Paris the Elegant, Romantic Capital
Paris is a major global city and a hub for fashion and the arts. The capital of France is a unique and cherished city and one of the most visited in the world.
Besides having the most popular tourist attraction in the world (Eiffel Tower), there is much to explore around the city and even in the backstreets, which will make you fall in love. A great number of landmarks, world-famous institutions, popular parks add to this majestic city making it an ideal and popular destination.
Start touring the city at point zero in France (Distances from Paris are calculated starting at this point). Notre-Dame de Paris, the Gothic Cathedral is at the centre of Paris. The construction of this masterpiece lasted almost 300 years therefore one can notice a number of different styles and influences. Stone gargoyles, carved doors, sculptures and windows make this monument delightful. Make sure to visit the interior and if possible climb the tower for a great view.
From here you can walk to the most visited and most famous museum in the world, The Louvre. The vast, multi-level maze of galleries, passageways can take up days to see and it is recommended you plan a visit according to your own interests.
Extending from the Louvre, along the Seine stroll around the Jardin des Tuileries. The Jardin des Tuileries is not as lush and green as the Jardin du Luxembourg (also worth visiting), but it is vast and central, and always busy.
Located at the highest point of Paris is Montmartre, a picturesque area with Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the popular Place du Tertre. Place du Tertre is where tourists can browse around, or relax on patios of famous bistros and restaurants as artists paint and draw in public.
Climbing the many steps to the top of the hill will get you to a breathtaking view over Paris, the white-domed basilica is worth visiting as well. It’s a lovely place to sit and catch the sunset.
Not far from Montmartre, you can get a nice view of the red mill of Moulin Rouge, the music Hall of Paris. Built in 1889, it was first a café-concert place with various attractions. A restaurant allows patrons to dine while being entertained.
Another symbolic monument to visit is Arc de Triomphe located at the western end of Champs-Élysées. This structure was designed to honour all warriors who fought for France. On the premise you can find a tomb of an Unknown Soldier. The arch stands at over 51 metres, and is the second largest triumphal arch. At the top of the arch, a platform gives you a great view of the city.
Walk from Arc de Triomphe down the broad avenue des Champs-Elysées. On each side of this prestigious and famous avenue in Paris, luxury speciality shops, cinemas, cafés with patios and restaurants can be found. During a visit ensure to take a beautiful/romantic cruise on the Seine River as it runs through the heart of the city. Thirty-seven bridges cross over the River Seine within Paris and this tour will definitely give you a different view on the major landmarks.
And of course, one can’t forget the famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. The uniquely designed shape allows the iron structure to withstand strong wind forces. The symbol of Paris was built to be a temporary structure but remained standing. The first two towers are accessible by stairs and elevators but the third tower is only accessible by elevator.