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Champs-Élysées - Arc de Triomphe

Saturday, November 17, 2012 / , ,

Before I went to Paris, my impression of Paris was a beautiful city. Paris is every girl's dreams and always a first-choice-place for romance too. However, bad things happened one after another once we landed Paris. We took vueling airway from Rome to Paris and got to know that baggages were still at Rome when we reached Paris! Gosh! Noone helped us and noone could speak English, or maybe willing to speak English. The woman who in charge of baggage claim pushed the responsibility away and asked us to wait. We didn't even know how long we have to wait, should we go back hotel or stay at airport? Spent two nights stayed at the hotel, we'd only four days in Paris and we wasted half of it! Another thing that pissed me off was, once the luggages reached our hotel, we checked and realized that valuable things inside the luggages lost! My bf's new prada's wallet, gucci's, perfumes, ect.. We even called to embassy but it seemed helpless. This is one of the disadvantages self-travelling in foreign country with rarely people speak English. Even though we get to claim back our things after few months, but these already make me feel disappointed in Paris. A good advice to my readers, I'd suggest not to choose free and easy when it comes to Europe or Japan especially the first tour. Vueling airway is the worst airlines that I've ever seen!

Despite the accident happened at Paris and the arrogance of Parisians, I've to admit that it's actually a lovely place, especially Avenue des Champs-Élysées, a street in Paris. With all the luxury shops, cinemas, cafes and so on, it is one of the famous streets in the world. We took a walk and planned to visit the most beautiful Ladurée store unfortunately it was under renovation. 




We heard that there is another good cafe in Champs-Élysées, George V cafe. So we had our dinner there.



George V cafe is great! Few passionate waiters are standing in front of the restaurant welcoming us and the food is delightful!



 My choice, breads served with foie gras and fig marmalade

 Escargot is a must-order-dish in France! And it's absolutely better than in M'sia's! 



Our next destination is Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph), one of the well-known monuments in Paris. It's in another end of Champs-Élysées, around 15mins walking distance from George V cafe. But there is a metro station just right in front of the Arc de Triomphe, if you don't wish to walk! Hehe





It stands in the centre of the road, there is a passage to the monument, so don't try to cross the road! 




I don't know why they didn't provide escalator service on that day, so we have to climb up to the top by stairs. It's quite tiring but worth to try! Remember you have to pay to get up to the top!

See how high it is! My bf was so scared! haha!


 Models of Arc de Triomphe


Reach the top of the arch!



Night view of Paris
 
 This is the first time of my life seeing Eiffel tower! I am so excited! 
The night view of Paris was fascinating!





The night view of the city never fails to impress.



Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.






I am here! :D


 

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