Yesterday I was looking at some photos and I found some pics from my trip to Paris. Oh, Paris! I remember how I woke up on the first day in the city, looking at the Eiffel Tower against a bright blue sky. This is a scene one can never forget! And there are many more lovely things about Paris. Yes, it is dirty and filled with beggars, but it also has a unique charm. Here are some of the places I’ve been which made me fall for Paris.
You can’t go to Paris and skip Eiffel Tower. However, I almost did. One can imagine perfect pictures with the Tower and a great view from its top. But the queue for entering Eiffel Tower is huge and the grass below it is packed with tourists who are enjoying the view. So, I simply took some photos and enjoyed the atmosphere, then went on to see more of Paris.
Musee de la Mode
Musee de la Mode translates into Fashion Museum and it’s definitely worth visiting. The building which houses the museum is a 19th century Renaissance Palace with beautiful mosaic floors and tall ceilings. The building is an attraction itself. After admiring the museum, one can look around. At the time there was an exhibition featuring 1950s fashion. Each dress and outfit was a true fashion statement. The ample skirts and the tiny waistlines create a perfect hourglass shape on every woman. They were oozing 1950s style, being so elegant and glamorous. Yet, there was something more about them. They looked like a strong woman’s response to the daily hardships of the war and post-war years. Times were changing and the war was finally over and these outfits scream this to the viewer. Or, at least, this is what I felt.
Near Notre Dame Cathedral there is an octogonal plate embedded on the floor, which marks Paris Point Zero, the place from where all routes from Paris to other places are being calculated. This place is special because people tend to use it as a wishing well. The small plate is filled with coins, as people make a wish and throw a coin on the floor, on the Point Zero. I did it myself too and I must confess the wish came true.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris is a Gothic style Cathedral and one of the most famous landmarks of Paris, along with the Eiffel Tower. Given the number of tourists around the cathedral, one can easily take it as a movie set rather than an actual religious place. The building is stunning. At the exterior there are thousands of details, which can also be found inside the cathedral. One can spend hours just analyzing the building and wondering how could someone build something this large in 1100s. It was noon when I went and the bright sunlight was lighting the stained glass, revealing its amazing details. One single window is so complex that you need to look at it for minutes on end to check out all the details.
I never expected to see an active vineyard in the middle of Paris, but then I discovered the Montmartre Vineyward. It is the last active vineyard in the city and it looks like a lavishing garden. Along the grapes, there are other plants as well, which make the entire place look like it just jumped out of a Disney movie. The buildings near-by also help with this amazing look.
Paris is an amazing city and has a lot to offer, so I will definitely write more about my trip in the capital of France.