Paris-The City Of Lights
I had always wanted to visit Paris, and since my first visit in 2009, I have returned a further two times.
The city may be bustling but there is a homely quality about it which you cannot put your finger on. Despite the French having a reputation for being cold, the Parisians are welcoming and friendly.
The most iconic and notable attraction of Paris is the Eiffel Tower. Soaring almost 1000ft into the city skyline, this majestic iron building is a sight to behold. Standing beneath it, I always feel dwarfed by its height and standing on the top floor makes me feel as though I am at the top of the world.
Entry to the tower doesn’t cost much in monetary terms, however it will take up a vast amount of your time. Getting into the building requires a lengthy wait in the queue and multiple security checks, but once you are in the packed elevator, the fun begins.
There are three floors to the Eiffel Tower, with my personal favourite being the very top. The journey to the top floor, in the glass elevator is comparable to growing wings and taking flight above the noise of the city. Stepping out onto the deck gives you a view across the French capital, the tin topped green roofs and the romantic architecture spread across the landscape as far as the eye can see.
It would be easy to lose yourself at the top of the Eiffel Tower and hours can pass absorbing the breathtaking scenery. But Paris has so much more to offer and coming down from the tower allows to explore the other tourist spots such as Le Louvre, The Arc D’Triomphe and Notre Dame.
But the real gem of Paris are the cosy cafes in the side streets, where you can sip on a hot coffee and chat with the locals. Paris isn’t just a capital city, it is a diamond in the heart of Europe where your heart will stay even after you leave.