A visit to Paris is synonymous with a picture in front of the Eiffel tower. After all, it is the most visited paid monument in the world. The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel and intended to be a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World Fair. It was the tallest structure in the world at the time of construction and people loved it so much that it was never destroyed.
I wanted to do more than take a customary picture in front of the major tourist sites (and there are a lot of them!). I finally understood why people say that you need weeks to explore this city properly. I was frustrated with the little time I could spend walking, peeping into small antique shops and eating French pastries.
I wanted to stay far away from the Eiffel tower and discover the quiet side of the city. We stayed at a boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter which was steps away from the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe and Jardin du Luxembourg. The day we arrived, I was a bit under the weather. We reached our hotel and wanted to go for a walk around the neighborhood. There wasn’t a soul around. I had been a bit wary of visiting Paris in peak season but I didn’t expect to not see anyone around.
Here are some of the pictures we took, walking around in Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. And as for the Eiffel tower, stay tuned for a dedicated post on all the sights we did manage to see.