Arc de Triompe
at the street of champ elysee facing arc de triompe
notre dame cathedral
I went to paris for the first time in april 2008.I had been to europe before and i had imagine paris to be somewhat sofisticated and cultured.The immigration process was smooth and the immigration officer didn't ask a single question unlike in UK where they ask you a million question.Pick my rucksack from the conveyor belt and board the subway to GARE DU NORD change train at CHATELLE LE HALLE and then to MARNE VALLE(disneyland) . On my way to Gare Du Nord , i was looking for a perfect PARIS that i had always imagined it would be.Sadly it was "indah khabar dari rupa" , i had never imagined Paris to be like this . Honestly it was a bit dirty especially at Gare Du Nord but then you could find the same scenario at our PUDURAYA.I will not talk about my trip to EURODISNEY as i had touch about it in my posting earlier.
Only after spending 2 nights in EURODISNEY i started venturing paris on my own.The subway system was a bit confusing at first and it was quite efficient as you could literally get anywhere within Paris.Only after i had enter the touristy part of Paris like the LOUVRE , EIFEL TOWER , NOTRE DAME , CHAMP ELYSEE that i found the Paris that i had always imagined it would be, hip , trendy,cultured and full of arts.Eifel tower was very lovely especially during spring time and it was even better at night.There are two side of paris actually , if you visit Paris via a guided tour you will only see the perfect side of Paris, whilst venturing Paris on your own you will see the other side of paris.The other side of Paris is actually not that bad , but it tells you a different story of living in Paris.A story which tells you that life could be hard in PARIS.
I feel that the 5 days that i spent in Paris is not enough as there are so much to see and i had only covered Paris on the surface .