Paris has culture and fashion in its DNA.
Located in northern central France and sitting in the arc of the famous river Seine, Paris is one of the world’s most preferred tourist destinations. Distinguished by its superb museums, concert halls, operas, Hausmann’s architecture and world-famous monuments, Paris is rightfully the most visited city in the world. The Tuileries Gardens, designed by Le Notre, in 1664, located between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, provide a bridge from medieval Paris to the modern day. Of the many parks and gardens, the 16th-century Jardin de Luxemburg is perfect for those that want to familiarise themselves with the classic French-style gardens. Full of vibrant flowers, strolling paths, and calming waterfalls, it’s next to impossible not to be blown away. The famous City of Lights is also renowned for the Seine River, as it winds its way across the city, spanned by numerous distinctively ornate bridges while flanked by meandering pathways.
Paris is a testimony to great visionaries
Built in 1889 and designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower comprises the number one, man-made attraction in Paris. Standing over 300 meters, the impressive monument used to be the world’s tallest building. On a clear day, it is possible to see all of Paris from its third level at approx. 280 meters. Every night, you can expect a wonderful sight as the tower is illuminated by more than 300 sodium tint lamps and two light beams that are visible from up to 80 kilometres away.
Besides the Eiffel Tower, tourists can enrich their knowledge of the world by visiting museums, art galleries, and theatres spread out in Paris. For some more architectural miracles, the Pantheon, not only offers stupendous views of the city, but also provides the opportunity to see a neoclassically designed former abbey, where some of the most notable figures in the history of France (see Louis Braille and Victor Hugo) were buried.
The Arc de Triomphe is, of course, a must-see attraction. Constructed in 1836, in honour of Napoleon’s imperial victories, it stands 50m tall and 45m tall and amazes with its intricately decorated arc.
Other attractions worth visiting when in Paris are the Chappelle Exiatoire, the Château de Versailles with its massive gardens and the well-known Hall of Mirrors, the bustling Place de Bastille, the meeting point of 12 avenues the Place Charles de Gaulle surrounding the Arc de Triomphe and, of course, the suburban Disney Resort Paris that is the central attraction for millions of tourists each year.
Finally, the beach areas along the Seine, are specially designed with a different theme for each one, and are completed with complimentary parasols and sand, ready to add to the overall experience in summer.
Paris, birthplace of haute cuisine
Paris is full of places to treat your palate and enjoy your nights. For example, the traditional rotisserie Coq Rico feels like a chic mountain chalet retreat as it sits up at the heights of Montmartre’s Rue Lepic, with elegantly served gourmet poultry dishes, finished up by gargantuan chocolate millefeuille and sharp orange salads. The great thing about Paris is that you can find the traditional French recipes in delicious imaginative versions, such as cream of lentil soup, French toast with Nutella, casserole-baked eggs with mushrooms, and caramel poached pear, among others.
Modern bistros, such as the La Minoir, café-restaurants like La Campana, and restaurant-bars like the prestigious La Famille are some of the venues that can accommodate every taste and desire to please one’s taste buds and have fun.
The Parisian nightlife offers some of the finest venues, some of which are:
- La Cigale Theatre
- The notorious Moulin Rouge cabaret
- The Trianon concert hall
- Tormer cabaret and dance hall La Boule Noir
- The three-floor club/bar/live venue La Machine
- The Le Blue Note bar-club offering live music