Walking Around Paris, France At My Own Pace
3 years ago, I went to Paris with a Bus full of 50 Young Party-centric tourists, on a mad-dash through Europe, to see 14 cities, in only 30 days!! This meant Paris was relegated to 1 day of Eiffel Tower, view the city through the windows of the bus, and get out.
Needless to say, this wasn't a great experience to actually see or experience any of Europe, or Paris for that matter.
So this time around, after living in Kyiv, Ukraine for 2.5 months, It was time to pay a little visit to Paris, and see, feel and experience everything at my own pace.
Walking The Streets of Paris
Upon arriving in Paris from Kyiv, I took a quick breather of 1 hour, then began my 20km walk around Paris on day 1.
The Next Day in Paris
After a long walk through the streets of Paris the night before, it was time to do it all over again the following day.
The Arc De Triomphe (Arc of Triumph)
Built in 1806 to commemorate the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Russian Imperial Army, as well as Hitler's army both marched their armies through these arches.
Continuing Through The Streets of Paris
Along the way, there were fancy cars, beautiful sights, and interesting events that took place.
Waiting for the next bus outside the Musée de l'Armée
Cafes Around Paris
Parisians and tourists alike, enjoy sitting outside Cafes and restaurants, and people-watching. While I don't particularly recommend this activity, because of car pollution, and general street noise, it's very much a cultural thing.
Religion, Churches & Christianity in Paris
Like any good Christian European nation, Paris features an abundance of lavish, intricate, luxurious, and wonderfully built relics to Christianity.
Around the Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the world largest art museum, encompassing more art that one can possible ever remember. I took photos of art that appeals to me. Mainly classical art that depicts life in the past, or anything else that is interesting (I don't know the names of any of the painters or paintings).
Rooftop View of Paris
For most of history, humans didn't have a birds-eye view of their surroundings, but that all changed within the last 150 years (with the invention of hot air balloons). Now you can simply stand on a tall building, and see humans, who looks like ants, run around the giant cement jungle that we built.
Eiffel Tower Photo Madness
Paris is most well known for its Eiffel Tower, completed in 1889, and to this day, the most popular tourist destination in the world!
One thing I never managed to see 3 years ago was Versailles. This time around, I made it my mission to check it out, especially on my last day. It was definitely a full-day expedition to get there.
Conclusion for Paris, France
Did I enjoy Paris?
Most definitely! For 4 days of constant novelty, as well as the ability to go at my own pace (very fast, while absorbing lots of history), I definitely enjoyed it.
If I decide to return sometime in the future, I will most definitely check out the tomb of Napoleon.
One thing I most definitely recommend is to visit the Montparnasse tower, you will get a MUCH better view of Paris, without the enormous wait times of the Eiffel tower.