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I started my beautiful day with good English continental breakfast no Indian menu served in most of the Paris’s hotels. My second day in Paris was quite hectic so be sure that your bag pack have all essential things. Do not forget to carry your water bottle as mineral water is very expensive. Paris tap water is clean and drinkable so you can always refill your bottle. At this time TAP app will be quite handy; this app helps you to locate water fountains nearby. Another very important app is RATP app ( used for metro and buses) The official app does everything you’d expect of it, providing routes bus and train times and a metro plan that doesn’t require you to be connected to the internet in order to excess it. Before starting from your hotel just check all attractions to be covered for a day in google map. This give you very good idea how to plan your day efficiently.
First place to be visit is Notre Dame; Notre Dam de Paris meaning our lady of Paris is situated on the island of Île de la cité in 4 Arrondissment of Paris. The cathedral has many gothic elements and architectural details. Her flying buttresses and gargoyles have played centerstage to some of the defining moments of French history and literature. Continue your visit to Conciergerie; a medieval royal palace and a prison during French revolution. It still serves as courts. Do not miss Saint – Chapelle. This place is rarely used for mass but often serve as a venue for music concerts. The Chapel is renowned for its breathtaking stained-glass window. Its recommended to visit in the morning especially on sunny days to most brilliant.Purchase combine entry ticket to those attractions to save money. You can also walk around this island and imagine what life in Paris was like centuries ago on its beautiful authentic streets.
By the time I cover the island its afternoon my stomach growling with hunger. I had two options either to eat French cuisine on the island itself or go for Indian restaurants nearby (not on the island) You can also use the Fork App that allows you to book a table at any restaurant in town at short notice. It indicates any restaurant in your immediate vicinity with ratings, menus, photos, and comments from previous customers. After eating delicious lunch, I braced myself for next destination Louvre.
Paris is the also called the city of museums and has 100s of museums. The Louvre is the most visiting museum of the Paris. Visitors can enter the museum from the courtyard of the palace at the glass pyramid. It is impossible to see it all in one visit, but tourists can focus on sculpture, Italian Renaissance art, 17th century paintings or take a self-guided tour with skip the line option to the Louvre museum. This tour allows participants to jump ahead the long Queues and head straight to the museum’s most famous art works, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. On these three hours tour a knowledgeable guide discuss the collections, explain interesting information about the paintings and answer questions. The Louvre is surrounded on one side by the Jardin des Tuileries, one of the largest and loveliest parks in Paris. The formal garden features perfectly manicured trees, two ponds and statues by Rodin Giacometta and Maillol. Park benches offer a place to relax and enjoy the scenery. There are also several cafes, restaurants with outdoor sitting.
Just opposite to Louvre museum is the Palais- Royal. This palace is made up of 60 Pavilions surrounding a garden, the Jardin du Palais Royal. The Palais Royal is open to public everyday free of charge. The building and arcaded galleries filled with high end boutiques.
Few blocks away is Centre Pompidou, an art and cultural center. In contrast to the historic buildings of the quarter. The Centre Pompidou features shocking modern architectural details of staircases and elevators appear on the exterior Don’t miss the Stravinsky fountain nearby. This landmark installation featuring colorful and Kinetic modern sculptures in a public fountain. After spending tiring day in streets of Paris its time to enjoy its night life too. Paris is famous for good food, sweet pastries, and interesting and unusual bars. You can visit Lavomatic, where you literally enter into washing machine or you can try Ice Kube bar where you can order a cocktail from an ice bar in an iced glass. There are plenty more to name some of them are- Little Red Door Paris La Recyclerie, Autevil Brasserie, Les Deux Magots, Le Comptoir General, Le Dernier bar Avant.
On day 3 I visited Disneyland Paris so I started my day little early as Disneyland is 32 Miles away and it opens at 10:30 Am. Remember to go Disneyland on week day and do check weather report before you pack for the day and be prepared for everything from foldable umbrella or thick scarf and gloves during winter. Wear layers because if that day is warm you have something to take off. Everything is so expensive in Disneyland so if you are going with kids then carry some eatables too.
It takes approx. 1 hour 30 mins to reach Disneyland in between I change metro also. Finally, I reached Chessy Metro Station which is at 5 mins distance. DLP is not a small park, it includes two parks – The Disneyland, Disneyland Studios and Disney village which has the shopping arcade and restaurants. So, it covers a huge piece of land and you have to cover all by foot so be ready with your comfortable shoes. Take your time to cover this park if you want you can also pre book your room here. Disney has 6 hotels and 2 resorts which offer different packages and advantages like- early opening of the park for hotel guests and Faste pass but if you are concerned about the budget you can also stay in the Disney partnered hotels which offers complimentary shuttle services for the park.
Download the Euro Disney app. You will need it for so many things like getting upto date information about wait time for each attraction, toilet locations, character meet and greets and so much more. If you want to cover both park on same day, then it is advisable to take faste pass. When you buy attraction ticket using faste pass it allots you time be there on that time to go for the ride. Don’t miss 5 PM parade on Disneyland Park and fireworks at 9:30 PM (Time may vary according to seasons) . This firework show is an elaborate performance of music, lights and dazzling special effects and its worth remaining in the park to see it. Do not worry about the return ride from park to your hotel as last train from Disney to Paris runs at 0015 Hrs. With this I Finished my third day in Paris.
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