The city of love, right?
I want to talk about Paris because it’s a beautiful city, that I like to visit and revisit from time to time. I have the advantage to have family living in Paris, so it gives me the opportunity to go there sometimes.
The Eiffel Tower
The symbol of France is by far my favorite building. I don’t know why, but every time I go to Paris, I must stop by the Eiffel Tower. I just love its look and its powerful image.
The Eiffel Tower is located in the Champs de Mars. It was erected in 1889, and is 324 meter (1,063 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in Paris. Its name come from the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company built and designed the tower. It is open to visitors, who can go up to its third floor either by the stairs or by the elevator to enjoy a wonderful view of Paris. There are also 2 restaurants: one on the first floor, the 58 Tour Eiffel, and on the second floor, the gourmet Jules Verne that has its private lift.
- I think that is THE thing people should see in Paris. I mean everyone has heard about the Eiffel Tower, and it is one of the most visited monuments. The best is to see it at night, when its lighted and normally every 5mins, it will shine!
If you ever want to visit the Eiffel Tower, here is a website where the prices are available (and frankly I thought it would be more expensive than that).
In order to access the Eiffel Tower, the closest subway station is the Bir-Hakeim and the closest RER station is Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel.
The Arch of Triumph
It is one of the most famous monument in Paris. It is located at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the west end of the Champs-Elysées, and was inaugurates in 1836. It represents and honors those who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Under its vault, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers from WWI.
- If you are going to the Champs Elysées, you will necessarily see the Arch of Triumph. It’s something to see, and has a strong meaning, so do not skip it!
The closest subway and RER stations are the Charles de Gaulle – Etoile. You can also access the Arch to have a view of Paris as well. This website has the prices and additional information.
The Louvre is one of the finest art galleries in the world, and is a testament to French culture and European art history. The first Louvre Museum opened during the French Revolution, in 1793, with a collection of only 537 paintings. It contains classic works from the Mona Lisa (present since 1911 when it got stolen, and now protected by a bullet proof glass) to the Venus de Milo and hundred of thousand of pre-historic object and classic and modern works of art. The Tuileries Gardens are adjacent to the Louvre.
- I went to the Louvre once, a few years back, and it was crazy! I mean the museum is so big that you cannot see everything in 1day. You definitely have to take 2 to 3 days to make it through everything. Of course, it is worth to see (especially since the Mona Lisa is there! But careful: you might be surprised by its size, it’s SO small! I did not expect that frankly :))
It can be accessed by the subway stations Palais Royal- Musée du Louvre and Louvre-Rivoli. Visit this official Louvre Museum website for visits, prices, exhibitions, and additional information.
The Tuileries Gardens
The Tuileries Gardens were created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, and opened to the public in 1667 after which it became a public park. It is known as the place where the Parisians celebrated, relaxed, promenaded, and met during the 19th and 20th century. The Tuileries are located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, and are composed of numerous public figures gardens. You can find many sculptures all around the gardens.
The Grand Carré is the eastern part of the garden, which has feature of typical gardens à la française. The round bassin present there was the private garden of the King under Louis Philippe and was protected by a fence. The Grand Couvert is the part of the garden covered with trees. You can find 2 museums at the Tuileries: the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume.
There is the Jardin du Carrousel (Carrousel Garden) or Place du Carrousel, which central feature is the Carrousel Arch of Triumph , built to celebrate Napoleon’s victories. It also had a collection of 21 statues by Aristide Maillol, which are now in the Tuileries garden since 1964.
- I have spent some time going around the Tuileries Gardens. I mainly walked through the main aisle (the Grand allée). I like the atmosphere of the garden, you see people around relaxing, playing, reading… and the gardens are beautiful to see.
The closest subway stations are the Concorde and the Tuileries, the RER Musée d’Orsay, and many buses go there as well. If you need additional information, visit this website.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
It is a Roman catholic church with a minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is located on the heights of Montmartre, the highest point of the city.
- I think that the first time I went there was last year, and it was worth the trip! The Basilica is stunning, and what I liked the most is the view that you have from there! A nice thing to do would be to visit the church and basilica, and then just sit on the stairs and contemplate the landscape, because it’s breathtaking.
The closest subway stations to get there are Anvers and Abbesses. Then, you will have to take the funiculaire to get to the top, or the stairs. Get more information here.
That’s only a part of what should be seen in Paris! The next will come in another article 🙂
I hope you will enjoy those first places.
A bientôt 😉
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