Welcome in this new article, here we are going to talk about Paris, and the most important place sthat you have to visit during your vacation. Stop talking and let’s go !
New York has the Statue of Liberty and London has Big Ben, for Paris is the Eiffel Tower. It is the emblem of the capital. It was built over 2 years by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. It also salutes the centenary of the French Revolution. It is the most beautiful night, when it is highlighted in a sparkling spectacle. 20,000 bulbs flicker every hour for 5 minutes. You can visit it and climb to the top.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées, a real postcard decor that stretches for 2km. This historic axis links the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It has been named the “most beautiful avenue in the world”. It was in the 17th century that Le Nôtre, the gardener of Louis XIV, laid “the first stones”. As for the Arc, climb the 284 steps to the top, up there, you will have a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and the arch of La Défense. Back at the bottom of the bow, you will see the tomb of the unknown soldier who represents all the soldiers who died in war and whose bodies or identities have never been found.
Located on Place Jean-Paul-II on the Ile de la Cité, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is the symbolic heart of Paris and France. Napoleon was crowned here and many kings and queens were married there. Before the fire in 2019, you could discover the incredible interior of the Gothic cathedral and its exterior with the ascent in the towers that gave view of the Parisian capital. Today, you can still admire the beautiful gargoyles that adorn the facade and guided tours of the island allow you to follow the reconstruction.
The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. With 210,000 m² of exhibits, where works from almost every civilization in the world can be found, it is also the largest. The three most popular works are Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo and the Victory of Samothrace. To discover all the wonders of this museum you will have to go there more than once because each corridor houses more works of art than the previous one.
The most famous parks:
Envy of calm and nature, this 25 hectare park is an elegant way to escape the hustle and bustle of the Left Bank. Bordered by Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, these beautiful gardens are adored by Parisians who want to bask in a garden chair in the sun or enjoy a picnic. Children of all ages can race small boats in the pool behind the Senate, take a stroll in the children’s play area, watch a puppet show or take the city’s oldest carousel. Joggers come to run, while others come for a walk in the orchard and apiary, where beekeeping is taught and honey is sold in the fall.
If you are looking for an unusual park, less crowded and with a splendid view, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is definitely worth a visit. Located high in Belleville and often forgotten by weekend enthusiasts who want not to stray too far from the tourist loop, this gem of the 19th arrondissement is one of the most magical places in the city.
This botanical garden is one of the many parks in the heart of Paris, but it is unique. The Jardin des Plantes is a science garden created four centuries ago. Its purpose is to bring together and study plant collections and to welcome the public. Through its planted spaces, remarkable trees, statues and alleys, it offers the visitor a varied and preserved walking environment, still hiding mysterious and peaceful corners. It covers 2.5 hectares and has 300 year old trees. Come and enjoy an aesthetic and sensory experience. You will also find there many museums like the one of evolution which shelters incredible secrets on science and the alive one.
The Tuileries Garden takes its name from the tile factories that stood where Queen Catherine de Medici had the Tuileries Palace built in 1564, which has since disappeared. The famous king’s gardener, André Le Nôtre, gave his current appearance of a French garden in 1664. It separates the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde and is a place for walking and culture for Parisians and tourists where the statues of Maillol rub shoulders with those of Rodin or Giacometti. The two pools are ideal for relaxation. The Orangery Museum in which visitors admire Monet’s works is located southwest of the Tuileries. Today, in December, it is home to the pretty and famous Parisian Christmas market.
The most famous places:
Place de la Concorde is located at the foot of Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Today, it is distinguished by the Luxor Obelisk (3,300 years old with J-C and erected in May 1998), by the prestigious hotels bordering it and by the two monumental fountains. Founded in 1772, Place de la Concorde was first known for being one of the places of execution during the French Revolution. Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were guillotined there. It was between 1836 and 1846 that the architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorf shaped the square to become the one we know today.
Located between the Place des Invalides and the Quai d’Orsay, it highlights the north facade of the Hôtel des Invalides. This hotel is a Parisian monument, the construction of which was ordered by Louis XIV to house the invalids of his armies. Today, it still welcomes invalids, but also the Saint-Louis des Invalides cathedral, several museums and a military necropolis with in particular the tomb of Napoleon I. It is also the seat of high military authorities, such as the military governor of Paris and it brings together many organizations dedicated to the memory of veterans or the support of wounded soldiers.
