Here are the highlights and pictures from our Paris trip. Items with a "*" were the favourite place I'd visited that day.
Fly to Paris! We stayed at the Hilton that was about 1.5 blocks from the Eiffel Tower, so you'll be seeing lots of Eiffel Tower pics.
- Musee d'Orsay
- * Musee de l'Orangerie - My favourite museum of the day as it had some very nice Monet paintings. I particularly love the big ones of the water lilies in the oval-shaped rooms
- Musee du Louvre
- Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
- * Sainte-Chapelle - I loved the stained glass windows, and the pictures don't do the place justice
- Musée de Rodin
- Tombeau de Napoleon
- Musée National Picasso - not that I don't appreciate the artwork, but I will never in a million years understand abstract and modern art.
- * Musée Carnavalet - What I really liked the most about this museum is that it's in two large houses. I really like experiencing what it may have been like living in Paris as a rich person many, many decades ago. The little gardens around the houses were also quite nice. The artwork and objects are also of some interest as it outlines the history of Paris. Best of all, this museum was free! The neighbourhood in which it's situated in is also nice (Marais district)
- Avenue des Champs-Élysées
- Arc de Triomphe
- Le Tour Eiffel
* Chateau de Versailles - Main Chateau - There is no way you can spend just one day here, which is why we decided to go back a second day.
* Chateau de Versailles - Versailles Garden and Marie Antoinette Estates - The gardens were my favourite part of the entire place, and we got to see the fountains when they were turned on (they play Classical music through hidden speakers while the fountains are on - very elegant). I would have loved to bring a row boat out onto the Grand Canal, or to even walk around it to see how long it would have taken to walk around it. It was truly the nicest park I've ever seen or been to.
- Printemps Department Stores
- Galeries Lafayette
- Palais Garnier (Opera House)
- Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise - We saw Frederick Chopin, Jim Morrision and Oscar Wilde's tombs
- * Seine River Cruise (Bateaux Mouches) - seeing everything from the river gave Paris a different perspective.
- Le Tour Eiffel
- Musee Marmotten Monet Paris - lots of Monet paintings
- * Les Catacombes de Paris - As interesting as this place was, it creeped me out
- La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre - sitting on the tallest point of Paris
- Le jardin des Tuileries
- Ile St-Louis - It's a small island next to Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame is situated. Very nice neighbourhood.
- *Musee Jacquemart-Andre - Even if you're not interested in the artwork, the house itself is really nicely architected.
Clip of the fountains at Versailles