Paris 2017: Eiffel Tower & Arc de Triomphe

February 24, 2020

Paris has always been at the top of my bucket list destinations. It is hard not to be enamored by the City of Light (or Love). The architecture, the art, the fashion, the food – everything about it seems elegant and exquisite. No wonder it is hailed as one of the most romantic places in the world. 

To get to Paris, we rode an overnight couchette train from Florence. It was a small compartment but comfortable enough to sleep in. Also, sheets, pillows and blankets were provided. When I woke up in the morning, I peered through the window and saw the ground was white, covered in snow. And as a person living in a tropical country, I’m always glad to encounter snow. Once I alighted the train and got out of the station, I finally saw the Haussmanian buildings with the signature mansard roofs and couldn’t help but smile. What a beauty!

I chose to explore the iconic Eiffel Tower first. The view at the top is unlike any other but is it worth it? Looking back, I would say it depends on how much you want to see it and how much time you have for your trip. Expect that it can get overcrowded, which means long lines and waiting time. It took us more than an hour just to go down. Given that time was limited, I could have explored other places. After that, we just walked around the area towards Arc de Triomphe and then window-shopped along Champs-Élysées. When it rained, we decided it was time to go back to our hostel. If I remember correctly, we didn’t bring any umbrellas.

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