What do you do when you have a 15 hour layover in Paris? You see the sites of course! Hear all about Denise’s Parisian adventures and see some of the memories she captured while in the City of Light.
1| Who did you book your tour with? I booked my tour with a website called Viator.com. I’d never heard of it before and a friend in Saudi recommended it. Because there weren’t any tours already established like the one I wanted to take I contacted private tour guides directly and asked if they could arrange a tour for me. My needs were specific: the tour would be at night, I would need to be picked up and dropped back off at the airport, which could be a long drive depending on traffic. I wanted to see a few of the sites and go to a real French restaurant. Once I found a tour guide who was willing to do all this on a Friday evening, I was golden.
2| You didn’t get to go up in the Eiffel Tower due to the Eurocup… but it had to be amazing to see one of the 7 Wonders of the World up close… Yes? Yes, it was. It was an imposing site to be sure. In person it looks a bit scary, like BOOM!! Here’s a gargantuan metal structure right in front of you for almost no reason. But, in pictures it is just gorgeous. Isn’t that odd?
3| Did you go on the Paris Ferris Wheel? I did not. We passed by it in a car, we didn’t stop there. It wasn’t on my tour but I would have liked to go on it. Next time.
4| The architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral is stunning, where you able to go inside? Unfortunately I was not able to go inside any of the sites I visited because of the time of night. It was almost 11pm when I saw it, but you are correct about the architecture. It was breathtaking. The outside chronicles the history of Christ and man and the Catholic Church all in sculptures! I have never seen anything like it.
5| What was your favorite site you visited on your tour? My favorite site was the Arc de Triomphe. It was a magnificent sight to see, but I liked it more for what it represented- which were the victories of the French Army. What I thought about as my tour guide was telling me the history of the monument was how so often in life we tend to dwell on our defeats rather than celebrating our victories. Seeing this grand monument that stands as a reminder to the triumphs these people had made me realize how important it was to celebrate and remember victories in my own life.
6| What French dishes did you try at La Poule au Pot and which was your favorite? I tried truffles and they were delicious. I tried foie gras, which I didn’t think I would like but turned out to be one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. And lastly, on the advice of my friend from South Africa who’d been to Paris before, I tried a profiterole for dessert and let me tell you… they were divine.
7| Do you plan to make a trip back to Paris after your layover adventure? I would return to Paris, for a longer stay this time. I’d take a more involved tour and then I’d like to travel around France.
Stay tuned for Denise’s adventures in the Indian city of Hyderabad, coming next week!
Note: All photos in this post are by Denise Winston