This is it guys, our LAST day in Paris! I hope you were enjoying till now this city guide disguised as a travel diary of the city and discovered with us some pretty new places that you added to your bucket list. In case you are new on the blog, hi I am Marie (discover more about me on the About me page) and at the end of this article you will find the rest of this amazing trip! But let’s start this great new day!
When I was in Bilbao I visited the beautiful Guggenheim museum, designed by the great Frank O. Gehry, and from this moment I fell in love with his design. Recently he designed a new building in Paris, the Louis Vuitton Foundation. So of course I HAD to see it, even just from the outside (*architecture freak*). The Fondation Louis Vuitton (french name) is a museum of contemporary art and has some pretty good pieces (euphemism). Lucky us, this last day was sunny so it was with joy that we went to the end of the city to visit this museum. The Foundation is located at Porte Maillot, the area is not really pretty because they are trying to gentrificate it but once you’re in, you forget about it. The nearest stop is Métro Porte Maillot and then you have to walk some five/ten minutes because the entry is in the middle of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.
The museum has two or three floors of permanent collection of the Foundation if I remember well and an underfloor level with some really famous pieces that rotate from time to time. Once you end the visit, it is time to visit the building itself. The rooftop is composed of a few terraces on all sides where you can catch sight of the city. On the really top there is a big terrace and Gehry shows you the beautiful skyline of the city, with its Tour Eiffel and Haussmann blue/greyish rooftops. When I took the photo of the Eiffel tower I accidentally didn’t see there was a queue to take the picture and thought it was a group waiting for someone, so I stole the place of some tourist waiting for its moment. Oops!
Anyway, we then exited the Foundation and entered the Jardin d’Acclimation (the LV ticket gives you access to the Jardin) and ate some homemade sandwiches. IN fact, if you go to the Foundation, be sure to have already eaten or take with you something as us because there are not a lot of places to eat at a reasonable price nearby.
We took the underground again from Porte Maillot to La Defense Terminus to see the new neighborhood of La Defense, that is a little far from the center of the city, but because we already were far we thought that this was perfect. La Defense has only shops and offices so we didn’t stay that much, just the time to explore a little and take a few photos. The underground line we took stopped at Trocadéro (Eiffel Tower) so we decided to stop there, even if I already seen the iconic monument. The weather was pleasant so we found a place to rest and enjoy the view. At Trocadéro there is a beautiful fountain and a garden nearrby with some flowers that in the summertime is really pretty.
Because we didn’t have another precise target, we took the underground again and stopped at Montparnasse Bienvenue (there a lot of lines in this spot so it was interesting for that) and I wanted to see a little bit of the neighborhood around. We didn’t end up finding anything really interesting but the houses were pretty as always.
We then stopped at St. Germain des Prés, that my mother suggested, and this is a must to see because the neighbourhood is absolutely charming! The St. Germain church is adorable and even the nearby streets were beautiful. You might want to stop there, even for half an hour as we did.
It might all sound as we didn’t walk that much because we took the Métro all the time but after a week that much charged we were frankly tired (and my back was really giving me serious problems) so decided to came back home and enjoy our own company.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this article and the previous ones on our trip to Paris and all the places we visited, that you learned something new to visit (or not) in Paris and I would really enjoy your comments telling me if you already went to Paris and what did you enjoyed visiting or if you are planning to go to Paris what do you have on your bucket list of the things we wrote about! Let me know below, I am curious about you and for now I will say see you very soon.
Green kisses from the enigmatic frog,