Paris is the capital of France and it is one of the most wonderful cities in the world. It is filled with gigantic architectures, amazing castles, creative monuments and beautiful arts. It is highly attractive to tourism and transportation served by major railway, highway and two international airports: Charles de Gaulle and Orly. This post introduces the most attractive things to do while you are in Paris, France.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. It was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair and now it has become the most visited monument with an entrance fee in the world. The tower is 324 meters tall, and it is the tallest structure in Paris. Also, the tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level's upper platform is 276 m above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift.
The Louvre is the world's most-visited museum, and a historic landmark in Paris, France. It is the home of some of the best-known works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. At any given point in time, approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are being exhibited. Despite COVID 19 pandemic the Louvre still topped the list of most-visited art museums in the world. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II, Undoubtedly 0ne of the best art museums in the world.
Napoleon I commissioned the triumphal arch in 1806—after his great victory at the Battle of Austerlitz (1805)—to celebrate the military achievements of the French armies. The arch, designed by Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin, is 164 feet (50 meters) high and 148 feet (45 meters) wide. It sits in a circular plaza from which 12 grand avenues radiate, forming a star (étoile), which is why it is also called Arch of Triumph of the Star. The Tour de France bicycle race ends near it each year, and the annual military parade marking July 14—known both as French National Day and Bastille Day—begins its journey at the arch.
The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 40 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution. Today the Palace contains 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, 1.9 kilometers long and 70 meters wide, running between the Place de la Concorde in the east and the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. It is known for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, as the finish of the Tour de France cycling race, as well as for its annual Bastille Day military parade. It is commonly regarded as the "most beautiful avenue in the world".
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, the flagship store, is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. It is a 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq ft) fashion flagship store. A wide range of brands are available at the store to suit all budgets, from ready to wear to haute couture. The architecture of the store is art nouveau, with a remarkable dome and a panoramic view of Paris that has made it a tourist attraction of the French capital city. Galerie Lafayette , Mostly dedicated to fashion, also has other offers and services like Food, Restaurants and bars, Cultural exhibitions. You can also discover exceptional fragrances and purchase the best French perfumes such as Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium, and Lancôme’s Miracle. Altogether, the Galeries Lafayette and its three buildings offer up more than 750,000 square feet of shopping and dining.
The Seine River is the most important river in France, both for its route, its commercial and tourist wealth, and for being an inseparable icon of fame that accompanies the multifaceted Parisian life. The Seine is the second longest river in France, after the Rhone , although part of it moves through Swiss territory. If you are in Paris, you need to see the sights. Going on a cruise on the River Seine is one way to get a pretty good overview of where everything is as Paris is a large, spread out city. The cruise was a nice way to spend an hour or so, on the river, enjoying and seeing some of the well-known Paris landmarks from a different perspective.
Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris. The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. It is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche. Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.
The Palais Garnier, also known as Opéra Garnier, is an opera house at the Place de l'Opéra in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was built for the Paris Opera from 1861 to 1875 at the behest of Emperor Napoleon III. Created by the architect Charles Garnier in 1875, the Palais Garnier houses a prestigious auditorium and public areas (grand foyer, rotonde des abonnés, salons), a museum-library, as well as several rehearsal studios and workshops. The “Italian-style” auditorium, with its ceiling painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall, can accommodate 2054 spectators. With nearly 480,000 visitors each year, it is one of the most visited monuments in Paris. It has been listed as a historical monument since 1923.
A free public garden in more than 55 acres, The Tuileries Gardens take their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici built the Palais des Tuileries in 1564. André Le Nôtre, the famous gardener of King Louis XIV, re-landscaped the gardens in 1664 to give them their current French formal garden style. The gardens, which separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, are a pleasant place for walking and for culture for Parisians and tourists; Maillol statues stand alongside those of Rodin or Giacometti. The gardens’ two ponds are perfect places to relax by. The Musée de l’Orangerie, where visitors can admire the works of Monet, is in the south-west part of the Tuileries. From March to December, free tours in French are organized. Lovers of candyfloss and fairground rides will enjoy the Fête des Tuileries, from June to August.
