‘The City of Lights’ has so many attractions and activities for every tourist. However, your Paris vacation is incomplete without a visit to these nine iconic attractions.
Situated along the banks of the River Seine, Paris has been romancing visitors with its magical ambiance and timeless beauty since time immemorial. It is home to several world-famous monuments such as the Notre-Dame, the Champs-Elysees Boulevard, and of course the Eiffel Tower. However, if you truly want to experience the charm of this city, take a stroll through the quaint cobblestones streets or try delicious puffed pastries at one of the elegant tea salons. The entire city of Paris seems like an open-air museum due to the iconic architecture of the buildings here.
If you are a shopaholic, a Paris vacation would be a dream vacation for you because this city is synonymous with style. When in Paris, fashion shopping is a must as the city is at the forefront of the international trends. You can count on this city to provide you with stylish shopping avenues, right from the vintage shops and flea markets to the bookshops and department stores. One of the best ways to experience the iconic French food is to visit the patisseries, fromageries, the vibrant street markets, and the bakeries. There are numerous dining options here if you want to try the exquisite French cuisine, including the three-Michelin star restaurants and cozy bistros.
The city of Paris is a paradise for art connoisseurs with its celebrated artistic pedigree. Masters such as Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Dali, Edouard Manet, and Van Gogh worked and lived in Paris over a number of years. It is home to several incomparable grand museums such as the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou. Art lovers are in for a treat when you visit Paris because this is the only city where you will find art collections in every genre that you can possibly imagine.
There is so much that you can do on a Paris vacation, including visiting the Louvre to catch a glimpse of the mysterious ‘Mona Lisa’, exploring the spectacular café scene in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, or wandering along the distinctive Latin Quarter. You will find that Paris casts a spell of enchantment on you every corner you turn, and this spell just gets stronger with every attraction you visit. For those of you who believe love at first sight is a myth, you will be blown away by this city. All it takes is just one visit from you, to fall in love with Paris. After all, this is ‘the City of Love’. You will be overwhelmed by the amount of attractions that this city has to offer. However, there are some iconic attractions that must be seen on your Paris vacation.
This is most iconic attraction of this city and may as well be the most famous monument in the world. Did you know when Alexander-Gustave Eiffel first unveiled this structure in 1889, it was dismissed as a monstrosity? Hard to believe that the same structure is now a symbol of eternal love, isn’t it? Your Paris vacation is incomplete without a visit to this tower which stands 307 meters tall. There are three levels on this tower, the first one is at 57 meters and the second one is at 115 meters, both of these levels can either be reached by climbing a total of 704 steps or by taking an elevator. The third level is at a dizzying height of 276 meters and can only be reached through an elevator ride. Do not forget to click lots of pictures of some of the stunning views of the Paris cityscape when you are here. This tower is home to one of the Michelin-starred restaurant, the Restaurant le Jules Verne, which features expansive windows and serves gourmet meals. This is the perfect location for you to profess your love to your partner on your Paris vacation.
If there is any other iconic landmark of Paris which rivals the Eiffel tower, it is the Arc de Triomphe. Dedicated to the French armies of the Revolution, it was Napoleon who ordered the construction of this building in 1806. It was designed by JF Chalgrin and features reliefs depicting the departures, glorious returns, as well as the victories of the French armies. When you visit this landmark on your Paris vacation, you will see that more than 600 names of generals are carved on the inner surface of the arch. Go to the viewing platform to see the panoramic views of the 12 avenues radiating from the Place de l’Etoile.
Once the home of France’s Kings, today the Louvre is considered to be the world’s greatest art museum. It is home to over 30,000 works of art, right from medieval art to the 15th to 19th century European paintings. Due to the sheer size of this art gallery, it is impossible to see each and every piece of art in one visit. The best way to explore the Louvre is to take a tour of the highlights or by focusing on particular galleries like Italian Renaissance art and the classical sculpture. When you visit this museum on your Paris vacation, you have an opportunity to see some of the most famous art pieces including Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo, and Botticelli’s frescoes.
The Palace of Versailles is the historical site where the famous Treaty of Versailles was signed, which ended the First World War. It is located about 30 to 40 minutes from the city of Paris and must be included on your list of places to see during your Paris vacation. This former seat of power is home to the picturesque Versailles Gardens as well as the world-renowned Hall of Mirrors. When you are visiting this Chateau, ensure that you wear comfortable shoes and carry water because there will be a lot of walking involved!
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