From cruising down the Seine soaking in the sparkling views of the Parisian cityscape, to promenading the enigmatic streets of London on an infamous cherry red double-decker bus, there’s so much to see and do in these remarkable cities, how could you not want to visit them? And, fortunately, travelling from one to the next is a breeze.
While both may be filled with tourists—London holding the title as the most visited place in the world and Paris coming in second—they are both rich in history, grandiose architecture, magnificent art, charismatic cultures, haute cuisine and couture fashion.
Beginning your journey in Paris, it won’t take long before you’re enraptured by the city’s charm. It has, if you will, a certain je ne sais quoi. What better way to take it all in than standing atop one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower? Climbing to the top, you’ll be met by panoramic views of the sprawling city.
Other significant landmarks include the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. The grandiose cathedral boasts intricate carvings that are reflective of the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Paris is also home to some of the world’s largest and most diverse art museums. The Musée du Louvre features Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Pompidou Centre showcases an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.
After a day of perusing the streets and taking in the sights, spend an afternoon relaxing in a sidewalk café. While sipping fine wine and watching the people walk by, it’s hard not to fall in love with the city. Top off the night with a romantic boat ride down the Seine River. As you float through the city, you gain a different perspective and understand why Paris has been dubbed the “City of Light.”
When you’re ready to make your way from Paris to London, hop on one of the many luxurious high-speed trains. After two-and-a-half hours traversing the serene French countryside and under the English Channel, you’ll be ready to embark on an entirely different adventure. Often, the best way to travel from one city to another is by train. The service is supreme, it’s convenient and it enables you to view a part of Europe that you might otherwise not have seen.
Awe-inspiring landmarks, sumptuous views and a distinct culture adorn the intricate streets of London. Although the city is huge and even a bit daunting at times, there is so much to see and do. Hopping on one of the emblematic double-decker buses is a great way to acquaint yourself with the metropolis and take postcard-worthy photographs.
Once you’ve hit up the major attractions: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Maritime Greenwich—all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites—spend time unwinding in Hyde Park or by hovering over the city on the London Eye. Your trip to London would not be complete without an evening at the West End Theatre district, which has been designated as the world’s theatrical capital.
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Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! To change this standard text, you have to enter some information about your self in the Dashboard -> Users -> Your Profile box. Read more from this author