Paris; Travel Back In Time Via Its Monuments...
Notre-Dame is a masterpiece of gothic architecture, situated in
the heart of Paris; completed in the 13th century, it inspired
the greatest writers including, of course, Victor Hugo; Paul Claudel
discovered his faith here one Christmas night... Its enormous
nave extends over three floors and the walls are bathed in the
light which enters through its large rose windows.
Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees
Catherine Medici has this avenue planted with trees: hence the
birth of the Champs Elysees. On leaving the Concorde, you will
visit the Petit and the Grand Palais. At the other end, Napoleon
had the Arc de Triomphe erected. Next came the colossal sculptures.
Nowadays, the recently renovated avenue is one of the finest in
the world and, under the Arch, the tomb of the unknown soldier
pays hommage to those who died during the First World War. Situated
close by, the Grande Arche de la Defense, a symbol of modernity
and an exceptional architectural success, shelters the "Arche
de la Fraternite", dedicated to the Rights of Man.
The citadel of the Louvre which Francois I enriched with a Renaissance
wing, nowadays extends over some 18 hectares. This is the largest
museum in the world with its 400,000 works including its fabulous
paintings. The glass pyramid which stands in the Napoleon court
provides a truly astonishing entry into the world of art.. To
be explored during several visits.
Some Places to Visit..
Place des Vosges, created at the request of Louis XIII, is the
jewel of the district of Marais. Its symmetrical houses with their
red and golden walls, make this one of the most beautiful areas
of Paris. Visit the Marais whose private dwellings are now homes
to museums; that of Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of
Paris and in the Hotel Sale you will meet Picasso. Place Vendome
is octagonal in shape and has elegant white facades and prestigious
buildings. The Place de la Concorde which Louis XV insisted should
be vast, later became the Place de la Revolution; Louis XVI and
Marie-Antoinette, Danton and Robespierre were all guillotined
here. The obelisk of Loukshor was given to France by the vice-king
of Egypt in 1829.
The Eiffel Tower
It is thanks to the Republic that the wide avenues were opened
by Haussmann, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. With its 7000
tones of iron it stands 300 meters tall; on the second floor,
its restaurants and shops offer superb panoramic views. At its
feet flows the Seine both are the very essence of Paris! Cross
the bridge of Iena and you will find the Trocadero with its gardens
and the Palais de Chaillot.
Districts Of Paris
Montmartre and Sacre Coeur on its hill: It was here that Picasso
and Braque invented cubism. Toulouse-Lautrec painted the dancers
of the Moulin Rouge. Apollinaire and Boris Vian lived here. The
Quartier Latin retains its fascination for knowledge and learning:
the Sorbonne, the highly reputable lycees, the universities and
the College de France. A little further on you will find the quartier
Saint-Germain famous for its great era of existentialists and
Juliette Greco. Also to be seen, the very typical district of
la Butte aux Cailles... And in the Ile Saint-Louis, wander through
the charming narrow streets lined with former private dwellings...
Boutiques To Devour !
Some of the most delicious moments of your stay might be centered
around a typically Parisian activity - window shopping. Take time
to enjoy the superb haute couture of the 8th arrondissement, and
to visit the perfumers around the magnificent Opera-Garnier. The
antique shops in the splendid arcades of the Palais Royal surround
Buren's 252 columns which define the space in black and white.
And then, as you continue your promenade, you will encounter numerous
bookshops, the districts with the most exclusive fashions and
the great coiffeurs, the jewelers, the chocolate-makers.. so much
to devour that you will not be able to stop walking
Paris Nights and Entertainment
The Palais Garnier and the Opera Bastille are bursting with quality
and talent - as of course are all the theaters, the theater de
la Ville, du Chatelet de la Comedie Francaise and so manor morel
not forget-ring its hundreds of cinemas. Enjoy the gastronomy;
typical Parisian restaurants, fashionable restaurants, the restaurants
of great Chefs, the choice is yours. And then you have the whole
night ahead of you to enjoy the festivities, the lively cabarets;
Paris by night lives up to its reputation!
See the Paris of Today and Tomorrow
Take the bateau mouche - one of the most picturesque ways of exploring
Paris. Also visit the gardens, the jardins du Luxembourg, the
jardins des Plantes with their Grande Galerie totallyredesigned,
the very latest Parc Andre Citroen, a gigantic multi-facetted
garden. Between the gardens and your moments of contemplation
take time to visit the cemetery of Pere Lachaise, where Victor
Hugo, Proust, Sartre, Chopin, la Callas and Jim Morrison were
all laid to rest.
Discover the new district of Bercy, to the east of Paris; Here
you will find the Palais Omnisports,the new Ministry of Finance,
the National Library of France which will offer both the general
public and researchers an extraordinary wealth of literary heritage.
In the former abbatoirs of le Villette, you will find the great
Halls of Science and Industry and, nearby the new National Academy
of Music... a lively district with astonishing architecture.
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