Railing thru Europe: Stop 6.1 France – Paris


From the Swiss Alps, we arrive in the most popular tourist destination in the world, Paris! It is not hard to imagine why as there are so many things to see with the numerous museums, monuments and iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre just to name a few. Though it is true that some of the Parisians do speak only French which makes communicating with them a tad tough… but it shouldn’t be a case for a major concern as you can always try to express yourself visually using hand signals!

Backpacker Hostels in central Paris is crazily overprized during summer, with that in mind we had rather opt for a stay in a hotel in the outskirts of Paris. By far it has been the best stay for backpackers like us!

Arc de Triomphe at Place Charles de Gaulle

Sculpture of La Résistance de 1814

Sculpture of La Paix de 1815

Sculpture of Le Triomphe de 1810

Sculpture of Le Départ de 1792

Tomb of the unknown soldier from WW1 beneath the arc

View of Madeleine Church from Place de la Concorde

One of the two fountains at Place de la Concorde, The Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation

The Egyptian Obelisk of Luxor at the Place de la Concorde

The Palais Bourbon view from the Place de la Concorde

Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées

Main entrance of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées

Many people outside the Petit Palais Museum awaiting entry to the Yves Saint Laurent event

Statue of Winston Churchill by French Sculptor Jean Cardot outside the Petite Palais

Detailed view of Pont Alexandre III over the Seine River

View of the Eiffel tower from the streets of Paris

One of the most iconic monuments in the world, The Eiffel Tower painted in bronze

The École Militaire

Les Invalides consists of museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France. The burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte can also be found here

The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

View of the Notre Dame de Paris from the Seine River

Long queue to get into the cathedral

Statue of Jean D'Arc

Miniature model of the Notre Dame de Paris

The Conciergerie from the opposite bank of the Seine River

Closer view of the Conciergerie

By the time we got to the Louvre Museum it was already quite late and pointless to pay the admission fee just to spend 1hr there, so we decided to come back here again the next day

Seems like the Museum have plans to open another branch in Abou Dabi

Although the entrance for the gallery is closed, the main hall, shops, cafes and restaurants are still open

A miniature model of the Louvre Museum

This WC is not your everyday public restroom. You can buy stuffs like coloured toilet rolls and other accessories, as well as pay a fee to use their 'spa-toilets'. Talk about luxury...woah

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, located in the district of Montmartre. The district is the highest point in the city of Paris

Magnificent view of the city from the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

This street basker performed amazing stunts with a football that delighted and amused the many onlookers there

The people looking on with amusement at the street basker

Although Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, it is also a nightclub district with the most famous being Moulin Rouge which Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor starred in the movie with the same name

The Denon wing contains many famous pieces, most notably Leonardo DaVinci's 'Mona Lisa'

The Borghese Gladiator


Other than the Mona Lisa, the Louvre Museum also contains several of Leonardo DaVinci's works

Everyone waiting for their turn to have a picture taken with the Mona Lisa

Protected by a glass panel

The Winged Victory of Samothrace in the distance

The Winged Victory of Samothrace - close up view

Amenophis IV - Akhenaton

Seated Scribe

Eagle of Abbot Suger

Napoleon III Appartments

Portrait of John II the Good

Winged Bull, Palace of Sargon II

Capital of Apadana

Statue of Ain Ghazal

Statue of Aphrodite, also known as Venus de Milo


The Saint-Sulpice Church and the Rose Line, popularised by Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'

The Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice is an astronomical measurement device designed to cast a shadow on the ground in order to determine the position of the sun in the sky

The mentions of God, the Kings and his Ministers in the inscriptions were deleted during the French Revolution

The Pantheon

Next up, the highlight of kids and those who are young at heart, Paris Disneyland!

J and Yee

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5 Responses to “Railing thru Europe: Stop 6.1 France – Paris”
  1. passerby says:

    nice blog here! would like to ask which hotel did u stay at? would be going this June n the hostels r really exp! going into 2 stars hotels now. thanks in advance!

    • Hi there!, Well, we were facing the same problem with the hostels in the centre of Paris being crazily overpriced, therefore we opted to stay at this 3 star hotel just at the outskirts of the city called ‘Best Western Hotel Parc des Expos’. They had a great promotion that time so for the price it was really affordable compared to hostels in the centre of Paris. It is just a short walk away from the Malakoff subway and only takes around 15-20 mins to reach the city centre. Hope that helps!

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