Paris, France – 1st Day (06.03.12)

Finally arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport after 14 hrs of flight.  From Changi airport, transit to Doha, Qatar then to CDG in Paris.  Its a long flight but Qatar Airways, dubbed as the 1st five star airline, showed us how they serve and value their customers well.

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After almost 1 year of planning from choosing of European countries to visit, checking out the best airlines to ride on, browsing the nearest and value hotels in booking.com, reviewing Euro rail‘s offers and preparing details of our Itinerary, finally we have reached our dream travel.

From CDG Terminal 3, we took a transfer train to Terminal 2 where we will ride a train to Paris city proper.  Two transfer of trains leading to Hotel Prince at Avenue Bosquet near Eco Militaire Metro station.

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This is how it looks like in the subway of Paris still at CDG Terminal 2.  Better than the subway in the city proper.

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Outside Hotel Prince in Avenue Bosquet.  The area is very quiet and is only about 150 meters away from Eiffel Tower.  You can reach other tourist destinations by foot but very near is Eco Militaire Metro Station if you need to take the trains.

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Eiffel Tower by day time.  Our first stop. It was already June but the weather was still very cool, around 10 degrees C.  We reached Eiffel Tower in 10 mins by foot from our hotel.

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Eiffel Tower in full view from a far.  It is really stunning and elegant!

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Bridge leading to Place de la Concorde.  It was decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time.

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The Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation, one of the two Fontaines de la Concorde on the Place de la Concorde.

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The Obelisk of Luxor stands on top of a pedestal. The center of the Place is occupied by a giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II.

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Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets and one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world. The end of this avenue is Arc de Triomphe.  Below is a view of Avenue of Champs-Elysees from Place de la Concorde.

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Arch de Triomphe view from the right side of Avenue of Champs de Elysees Avenue.

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