Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, commerce, science, music, painting, and most importantly Fashion. Paris is an absolutely busy city buzzing with tourists walking everywhere, they basically visit and definitely shop.
It looks like Paris is in the middle of Europe’s continent so that makes it easy for every neighbor’s country to come to visit in many different ways, by bus, plane, train, or even your own car.
I wanted to get a train from Saarbrücken to Paris but it was shut at that time so I got a day tour on the bus with Bur Busse. I can’t even pick the date that I want to go, the company did. I was up by 4 am in the morning to get ready and headed to the station. It departed at 6 o’clock from Saarbrucken to Paris. I slept the whole time since the bus left. The bus made one stop halfway through the journey for a bathroom break. Again, I was in a deep sleep until Paris woke me up.
The bus arrived exactly at lunchtime, I got six hours for self walking tour and everyone had to be back by 8 pm at exactly where we were dropped near Eiffel Tower.
Arc de Triomphe
It was a little bit too hot, too bright, and too busy so I just had a quick look for a picture and walked straight onto the Avenue des Nations-Unies blvd toward the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous monuments in Paris. This monument honored people who fought and died for France.
It’s a Grand Palais, a large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum complex. I just had a quick look from the outside while I was walking to the Place de la Concorde and it is just located on the right side opposite the traffic lights of An. des Champs-Élysées.
Place de la Concorde
The second stop was Luxor Obelisk at Place de la Concorde, the largest square in the French capital, it’s the site of many notable public executions during French Revolution so I walked back on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and I found a lovely cafe for a late lunch break.
Église de la Madeleine Paris
A Roman Catholic Church Église de la Madeleine, (L’église de la Madeleine) or just La Madeleine, located at the end of the Rue Royale street after the square of Place de la Concorde. Both sidewalks are filled with shops and are also known as the biggest shopping center in that area. I decided not to get inside but straight on to the next stop at Opéra.
Opéra, the Spirit of Parisian Shopping mall in Paris with fashionable stylistic creations also known as the French upmarket department store chain. It has a wide range of brands are available at the store. This place is fully crowded every weekend and after 6 pm. Galeries Lafayette hosts a popular weekly fashion show for visitors and has made it a tourist attraction place of the French capital city. It is located on Boulevard Haussmann, near Opera Garnier.
The Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus, known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica or just shortly as Sacré-Cœur is the Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the most popular landmark located on the top of Montmartre hill, the highest point of the city in Paris, France. This place is always packed with tourists, it absolutely crowded but it has the most incredible view of the entire city looking from the top of the hill.
Place du Tertre
It is only a few streets away from Montmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Lapin Agile, near the summit of the city’s elevated Montmartre quarter. The place is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. With its modern art, this place is always filled with many artists setting up their easels, and painting each day waiting for tourists.
Notre-Dame de Paris
The Roman Catholic church is also known as the Notre-Dame Cathedral or Notre-Dame, What made this church looks so special is its location in the middle of the Seine River (La Seine) and look just like on the island. You would probably need to hurry in the queue to get inside.
The Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) or the Royal Palace is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument located on the Right Bank of the Seine. The inside of the museum has a huge fountain. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any water.
Pyramide du Louvre in Paris is the largest glass metal pyramid surrounded by three smaller pyramids in the main courtyard of Our Napoléon. It was designed by a Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. It was constructed entirely with glass segments and metal poles. It looked like thousands of visitors were waiting to get inside the pyramid and of course, I got no time to queue for that, just this view and left.
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Walking across the roundabout in front of the Louvre Pyramid, reached another monument named Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, similar to Arc de Triomphe and the difference is on the top of the monument. It commemorates Napoleon’s military.
Trocadéro – Back to Eiffel Tower
I got only about 35 minutes to be back to the meeting point. I won’t make it in time if I walk toward the Eiffel Tower. Took another subway from Louvre to Trocadéro, I was at the Trocadéro Palace (Palais de Chaillot), the most popular area for tourists to get the best view of the Eiffel Tower standing in front of the giant fountains Chaillot – also known as the best place to take the picture.
It was just about fifteen minutes to 8 pm when I arrived at Trocadéro Palace. Was a bit in a rush, just to have a quick look and a couple of pictures until I headed straight to Eiffel Tower and to the Bus station. It was a great tour of Paris. It would be a lot better to have an overnight stay or even a full day from the early morning.
Leaving Paris at 8:30 pm and arrived at Saarbrücken at around 3 am in the morning.
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1. Eiffel Tower 2. Arc de Triomphe 3. Grand Palais 4. Place de la Concorde 5. Église de la Madeleine 6. Galeries Lafayette 7. Sacré-Cœur 8. Place du Tertre 9. Notre-Dame 10. Louvre, Louvre Pyramid 11. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel 12. Trocadéro Palace