If you love art, Paris is a great city to visit. There was fantastic weather the first couple of days and thereafter it got progressively colder, not surprising, considering it was November.
* Paris is truly multi-cultural, with Africans, Chinese, Arabs …
* Louvre is just AMAZING. Great brochure with directions (easy to navigate), spotlessly clean and just some mind-blowing pieces of art. I just had 6 hours to spare there and could barely touch upon the main highlights. It definitely warrants further visits in future
* Since I visited Musee Orsay after Lovure, it was a little underwhelming, but still definitely worth a visit for the fans of Monet, Manet, Sisley, Van Gogh, Cezanne Etc. My favourite was the works of Alfred Sisley. Visit is free the 1st Sunday of the month
* Baguettes! Loved it … Had it whenever I could
* Eiffel Tower: The elevator ride up was superb. Eiffel Tower is much taller than it looks. Once you reach the very top, that is when the height strikes you. The views all around was well worth the long queues. It took roughly 1.5 hours just to get to the ticket counter. If you get to plan the trip well ahead of time, it is definitely better to buy the tickets online, well in advance. I wish they allowed people to climb up the stairs (Stairs in the 3rd stage are for repair work and not meant for folks with Vertigo). I wonder how long it would take me to climb a 100-storey tower like the Eiffel
* If you love pastries, I guess France is a must visit. I do not eat much pastries and could not go beyond tasting a few items …
* The Paris Metro network is pretty good, though quite tacky and ill-maintained in a few areas … The multi-day passes come handy
* One of the highlights of the trip for me was the (very) early morning visit to Eiffel Tower from the Hotel. It was part jogging and part brisk walking … It was surreal to be alone in an area, where just hours earlier, thousands of people were crowded together
* The area around Notre-Dame Cathedral, as expected, is quite historic and you can make it out from the ornate roads and bridges
* The River Cruise on Seine was well worth it. You get to see all those ornate bridges up close
* Sacre Coeur Basilica sure has a prime location. The views from the Basilica was awesome … There were tremendous crowds in and around the Basilica. Amazingly, a mass was going on, while tourists were happily clicking photographs
* TGV, like other high speed trains in the other countries I have visited (Germany, South Korea, Japan Etc.) was pretty nippy. And it was right on time. For 15.20 train, the doors closed at 15.19!
* Nantes is a historical city with a Chateau and a Cathedral right at the centre of the Town. Roaming the streets of Nantes was a fun experience. Though it was quite cold, I also managed to do an early morning jog in the downtown area
France is a country which requires multiple visits. Paris is just the start. I hope to be back soon for more explorations.