Paris


Paris

Paris

Paris has been given many sobriquets throughout the centuries. It has been called “The City of Light” because of its role in providing education and intellect. People go there to pursue many opportunities in various fields, such as fashion, art, and literature.

It is also “The City of Love” because of its romantic ambiance and the beautiful landmarks that make you fall in love with the city and with whoever you are traveling with. It may also intrigue you to adore random strangers as you roam around.

Location and Climate

Paris’s growth is owed to its location as it is located at the crossroads of water and land. This has also been significant to France’s and Europe’s economic growths. This location has influenced its climate as well. It has a fair temperature most days, especially in Spring and Summer.

On the other hand, in winter, the wind can get sharp, and the weather may be cold, and the snow falls on most days, creating beautiful scenery.

Charles de Gaulle Airport

One of the largest airports in the world is Charles de Gaulle, which is located in Paris. It comes second to the one that exists in Heathrow, London. It has three terminals that are connected by a light-rail shuttle.

The second terminal has many interconnected lobbies. It is easy to get to it from anywhere in Paris by booking a transfer service that the airport provides, a taxi, a Roissybus, or a night bus.

Places to Visit

When you visit Paris, you need to make sure that you visit the main landmarks as well as the hidden gems. This city offers many historical and modern sightseeing locations. Even if you have heard many people saying that Paris is overrated, it is not if you know what to visit.

The Eiffel Tower

It is impossible to visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower, as it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It is 324 meters high, so the view is breathtaking from the top. The tower was meant to last for twenty years only, but it survived to this day by being refined through experiments, and it became the heart of many events that attract people from all over the world. You can also enjoy a meal in one of its restaurants while looking at the lights.

The Seine

Another way to discover the city is to take a cruise in the Seine that runs through the heart of Paris. You will get to spend quality time with your loved ones while enjoying the various monuments and streets.

The Parisian-style buildings will capture your heart and eyes because they are unparalleled in their beauty. You can also have dinner on the boat and enjoy a dining experience that you won’t have anywhere else in the world.

The Moulin Rouge

You won’t fully grasp the essence of Paris without going to the Moulin Rouge. It is as beautiful as it has been described by many artists like Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. If you have watched the movie Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman, you will be eager to have an exceptional evening at this place. It is full of astonishing decorations with performances you have never seen before.


The Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Notre-Dame Cathedral was constructed from the beginning of the 11th century to the 14th century. It is mainly influenced by Gothic architecture but with some alterations to avoid the typical classic outlook. It is a masterpiece that has been delicately planned and built. It has rosy windows and magnificent bells.

The Louvre Museum

Museums are great places to witness pieces of art from all over the world. One of the museums that you will find a lot of masterpieces is The Louvre. It has been estimated that it may take you nine months to see every piece on display! The collection has been growing day after day, that it now houses 460,000 works of art. However, the ones on display are 38,000 pieces only. They are spread out in eight galleries that categorizes them according to the era or the places they are from.

Avenues

If you want to take off the tourists’ shoes and become one of the people in Paris, you can stroll around the city on foot. This is the best way to discover the hidden gems that you won’t see in the trips’ itinerary. For instance, go for a picnic in the Champ de Mars Park or the Trocadéro Gardens.

While walking, you will see the Quai-Branly Museum, which is mainly dedicated to the arts of Africa and Asia. It was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. The place contains 4,000 works of art that are worth seeing. Another fascinating building is the Hôtel des Invalides, which is more than just a place to stay. It originally housed war veterans, and it was also a military hospital. You can also visit the tomb of Napoléon I that is located near the Dôme.

One of the most beautiful avenues in Paris is the Champs Elysées. If you want to see the luxurious part of Paris, this is the street you should hit. It has many famous high-end brands, international cuisines, and cinemas.

The old Paris, which is located on the right bank, is as pretty as the new one, and it deserves a visit. It is now called the Marais neighborhood, and it welcomes everyone. Due to its diversity, the real estate prices there have skyrocketed, and it is hard to rent a house, let alone buy one. You will find there some houses with Haussmannian architecture, old bookstores, and trendy bars.

The Garnier Opera House

If you are into ballets, operas, and concerts, then the Garnier Opera House is a must-visit landmark. It is one of the most spectacular Italian-inspired architecture. It also has new elements that weren’t used back in 1875, such as mosaic. It was used to decorate the gallery vaults that end in the grand hall.

Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris that gives the city its identity. Building it took thirty years. It is located in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, near the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and the Place de la Concorde.

Many military celebrations were held there, such as that of Napoleon’s I. The coffins of many famous French artists and heroes were there, such as that of Victor Hugo. Nowadays, it marks the end of the Tour de France bicycle race. Furthermore, it is where the parade for National Day and Bastille Day begins.

Paris is rich in its history, architecture, literature, and monuments. It is the city where you will find your passion, fall in love, or pursue your career. If you have never been abroad, picking Paris as your first destination is one of the best options you have.

This is because you will never run out of places to visit or things to do. It doesn’t matter if you choose to walk around, take a boat, or dine in a fine restaurant, being there will feel like living in a fairytale.


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