When In Paris

It was exactly a year ago when I went for my first ever European trip (first of two on the same year). It was three years in the making. I remember I even studied French at Alliance Francaise de Manille to be able to speak the lingua franca. It was surreal yet satisfying. A boy can dream. It happened through my hardwork and perseverance. Let me share to you my adventures in Paris.

Paris, the capital of France, is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I was really amazed with the architecture and the history behind each buildings.

I took a flight from Manila to Hong Kong then to Paris via Cathay Pacific. I usually get good deals with a lot of airlines and I always make sure that I collect the miles to be able to fly for free next time.

Airport Selfie from Manila to Hong Kong
From Hong Kong to Paris
My first Parisian experience. The train!
Mon ami francais, Simon
One of the Parisian trains
Mandatory sign selfie which I always do in every country I go to.

I was excited to see everything in Paris. The first thing I went for? My ultimate dream: Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), which is the tallest structure in Paris. I was crying when I saw it for the first time. I can only see it before in books, in the internet or in my French book. I can’t believed it at first and tears just fell down. It was tears of joy.

Mandatory Selfie with Eiffel Tower
It was three years in the making and finally I was able to check it in my bucket list.
It was indeed a beautiful and historic tower
I took the opportunity to go inside and check the interior of the tower.
Eiffel Tower at its best!

Apart from the Eiffel Tower, I also visited the Arc de Triomphe where Ana Ivanovic‘s team famously wore her tennis outfit after her victory in Roland Garros (French Open).

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe at night
Arc de Triomphe with me of course!

The following day, I also visited The Louvre MuseumBesides art and architecture, the Louvre has many other types of exhibits, including archeology and history.

Outside The Louvre (look at the long queue)
It was a rainy day at The Louvre
The Louvre
Inside The Louvre
The Louvre is famous for the art exhibit.
My selfie with Mona Lisa
Another selfie with Mona Lisa

I also walked around Place De La Concorde. Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk erected last October 1836. This is also the execution site during the French Revolution.

Around the grounds: Place De La Concorde
Around the grounds (during rainy day): Place De La Concorde
Place De La Concorde
Place De La Concorde at night
Place De La Concorde at night! Time to take a photo!

I love going to the museum so I also visited Musée d’Orsay. It is located on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900.

Musée d’Orsay
near Musée d’Orsay

Of course, my Parisian trip will not be complete without my gastronomic gest. Here are some of the sumptous dishes I tried in Paris:

Bjorn and I at Le Depart
Did you know that French fries actually originated in Belgium?
Baguette
Freshly baked croissant and baguette
Tried my first Moroccan dish in Paris: fish balls
Dinner for two?
My favorite to go French salad
Simon in the local supermarket
One of the local tomatoes

Before I left Paris, I made sure to visit the famous Notre-Dame de Paris. It follows a French Gothic architecture and one of the best known Catholic Church in France.

Notre-Dame de Paris
Inside Notre-Dame de Paris
I was here inside the Notre-Dame de Paris
Candle lights at Notre-Dame de Paris
In one of the statues inside Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris is very lovely
Make a wish!

Did you know that I learned French at Alliance Francaise de Manille last 2014? You can also learn Spanish in Costa Rica. It’s fun learning a new language as it might help you when you travel abroad.

Here are some of the other photos from my trip to Paris:

My adventure starts now!
One of the rivers in Paris
What a sexy car! Renault

Gateway to heaven?
Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Rose anyone? At Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris
Pont Alexandre III

Abercrombie & Fitch – Champs Elysees

It was a fun experience. I’ll definitely be back to Paris in the next few years. I really learned a lot from this short trip. It will definitely have a special place in my heart.

Check out my other European related articles:

  1. My Eatalian Trip
  2. 1 euro meal at 100 Montaditos Colosseo
  3. “Fol” in love with popcorn
  4. Nutella Crepe at Le Chapeau Bistrot
  5. Authentic Italian Experience at Talea
  6. Christmas Market in Frankfurt
  7. What to do in Bruges (Brugge)
  8. What to do in Brussels
  9. What to do in Oslo
  10. What to do in Budapest

Till my next European Trip! Watch this space for more updates.

The Tennis Foodie 🙂

69 thoughts on “When In Paris”

  1. Traveling to Paris is totally on my bucket list! My husband and I plan on doing a lot more travel with the kids in the next few years and we will for sure be going to Paris… probably the Disneyland over there lol

  2. This reminds me of the wonderful time I had in Paris when I went in college! My favorite was the Eiffel Tower especially when it was lit up at night like your pictures! So beautiful!

