On the 18th Aug.2019:
We set off on our maiden foreign tour of 50days from IGIA,Delhi to Amsterdam via Dubai(enjoying the astonishing night views of the city below from the Aircraft)to reunite with son Abhimanyu & daughter in law Akanksha who are settled in Eindhovan-Netherlands.We reached Amsterdam and then to Eindhoven (110km away)by train enjoying very curiously the amazing landscapes and tall buildings on the way .In contrast to big cities, Eindhovan city looked a combination of modern metropolis & typically Brabantse ambience burstling with creativity ,innovation& exciting events that merge design & Technology.After reaching Eindhoven & reuniting with the children, we decided to rest & acclimatize ourselves for a few days planning our travel destinations already on our travel list. In this post I will cover our tour to Paris and Brussels only.
On 31/8/19, We took a 3-day Guided bus tour to Paris and Brussels:
We had a marvellous trip to Paris driving through smooth highways and the panoramic countryside. On the way viewed the Brussels Airport and the picturesque landscapes. Reached hotel IBIS & had a good nights sleep after a tasty dinner. On 01/9/19 after breakfast, we set off for visit of Paris city with historical monuments and buildings of architectural beauty. Had an exciting boatride in the river Seine and the mesmerising view of the Glowing Eiffel Tower in the night. It was so very fabulous. On 02/9/19, We went for our Brussels city tour which boasted of great architectural excellence in all buildings & monuments. The tour to Atomium and Mini Europe was very enchanting and a treat to the eyes. The tour was an unforgetable experience .
About PARIS :
It is the cosmopolitan capital and populous city of France with a population of 2.148 million ,in an area of 105sq km. Since 17th century it has been one of Europe’s major centres of Finance, Arts, diplomacy ,Fashion, Science and Commerce. Paris region has a GDP of 709 billion Euros in 2017.It is the second most expensive city in the world after Singapore and ahead of Zurich, Hongkong, Oslo,& Geneva(as per cost of living survey-2018).It is located in north of France on river Seine. It has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, it is dubbed as the City of light and Capital of fashion. River Seine is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Official language is French .Currency is Euro being part of European Union. Prime minister: Edouard Phillipe, President: Emanuel Macron. Budget Hotels; Baymont, La Quinta Inn ,Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn. Quality Inn ,Paris Inn ,Motel 6, Kings Inn.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
1) Eiffel Tower 2)Notre Dame de Paris, 3)Loure Museum, 4)Arc deTromphe,5)Saint Chappelle,6)Sacre-Coere,7)Ile de la cite,8)Montmatre,9)Placede la Concorde, 10)Palais Garnier, 11)Champ Elysees, 12) Luxemberg Garden,13)Canal Saint Martin,14)Le Marais,14)Rolland Garros Stadium, 15)Pont de arts. 16)Grand Mosque of Paris, 17)Loure Palace, 18)Pont Neuf, 19)Les Invalides, 20)Disneyland Paris.
About BRUSSELS :
It is the Capital of Belgium with Area of 162 Sq km,population 1.2 Million(2019) comprising 19 municipalities apart from major cities of Ghent, Antewerp,Leuven &Waloon Brant.Its the richest region in Belgium as per GDP per Capita. Language:Bilingual-French Dutch.Airports: Brussels,Brussels South& Chaleroi A/P.Currency-Euro.There are about90 museums,Parks,Architectural monuments& bars. Accomodations are available in all ranges from Budget hotels to medium & Luxury class.Hop on &Hop off buses are available at a very reasonable charge of 25Euros for Guided Tours through a Brussels Card plying at regular intervals between Central station,Sablon,Manneken Pis, Royal Palace,Cin Quantenaire,National Basilica,Europian Parliament,Atomium /Mini Europe,Grand Place.The Brussels card may be used for availing admission to museums/monuments,discount on stores,restaurants and bars. Some Specialities of Brussels are Chocolate and beer .
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF BRUSSELS:
1)Grande palace,2)Cathedral of Michael& Saint Gudula,3)Brussels Stock Exchange,4)Le Cracheur fountain,5)Royal St.Hubert Galleries6)Museum Square7)Brussels park8)Royal Palace9)Royal conservatory 10) Fountain of Minerva,11)Anneessens,12)Egmont palace,13)Lady of Sablon,14)Palace of justice, 15)Hale Gate ,16)Le Bellone, 17)Castle Laeken ,18)Martyrs Square 19)Errupting Mt. Veruvious,
20)MINI EUROPE :
All of Europe animated in miniature.Its a miniature park with Area 2400sqmt located in Bruparch at the foot of Atomium in Brussels at a display scale of 1:25.About 80 cities and 350 buildings are represented with trains ,mills,cable cars. It was an amazing tour to discover European Union:its culture & beautiful monuments.Best example of”Learning with Entertainment”. A must see destination.
The “Correspondent of France hi Europe magazine” has suggested to discover one of the most beautiful, charming& picturesque village in Southern France 700km from Paris: LES BAUX DE PROVENCE ,15 km from Arlles and 25km from Avignon,is a 13th- century medieval village.It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountain set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle which is painstakingly being restored being a popular tourist attraction(Around 1 million people/year).Its only 15 km from Arlles-the residence of Vincent Van Gaugh who is a renowned Dutch legend. From time to time many exhibitions/Light & Sound shows are organised for the tourists such as 1)2010- Leonardo de Vinci for his significant works. 2)2012- Van Gough -Painter of Colours. 3)Latest Exhibition on Van Gough Starry Night from 1st Mar.to 5th Dec.2020. for the actual enthusiasts.