Paris – An Endless World to Discover
There are so many things to see and do here! One single vacation is never enough if you want to discover Paris and its many faces. A perfect day here starts with a delicious croissant and a good cup of café au lait. Then a stroll by the lovely Seine, some fashion shopping, a tasty lunch at the famous and chic Brasserie Lipp, a few minutes on the steps of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, taking in the warm sun, a visit to the Louvre Museum, hours of gazing at the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, a dinner in the fabled Eiffel Tower, and…well, we’re already long past the things one can do in one single day in Paris.
So we should take it a bit slower, and tell you about all these wonderful places one at a time. But first, why not take some steps back into the past and see how deep the roots of this magnificent metropolis are. Its history started sometime in the 3rd century BC, when the Celts decided that they really liked the small islands of the Seine, and decided to settle here. Six centuries later the city became the country’s capital and the king’s official residence.
Even though Louis XIV, or the Sun King, moved the royal court to Versailles, Paris continued to be the most important city in the country, eventually becoming the center of the French Revolution. Today it still is the first city to pop in anybody’s mind when thinking of France. Tourists from all over the world come here to be amazed, to discover its unique cuisine, its art, and its ever fascinating world of fashion.
If you want to get a taste of what existentialists felt like when they had their deep debates over a drink, all you need to do is visit the prestigious Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés: it hasn’t changed much since World War II. Later you might also want to try the famous La Coupole brasserie in Montparnasse, a true Art Deco temple where intellectuals and artists would gather with great pleasure.
Leaving La Coupole on the Left Bank of the Seine (La Rive Gauche), let’s move on to the Right Bank (La Rive Droite), where other remarkable sights await tourists. Here you will find the superb Louvre Museum, which used to be a palace before the Revolution. Today it holds millions of exhibits, including the iconic Mona Lisa (Gioconda). Between Louvre and the Place de la Concorde (one of the most important public squares in the city), tourists are always happy to discover the beautiful Tuileries Garden.
Another must-see in Paris is the famous Champs-Elysées avenue, with its luxury boutiques, cafés and cinemas. At the end of the avenue you will find the majestic Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon as a symbol of his Austerlitz victory. It seems that wherever you go, there is always something to see and admire in Paris. Its numerous monuments and squares make you want to stay here for weeks, for months and then maybe forever.
We know, you will also want to see the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret, and you should! And afterwards you can go to the colorful Place du Tertre, where artists work on their easels. You can’t leave Paris without stopping on Seine’s two islands, where the fabled Notre Dame reminds people of a very special love story. Oh, and a modern Parisian love story is never complete without a visit to the spectacular Eiffel Tower!
- If you like festivals, then July is the best month to come here, because the country celebrates its national day on July 14. On this special occasion people have the privilege of admiring the military parade on Champs-Elisées.
- The Ritz is only one of the many plush hotels to choose from in Paris.
- If you’re not very fond of high temperatures, then the best time to come here is spring, autumn and winter.
- You can’t leave Paris without at least a couple of souvenirs. Take something related to fashion, some delicacies, and maybe some antiques.
- Foods to enjoy here include caviar, truffles, and scallops.