Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sightseeing in Paris

Sightseeing around Paris was severely hindered by the weather. The first two days when we were there, it snowed. For the rest of our holiday, it rained on and off. Temperature was at freezing level and it did not helped that chubby kid refused to put on her gloves when we were outdoors.  Despite that, we tried our best to visit as many places as we could.

We went to the Notre Dame Cathedral in the snowy weather.

The surrounding was all white and it was a sight to behold.

The inside of the Notre Dame Cathedral is beautiful. One of these days, I must attend a mass in one of the cathedrals in European cities other than in England.

Another not-to-be-missed tourist destination is the Avenue des Champs Elysees, a shopping avenue in Paris.

The avenue is a long stretch of street lined with stores on both sides.

Lots of luxurious brands open their stores on this avenue. Of course, one of the most talked about store is the LV store, though I do not understand why people would spend thousands on a bag.

At the end of the avenue is the Arc de Triomphe monument.

We also went to the Galleries LaFayette. It looked like a palace inside.

Nearer to our hotel is the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, located in Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

We could see the Paris skyline from up there.

We could also see the Eiffel Tower a distance away.

It was terribly cold up there, with the cold icy wind blowing at us. Even the snow had not melted there.

Nearby, in the area of Pigalle, is the Paris red light district.

The renown Moulin Rouge is located here. It is quite a sight when lit up at night.

Around the city, we saw the River Seine.

We saw the Hard Rock Cafe.

We saw people skating.

We saw lots of shops.

We saw the Louvre Museum again from the outside.

And after all that, we headed home with satisfaction.

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