The Jardin du Luxembourg or the garden of Luxembourg is one of the greenest places in Paris. It is located in the sixth arrondissement and remains the second largest public park in entire Paris. Stretching across an area of 60 acres, this garden is a remarkable sight and has been one of the most preferred destinations for visitors arriving in Paris. Its location in the heart of Paris has made it the ideal spot for relaxation by Parisians as well as tourists and remains the perfect example of Renaissance garden design. With its array of splendid trees, fountains, and majestic statues of many mythological figures and prominent personalities of the time, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful attractions in Paris.
Tucked away in the little side streets behind the Sacré-Coeur, you’ll find plenty of quirky architecture, trailing vines and narrow cobbled lanes. And if you really look hard enough (and walk around the area for long enough) you’ll also stumble upon Le Clos Montmartre, a hidden vineyard and one of the last remaining vines in central Paris. The harvest is done by hand and the vinification by the most natural way : with indigenous yeasts, without sulfur, without enzymes and without any chemical input. The red wines are vinified in semi-carbonic way, according to a well-defined method resulting from three generations. The principle is to create a sort of mille-feuilles. Then, the juices are aged in barrels or in used casks. The white wines are aged in large containers to preserve freshness, carbon dioxide and avoid the woody taste. Nearby you’ll find hidden gems like the Musée de Montmartre, Renoir Gardens and Place Dalida– what may well be the prettiest square and street in all of Paris!
In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the plain of Montrouge. The first evacuations were made from 1785 to 1787 and concerned the largest cemetery in Paris, the Saints-Innocents cemetery. Descend under the streets of Paris and tour the tunnels lined with Human bones.
On June 6, 1944, allied soldiers from America, Great Britain and Canada landed on 5 beaches of Normandy for D-Day (also known as operation Overlord) to help the French from the Nazis. This operation was the turning point of the conflict as it marked the beginning of the end of WWII. In 2014, Normandy celebrated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day. It is highly recommended this place for those who love history or for those who want to discover more about the Normandy landings, or for the families who want to pass on the flame of memories to the youngest generations. Have a day trip to the “D-DAY” beaches of Normandy.
Disneyland Paris, formerly Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Chessy, France, a town located 32 km (20 mi) east of the centre of Paris. It encompasses two theme parks, many resort hotels, Disney Nature Resorts, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course, in addition to several additional recreational and entertainment venues. Disneyland Park is the original theme park of the complex, opening with the resort on 12 April 1992. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002, 10 years after the original park's opening. Disneyland Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. Within 25 years of opening, 320 million people visited Disneyland Paris, making it the most visited theme park in Europe. The Parisian resort is the second Disney park to open outside the United States following the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983 and is the largest Disney resort to open outside of the United States. Disneyland Paris is also the only Disney resort outside of the United States to be completely owned by The Walt Disney Company. According to the Disneyland Paris website the theme park's top five attractions in Disneyland Park are It's a Small World, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (formerly known as Space Mountain: Mission 2), Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. It's a Small World, located in Fantasyland, takes visitors on a musical tour of world attractions. Star Tours and Hyperspace Mountain (which is a roller coaster) are situated in the Discoveryland district; Big Thunder Mountain is a mine train roller coaster within Frontierland; Pirates of the Caribbean is located in Adventureland; and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, also located in Discoveryland, was inspired by the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 and features people attempting to successfully shoot lasers at seemingly moving targets to earn as many points as possible. The park is approximately 4,800 acres, and is divided into two main parks that each hold separate attraction areas within them. The park receives around twelve million visitors a year which makes it the most visited place in Europe .
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre is one of the most visited sites in Paris, and from its perch you can enjoy one of the best views of the city. Many visitors who trek up to the basilica inevitably also visit the restaurants that line it looking for a quick bite or inventive cuisine. A short walk will take you to these great restaurants near Sacré-Coeur. Listed below are some of those best places. Bül, La Mandigotte, L’Accordologue, Koff, La Rughetta, Aux Dés Calés, A modo mio, Sacre-Ceour Crepe Café, Le Lamarck, Le Cabanon de la Butte, Grenouilles Paris, Sur la Route de Plouescat, Bistro Volnay, The Hardware Societe Paris, La Maison du Knafe, L'Afghani, La Brasserie Thai, Signature Montmartre, La Travesia
A cruise starting in Paris is a great way to experience river cruising. You will find some of the great river cruises operating from Paris including Viking River Cruises which boasts the most extensive fleet of river cruises vessels.