Paris seduces you like no other city in the world. From romantic street cafes to high end boutiques and an iconic museum scene, the charms of the City of Lights are legendary. With so much to do and see, I have narrowed everything down to the ultimate of what the city has to offer, in order to provide an engaging experience for everyone.
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- Wander in the Luxembourg gardens
- Explore The Louvre
- Get Awed by the Notre Dame Cathedral
- Scale the Eiffel Tower
- Shop at Avenue des Champ-Elysees
- Climb atop the Arc de Triomphe
- Experience the magic at Disneyland
- Admire the Sacred Heart Basilica
- Get charmed by Las Marais
- Immerse yourself at Musee d’Orsay
- Palais Royal Gardens
- Ride the Bateau Mouche
Wander in the Luxembourg gardens
A hot favourite of Parisians, the Luxembourg gardens located in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Latin Quarter are a hit with walkers and joggers alike.The garden also houses the famous Musee de Luxembourg with its excellent collection of art exhibits.
Explore The Louvre
This is without doubt the ultimate dream of every visitor – The Louvre. Home to such iconic art masterpieces like Mona Lisa and Venus de Millo, this largest museum on earth boasts of other works of art from almost every civilization of the world.
Get Awed by the Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame has few peers as far as beauty and architecture are concerned.The exteriors are framed by the symbolic gargoyles, situated atop the south tower. Apart from being the crowning place of Napoleon, many other kings exchanged vows with their queens on these famous altars.
Scale the Eiffel Tower
The towering landmark of the city of Paris, was the brainchild of Gustave Eiffel, an engineer, who spent nearly two years in erecting this symbolic monument to commemorate the World Exhibition held in 1889. Every night, 20,000 lights do a glittering electrical 5 minute dance,focusing on every girder of the tower.This breathtaking spectacle, continues each hour till 1 am.
Shop at Avenue des Champ-Elysees
The chain of shopping outlets and fast food joints has made Champs-Elysees one of the most elegant and popular avenues in France, if not the world. A hit with locals and foreigners alike, the Champs has something for each person here. With Napoleon’s monument on one side and the Grand Palais on the other, Champs-Elysees is to Paris like the Times Square is to the city of New York.
Climb atop the Arc de Triomphe
Offering a grand sweeping view of the city and the Louvre, the 284 step climb to the top of Arc de Triomphe is worth every bit of the effort. Built in memory of the Unknown Soldier, this is another architectural wonder of the lovely city.
Experience the magic at Disneyland
Disneyland Paris, with a host of theme parks,film studios and the spectacular disney parade is truly a magical place. If you are planning for a real Disney escapade, do not forget to book online. Not only will you avoid the long queues, but you will save a lot of money on the good deals which are on offer from time to time.
Admire the Sacred Heart Basilica
Located on top of the Montmartre hill, the church was built in the late twentieth century, to spread a symbol of moral awareness among the rather brazen region of Montmartre, known more for its nightlife, rather than anything else. It houses one of the largest mosaics of France, depicting Jesus Christ and his sacred heart being glorified by the French church.
Get charmed by Las Marais
A popular place to be during the Paris fashion week and being the capital of the gay people, the Marais is one of the most celebrated place in the city.Lined with little museums, hundreds of small shops and boutiques, this Jewish quarter of Paris sees visitors thronging its streets on weekends, when all the other areas of the city are shut.
Immerse yourself at Musee d’Orsay
Located inside a traditional railway station of Paris, the Musee d’Orsay is the vintage creme de la creme of all art galleries in the capital. Housing exquisite masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and many other illustrious artists, tours highlighting the important areas of the museum are available with English speaking guides every day.
Palais Royal Gardens
One of the best kept secret of Paris are the beautiful and serene gardens inside the 17th century old palace. Once used as a residence of the royals, the manicured gardens, these days, are home to famous boutiques, perfumers and antique outlets.
Ride the Bateau Mouche
The Bateau Mouche boats take you on a sightseeing tour of Paris like no other.Imagine getting a glimpse of the eight important landmarks of the city while passing under the lovely bridges that cross the river Seine. The boats provide everything from a nice four course meal with champagne and operate everyday till 2130 hours. Stops include, Musee d’Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Champs Elysees.
Paris is an year round destination. Even when the tourist season is off, the sidewalk cafes and bookshops along the Seine are always a beehive of activity. These street level sights, too, are equally exciting, and in no way less attractive than the city’s other monumental landmarks.
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