Paris! No amount of adjectives can describe the essence of this city. It has everything that it needs to make it one of the best destinations in the world. The romantic hue to get your gorgeous photographs, the architectural genius to look at, the designer boutiques to shop from and the gourmet diversity is enough to wow a visitor.
The whole city is divided into twenty districts. The launching pad of the trip should be the 1st district. It holds the famous landmark of Arch de Triomphe du Carrousel. From there head to the economic hub of the city, Bourse. You can buy a map and help yourself along with directions. Since the streets are named in a systematic way, you should have no problem getting around.
Paris has a pleasant climate because of the effects from the Atlantic ocean. Both summer and fall are a good time to visit. Winters are moderate and damp.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport is the important airport. Orly international airport is located in the southwest part of the city. Metros connect the famous tourist hotspots. If you want to feel the classic atmosphere, just take the bus.
The River Seine, a World Heritage site, provides another type of transport for travelers.
You can take a boat around Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower, all while you enjoy the lights of Paris. Cars are the worse option in this city because it gets extremely crowded. You can rent a bike and easily wander around the city. Taxis are also a life-saving option in here because they are cheap. But there are few of them and they get stuck in traffic jams in the morning.
Some remarkable tourist destinations are Arc de Triomphe de I’ Étoile (majestic view of the city), Château de Versailles (home of Louise XVI), Notre Dame Cathedral (Gothic architecture), the Catacombs (Underground Cemetery), the Eiffel Tower ( defining landmark), The Louvre (one of the world’s best museums) and the Paris Opera (theater), among others.
Les Champs Elysee is the busiest street in Paris. The name is translated as “The Fields of Elysee”. However, you will find no fields here, but the most luxury shops and restaurants.
La Tour Eifel (The Eifel Tower) is the most famous site not just in Paris, but in the whole France. The lines can take hours, even during the low season. However, for those, who bought a ticket of the Internet, there is a separate entrance. The line there is shorter. Also, if you are limited in time, you can skip this part of Paris, admire the tower from the ground (it is particularly beautiful during the dark time) and watch the Paris from Montmartre hill, which is not worse.
Montmartre is a place of artists and musicians. It also boasts numerous unique monuments, sights, and places. It is an area, where you can wander for hours, every time finding something new and interesting. Also, if you want to have hot chocolate in a traditional French cafe or just lunch with your friends, consider Montmartre, as prices here are twice as low as in the city center. You can have your portrait painted or buy a cute old postcard on Montmartre as well. Sacre Coeur (Cathedral of the Saint Heart) is well worth visiting. This magnificent cathedral crowning the Montmartre hill is definitely a pearl of this part of the city.
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral is a unique example of Gothic architecture, described by Victor Hugo in his eternal novel. It is fabulous on both inside and outside and is definitely worth a visit.
Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums and one of the most popular tourist spots in Paris. The line can be huge during the high season, so it is better to come early in the morning. Plus, with your ticket, you can enter and leave as many times during one day, as you wish, so you can stay in from morning till evening, admiring the Venice, the Mona Lisa, and other famous artifacts, with a break for lunch. Another tip is to get your ticket online, which allows you to use the separate entrance, where you will skip huge lines to the cashiers.
Musee d’Orsey offers a grand collection of impressionism and other modern art styles. It is not as popular as the Louvre, however, waiting in line can still take several hours.
If you are really into impressionism, you can’t miss the Marmottan Monet Museum, located on 2, rue Louis-Boilly. It has a big collection of works by Claude Monet, including his very first work The Sunrise.
Versaille Palace, the residence of King Louis XIV, is also a very famous place in Paris. It is situated in the suburbs, however, can be reached by RER train. It will take you the whole day to wander through beautiful gardens, admiring statues, fountains, and the luxurious interiors of the palace itself.
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September 3, 2016 11:31 am 3 Comments