Eiffel tower

Finally the Eiffel Tower! A short visit to Paris was not enough time to see the city.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

In what was probably the fastest ever tour in history we managed to get an overview of Paris in just three hours, not enough time to see all the sites so we are already planning a trip of back next year.

But we had a lot of fun during those three hours.

A bus picked us up at the port of Le Havre and it took us almost three hours to reach the city.

We took a driving tour of the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles and the Champs-Élysées, walked to the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral (but didn’t have time to visit the inside either) and spent a few glorious minutes at the Eiffel Tower.

They say that spring in Paris is beautiful, but so is autumn.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, people were everywhere, shopping at places like Gucci and Louis Vuitton and having lunch in posh cafes or on patches of grass by a fountain.

The streets of Paris are lined with greenery; the chestnut trees are in full bloom at this time of year and they look spectacular.

And as Paris is also known as the city of lights, the Christmas displays are already quietly linked.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take advantage of the foodie scene either, but managed to grab a sandwich at a quaint downtown cafe and have lunch while walking along the Seine.

The highlight of the day, of course, was seeing the Eiffel Tower.

Again, there was no time to go to the top, but there was definitely plenty to see down below.

Music from a saxophonist filled the carnival atmosphere as vendors peddled souvenirs and old Frenchmen played a lively game of Bocce Ball.

I’m glad we got to get a taste of Paris, but the short time there left us wanting so much more.

Next stop? Ireland.