Paris: The City of Love - My Family Travels

Paris: The City of Love

            During the summer of 2007, I traveled to Paris, France with my family.  In Paris, we stayed at my Uncle’s house which is in the suburbs of Paris.  In order to travel from the house to the city, we, my family and I, took the subway.  I would highly recommend using the subway, known as the Metro, because it is one of the most impressive parts of Paris, especially in comparison to the public transport system in my home city of Baltimore.

            The next day, my cousin took my parents, brother, and me to the Eiffel Tower.  While we were at the Eiffel Tower, we decided to take the stairs as high as they would go.  The view was spectacular.  At the top of the stairs, I gasped at the beauty of the city.  I could see Paris all the way out to the horizon; it was majestic.  Unfortunately, we were pressed for time because my cousin could not find a parking space (we had decided to forgo public transport that day). 

            That evening, we visited Montmarte.  Of all of my memories of Paris, this was my most profound memory.  Montmarte sits on the highest point in Paris, on the top of the hill sits the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, which overlooks the city.  It was the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.  As we sat on the hill watching the sunset, I gazed at the city in amazement.  I was amazed by all of the lights of the sprawling city below us with the Eiffel Tower towering over the rest of the city. 

            As far as great views in Paris are concerned, the Arc de Triomphe is another breathtaking sight.  Even when I was just walking up to the Arc, I felt the grandeur of the heart of Paris.  As I walked down the Champs-Elysees, I noticed that the road has five lanes in just one direction!  I was overwhelmed by the chaos that unfolded around the Arc de Triomphe, but nevertheless, we walked through the tunnel to the Arc de Triomphe.  After ascending the Arc’s numerous stairs, we reached the stunning top.  Unfortunately, there was overcast, but the view was still breathtaking.  At the top, I counted 17 avenues leading up to the Arc de Triomphe.  Unfortunately, I seemed to be too exuberant in my counting as there are actually 12 avenues that lead to it.  While I was at the top of the Arc, I took multiple photographs from the top.  Later, I stitched together and created a panoramic picture from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  To this day, I consider it one of my best pictures.

            Penultimately, that leaves the Louvre Museum. I saw the magnificent glass pyramid that stands outside of the Louvre which is far more beautiful and splendid in person than in pictures.  Inside, the museum holds even more art than I could possibly believe.  While we spent a whole day at the Louvre, we didn’t see all the works of arts in the Louvre.  Furthermore, any works of art we saw, we saw for just a few minutes.  Among the most memorable works there were the Mona Lisa, and the Code of Hammurabi.

            Finally, our visit to Paris was topped off by a boat tour of the Seine.  We saw almost all of the places we visited in Paris, and my parents experienced the romantic nature of the Seine.  While my parents rediscovered their romantic love in Paris, I fell in love with Paris, the city of love.



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