Last day in Paris

After amazing day 1 & 2 in Paris, we were getting use to the things here like travel, food, walking etc.

Day 3 starts with visit to Notre Dame roof. We missed our timeslot due to the huge line to enter the cathedral and confusion, assuming the entry to roof will be from inside. But it was from outside.

Notre dame
View of Paris from top of Notre Dame

After we missed our first slot (check detail here) we booked it for the next day and made sure this time we are on time else our 10 ticket will be waste. We checked with the Paris tourism office from where we got the ticket that if we can exchange it with some other place, but they refused.

Notre Dame, Paris
One of the tower of Notre Dame view from the top

After seeing the city from Eiffel tower, you won’t be able to justify the view from here, it’s beautiful but can’t be compared to Eiffel. So, our conclusion is you can exclude this from your list, and you can invest the money purchasing ticket of someplace else or eating something good or enjoying French wine 😊.

Notre Dame, Paris
Mommy Baby enjoying there time

There are lot of stairs to climb and the space is very little. The stairs are in spiral shape and quite steep. After climbing all the stairs, we were feeling so hot that we had to remove our jackets. It windy on top.

Notre Dame, Paris
One of the bells of Note Dame

There are multiple levels here like Eiffel but in this case it’s only 2, Eiffel has 3. One can spend limited time on the roof as there are fixed number of people per slot and there are continues slots. So, they even ask you to hurry up and start your decent.

You will climb through the left tower (if you are facing the cathedral) and come down through right one.

View from Notre Dame, Paris
Beautiful sky & Eiffel at the back

After this we went to see one of the most beautiful Opera house in the world – Palais Garnier.

If you want to walk, then it’s around 3 Km from Notre Dame else you can take a metro station name is Opera.

Opera Garnier, Paris
Front Side of Opera, there are lot of sculptures made on this side

We were very exited to visit this place as we have heard a lot from our friends and family who have visited it. But our bad luck it was already closed for the day.

As it’s a working Opera so continues shows keep happening here. Before planning your visit here do check the schedule on their web site.

So, we just took some pics from the outside and left for lunch. We went to some falafel place which was suggested by one my husbands’ friend. And trust me it was simply amazing.

The falafel was so amazing and tasty and fulfilling. It’s a take away place and there is line in front to place order.

There staff will be on the street to help you decide with your order. It’s located on a small street with very less traffic.

Seine River, Paris
Climbing Back…

Then we just relaxed a bit strolling on the banks of Seine river. It was amazing, cold breeze, calm.

After some relaxation we wen to place which is one of the most famous and important thing to do in Paris. This place is even featured in some movies i.e.  Louvre Museum.

Louvre Museum, Paris
One of the part of Louvre after closing

This museum is one of the biggest and will take a lot of time and walking to explore. It’s located in Louvre Palace and the famous glass pyramid is right in the centre of the palace ground. This place contains antiques from all over the world and one of the most famous possession of this place is – Mona Lisa.

Louvre Museum, Paris
Famous Glass Pyramid

Ticket price starts from €15 and then we have skip the line, guided tours, audio guide tour. So, decide carefully which one you want.

Louvre Museum, Paris
Enjoying my time

It has all sorts of things in the display like art, paintings, sculptures, prints & drawings. If one has interest in museums & history then this place is like temple for them. So much of history and beauty to admire.

Louvre Museum, Paris
Louvre Palace

As this place took a lot of time, rest of the evening we spent just strolling on the banks of Seine, it’s nice just to walk on the banks, it’s in the middle of the city but still quiet.

This ends out 3rd day in Paris. Paris has a lot to see and one would at least need a weeks’ time to visit Paris alone. It should not be like this is on your bucket list, so you planned and spent just 1-2 nights and visit 2-3 places in a hurry.

We stayed here for 4 days and still it was not enough.On our final day we really want to see Opera, this was one of the top priorities. We have already checked the visiting hours on their web site.

As usual there are different kinds of tickets available starting from €12 which is an independent visit ticket. You can check the prices here, this is from where we bought ours.

Stroller can be taken inside, but you need to leave it just before you enter the main area as there are a lot of stairs. So, better take Baby carrier also with you if you have small kids.

Paris
Random Click

This place is mesmerizing. It’s beautiful, you will be lost in its beauty. It is beautiful inside out. There are many sculptures on the out side on the Principle Facade.

One of the ramp through which King use to come

There are 2 pavillon one is on west side which has 2 ramps and it was the entrance for the king, now a day this is used to enter visitors. Second one is on the east side that was designed for rest of the public.

The interior has many corridors, stairwells and huge place for people to socialize. 3 main things to see inside –

  1. Grand Staircase
  2. Grand Foyer
  3. Auditorium
Opera Garnier, Paris
Stairs towards Grand Stairs
Grand Staircase Opera Garnier, Paris
Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase – as the name say these are grand, white marble staircase which divides into 2 & leads to the Grand Foyer. These staircase is decorated with female sculpture holding torches. Hence sudden royal feeling will come when you climb these staircase 😊.

