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Discovering Sacre-Coeur, Paris

We visited the Sacre Coeur Basilica on Easter Sunday of 2017.  The church is located in the top of the butte Montmartre, which appears to be the highest point in Paris.  Fear not, it's not so steep of a hike and besides, you can take a funicular on the way up if you like.  So to recap, you can make your way up via streets or take the steep 300 steps hurdle to the top powered by your legs.  Alternatively, you can take the Funicular up for the price of a metro ticket (roughly). Which is really not expensive.  Unfortunately (or not) we found out about the funicular on the way down.  It was really cool and we recommend it

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Discovering Arc de Triomphe, Paris

A really cool way to access the Arc de Triomphe is passing through les Champs Elysées avenue. This way you can visit multiple major landmarks in one day as you walk up the avenue. The Arc is located in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle roundabout.  The 'best' way to access for a closer view is by taking the underground tunnel.  The underground passage allows to cross the two extremities of the roundabout. To our surprise, we noticed people trying to cross the roundabout by foot and recommend that you don’t try the same. Once you arrive, you have two options; you can go around and take some pictures for Free (which is what we did) or can pay

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Les Champs-Elysées, Paris

Discovering Les Champs-Elysées. We were happy to get to Champs-Elysées avenue and see one of the most famous avenues in the world.  The street is lined up with many stores, restaurants and glamorous buildings.  It's really  fancy and chic like everyone describes it.  We weren't in Europe on a shopping spree but had to take a quick look. Let's just say, you can spend an abundance of time here and won’t have issue finding restaurants, cafes etc We also visited a small galleries, which is a good alternative to the higher prices on the avenue. A good idea to plan your day is to start by visiting the Louvre Museum, then a nice stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries (or

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The Louvre in Paris
France

Discovering the Louvre in Paris

Majestic The Louvre museum, simply put is majestic. Just staring at the building's architecture brings a sense of awe.  Furthermore, there is a deep and rich history if you chose to uncover more than meets the eye. Although the Museum is huge and offers an amazing art collection, we noticed one curious detail.  Everyone seemed to be searching for the Mona Lisa.  We are not big on visiting museums and mainstream attractions.  We prefer seeking to create our own adventures and search for hidden gems.   However we felt visiting the Louvre was a must. More than the Mona Lisa For example, when we visited the room with the Mona Lisa, we found everyone staring at the tiny picture while

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Discovering The Eiffel Tower in Paris
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Discovering The Eiffel Tower in Paris

Oh la la, we made it to the Eiffel Tower !!! 🙂 It’s difficult to describe the feeling when first seeing the Eiffel Tower. Like most people, we got used to see the tower in movies, documentaries, books but in person - WOW ! What a wonderful feeling One thing is for sure, the Eiffel tower in person won’t disappoint. It gave us a magical feeling and that feeling grew every step as we got closer. We really appreciated our visit and it's probably because we really took the time to soak it in.  In hindsight, we think crossing the Champ de Mars park helped savour the moment.  In case you would like to do the same, we took the

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Discovering Mur des je t’aime, Paris

Lovely place to discover !! Paris is well described as "The city of Love" yet often overshadowed by larger landmarks such as l'Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. After visiting all the mainstream and famous places in Paris, we were down to discovering various arrondissements.  On our list was one of the most famous neighbourhoods of Paris called Montmartre.  It's by pure curiosity that we discovered "Le mur des je t'aime" walking from the metro station to the Sacré Coeur Basilica.  You will find the wall in a small square called Jehan Rictus. The mural artist Claire Kito get the attention of lots of tourists.  The wall is composed of many tiles with inscriptions and messages of love.  We

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