little Different Way

I wonder what's the length of the river,because in cruise of an hour which started at 7 pm,it never seem to end.Though it did at 8 pm with the sparkly Eiffel tower in the background. The illuminations take place every hour.

The river never seemed to end.
Like there's no tomorrow

2)Eiffel Tower:

                                                                     The wow factor

Paris would be incomplete without Eiffel Tower isn't it?It's so amazingly lit at night,that you would almost feel the gold on you with the cold breeze in the air of Paris.The lifts take you to two levels and above,and the view points are all over.In winters,you can also skate in front of Eiffel Tower.

The lift that takes you up!

Recently Eiffel Tower got a new glass floor offering dramatic views of the 57-meter (187-foot) drop from the 125-year-old landmark's first level.

View from Eiffel Tower

I just did my short research rather you tube search on why "Eiffel Tower" was made.Here are few interesting ones which tells why so.
How Was Eiffel Tower Built?

And another that I found quite interesting are these 12 amazing facts about Eiffel Tower.

3)Louvre Museum:

Heaven of Masterpieces

Right across the Paris City Vision office where we assembled is Louvre Museum.Between waiting for the tour bus and boarding,I took a short walk to Louvre.So even though I didn't get a chance to go inside,I did get to know that I was standing in front of one of the world's largest museums and one of the finest art galleries.The masterpieces are numerous, from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to his Madonna of the Rocks, from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the people to Jacques Louis David's Oath of the Horatii, passing by Alexandros of Anthioch's Venus de Milo and a never ending list of paintings and sculptures.

Did you know?What to eat in Paris.This article on Huffington Post tells you just that "How To Eat Like A Local In Paris"

                                    Paris delicacies are mouthwatering,in here macarons
                                                           Pic Source: GreatFoodTours

How To Eat Like A Local In Paris

Did you know?What to shop in Paris.These articles tell you about the various flea markets in Paris 
"les puces” Puce (pronounced “poose,” with a quick whooshing sound) means flea

Paris Street Style Shopping By Guardian
What To Buy In Paris

Two New Additions

4)Picasso Museum Reopens: 

Picasso Museum
Pic Source:Atout France

The Picasso Museum Reopens in Paris on October 25, 2014. The date was chosen as a tribute to Pablo Picasso, born on October 25, 1881.To know more about Picasso and his art forms,read my article on Malaga,Spain here where Picasso was born.

Stephane Thouin, Chief architect of historic monuments, Roland Simounet, and the architectural firm Bodin & Associés were commissioned to renovate and expand the Museum, now ready to welcome more visitors and art works. Four hundred works carefully selected from the vast collection of nearly 5000 will be displayed in 37 showrooms spread across five floors.

The more eager had the chance to be the first to discover the Musée Picasso Paris on October 4, during Nuit Blanche. A lucky few previously had an exclusive sneak peek of the refurbished spaces inside the Museum, during European Heritage Days, on September 20 and 21.


Musée Picasso Paris
Hôtel Salé
5 rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris

5)Fondation Louis Vuitton Opens 

Fondation Louis Vuitton
Pic Source:Atout France

The Fondation Louis Vuitton opens on Monday, October 27, 2014

The Fondation serves as Paris’ new cultural space for the promotion of contemporary art both in France and internationally.

Commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the building was designed by the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Tucked away in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the cloud-shaped glass building emerges from the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

The Fondation’s purpose is to support art and creation, and to promote its national and international outreach by welcoming all audiences. The museum’s collections and cultural programs will continue the tradition of artistic and creative movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The monument consists of galleries divided between permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and artists’ commissions. The space also comprises an auditorium designed for multi-disciplinary performances and events. Large terraces accessible throughout the museum beckon with stunning views of Paris and of the vast green expanse of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the inspiration for Gehry’s transparent glass structure.

Frank Gehry’s architecture for the foundation will be displayed as part of the Museum's inaugural program. The exhibition will coincide with the first comprehensive retrospective show of Gehry’s work in Europe featured at the Centre Pompidou in October 2014.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a private cultural initiative dedicated to art and artists. The Museum represents a new chapter in LVMH’s extensive patronage of art and culture initiated more than twenty years ago in France and in the world.


Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne
75116 Paris

Thanks to Atout France And Paris City Vision without which my short trip to Paris was possible.

1 comment

  1. Wow! I felt like doing the tour myself! I am sure Paris must look even more stunning and romantic at night.


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