Paris is a capital of France, located in the north-central part of the country. For centuries it has been one of the world’s most important and attractive cities. The French capital is at once historic, modern, romantic, intellectual, grandiose and elegantly understated. Its sobriquet “the City of Light” (“la Ville Lumière”) remains appropriate for Paris has retained its importance as a center of education and intellectual pursuits. The city has always been known to have the aura of romance and mystery and has been the setting for many novels and movies.
Places to visit
There are a lot of places you should visit in Paris:
- Eiffel Tower. You couldn’t possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. You will see its top from all over Paris. The tower rises 300 meters tall (984 ft); when it was completed at the end of the nineteenth century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world.
- Louvre. The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world’s most famous museum, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum’s most celebrated works of art include the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo. The museum has a collection of over one million works of art, of which about 35,000 are on display.
- The Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world. This impressive street stretches for almost two kilometers long. At its western end the street is bordered by cinemas, theaters, cafés and luxury shops. On the opposite end, near the Place de la Concorde, the street is bordered by the Jardins des Champs-Elysées, beautifully arranged gardens with fountains and some grand buildings.
- Montmartre. It is officially designated historic district and one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Paris. As a designated historic area, little development is allowed in Montmartre so, thankfully, it has retained much of its character and village-like charm.
- Arc de Triomphe or Arch of Triumph. This is one of the greatest arches in history. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories. The triumphal arch is adorned with many reliefs, most of them commemorating the emperor’s battles.
- Notre Dame Cathedral. Not the largest cathedral in the world, the Notre-Dame might is the most famous of all cathedrals. The Gothic masterpiece is located on the Île de la Cité, a small island in the heart of the city.
It is widely considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.
- Versailles Palace. The magnificent palace of Versailles is a testimony of the Sun King’s extravaganza. The palace and its magnificent formal garden became the model for palaces in Europe. Among the most famous rooms in the palace are the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and the other Grands Appartements (State Rooms).
Location: North-central part of France
Sights: Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral
Hotels: Hotel Victoria Chatelet, Hotel Andrea, Hotel St Merry