Rendez-vous in Paris
City of Light, City on the move
Certain cities conjure up images of lovers; others are made famous by their architecture, others are renowned for their intellectual atmosphere, yet others are just nice places to be.
Paris has all of these qualities. Of course, there is the official side to Paris, with its spectacular monuments that recount the city’s rich history, the river criss-crossed by bridges as famous as its cathedral, the sweeping views and open spaces (not to mention the parks, gardens and greenhouses…), but also many new and interesting sights.
Paris is no museum city, it is a city on the move, the cultural and trendy hotspots are changing:
- Yesterday, the Pyramide of the Louvre and the Arche de la Défense, the Latin Quarter or Saint-Germain
- Today, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Bastille, the Marais Each of the 20 Parisian rrondissements, is a journey in itself.
- Discover the glass roofs of the Grand Palais and buildings of the Louvre.
- For chic shopping, the 1st, 7th and 8thare the places to be, with the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré or the avenue Montaigne.
- Discover Galeries Lafayette (here)
- The 5th and the 6th are no longer student-only haunts, they have been joined by the shop windows of the greatest names in French luxury, from haute couture to design.
- Around the Bastille and in the Marais: the galleries, cafés and restaurants have given the 3rd, 4th and 11th a new, modern image.
- The 20th, which used to be the stronghold of the workers, has become the arrondissement of choice for writers who refuse the establishment.
- As for the 16th, it still purrs with elegance.
- Don’t forget to visit Notre-Dame, the Conciergerie and the Eiffel Tower.
- Paris moves and never sleeps.
Take a front row seat to enjoy the show, which the more romantic will want to enjoy it whilst taking lunch, or better still, whilst dining in the open air on the deck of the boat.
Cruising on the Seine
As seen from the river, Paris is always a thrill for tourists and Parisians alike. Indeed, which experience could be more rewarding than taking in all the beauty of the French capital: the Grand Palais glass roofs and the Louvre on the right bank, Notre-Dame cathedral , the Conciergerie and the Eiffel Tower on the left bank. It is really no surprise the banks of the river Seine are listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
No better way to get a grand stand view while enjoying lunch aboard, or better still outdoor diner on deck..
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Not to be missed : ( click here for more informations)
- The Eiffel Tower and the Champ-de-Mars. (lier article ‘the Eiffel tower’)
- The Champs-Elysées.
- The Louvre museum and the Tuileries garden.
- Notre-Dame cathedral and Île de la Cité.
- The Latin Quarter.
- The Garnier opera and the shopping district.
- Orsay museum, a former railway station turned into museum.
- Montmartre, place du Tertre and the all-white Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
- Georges Pompidou centre featuring the largest collection of contemporary art in Europe.
- Le Marais : la place des Vosges and Picasso museum.
Please note there is a « pass »allowing direct and unlimited access to Parisian monuments.
Read more about the Paris Museum pass http://en.parismuseumpass.com/
Unusual visits :
Sewers of Paris : Pont de l’Alma
It was in 1850 that Baron Haussmann engineered separate underground passages for drinking water and sewage, using iron piping and digging techniques made possible by the Industrial Revolution.. In 1878, the system reaches a length of 600 km..
Besides the sanitary function of the sewers, they are also a source of tourism. Today, the visit is done on foot following specially adapted galleries making it possible to discover part of the sewer network. Every Parisian street has its sewer. In fact more than 2000 km of large vaulted tunnels criss-cross the city below the surface in an amazing replica of the busy streets above. Each sewer “street” boasts its own blue and white enamel street sign ! For those wishing to find out more about the sewers, there is a dedicated museum (Musée des Egouts de Paris) located at Pont de l’Alma.
Visit of the catacombs : Denfert-Rochereau
The Catacombs in Paris are an immense maze of tunnels dug under the city. In 1786, all the bodies from Cimetière des Innocents were exhumed and moved into the tunnels under Denfert Rochereau. During WWII, the catacombs were home to the French Resistance. Today, they are open to the public, who can view artfully arranged bones and skulls from years past. Miles of tunnels are still uncharted. It is estimated that five to six million skeletons have been relocated from overcrowded medieval cemeteries. email@example.com
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