Hello, Tegel Airport! Hello, Paris!
And my journey begins.
Exactly one month ago I was in France. After our business trip in Germany, I went to see the City of Lights and Love – Paris. I only have two days to explore and enjoy this beautiful city. I was very excited. I never thought that I will have this chance to see Paris in the flesh! I am just so thankful and like “OMG! I am really here! Thank you, Lord! Thank you, First Gen!”.
Enjoy the Photos of Day 1!
Checked in at BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel.
This map above was given by the receptionist. She highlighted the different landmarks that I needed to see. The red circle is the exact location of the hostel.
BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel is located at no. 20 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris.
This is in front of Christian Loubutin store. There are a lot of nearby cafes too. True to its description in their email confirmation of my booking, it has very SIMPLE and very BASIC facilities – no lift (elevator), no laundry, no hair dryer, no bar, alcohol is not allowed and no free WI-FI. You can avail of a 24 hour Wi-Fi connection for 2 Euros at the lobby only. You will just find the necessary: only bunk beds, free linens, city maps, early French breakfast (from 7:15 am to 9:15 am) and 24 hour open space for luggage. If you want to avail a locker it will cost you 2 Euros. A resident card will be issued to you that you need to present every time you enter the hostel, ask for the room key and to avail of the free early breakfast. They only a lot one key per room so you just have to be cautious of your belongings and must put a lot of trust on your room mates.
Church of St. Eustache, considered a masterpiece of late Gothic Architecture that was built between 1532 and 1632.
The Louvre Palace
Behind me is the famous Louvre Pyramid.
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, is the triumphal arc located in the Place du Carrousel at the open end of the courtyard of the Louvre Palace. This was commissioned in 1806 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories of the previous year. Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel should not be confused with the Arc de Triomphe de l’Eltoile that stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Elysees.
Pont des Arts Bridge, the first metal bridge in Paris that is currently under construction. This where you can find the Paris love locks that was removed to save from the weight of hundreds and thousands of brass locks. Behind me is the French Institute.
Orsay Museum, that holds mainly French Art from 1848 to 1915.
A view of the Eiffel Tower from Tuileries Garden.
The streets and other landmarks in Paris.
Day one is really a familiarization day for me. I did not use the map and just walk freely. I am so amazed of each and every structure I see. Like I forgot that I need to take photos and document this amazing trip. I am overwhelmed and my heart keeps pounding non-stop. I feel secure but at the same time I am still cautious to each person I bumped into. I am happy that my hostel is accessible to all the important landmarks in Paris. If given the chance to visit again Paris, I will definitely check in again at BVJ Louvre Youth Hostel.
More stories to come!