  3. Seems like a dream come true! Paris is actually not on my bucket list, but Europe, in general, is just such a great getaway!

  4. I am so jealous you got to visit the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre! Also all the food you ate looks and sounds amazing.

  5. I never really thought about going to Paris before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  6. Belgium fries doesn’t have the same ring to it! I would love to see Paris in person one day. It’s definitely on my travel bucket list!

  7. I haven’t been to Paris, France before. Loved all the photos of the places you got to visit! Were you able to try any of the macaroons in any of the bakeries? They are really good here in the states!

  8. Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

  9. My cousin and his family are in Paris right now. They look like they are having a grand time too. I haven’t traveled to Paris yet, but I sure would love to! Thanks for sharing your photos of your trip. I am sure I would be crying tears of joy too when I get to see the Eiffel Tower.

  10. Sigh…still in my bucket list. I just bought a book of French sentences for my daughter, maybe we can study this together so that when the time comes for us to go to Paris, we can converse in their language!

  11. So beautiful! I was in Paris, but I was 14 with my parents. I want to take my husband back for my second time! 🙂

  12. Beautiful Paris and yes selfie with Eiffel tower has to be a mandatory part. We have been planning from close to 4years for a Parisian trip, hopefully it becomes real soon:)

  13. I have never been to Paris but it is on my bucket list of places I want to go. I want to eat all that amazing food and drink that wine!

  14. I have never been in that place but Paris is one of my favorite destinations to visit and I hope to see and explore this place someday.

  15. Looks like you had an amazing trip to Paris! The Eiffel Tower is really awe-inspiring, especially since it’s so famous! It’s the perfect place to feel like you are truly in Paris!

  16. This is definitely something I need to check off of my own bucket list. I’m sure seeing Paris for the first time will likewise be emotional for me.

  17. Looks like you had a blast! I love how beautiful Paris looks at night…and I definitely prefer sightseeing there at night for sure. And of course no trip to Paris is complete without eating ALL THE THINGS! Ah, baguettes in the city of love is just magical!

  18. Your trip looks amazing! So awesome that you got to experience the city. Looks like you got all the major sites in as well as lots of great food!

  19. It looks like you had a really great time on your first trip to Paris. It’s a beautiful city with incredible sights to see. It’s also great you managed to enjoy the cuisine there; French food is one of the best. Liked your selfies too lol!

  20. It sounds like you had an incredible first trip to Paris! It is one of my favorite cities as well. The Eiffel Tower was also a highlight for me. It was beautiful, especially when it was lit up at night. I also loved seeing the Place De La Concorde at night. It was also really beautiful when it was lit up.

  21. It’s been years since I visited Paris but what a wonderful city. I love to see all the architecture and museums such as The Louvre Museum, Champs-Elysées and Musée d’Orsay. This is a lovely article about your adventures!

  22. I’ve only visited Paris once before, and on a short trip so I only had time to see a few of the highlights. You’ve written about a lot more than I had seen so now I need to go back soon. I totally agree with you about the scrumptious dishes you tried, in particular, French baking (breads, croissants, brioche) are the best in the world. I’m glad you got to see and experience Notre-Dam before the fire that happened earlier this year.

  23. I must admit even though I have been to Paris a few times now but it always has something about it that keeps me wanting to go back. There is so much to see and do in Paris and you can easily spend a few days just sight seeing day to night. There is something magical about the Eiffel tower in the evening when the millions of lights sparkle together and what a sight this is. I love the cafe culture of Paris and usually spend a few hours sitting and watching the world go by with a coffee. Thanks for sharing Pais again

  24. Paris, the city of light, is a dream city for so many people and I love it too. But nowadays I don’t spend much time there even though I visit it every year now. You seemed to have seen a lot and your post is very descriptive. I too loved the Louvre Museum, Champs-Elysées and Musée d’Orsay

  25. Paris is my dream city and is high on my bucket list. Witnessing the magical Eiffel Tower in the night lights would be one of my favourite things to do in Paris. There are so many other things to do in the city that I didn’t know about. Thanks for giving a virtual tour.

  26. I have to admit Im not a big fan of Paris. I have been there twice but I just couldnt feel the vibe. Selfie with Mona Lisa is cool and something I havent done yet. Time for giving a Paris another chance!

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