Paris

The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant. -T.S. EliotPhoto by Eric@focus

For decades, Paris enchants visitors with its monuments and attractions. This city never loses its popularity and millions of tourists each year make it one of the most visited international destinations. City lights, fashion, culture, romance, fun and excellent cuisine make it not only French, but also truly cosmopolitan capital! Maybe the best way to start the tour is in the cafe with a croissant and French breakfast. After that go to the Ile de la Cité, an island on the river Seine where Notre Dame de Paris, one of the main symbols of Paris.

Legend says that the bishop had a vision of the city’s most beautiful cathedral, and it drew in the dirt next to the future construction site. Its reputation for beauty and unique sculptures soon spread to all over France, and the novel, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ got it famous around the world. How important this cathedral is for the town, proves Point Zero, the main starting point from where all French road measure distances from and is located on the square in front of the church.

Once you cross on the right bank of the Seine, you will reach the Georges Pompidou Center, the building filled with various colors and pipes flanking the main structure and which got contemporary architecture turned upside down. A little further away is the Palais Royal, a palace which is now the home of one of the major French institutions, the National Constitutional Council. Across the street is the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. Annually it is visited by more than 8 million people, and it is a home for the Mona Lisa.

To pay admission you go to glass pyramid in the courtyard, which has become the trademark of the Louvre. In Paris there are many beautiful parks, most notably the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Jardins des Champs-Elysées and the Jardin des Tuileries, which is also the oldest park.

It is in the vicinity of the Opera House, but also the squares and boulevards after whom the city is so famous. First among them is the Place de la Concorde, recognizable by the obelisk from Luxor, and the starting point of the second most expensive street in the world and first in Europe, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

Here you will find the best shops with jewels, perfumes and fashion labels. At the top of Champs-Elysées, Place Charles de Gaulleis located, the focal point of 12 avenues of the city where the Arc de Triomphe stands. The most beautiful Parisian bridge is definitely Pont Alexander III. On the side, is the mega popular Tour Eiffel, ie. The Eiffel Tower, the main icon of the city. Until the beginning of the thirties of the 20th century, it was the tallest creation in the world. Although the inhabitants were not thrilled with it and it had only a temporary purpose for the opening of the World Exhibition, the tower eventually became so popular that it has been visited by more than 235 million people.

Montmartre or “hill of martyrs”, in the past was the home to numerous vineyards and mills, as well as art giants such as Monet, Renoir and Picasso, while today it is the most picturesque district with many artists who give a special charm to this part of the city. In the immediate vicinity is the Pigalle, a place that is most characterized by numerous cabaret, such as the Moulin Rouge and its Can-Can dancers. This is just one part of the entertainment that Paris has to offer. Oberkampf, Place Vendome and Place de la Bastille are parts of the city with the best clubs and nightlife, but if you prefer a quieter experience, we recommend a ride on the Seine on one of the many catering boats.

Pâté, soufflé, mousse, crêpe, cheese or wine, you’ll love French cuisine within seconds! If you have the opportunity, try to visit Versailles, the magnificent royal palace of Louis XIV. There are also Disneyland, Saint Denis or Défense, a modern business district whose main symbol Grande Arche de la Défense.




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