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Paris attracts by its huge number of places of interest, landmarks, museums, exhibitions, shops… Everyone can find something for their taste.
That’s is why it is kind of tricky to choose the most important places to visit. However, I have made a list of those places that can give the best glimpse of the city and will not make you indifferent to this city and even impress you. All this to make you return there once again to new places or even to make you change your mind and stay there longer than it was planned.
So, where would we start?
The best way to get to know Paris is a little boat trip. There are some of them in Paris.
The best one for a sightseeing cruise is Bateaux Parisiens. It starts from the Eiffel Tower, commented in 14 languages including English, French, Russian and will take 1 hour of our time to have a glimpse of the city and its main places to visit and in general make you understand better what you would like to see or which part of the city you would be particularly interesting.
The travel is better to start from the island of Cité. This island is surrounded by 9 bridges and tends to be a historical part of Paris because it is the place where the city emerged. The first inhabitants of this island were Celtic tribes of particles in 3rd century BC. Thanks to them the city got it a name.
The most glaring sightseeing of this island which is known worldwide is Notre Dame Cathedral, Catholic cathedral which was built from 12th to 14th century, then beginning from the 18th century, it was subjected to a lot of modifications and additions beginning from the 18th century.It has managed to survive a lot of events. It was a witness of marriages, coronations, funerals. How many different pieces of art and culture worshiped this cathedral. Only the well-known novel of Victor Hugo Notre Dame de Paris cost a lot.
If you have an interest and time, you can go to saint Chapel a gothic chapel of the 13th century, which is widely known as one of the most beautiful chapels of the small size. There are stained glass windows of the extraordinary beauty, especially beautiful their colors during the sunny weather.
Keeping walking through Cité, you can see La Conciergerie which was firstly a royal castle, then a prison during the French Revolution. It is also a part of the complex of the Palace of Prosecution, in which there were many trials, such as the Condemnation of Dreyfus or the Panama Scandal.
Currently, French judicial institutions function here. After it, you can choose either to head to the left bank and find yourself in the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain or go to the right and explore the Marais area.
But if you don’t have too much time, then it is better to go first to the Louvre. Remain in these areas for a later future visit so that you will have the motivation to come back again.
2. Louvre and Tuileries
Crossing one of the bridges, you can find yourself next to the Louvre.
The Louvre is one of the brightest pearls of Paris, one of the largest art museums in the world. It represents the art of different countries and continents from ancient times to 1848. The collection of the museum is just immense, and it is better to plan what you want to see in advance. It’s just amazing what you can find here.
Here is the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, inherited by the museum in the distant 1519 from Francis the First of the French king of the avid art collector and admirer of Da Vinci; many works of art from both the Sun King Louis 14 and Napoleon the Great and from many other people who either offered these gifts to the museum or sell them to the museum.
Every time you visit this museum, you will find something new. Only about 35,000 exhibits are represented, just over 12 percent of what is in the museum, the rest is kept in the museum’s storerooms. Protected and respected by the French people, Louvre survived after a lot of different events such as for instance, the German occupation of Paris or a great number of floods.
Just next to the Louvre, you can stroll along the beautiful Tuileries Park, which dates back to the 16th century was founded by Catherine de ‘Medici. The palace itself, the Tuileries, once adjoining the Louvre and constituting a single architectural complex with it, was burned in the 19th century. On its place, a beautiful traditional French Park Tuileries left.
After strolling through the park and enjoying the beautiful scenery, you can walk along Rivoli Street with its shops and small cafés and walk to the Place de la Concorde. It is the central square of Paris and the second largest one in France. During the French Revolution, there were placed the guillotine, then in the 19th century, Egypt presented France with the Luxor obelisk. The Square is really awesome, if you have time and interest, you can ride the Ferris wheel from where you can see a stunning view of Paris.
3. Champs Elysées
From the Place de la Concorde, you come directly to Champs Elysées.
The celebrated and memorized Paris street lies on the historical axis of the city where there are a huge number of diverse shops, restaurants, hotels, and other things. It’s hard not to find anything you want. Just in front of you-you will see the famous Arc de Triomphe, built to defeat the Grand Army of Napoleon.
4. Eiffel Tower
A magnificent world-famous building built for the Temporary Exhibition of 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and became one of the symbols of Paris. It is better to buy tickets in advance through the site so that you can avoid a long queue.
The district of Paris, which retained its feature, became part of the city only in the late 19th century.
The cozy streets of the bohemian past, the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre, towering over Paris, the Tert square with its artists, the mill, the vineyard cannot be enumerated … and even the famous cafe that was filmed in the film Amelie.
End the evening you can in one of the many restaurants for any taste: Michelin restaurant, traditional French bistro, trendy, Japanese… the list is not exhaustive.
Or you can just go to a bar or q nightclub. Or visit one of the Parisian cabarets.
Or have a Seine River Dinner Cruise. Or just take a walk in some area of the city and enjoy its surroundings. It’s up to you )