Louis XIV wanted a grandiose place to embody absolute power in the heart of Paris. And Napoleon was not mistaken in replacing the statue of the monarch, unbolted in 1792, by a column cast in bronze of 1,200 cannons torn from the enemy. But since the Second Empire, luxury has supplanted the politics of the place, and the big names in jewelry have made the Vendôme setting and the rue de la Paix which extends it a flow of diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
The essential monuments:
Since 1986, under the roof of one of the most beautiful stations in Paris, the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay contain the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world: Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin… You will find a collection of decorative art from the Art Nouveau era and a range of sculptures from the 19th century. Relax in the cafe behind the museum’s giant transparent clock. If you don’t want to enter the museum square has a splendid view of the capital, the Seine and the museum.
Located in the bowels of the city, the Catacombs of Paris are arguably the scariest attraction the capital has to offer, with miles of tunnels lined with femurs and skulls of six million dead Parisians. Built 18 meters underground at the end of the 18th century to prevent disease from spreading in downtown cemeteries, the Catacombs are now the scene of an icy walk.
Located in the Bois de Boulogne, this vessel with wavy crystal sails is a museum of contemporary art and cultural center designed by architect Frank Gehry. It has been most captivating on the Parisian horizon since the unveiling of the Pompidou Center in 1977. Commissioned by Bernard Arnault (CEO of LVMH), it houses the important private collection of Arnault, including works by Pierre Huyghe, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Schütte, Ellsworth Kelly, Bertrand Lavier, Taryn Simon, Sarah Morris and Christian Boltanski, among others.
This listed historic monument is a must to add to your list of things to do if you come to visit Paris. You will be amazed by its magnificent facade, its large staircase and of course by its majestic performance hall with its canvas on the ceiling of 220m² painted by Chagall. The Opéra Garnier once housed and still houses the most beautiful ballets and operas in France.
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter on the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, the Pantheon in Paris faces us. This neo-classical monument has been dedicated since the French Revolution to honor great figures who have marked the history of France. If you are passing through Paris and you come to visit the Pantheon, you can see personalities buried there such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Émile Zola, Jean Jaurès, Jean Moulin, Jean Monnet, Pierre and Marie Curie, or Alexandre Dumas.
The most famous districts:
In the footsteps of a battalion of acrobats, we walk the picturesque Butte crowned with the Sacred Heart, the second most visited site in Paris. By taking your time, you also taste the delights of a funny Parisian village. This is one of the districts with authentic charm. The top of the hill can be discovered by taking the funicular or ascending the 222 steps through Square Louise Michel. You will find on the Butte Montmartre many historic places such as: the Place du Tertre and its famous caricaturists, the Dalí area, the Montmartre vineyards, the cabaret of the Lapin Agile, the Montmartre museum… The walk then continues through the many neighborhood streets which each offer a typical Parisian spectacle. As for the Basilica, it’s hard not to believe that you’re going up to heaven when you visit it. This white castle perched at the top of Montmartre offers an inescapable view of the capital. The French government ordered it in 1873, after the devastating years of the Paris Commune and the Franco-Prussian War.
It is by far the best shopping area in Paris. Located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, the old mansions, the superb museums (the Carnavalet museum, the Cognacq-Jay museum and the Picasso museum), the great restaurants, the cafes, the old Jewish quarter of Paris, and the beautiful Place des Vosges make the area an essential activity to do in Paris. Discover the charming streets and the many hidden pleasures of the neighborhood during your visit to Paris. To visit this place no need for a guide, stroll according to your desires. Not far away, you will also find the magnificent Town Hall which boasts a lively square.
Paris seen from the water:
If you are passing through Paris, a Bateau-Mouche cruise is a must. Passing under the most famous bridge in Paris, you will discover on its edges some of the most beautiful monuments in the world. In addition, its green docks offer it all the panoply to be on postcards. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset and the effervescent atmosphere on the quays enlivened with music and many passers-by coming for a drink after their workday. Be aware that it is possible to eat on certain boats or to party there.