Fly to Paris
Paris is a city full of great wonders and rich in history. There is a vast amount of things to see and do which will keep you busy hours and hours upon end. However with so much going on in Paris, it can be very overwhelming for a tourist. Here are some of the main Paris attractions and sights that aren’t to be missed.
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, the most-visited attraction in Paris. The Eiffel Tower can more or less be seen from anywhere in Paris, however, to appreciate its immense size and incredible architecture a close up view is needed. Inside the tower, displays on the tower's history can be found on the first floor and whilst there you might as well send a postcard to your friends and family from there (as there is a postal branch there). As well as this, there are souvenir shops to browse and restaurants to dine in. At the top be prepared for a great a view of the city, the panoramic guides will tell you what you are seeing. Although it is a must-see if you visit Paris, beware of overcrowding. Weekday mornings would be the best time to appreciate the structure.
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Yet another architectural wonder is the Arc de Triomphe, a highly visited attraction and recognised symbol of Paris. This monument commemorates one of France's most fearless leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte. Reaching the top of the Arc de Triomphe is definitely worth it as you get to see a breathtaking view of the city from there, giving you a unique photo opportunity. Also at the top of the Arc de Triomphe is a small museum and gift shop for you to wonder in.
Another stunning piece of architecture that will leave you in awe is the well known Notre Dame Cathedral. Being absolutely free makes it a treasure for tourists. From time to time the cathedral also hosts several free concerts.
There’s a range of museums to take advantage of whilst in Paris. The Louvre Museum is one of the world's top art museums, with its vast number of exhibits, not to mention it houses the famous Mona Lisa. The museum has a vast range of exhibits, ranging from fascinating Islamic art and Egyptian antiquities to sculptures and art prints. The paintings section includes extensive works from France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and England. After all that exploring you may find that you are hungry, but not to worry as there are several restaurants in the museum. Being the popular museum that it is, early morning weekdays may be the best time to visit to avoid long queues.
If it is modern art and contemporary inventions that interest you, then Centre Pompidou is the perfect place for you. Centre Pompidou ‘s exhibitions revolve around modern art, literature, theatre, film and music. Centre Pompidou is a great magnet for tourists. Another popular museum is the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, especially popular with families with children, having an incredible mix of interactive and interesting exhibits on science. It also features what is called Children's Cité targeting children ages 2 to 12.
One of the most appealing images of Paris is of the Seine River, which runs through the heart of the city. Lovers kiss atop its bridges, action scenes in films have been shot on its banks and it is a subtle symbol of this vibrant city. Be sure to view the various bridges, each of which has its own unique charm and personality.
If you are a lover of fashion, then you are in for treat. Paris is the place to be for fashion especially as you can attend one of the weekly fashion shows at the Paris Galleries Lafayette department store (Grand Magasin).
Paris markets are buzzing with excitement, having an important role in the way of life in Paris. The markets are more than just the usual meat and fresh produce markets, ranging from fine art and flea markets to stamps and antique book markets. With such diverse markets, you can’t afford to miss out on all the bargains. The Marché d'Aligre flea market, is a great spot for all you serious bargain hunters, with its various charming bric-a-brac stalls. Key stops on the market trail are the sprawling Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, the quiet, tree-lined Marché aux Puces de Vanves and the contemporary design market, Les Puces du Design.
Now that you know what do in Paris, you will never get bored. So if it is excitement that you are after in a holiday, Paris is the place to be.
Petra Vaškových, Apr 21, 2011
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