Paris has more well-known milestones than any other city in the world. First time, I arrived in the French Capital with a lot of expectations such as striking panoramas, stunning buildings, romance along the Seine, impish nightclub extravaganzas. Luckily, I explored all such things although with hard efforts. Top ten places that I am going to mention here would address very well about where to visit in Paris.
1. Eiffel Tower, Paris
Eiffel Tower is a giant size structure with a height of 324 meters. It was basically named after its renowned designer Gustave Eiffel. No doubt, it was the tallest structure in the world when it was built at the end of 19th century. Though at the time of its construction it was not supposed to last very long. Yet it competed bravely all sort of environmental and political conspiracies and stands till today.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral is located in the centre of HCMC’s government quarter. It is comprised of two 40m-high square towers. These towers have been tipped with iron spires. A statue of the Virgin Mary is also situated in front of the cathedral.
3. Montmartre & Sacre Coeur, Paris
Basilica of Sacre Coeur is a spectacular catholic church that has been built on a hill, Montmartre. This is the highest point in the city. Walking on Montmartre offers the wonderful view of the whole city. It is the most visited site in Paris. A number of artists entertain the tourists here with their colourful performances.
4. Paris Louvre Museum, Paris
The Louvre is the largest and the most famous museum in the world. It holds Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting of the 16th century. It also holds a largest collection of paintings, sculptures and pieces of artwork. I had to wait a lot to have a look at the Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile. However it was not the worth of trouble that I experienced in a long queue.
5. Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe, Paris
The Champs Elysees is a large shopping mall. Walking down the mall gives the same experience as a walk down New York’s Broadway. Here The Arc de Triomphe is a monument that reminds the Napoleon Bonaparte’s homage to victory.
6. Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg is a very charming park that is spread over 55 acres. When the weather is sunny Parisians reach this park to have sunbath and relaxation. It present a beautiful scene with hustle and bustle everywhere, children playing in park, elders busy in reading and gossiping with their loved ones.
The Palais du Luxembourg is also located here at the northern end of the garden. It was built in Florentine style to placate the nostalgic condition of Marie de’ Medici.
7. Muséed’Orsay, Paris
Musée d’Orsay is located in an old train station that was built around 1900. It holds a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures and other artistic objects that were produced between 1840s and 1914. Out of my curiosity and love for paintings I went straight to upper level and saw the paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Manet and Degas as well as great work by Cézanne, Seurat, Van Gogh and Matisse. On the ground floor there are paintings comprising of early work by Monet, Renoir and Pissarro.
Tickets are valid for all day and you can leave the museum and re-enter as many times as you want during a day.
8. Pompidou Centre (Museum), Paris
This Museum, the biggest one in Europe, is also used as a public library and holds a large collection of books.
The architecture of the building is very magnificent and transparent that has been developed with the use of steel and glass.
9. Palace of Versailles, Paris
Palace of Versailles is situated in the suburb of Paris. However, it is not very far from the city and can be easily visited during day trip. It covers an area of 67,000 square meters and comprises of 2,300 rooms. The surrounding gardens are also a testament to the French monarchy.
10. Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Pere Lachaise Cemetery is popular becasue many celebrities have been buried here. Among such celebrities are included Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and the lead singer for The Doors. In winter it is closed because of slippery conditions.
Where To Visit in Paris: MAP
Consult the following map to explore further about Paris and do not forget taking fresh advice about Paris, France before travelling.