Hey guys! New Travel Blog and We’re going to Paris!!! Paris is known as the city of love, where taste-makers of culture, fashion and gastronomy visit, study, dine, and live. It was a great coincidence that we have a 3-day layover in the city before we go to Switzerland, so we decided to spend the time to have a short visit to a neighboring country – France. I was astounded when I first saw the picturesque structures and architectures of its capital city: Paris. I was really in Paris; it eventually dawned on me. Below I will share our short Itinerary plus my experience and thoughts about our discoveries.
Full Itinerary of our layover trip
Arrived in Paris 1PM or 13:00 ( 1st day )
13:40 – Went to our Hotel ( Took a cab and pay around 25 Euro to Hotel Square Llouvois )
14:30 – Arrived in the Hotel, Checking in
15:00 to 17:00 – Rest and Gym at the hotel
18:00 – went to Observatory ( Montparnasse Tower ) 10 Euros Cab going there from the hotel ( 20usd for tickets going up )
19:30 – went to Arc De Triomphe another 9-10 Euros for the Cab in a hurry ( Take pictures at night cause for me it’s better ), also we had dinner around the area and went window shopping before they close at 9pm
22:00 – Home and Rest
( 2nd Day )
6:00 – Breakfast
7:00 – 10:00 – Walked to Louvre ( Near our Hotel around 7 blocks only ) Took pictures but we didn’t go inside because we don’t have enough time. ( Next time maybe LOL )
11:00 to 12:00 – Lunch ( we found asian woooot so happy hahaha )
13:00 to 14:00 – Walked around the area finding spot and go back to hotel to change our outfits for picture
15:00 to 19:00 – Went to Eiffel Tower ( search for the best spots for photos and appreciating the beauty of it took a lot of photos actually hahaha ) Then went in different side of it.. to took a lot of shots. Also had dinner near the tower.
20:00 to 22:00 walked around our area to find bars and have a chill night or have Parisian night with Cheese Platter and Wine
( 3rd Day )
5:30 to 6:30- woke up getting ready for our train to Switzerland, We have 20 mins only to go to the station
7:00 call time going to Switzerland
— Basically It’s a very short trip to us, but it was great I just add this Itinerary to have photos and experience Paris in a short and limited time. but for me it was a great experience rushing thru time and changing our clothes and took a lot of photos. In the end it’s our choice and I just want to have photos and experience Paris in our Euro trip.
Going back, Being a repository of history, culture, and cuisine, Paris being called beautiful is an understatement. It was a dream destination for many and I recognize how my privilege factored in the equation. But I don’t want to delve deeply on that but rather let you, readers, view the famous Louvre (or Louvre Museum) through my lens – not merely through photographs, but also in writing. In the Louvre is where art, culture, and history converge.
The scenic Louvre Pyramid serves as the entrance to the former palace for French royalties during the reign of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoiette, its glass and metal structures made the architecture one of the most notable landmarks in Paris (aside from the popular Eiffel Tower). On the other hand, the Louvre Palace, the museum that houses various significant art pieces, – among them are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo – is located at the 1st “arrondissement”, at the heart of the city. Being the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre continues to be one of the most powerful cultural symbol in the world. With our limited time, we were able to take a trip around the city for one whole day. We took snapshots in front of the Louvre Pyramid which, with its glass and metal structures, is one of the most notable landmarks in Paris (aside from the popular Eiffel Tower) and of the world. Staring at it up-close and personal is so surreal. That day was memorable and I could really say that it’s one for the books.
Overwhelmed by all the culture, history, and architecture of Paris, we chose to lounge and stay at the Hotel Square Louvois – Paris, a 4-star hotel located at the heart of Paris. Boasting its cozy Wellness Area with its swimming pool, hydro massage facilities, and fitness equipment, it’s a perfect and lovely choice for us because we love to stick with our workout routines and stay relaxed at the same time even though we’re out of the country. The modern aesthetics and good lighting inside of the rooms will make you took snapshots even inside a hotel room. They also have fast and secure optic fiber WiFi connection which makes your whole stay hassle-free while you stay connected. Each room is also equipped with Nespresso coffee machines which are easy to use and can be a plus for coffee lovers. From the windows, you can easily view the rue (street, in English) and city hustles and bustles of Paris. It’s a bonus that their location is near tourist spots and landmarks around Paris.
The facade of Hotel Square Louvois is inspired by French Renaissance architecture mixed with modern touches for the modern man and woman. Between 4 and 6 PM, the hotel invites its guest for a sumptuous and relaxing afternoon tea for its guest. They’re willing to give you a “just like home” experience while serving you cakes, pastries, and sweets. For Filipinos, it’s like our siesta hour or time, so I really liked their offer. In a more peculiar note, I like how the intricate the details are on the tiles and floor designs of the hotel. Over-all, the hotel didn’t disappoint. Everything was posh, seamless, and with finesse.
Of course, a trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without striking a few poses with the Eiffel Tower and walking toward the Arc de Triomphe. More than a romantic place, the Eiffel Tower serves as a pioneering landmark and one of the most famous towers in the world. It’s the hallmark of modern architecture and cradles and promotes France’s tourism, arts, and culture. The historic Arc de Triomphe, on the other hand, commemorates the Grand Armee, the French army during the French Revolution. Napoleon one said to his soldiers, “You will return home through archs of triumph.”; thus, it became the name for the arc.
I instantly fell in love with Paris, I’ve realized. But it’s far from perfect. Acts of anti-Semitism are rampant; it’s the prejudice against Jews. It’s too idealistic to say that I hope for world peace. But bridging gaps and accepting other’s and exercising our own faiths should be done without hurting another person. From an outsider’s perspective, I couldn’t help but refer back to my home country. In a Christian-dominated country, most people have negative stereotypes against Muslims. People are people. The Paris trip had made me pondered on love. It shouldn’t be confined to romantic love, but also to all forms of love. We should help build a world devoid of hatred instead of instigating and spreading hate.
When I stared at the Eiffel Tower at night, it was as if I experienced utopia. As a foodie, I didn’t miss the chance to taste the famous macarons from Paris. Everything was luxurious and far from the usual. Despite only a few days of exploring the city, at least my dream of setting foot in Paris came true. Roaming around the streets and seeing structures that I only used to stare at in pictures, I wouldn’t forget the moment especially with a great fellow and company by my side. I would really like to come back and get to know the city more, its history, culture, and arts. It’s more than just an IG-worthy city, it craves for your soul as much as you crave for culture and cuisine. It is indeed the city of love.