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My trip to Paris, France was my most memorable trip to Europe ever. I have always wanted to visit one Europe's greatest cities. It is rich in history, culture, art, urban sites, and of course the people. From the moment I landed in Charles De Gaulle airport I was in awe. The language is so beautiful to hear. Coming from Canada, we learn french in school but it is nothing when compared to a Parisian's french. I found the people very friendly and helpful with my very limited french language skills. From the airport, I took the train to my hotel. I was amazed at how much history is seen in just one simple ride into town.
Once I was settled, I set out by foot each day to experience my immediate surroundings. Walking tours are common and extremely good for those who want to stay on a budget in one of the worlds most expensive cities. The streetscape is so colourful and the local shops are all so inviting. I made a point of having breakfast in a different cafe/bakery each morning. Walking around each day, I was greeted by obelisks/columns on what seemed like every corner and square. The July Column stands majestically in the centre of the Place De La Bastille.
The Eiffel Tower is a must see for every tourist, but seeing it at night is a completely different experience. The tower is lit with countless lightbulbs and gives a completely different impression at night. Although you are not able to enter the tower in the evenings, the real beauty is from outside of it at night.
What would a trip to Paris be if one did not visit the Louvre or the Musee d'Orsay ? I was finally there. Face to face with the most beautiful painting in the world. I can now say proudly, I visited Paris !!
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