France Is Beyond ComPARISon!
04 August 2013
Paris is, perhaps, the most romantic city in the world. Ever since my childhood, I always dreamt of visiting famous, historical landmarks in France. The sights, sounds, and tastes of France are unique. We also visited places that were further out from Paris, such as Normandy and the Loire River Valley.
On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Lita and I arrived early in the morning in Paris, France.
We began our escapade by visiting Chateau du Clos Luce where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. The castle was amazing! King Francis I hired Leonardo da Vinci to be his painter, architect, and engineer, and provided a cozy castle for him. My favorite part of the visit was when we saw da Vinci's concept designs for inventions such as a helicopter, hang glider, parachute, machine gun, army tank, bicycle, paddle boat, and so many more!
Chateau Chenonceau was arguably the loveliest chateau in all of the Loire River Valley. The Chenonceau was so beautiful in real life and looked like it came straight out of a fairytale. The chateau was built over the river and featured gothic Renaissance architecture. A pathway consisting of trees on both sides of the road led to the entrance of the chateau. The chateau was surrounded entirely by moat. Lita and I toured all the rooms of the chateau as well as the gardens. It's no wonder why Catherine de Medici made the Chenonceau her home.
We packed our next day in Paris with a full trip to the Palace of Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, and an unforgettable dinner at Chez Clement. First, we began our day by visiting the Palace of Versailles where King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette lived. We toured the palace rooms of the king and queen. Every room was decorated from floor to ceiling. The paintings on the ceilings portrayed Greek gods and goddesses. The Hall of Mirrors was a long, magnificent gallery decked out with chandeliers and mirrors. By strolling through their rooms and gazing at their furniture, we could tell that the kings and queens of France lived the most extravagant lifestyle.
In the early evening, we visited the Eiffel Tower, the most iconic landmark in Paris. We ascended to the second observation deck. We admired the views of Paris from the tower and even recognized some familiar places such as Sacre Coeur. We finished our last night in Paris with dinner at Chez Clement on Avenue de Champs-Elysees. Lita and I had the most delicious French onion soup. I had salmon, mash potatoes, and vegetables for my main dish. I finished my dinner with my most favorite dessert of all, crème brulee.
The trip was worth every single penny! Words could not describe the beauty of France. If you want to savor the best cuisines in the world and if you want to dazzle your eyes by the beauty of a sparkling city, Paris would be the most perfect destination!