Day #10 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge....You can read my other posts for the Challenge here :)
We were very tired after the travel and then standing for hours in queue to get to the Tower, but still once we finished seeing & relishing the entire tower (yes we went to the top) we were still clicking pictures, standing, sitting, holding the Eiffel, kissing the Eiffel... don't ask
***Before I proceed today, a word about The Ultimate Blogging Challenge... it has been tremendously helpful in boosting my writing skills. It has improved traffic to my blog and I also have few new followers yayyyy. But you know what they say about writing, what is a writer who cannot read others' work. I read a lot and through this Challenge I have found a lot more new blogs to read. Have followed few new blogs too. Interesting is that I also discovered quite a few non Indian bloggers whom I could relate to with their writing. Have you discovered the same too. Maybe I have missed reading them. If you have found some exceptionally good blogs then could you please share them in the comment box would love to go over and read***
"Bonjour mes chers lecteurs"
Yes yes we are going to Paris today. What I meant above is 'Good Morning my dear readers'. Confession: I used Google Translate
Now thankfully Paris was not one of those impromptu travels. Thankfully it was properly planned. We reached our hotel in the morning, put down our bags and straight away left...where to??? Ofcourse to see the Eiffel Tower!! Among all the wonders of the world this is the first one that I was about to see. The excitement level if could be described in words then it would be useless, because it cannot be, it has to experienced.
|First look at the Eiffel|
Europe in general has a very user friendly public transport. We are big fans and we always make full use of that. Paris is no different. When we got down at the Champ de Mars station my eyes got all into searching mode. I knew Eiffel Tower is tall and I was hoping to catch a glimpse from somewhere. As we reached and the tower became visible my heart was racing... trust me I am not at all dramatising it. When I was close enough to see it I was in awe of that huge structure that stood in front of me. Absolutely stunning!!!
|Closer to the Eiffel|
Then we were about to leave, and Ritchie suddenly shrieked 'OMG! look at that' and I turned back to see the Eiffel all lit up for the light show. It was super beautiful sight, a sight which we got by surprise because we had no idea about the lights and were about to leave. Thank God Ritchie turned back...we would have missed a spectacular view else. But that was not the last we saw of Eiffel, during our stay of 5 days wherever we went we would cross the Eiffel and each moment we clicked pictures
The next day we went to the Versailles Museum. Even if you book tickets online you still have to go through hours of wait in the queue. So once we reached the entry, there were two gates one to the garden and one to the museum. Since a fountain show was about to begin at the garden we chose to go to the garden first. But we were not aware that once you are in the garden then you cannot go to the museum because there is no access from the garden. That means you have to go out and stand in the line all over again for hours. So we just saw the fountain show and the garden and returned
|Mona Lisa Pic|
But we got smart the next day. Woke up really early and went to the Louvre even before the gates had opened. We were among the firsts to enter that museum that day. Dived straight to go and see the Mona Lisa. I was expecting a grand big picture of Mona Lisa. When we reached there, it was only a insy binsy picture. Frankly I did not find anything great about it. But there were a lot more Roman, Spanish and Greek work of art there which I absolutely loved.
|The Wax Man :P|
One of the places we went was the wax museum there. You can find everyone there from Shahrukh Khan to Gandhiji. There were a lot of statues placed at the entrance too to welcome tourists. This one statue baffled Ritchie. When he was getting in, the statue got hold of his camera .... because that was not a statue...It was a real person dressed up and pretending to be a wax statue..I had already discovered it and yet let Ritchie go through it...yeah I know I am evil
|Me doing what I do best: Eating|
Then there is this absolutely superb place we went to... DISNEY LAND!! OMG I tell you what fun I had there...it was like all the characters I had always seen on tv had come to life there. The Walt Disney studio there was also really entertaining. They had all sorts of information and live videos of how it all came into existence and also there was a film which showed how characters were developed
Sharing some other pictures which I found interesting
The Arc De Triomphe... It is a soldiers' memorial something like our Jai Jawan in Delhi.
The White House in Washington DC is built inspired by this structure in Paris.
I must confess here that I am not a very big fan of the French hospitality after my Paris visit. I found them to be very rude & unfriendly. I found their customer service to be zero and totally unapproachable. Very surprising indeed to what I had always thought about them. Who knows maybe we just had bad luck and got only those kind of people there. But yesterday we met our relatives here who were on their Europe tour. They narrated an incident which just confirmed my experience too. They were at the Novotel hotel with their group. Another family from their group was having their buffet breakfast. The lady left her bag on the breakfast table and went to take something to eat. When she returned her bag was not there. They were the only family in the dining hall as they had come early. The only other people there were the staff. The staff even refused to call their manager because it was a Sunday. Infact they did not even allow them to go through the CCTV and it was surprising that even the police did not come because it was a sunday. That family had to terminate their Europe tour in Paris and go back to India. Went to a Salon last week and while conversing that lady also said something similar about the French hospitality.
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