Paris France Travel Guide - A Vagabond Life
Paris France Travel Guide
Paris France is on the top of everyones bucket list. Everyone has to visit Paris France at least once it their lifetime. Paris one of the most famous cities in the world and attracts more visitors than any other city in the world for good reason.
It is a historical province of France being the one at the centre of power during most of French history.
The city of Paris France has a great many incredible sites and ‘the best’ is always subjective however here are the most popular.
Eiffel Tower – Paris France
The icon symbol of Paris or even France the Eiffel tower, named after its builder Gustave Eiffel was built in 1889 for a world trade fair. One can travel to the top of the Eiffel tower to take in a stunning view of Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris France
Notre Dame Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic Architecture sits on an island in the Seine River, the Île de la Cité. It was begun in 1163 and finished in 1345 and features flying buttresses, portals surrounded by ornate carvings and gargoyles on the roof. You can climb 87 steps to the top of the towers for a panoramic view of the area and a close up view of the gargoyles.
Avenue des Champs Elysees & Arc de Triomphe
Avenue des Champs Elysees – Paris France
Arguably the most famous street in the world the Champs Elysees extends 1.9 km from the Jardin de Tuileries to the Arc de Triomphe and includes the Place de la Concorde. Originally market gardens it was extended to the Tuileries by Marie de Medici in 1616 and then transformed by André Le Nôtre in 1667 by order of Louis XIV. By the late 18th century the avenue had become very fashionable. The avenue has been the scene of a number of historic military marches the most notable being the infamous march of German troops celebrating the Fall of France of on 14 June 1940, and the two most famous were the marches of Free French and American forces after the liberation of the city in August 1944.
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe sits at the western end of the Champs Elysees and honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Napoleon at the peak of his power and completed in 1836. The arch stands 164 feet tall and the viewing platform can be accessed via an underground passage and then 284 steps or a lift.
The Louvre Palace
The Louvre Palace – Paris France
The Louvre Palace sits on the Right Bank of the Seine and was once a royal palace. The building dates back to medieval times, its present structure has evolved in stages since the 16th century. It was the seat government in France until it was moved to Versailles by Louis XIV in 1682. The Louvre remained the formal seat of government until the end of the Ancien Régime in 1789. Since then it has housed the Musée du Louvre which has a collection of over 1 million works of art, of which about 35 000 are on display, spread out over three wings. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the Antiquity up to the mid 19th century. Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre – Paris France
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre Sacre-Coeur, as it is commonly known is a stunning church and minor basilica that sits high on a hill in Montemarte over looking the city of Paris. Dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus this lovely church is both a political and cultural monument. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. Climb the 300 steps to the Dome for an even better view. While visiting Sacre-Coeur take some time to wander through the winding streets of Montmarte, an ancient part of France that has long attracted artists and has a number or quaint houses and many restaurants.
Luxembourg Gardens – Paris France
Luxembourg Gardens is situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond. There is also an orchard with a variety of old and forgotten apples, an apiary for you to learn about bee-keeping and greenhouses with a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues spread throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud. There are many activities and facilities for children such as puppets, rides and slides. Adults, whether they are Parisians or tourists, can play chess, tennis, and bridge or remote control boats.
The Palace of Versaille
The Palace of Versaille
The Palace of Versaille is a stunning palace surrounded by formal gardens 20 kms from Paris. Originally built as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII Versaille it was expanded by Louis XIV to become one of the largest palaces in the world. The royal court and government was moved here in 1862. Louis XV and XVI continued to expand and develop the buildings and grounds which included the gardens. When abandoned by the royal family during the French Revolution the much of the furniture and art was sold by the government with only items of artistic of intellectual significance being spared. Versailles is now a museum of major importance in France and one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.
Take a day trip from Paris to the stunning Monet’s Garden at Giverny where the famous artist lived from 1883 to 1926. Many of his most known paintings were done here including “Nympheas” the water lily scene. The Japanese bridge crossing the famous water-lily pond also featured in Monet’s paintings. Monet’s Garden is 75 km from Paris, you can get there by train and then bus or organise to take a tour. Tours often combine Monet’s Garden and The Palace of Versailles in the same day.
World Destination Guide
There are 195 countries in the world stretching across seven continents – so there is an awful lot to see.Where to begin? Many people are inspired by a movie they have seen or a story they have heard, or a desire to see the land of their ancestors.
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