The time has arrived to check the calendar page once again for festival and holidays countdowns. I was just murmuring myself with a deep thought, what could be the great tourist spot this year for me? Incidentally on an email from my friend Steve working in Paris, I collected few fantastic snaps of that place. Some of the best pics I came across were from Disney Land resorts, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris Cabarets, Euro Star , Louvre Museum Pass, Hot Air Ballooning in Loire Valley castles and few more. On demand he too shared his journey schedule in detail, gimmick of every site he visited, experience of night cruise with dinner, and stays in luxurious city hotels everything. The explanations were so lively that I was completely hypnotized with the thought of imaging myself beckoning river seine from the balcony of a nice hotel in Paris.
No more dreams! I simply loved the city and its belongings at the very first sight and firmly decide to hit down the soil of Paris this Christmas only. Once get finalized with my family members, I am planning to collect more resources about online hotel reservation agencies, contact details of trip advisors, and other itineraries. With some fundamental research from various local travel organizers’ websites and government sites I came to know about historically rich tradition of Paris.
Archaeological statutes like monuments, museums, landmarks; then theatre and opera houses for entertainments, arts performance and also education and international business centre are the major attractions to count. Not even that, the way environmentally sustainable metropolis and its suburbs in Paris are integrating skyscrapers, urban planning, and iconic architectural projects, we should be proud to be a part of this world presenting such wonderful city.
Hence careful planning for the necessary arrangements is my next task to perform successfully for which anything but a complete and interactive guide book is really needed. And I want to prepare it myself to comprehend every nook of the city tour before I land there physically. With a tour schedule in mind thereafter soon, I listed down the favorite places to touch. These are Egyptian obelisk the oldest monument, Montparnasse famous for artists’ studios, music halls, and café life; Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the high fashion districts; Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower the panoramic monuments, Tuileries and Luxembourg two oldest and famous gardens etc. Came to know from Steve about, French cuisines and culinary are vey reputed and historical in Paris. Also acknowledged about two hotels, Hotel Ritz at Place Vendome and Hotel de Crillon at place de la Concorde. I must include these fashionable and most luxurious hotels of late nineteenth century to my travel kit. With out entering to Paris’ museums and monuments the highest-esteemed attractions of Paris, my tour will not be complete, so noted the name of city’s most prized museum, the Louvre; city famous cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and their route maps.
The very next essential steps are to choose the best among popular Paris hotels suitable to my budget and expectation, then review the people’s comments about the vicinity and facility, enquiry for the discounts and special promotions, complete online reservations. Comfortable transportation is another factor for which I am trying to speak to a trust worthy tour planner from the city referred by my friend, who can guide me on airport shuttles, European Railway Passes, Open Bus tours, travel insurance and travel accessories. Another interesting venue is barge cruises in France. Burgundy, Canal du Midi, the Loire Valley, Provence are known for this. Anyway I can’t miss the opportunity of much waited journey like this.
With a slow but steady and careful planning I must be able to finish every nitty gritty well before the Christmas. I am keeping Steve updated on my progress. With my finger crossed, hope I would succeed to convert my dream of “Tour De Paris” into reality this year.