Paris, which is also popularly known as the ‘City of Lights’, is one of the best-loved cities in the world. It is also the city that is been visited by most people across the globe. It is located in the northern part of France which makes it a convenient base for travelers during their European vacations. Paris is known for its romantic Old World Neighborhoods, varied cultural activities, and world-class dining. Paris is home to many world-famous museums and also for several other attractions that every traveler should experience.
The neighborhood of Montmartre is located at the northern Paris hilltop and it is one of the typical attractions in Paris. It offers views of Paris city which is surpassed only by the Eiffel tower; it is also home to the Sacre Coeur cathedral of Paris. It was completed in the year 1919 and it honors the victims of the Franco-Prussian war that took place in the year 1870.
Montmartre has risen to prominence in the nineteenth century as an artists’ colony. Many artistic movements like Impressionism and Modernism were promoted by the residents of the bohemian neighborhood. Even today, Montmartre has maintained to retain so much of its charm, even while a lot of shops and restaurants were added in the past years to cater to the needs of travelers. Artists and street performances are common sights on the narrow streets of Montmartre. You can also get a chance to visit the Square of Tertre which is a few blocks away from the Basilica, especially if you are around this area.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame is a Catholic Gothic cathedral which is located on one of the small island called Île de la Cité, in Seine River in the middle of Paris. This cathedral was built over more than two hundred years, i.e., from the year 1163 to 1345. The cathedral is popularly known for its stained-glass rose window and the huge bell-towers.
This cathedral was the fictional setting for one of the popular novel by Victor Hugo named as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” It has undergone many substantial restorations in the history of seven hundred years. Its statues are famous landmarks of the place; the place also serves as a fully functional church with Masses that are scheduled regularly.
Champs-Elysées is a broad road located in Central Paris and is popularly known for shopping destinations, restaurants and movie theatres. The place is also home to many high-end retail stores and various famous boutiques. It is a central part of life for the local Parisians and also a major tourist center. The Place Charles de Gaulle intersection is included by the Champs-Elysées at the intersection where the huge stone Arc de Triomphe towers above the traffic of Paris. This is often considered as a way it respectfully recalls the victories Napoleon Bonaparte who was a nineteenth-century emperor. The place is also a parade road during the times of festival holidays and various other celebrations in Paris city.
The Luxembourg Park is located on the left bank of the Seine which is around the Sorbonne. The place is known for its student life, bistros, and lively atmosphere, and is home to various institutions for higher education including Ecole Normale Superieure, Ecole Polytechnique or the Ecole des Mines de Paris. The place takes its name from the Latin language which was spread widely in and around the University once.
The place is a private garden that is open to the public and was created in the year 1612 at the request of Marie de Medicis. It is affectionately called “Luco” by the Parisians. The park was been redesigned by André Le Nôtre – its renovation made it easy and pleasant to walk around the place. You can also see an orchard where you can find many varieties of apples and a greenhouse having many varieties of orchids. The place houses around 106 statues, three fountains, and a bronze reduction of Statue of Liberty.
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most famous castles located in France. It was built in the seventeenth century and stands as a symbol of the military power of France. It demonstrates the French supremacy in Europe as it was the seat of the political power in the French Kingdom form the year 1682 to 1789. The place is a very huge complex of many buildings terraces and gardens which makes it a must-see destination for every visitor. Surely, most of them would be captivated by the exceptional accommodations, furniture, lavish decorations of the palace.