Up at 07:00 and catching the 08:15 train to the Palace of Versailles. Versailles is a royal château in the Île-de-France region of France, about 30 minutes South-West of Paris. This palace was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789, within three months after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy. With massive gates of gold and gardens that cover over 800 hectares of land, much of which is landscaped in the classic French Garden style, this palace is a must see when you visit Paris.

 

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After our palace and garden tour we got on the train, heading back to the city centre.  First stop (and no introduction needed) – the Eiffel Tower!

It fascinates me how this 324m steel construction, that was built back in 1889, can keep your attention for so long. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t stop looking at it and before you know it, you’ve taken hundreds (if not thousands) of photos of it. It continues to dominate the Paris skyline and will always be the most iconic structure of France.

We also visited Montparnasse Tower. This is without any doubt the best way to view the city. Montparnasse Tower is a 210m office skyscraper where you can go all the way to the top (57th floor) to get a perfect 360 view of the city.

 

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After lunch at a small French restaurant we made our way to Seine for a riverboat cruise which was followed by a stroll down the Champs-Élysées. From there we visited another famous French icon, the Arc de Triomphe which stands 50m in height, 45m wide and 22m deep. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

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To end of the day we had to experience the night life at Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment and adult entertainment for visitors from around the world.

 

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It’s been a fun day in the French capital, but time to call it the day!

Andre and Elaine