When Paris Became My Entrance Gate To Europe

No jet lag that morning when we arrived at terminal 3 of Charles De Gaulle airport on July 26th, and the in-flight meals of Etihad Airways and other facilities were okay, but I didn’t find any in-seat power port for both flights (Kuala Lumpur – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi – Paris).

We were confused for a while at the airport, because based on the direction that I got from the hostel, we had to take Air France Bus line 2 to Arc de Triomphe while the information guy asked us to go to the Le Bus Direct section. Finally the information lady told us if both were the same, after I went back and forth to the information desk for 3 times as if she had known that I needed an exercise in the morning after a long-distance flight. The ticket of Le Bus Direct can be bought from the auto-machine or paid directly to the driver. More information about the bus schedule and fare, you can visit: Le Bus Direct

We were supposed to be exploring Paris on June 26th morning, but it was extended several hours because of the incident at the airport and some arguments about the room rate with the hostel receptionist (they charged us full amount and didn’t care about the 12% down payment that hostelbookers had debitted to my credit card). We left BVJ Champ-Élysées hostel when it was almost noon, with wish the weather would have gotten better. It was sometimes rainy and windy, but I was glad I got my olive raincoat with me.

I can tell that traveling during fasting month is not easy, I was so sure I could make it, but then in reality I failed for 5 fasting days. I didn’t think it would be that tough. So if you have any plan to spend your fasting holiday in Europe, reconsider it! It’s fine if you really can manage fasting for (at least) 18 hours a day.

During our stay in Paris for 3 days 2 nights, we (I traveled with 2 other girls from Indonesia) wandered around the city by metro and RER. Some stations were closed due to certain strikes and It rained too sometimes, but they didn’t effect us to explore the city.

Metro, RER and trains that connect Paris

Metro, RER and trains that connect Paris


 

Street Photos

Street Photos

 

Musée Du Louvre

This large building complex is known as world’s largest museum and a historic monument. Unlike me, try to come and enjoy the night view here. The sky was blue as I had wished for but the wind was too strong that stopped us to go out at night.

Nearest Metro Station: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (Metro line 1 and 7).

 

Top: With Wuri and Sulis, my travelmates

Top: With Wuri and Sulis, my travelmates

 

Champs-Élysées

We didn’t plan to explore all sites, we just walked around the area from the station until we saw a large park with several huge historic buildings. Grand Palais, Petite Palais, and after Pont Alexandre III we saw Les Invalides. Arc de Triomphe is situated in this area too but we didn’t realise until we were there on the next day.

We skipped the shopping session considering our limited luggages spaces and it would be a hassle too carrying so many stuffs while doing city-hopping. So, we didn’t glance at all at Champs-Élysées shopping avenue, no lies and 100% guaranteed.

Nearest metro station: Champs-Élysées Clemenceau on lines 1 and 13

champ-elysees

 

 

Grand Palais

Grand Palais

 

 

Eiffel Tower

The tower, which is the symbol of Paris, can be accessed from several stations:
  • Bir Hakeim on Metro line 6
  • Ecole Militaire on Metro line 8
  • Champ de Mars: RER C

That day, so many people gathered around Eiffel Tower to watch UEFA Euro 2016’s France vs Ireland live. The football fans were not only around Eiffel, but also in everywhere we went. No chaos, thank God. 

 

 

Eiffel tower from several angles

Eiffel tower from several angles

 

Notre Dame

This Catholic chatedral is one of the largest church buildings on earth. Paris can be viewed from the top after climbing the 387 steps.

Nearest metro station:

  • St-Michel Notre Dame – RER Train Line (blue) and RER C Train Line (yellow)
  • Cité – Line 4 (fuschia)

 

notredame

 

Château de Versailles
My dream palace since I was at Junior High School, I was so depressed when I found out the Château was closed for visitors, a sign if I have to come back one day.


We left the hostel to Versailles by metro from the nearest metro station which was Courcelles and then continued by RER C, with total cost Eur 4.7 to Versailles Château. We went back to Paris by SNCF train with fare Eur 3.55 with duration around an hour.

 

 

 

 

Montmartre
From Versailles we were heading to Montmartre. Even on Monday, there were so many visitors. A friend told me if I shouldn’t have skipped visiting this place, so then we went there and I was glad we were there.

 

 

 

 

Another view of Montmartre. . . . #latepost #montmartre #paris #france #3weeksineurope #wanderlust

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The view from the front part of #montmartre . . . #iminparis #wanderlust #paris #europetrip

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Lovely views behind Mon Sacre Coeur

Lovely views behind Mon Sacre Coeur

 

Au revoir, Paris. I’ll see you again in a better weather, I really want to enjoy the night city view.

 

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