Paris – A virtual tour of the city of love for the first-timers

It was our first time to the city of love and an ultimate dream destination of all age groups. It was going to be the most memorable trip as our parents were accompanying us to fulfill their wish to meet the ‘Iron Lady’. We all have grown up dreaming ourselves posing with the Eiffel tower, haven’t we?

We boarded the High-Speed Train (bullet train) from Geneva to Paris and turned out to be a superb experience. We reached Paris around 9.30 am. We had to cover few attractions before we could check into our rooms as the check-in time was late afternoon.

We took Metro line 1 from Gare de Lyon to station Charles de Gaulle Etoile. Once out of the station we were greeted with an imposing glimpse of the massive Arc de Triomphe. The arc with its stunning architecture is an honor for those who fought and died for France.

Paris virtual tour

Paris virtual tour

We boarded the hop on hop off bus from Arc de Triomphe to continue our sightseeing. On board, our parents plugged in the headphones and got busy with the recorded commentary of the attractions while we had a look at the map, which highlighted the attractions and their respective stops.

Our first stop was the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. We walked around the palace and took some pictures.

Paris virtual tour

Pont Alexandre III the remarkable arch bridge dotted with stunning statues was at a walkable distance. We spend some time watching the ferries move under the bridge and boarded the bus to stop by at Trocadero for wonderful vistas of the Eiffel tower and the city.

Paris virtual tour

Paris virtual tour

By now it was noon and we decided to check into our rooms. We always book an apartment as it well equipped with a kitchen, which makes it easy to prepare food when traveling with kids.

We freshened up and took metro line 6 to the station Bir Hakeim which is nearest to the Eiffel tower.

Paris virtual tour

On reaching the tower, we got into the queue for tickets to climb to the top which did not take long. The spectacular panoramic view of the white city from the top of the tower, the bridges running on the river serene, the sailing cruises and the cool breeze, all left us in awe.

Paris virtual tour

We finally got down as it was time for our cruise. We were enquiring about the boarding spot for the cruise company when suddenly we heard everyone screaming and flashing their cameras. We turned around to see Eiffel tower sparkling with golden light.This incredible moment left a delible mark on our hearts and souls.

Paris virtual tour

We got onto the cruise just in time and started our awesome journey over the calm river. We passed through several enchanting bridges and monuments, which looked alluring, lit with lights. We were spellbound by the fabulous city.

We finished with our cruise tour and were back standing in front of Eiffel tower. There was something about this structure, which would not stop to mesmerize us. With a heavy heart, we bid our goodbyes to the ‘Iron Lady’ and returned to our apartment.

Next day morning we got up early and took metro line 4 to station Odeon to visit Luxembourg garden. We spent relaxing time breathing the early morning fresh air. Chhavi was the one to enjoy the most running around on green lawns.

Notre Dam was a km away from Luxembourg garden so we chose to walk.

Paris virtual tour

Notre Dam, a historic Catholic cathedral overwhelmed us with its sculptures, colorfully stained glasses, and the tranquil atmosphere.

Paris virtual tour

Paris virtual tour

We took some pictures and boarded the bus to our next stop Louvre museum.

Louvre Museum is one of the finest art galleries in the world with its architecture epitomizing the history of the glorious city. We walked around the museum admiring the marvelous architecture.

Paris virtual tour

Hop on hop off bus has an advantage that we get to see a lot more sights than if we had decided to walk around to each of the individual landmarks. We had not visited the inside of museums as they would need a dedicated time with a separate tour altogether. Discover hidden gems of Paris on a tour of the art district Montmartre.

The city of Love is dressed up in its best and wears a dazzling glow at night. Here are some pictures of Paris at night and we are sure it will add to your bucket list right away.

Visitors to Paris need to beware of pickpocketers and careful of their possessions. We have heard many instances of people being robbed of their belongings.

Have more time in Paris why not consider visiting some of the beautiful places around the city on day trip from Paris?

Do you think we covered all the eminent attractions or did we miss something? Do share with us in comments.

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24 Comment

  1. I love Europe but have never made it to France. I need to make it over there!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Paris definitely a wonderful city Kim. Do plan your visit for Eiffel tower is incredibly mesmerizing and worth many visits 🙂

  2. Justin says: Reply

    So interesting! Paris is certainly on my bucket list.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Justin. Hope you make a plan to visit the Iron Lady soon. Happy Travelling!

  3. These photos are gorgeous! Paris is my daughter’s dream vacation, I’d love to be able to take her for a high school graduation present!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      That’s a great idea Christina. We too have grown up dreaming of visiting Paris. We are sure your daughter would cherish this gift for the lifetime. Happy Travelling!

  4. Gorgeous Pictures. It was a delight watching the beautiful city through your lens.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Ratisha. We are glad you liked it 🙂

  5. So, so beautiful! I would love to travel abroad and see these places for myself…but I’m also a HUGE homebody and most days don’t want to leave my house, haha! But it’s fun to live through others 😛

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Katie. Glad you loved our article but take our word there is no other experience like standing below the sparkling tower of Eiffel and beholding its charm. Hope you plan out a trip very soon. Cheers!

  6. Tess says: Reply

    Great post! I saw all of these things when I went to Paris too, and it truly is one of the most magical cities in the world! I can’t wait to go back 🙂

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Tess. Paris is incredibly beautiful and one can visit it many times and still the city does not fail to mesmerize you. Happy Travelling!

  7. Dave says: Reply

    Such a beautiful city! I’ve always wanted to go there. I love your pictures from inside the cathedral.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Dave. We are glad you liked the pictures. Keep us updated if you plan to visit the wonderful city of Paris 🙂

  8. Chan says: Reply

    I am so eager to go to Paris! It looks beautiful!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Chan. Happy Travelling!

  9. Ashley says: Reply

    I loved Paris so much. I really hope to go back there someday and explore more as I was only able to go there for one day!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      True Ashley. Paris definitely needs more than a day. There is so much to see in the city of love, isn’t it ? Hope you make a plan very soon. Happy Travelling!

  10. Iman says: Reply

    OMG! I cannot wait to see the Louvre!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Iman. Happy Travelling!

  11. Oh my goodness, I have never been to Paris but would LOVE to go. My younger sister went last summer for about a week… I’m not biter about it though. 😉
    You always see these iconic structures in movies and tv shows, but sometimes you can’t really grasp how immense they are! Some of your pictures do that wonderfully. A couple of them I was like, “I had no idea it was that big!!”, like with the Arc de Triomphe.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Justine. We are overwhelmed that our pictures and article could make justice to the beauty and charm of the wonderful city of Paris and you liked them too. Do keep us updated of your plans to visit Paris. We would love to hear your experience. Happy Travelling 🙂

  12. George Foster says: Reply

    I only remember visiting Paris when I went to Disneyland as a kid. But there’s so much more i need to see. Glad you guys had a great time! Thanks for the post!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks George yes we had a great time. We had been 3 times but not yet been to Disney yet so may be next time 😉

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