See Paris and not die
There comes a quiet, warm summer night on some floor in a Parisian hotel. True, the hotel is not in the city center, but it is even for the better. Not far from the subway, there is air conditioning, but for some reason it is off. There are enough TV channels, though almost everything is in French: TF1, M6, TV5Monde, etc. Bed linen is changed daily. Morning breakfast … so you can not feed! More precisely, why so much? Heard about the fact that for a small amount of money there is not much to expect, we were pleasantly surprised. Judging by the reviews “experienced”, two-star hotels in Paris can boast except that a favorable location in the city center, and often in addition – bugs-mouse-cockroaches. There was nothing like this in our case! Spacious room, view from the window to the garden. At the reception there is a safe (paid), the Internet in the lobby. The staff is friendly and consists mainly of representatives from the African continent. Metropoliten.
The famous Paris metro. Who has not been here has lost a lot: there are more than 400 stations in the Paris metro. Naturally, there is a suburban train (RER), which is useful for a trip to Versailles or Disneyland. By the way, Disneyland Paris has already turned 15 years old (founded in 1992). Pass in the subway – by ticket. Naturally, there are “hares” that are sometimes caught by “wolves” (controllers), while requesting 82 euros. Is it worth the risk? In Paris, do not forget about security. Street and apartment thefts here … are not being investigated. Of course, a statement from you will be accepted, but do not count on the result. Prefecture de police will not bother to investigate such minor matters as the robbery of tourists from Ukraine. The notorious Parisian traffic jams, we did not see. Perhaps the Parisians had a vacation and they left the city … According to statistics, each Parisian is late for work or appointments on average an hour. It is also interesting that in the city you will not often meet these Parisians. Tourists, tourists and black “new French”. Bicycle lanes are here, but cyclists are almost not observed. Although there are great municipalities on every corner: paid, picked up and skated. Bicycles neatly lined up on the sidewalks. Sometimes taxis pass through the red light, but usually everyone is waiting for pedestrians and cycling in Paris is not extreme. Fortified, go for a visit to the city. Here is the Luxembourg Garden, sung in the songs of Joe Dassin. A little overcast, but not rainy weather provided a minimum of walking. Go to the Eiffel Tower. At the time of construction, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. From the top of the site range up to 70 km. A huge lineup for single travelers and a small one for groups. We go where faster. Metal detectors, personal belongings inspection behind, now – to the elevator! The queue for half an hour near the elevator. And here we are admiring the view of Paris. The sun illuminates the entire panorama. Making a photo session. For 1 euro you can use the “telescopes”. On the Eiffel Tower is one of the most expensive restaurants in Paris. They say a table here must be booked for the week. We sit in the elevator, go to the intermediate level, and then … I’m not in a hurry – so I go down on foot along one of the “columns”. Below – a pond, near which pigeons eat the remnants of French buns. The ducks in the water do the same, while some big fishes try to take the loaf away from them. If you want to get into the frame along with the whole Eiffel Tower, it is better to take pictures from the Field of Mars – the green lawns in front of the tower.
And the field from above seemed so small … Paris inspires and conquers, this city has its own charm. The Champs Elysees, the island of Cite, Notre Dame de Paris, the Palace of Justice and the Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette and other prisoners languished … The Elysian fields 2 km long stretch from the Napoleonic Arch of Triumph to the Luxor obelisk donated by the Egyptian ruler in honor of their victories. As for the temples, the old stained glass windows in them simply fascinate. And in the Notre Dame cathedral, sung by Hugo, we came under the authority of organ music, it shook its purity thanks to its powerful acoustics. Notre Dame himself made me a bit depressing because of the solidity of the structure, especially inside. But it is easy to imagine that Quasimodo suffered precisely here … The next stage of the cultural program is the famous Louvre. The largest museum of France was opened during the French bourgeois revolution (22 thousand exhibits). Entrance to the exhibition – through the glass pyramid, described in detail in the “Da Vinci Code”. You can shoot everywhere. First, the standard (as in all museums) framework-metal detectors, then we descend to the box office. There is no queue. With the guide, you can view almost the entire museum in the most optimal way. If you decide to wander yourself – use the guide to the museum. Or even better, immediately decide what you want to see. Because to see everything is impossible. Most of the people near Gioconda.
Running through the Louvre, we are looking for a sortie (way out, not what you thought) and go to Montmartre. There are no public houses here – officially they have long been converted into various massage parlors. So, begin to climb up. A bunch of local youth and tourists who relax, read and communicate, sitting just on the grass or stairs. Finally, we are upstairs. On the ground in front of the church Sacre Coeur – a magnificent panorama of the city. The sun illuminates the whole of Paris. After the historical monuments, the usual streets of Paris beckon us. In some areas there are clochards – Parisian bums, wrapped in some kind of motley rags. But they seem to be happy with life. For them, the city has all the conditions – shelters with accommodation and meals. Therefore, to stay on the street, you need to make a lot of effort. Obviously, someone still likes the romance of street life, and not the comfortable walls of shelters.