Opera Garnier, Paris
Opera
Inside Grand Foyer

 Grand Foyer – this is a long hall with very high ceiling. This is 154 mtr long, 18 mtr high and 13 mtr wide.

Grand Foyer,Opera Garnier, Paris
Beautiful ceiling of Grand Foyer

The ceiling is painted and represent various historic moments in the field of music.

Amazing Art work

This place was used to socialize and enjoy some drinks.

Opera, Paris
Hall ceiling

Both the ends of the Foyer have halls with beautiful painted ceilings.

Auditorium, Opera Garnier, Paris
Main Auditorium

Auditorium – this is traditional horseshoe shape sitting with a capacity of nearly 2000 people.

Auditorium Opera Garnier, Paris
Beautiful Ceiling of Auditorium

The stage is largest in Europe. The main ceiling area which surrounds the chandelier is beautifully painted & it depicts scenes from opera of 14 different composers.

Mirror..Mirror on the wall…

The min chandelier was designed by Garnier him self and is very heavy and made from bronze and crystal.

Such a big seat to watch the show

Grand Vestibule, this is from where you will exit, it contains the statues of four composers: Rameau, Lulli, Gluck and Haendel.

Grand Vestibule Opera Garnier, Paris
Grand Vestibule

There is a small museum inside which displays stage sets, photographs, drawings & paintings. Besides that there is a library with huge number of books.

One of the beautiful hall

After spending some quality time, we went out had our lunch and then headed to Luxembourg Garden.

This was our final stop in Paris as after this we had to catch train to Italy😊

Luxembourg Garden, Paris
Our doll enjoying some time before the rain

Luxembourg Garden is huge spread in more than 20 hectares. It was constructed in 1612. The beautiful gardens are the part of Palace – Luxembourg Palace which is now owned by French Senate. Gardens are known for its lawns, flowerbeds & fountains.

Luxembourg Garden, Paris
She really enjoyed..

Again, it was our bad luck as soon as we reach and decided to relax for a bit it started to rain. We thought it will stop in some time and waited for it to stop under a shed, but it didn’t and finally we decided to leave as we have a train to catch.

This place has covered sitting area, metal chairs in front of the palace near to the pond. What ever time we spent here it was good and relaxing. You can spend some quality time with friends and family here.

Information about Paris Pass

Paris Pass, it’s a card where you pay one time and it gives you access to certain number of attractions as per the pass. You can buy pass starting from 2 days to 6 days.

This Pass includes travel card with which you can travel unlimited times in central Paris in metro, RER, bus and is valid as per your pass validity.

As per me it is useful and cost effective for those who want to cover maximum in the given period. We didn’t want to rush things get most out of the Pass.

There is a lot more to see like – Palace of Versailles which will take one full day, Disney Land again will take one full day, Montmartre to name which are not to be missed and many more museums if you are a museum fan.

Paris to Milan Bus
Good Bye Paris, beautiful final evening Of Paris

Our Paris trip ends with a twist which is related to our journey to Florence, Italy which I’ll tell in my next blog so stay tuned for it.

27 thoughts on “Last day in Paris”

  1. Paris is an absolutely breathtakingly beautiful city. I have visited many of these sites and can keep returning for more. Looking forward to your future European travel posts.

  2. Paris is such a beautiful city all pictures look so wonderful. Thanks for explaining all things from Paris. I have planned my next vacation to Paris only.

  3. You have jotted down some amazing experiences of your Paris trip. Paris, no doubt is a beautiful city and it has been in my bucket list. Thanks for this virtual tour.

  4. I am crushing on that pattern on the ceiling… It is so beautiful! Paris is indeed a beautiful place… And Eiffel tower is love! ❤

  5. Seems you had a great day, at times when you miss out the slots, lil chaos followed, as it happened with us too. The view with Eiffel tower at back was amazing.

  6. Last day in Paris is actually quite a disheartening title. Paris is my dream city. But you surely discovered a lit on your last day of stay in Paris. Nice write up.

  7. Paris is the most beautiful and Romantic place to visit. I’m sure you had an amazing trip there. Thanks for sharing the pictures

  8. Your pictures and writing are in one way that we get a feel that we have travelled with you guys! I’m able to imagine the trip along! This is going to be in my bucket list for sure!

  9. Loved reading your adventures in Paris and pictures are so cute n lovely.It’s definitely have to be the in the list of places of must visit.Thanks for so much minute details about the city.

    (Snehalata Jain)

  10. Wonderful images, thanks for sharing the personal memorabilia with us. Paris is I am sure one of the most loved destination, glad to know you had an amazing time exploring and enjoying it.

  11. You have given such a detailed description on how to plan a day in Paris that I am bookmarking this post for when I do plan the next trip.

  12. I have been to Paris as well and this post made me feel so nostalgic that I’m right away going to look for our pictures of the Paris trip!

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