Virtual Trip to Paris on the New Year’s Eve

/ March 4, 2015/ Europe, France, Travel Journal/ 0 comments

Some say it is the city of love. Others see it as the city of fashion. For me it was definitely the city of art and insanely huge amount of tourists. I visited Paris during the New Year’s Eve and the number of people per square meter was way too big. However, it is totally worth going there during that time. Actually Paris is worth visiting at any time of year. Quoting Auderey Hepburn “Paris is always a good idea”!

Where you get the best views

In the city of love you get thousands of spots where you can admire amazing view on Paris. My favorite one and easily accessible to my surprise was the most famous shopping mall there – Galerie Lafatette. It is located in the city center, right next to the Opera. You just need to enter the mall and head to the last floor where you can enjoy a cup of fresh coffee in the roof restaurant, admiring a breath-taking view on Paris. Galerie Lafatette from the inside also offers great sights, so your way up to the top will definitely be interesting.

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Galerie Lafatette

 

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Galerie Lafatette

Every year, the mall is decorated with different designs. This year I had a chance to marvel at the huge Christmas tree turned upside down.

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Galerie Lafatette

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Galerie Lafatette

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Galerie Lafatette

As Galerie Lafatette is located literally in the center you can see the whole panorama of Paris from the top.

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View from Galerie Lafatette

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View from Galerie Lafatette

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View from Galerie Lafatette

 

Another place where you can admire stunning sunset above the city is Montmartre the hill in the north of Paris with enchanting atmosphere.

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Montmartre

Montmartre

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The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Montmartre

Speaking of this charming hill, I fell in love with Montmrtre at the exact moment I climbed into the top. I’m particularly sensitive to all kinds of art and this place is probably the world’s biggest concentration of art of any sort. You can find there solo musicians, music bands, painters, football freestylers, craftsmen and much more.

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Montmartre

While we were reaching the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on the top of the hill, we heard pleasant music. When we finally get to the stairway to the side entrance of the church, we beheld a bunch of people nodding and clapping their hands in time to the positive beat.

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The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Montmartre

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Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Montmartre

On the other part of the hill we listened to the elderly woman playing on the barrel organ and signing atmospheric French songs.

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

If you need a portrait or another stunning painting, there is no better place than Montmartre to find what you need. You will get there all kind of visual arts depicting distinct images ranging from Paris sights, through portraits to abstract art.

 

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

Personally, I think that the best attraction of this district is the football freestyler who shows off with unbelievable tricks with his ball. For the first time I saw him over 4 years ago while visiting Paris and it came as a huge surprise watching him in the very same place after such a long time. The guy is amazing. He can climb a streetlight while juggling the ball. Besides he is one of my favorite figures to shoot photos.

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

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Montmartre

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The Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, Montmartre

Art everywhere

Montmartre is not the only place in the city where you can admire artworks. Artists mushrooms in the city everywhere you turn.

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Pomme-Pidou

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Pomme-Pidou

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Pomme-Pidou

Even the cars are pieces of art…

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Sorbonne

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Tuileries Garden

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Quai des Tuileries

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Musicians in the Subway

 

Charm Hidden in Parisian Churches

Considering the rich history of Christianity in Paris, the city is also full of sightly churches from distinct ages. I am not really into history nor to sacred architecture, so I cannot tell much about all the styles and origins of these buildings, but I can appreciate the beauty of this kind of art. Especially that most of such places is free of charge, so I had the chance to see it from the inside as well.

Certainly, the most popular is Notre Dame de Paris – cathedral from the 14th century, for me better known thanks to a famous animated movie – the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Next to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Arc the Triumph, it is probably the most recognizable sign of Paris in the world.

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Notre Dame de Paris

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Notre Dame de Paris

The world moved on and churches also move with the times implementing TV sets inside.

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Notre Dame de Paris

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Notre Dame de Paris

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Notre Dame de Paris

Close to the Notre Dame de Paris, there is also nice church that you can call by – the Church of Saint-Séverin.

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The Church of Saint-Séverin

And some other churches…

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The Church of Saint-Merri

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The Church of Saint-Merri

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The Church of Saint-Merri

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The Church of Saint-Merri

The church below, actually the stairs, are famous for the movie scene from Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen. Even some Parisians do not know that it was shot here.

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Saint-Étienne-du-Mont

 

It’s all Paris

Obviously, you cannot miss all the most famous spots in Paris that add a special charm to the capital. Paris wouldn’t be Paris without Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or without Louvre Museum. I am not going to write volubly about these places. They speak for themselves with their beauty and rich history. Plus you can google them and you will find much more information that I know. However, enjoy the sights from my perspective.

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Louvre Museum

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Louvre Museum

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Tuileries Garden

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Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde

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Arc de Triomphe

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Louvre Museum

 

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Arc de Triomphe

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Louvre Museum

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Place Pigalle

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Place Pigalle

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Les Espaces du Moulin Rouge

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The Eiffel Tower

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Notre Dame de Paris

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Opéra Garnier

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Louvre Museum

Food, Drink & Festival

France is also famous for its original cuisine. I haven’t tried snails yet and didn’t have sea food this time, but I can highly recommend Crepes. I thought that it does not take a rocket scientist to make good crepes. I’ve prepared them thousand times, but the French ones are without equal. What is more, you should also taste their croissants and baguettes.

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Crêperie

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Crêpe Preparation

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Om Nom Nom

 

When you get the chance to be in Paris on the 1st January, don’t miss the New Year’s Day Parade, which is kind of cool event with special atmosphere. I only made it to the end of it, but still I loved the unique atmosphere of French holiday.

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New Year’s Day Parade in Paris

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New Year’s Day Parade in Paris

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Montmartre

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When you are in the neighborhood of the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe (6th arrondissement – district), don’t miss Bar 10. It is a charming small pub where you mostly get Sangria to drink. It is run by an elderly guy, who opens the place when he feel like doing so. Yet he has loads of clients.

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BAR 10 at 10 Rue de l’Odéon

 

Paris in a Digital World

We are currently living in the world of constant and virtual information. It is pretty easy to notice while scrolling you Facebook news feed, but apparently you can also make it out in the real world. It is surprising how much attention tourist pay to create a perfect shot to share it in social media. When I was young people have celebrated New Year’s Eve with sparklers and fireworks, now people holds smartphones and GoPros in their hands. Particularly funny are tourists who pose to those “unique” and “super-creative” photos, in which they supposedly touch the top of the Louvre Pyramid.

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Louvre Museum

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Louvre Museum

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Champs-Élysées

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Champs-Élysées

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Champs-Élysées

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Quai des Tuileries

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Quai des Tuileries

The City of Love

General mood of Paris might not be as romantic as it is presented in mass culture, but sill there are some places that it is clear that people believe in such image. All bridges gives way because of the weight of all love padlocks and no couple misses a chance to shoot a selfie under the love of wall, which is covered in the word “love” translated into all languages from around the world.

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Wall of Love in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre

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Wall of Love in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre

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The Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre

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Love Padlocks at Quai des Tuileries

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Love Padlocks at the Pont de l’Archevêché

Extra

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Parisian Cat at Montmartre

 

What are your impression from Paris? Comments are welcome (hates also)!