In less than three days I will be boarding a plane from Pittsburgh to Paris, a direct-flight too. Three months ago when I started looking at flight to Paris and ultimately to Nigeria, I didn’t think I could fly straight from Pittsburgh, so now you know. I initially thought I would have to drive to Washington D.C to catch a direct flight, but here we are. I digress.
My trip to Paris is a very brief one. I wish I could tell you that I was visiting Paris for two weeks, but that will not be the case. I have other trips planned, so as it turns out, I will only be in Paris for 48hours. My sister, Rachel, left for Paris last month for a short study-abroad. She learned the complex Haute Couture technique and clearly on her way to stardom and as for me, please pray.
48hours in Paris sounds like a short stay doesn’t it? Here are some quick places I hope to see in my brief stay there.
1. Eiffel Tower
You knew that was coming, didn’t you? In all honesty, I love anything popular. What can I say, I am a material girl all the way, except, I am smart and sensible. There is a huge difference there. The Eiffel Tower I have heard is the tallest structure in France and maybe in the world (google that!), there may be a close one in Dubai as well. If you’ve never been to the Eiffel Tower, here is a quick virtual tour. Google again! The truth is, if you do a modicum of searching online, you’ll find a tons of information about the Eiffel Tower. The Google Cultural Institute and the Eiffel Tower Operating Company have also teamed up to bring three exhibitions online, featuring 50 archival images, plans, engravings and photos of the tower’s construction and history. How it was designed by Gustav Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair. Amazing. Here is my sister at the Eiffel Tower, clearly she is having way too much fun.
2. The Palace of Versailles
This is going to be a dream come true. To visit the royal Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, whenLouis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of theFrench Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. (see Wikipedia for more). Rachel visited Versailles and testifies to its greatness, again. I am not jealous, I promise. Well, darn it!
3. The Louvre Museum
The Musée du Louvre one of the world’s largest museums, and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bankof the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum. Wiki away here. And yet again, our model Rachel. No comment.
Those are my top three destinations for now. Have you been to Paris or anywhere in France? What are your favorite destinations?
PS: My sister Rachel blogs at Fashion’s Row whenever she feels like it. All pictures were taken via her iPhone and used with permission.