Top 10 Places to See in Paris, France
Imagine a city with a small-town feel. That is what Paris feels like. The Seine, a slow-moving river, revolves around everything. Wander down the cobblestone roads surrounded by history and hear the most beautiful language you have ever heard. The architecture of the city, such intricate carvings from the churches to the apartments that line the Seine. So many parks to visit with stunning sculptures surrounded by neatly trimmed shrubs and boxwoods. Parisians lounge in green metal chairs that surround the fountain. Smells of chocolate croissants waft through the air. Lovers embrace with soft pashmina scarves nestled around their necks. Ahh, you can never get enough of Paris. Here are the top 10 places to see in Paris, France.
Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries was the central garden for the ladies of the royal court. It was created by Catherine de’ Medici, especially a favorite spot for the Queen, Marie Antoinette. Open spaces to wander and sit with green gardens, tall trees, and sculptures.
At the fountain, rent a beautiful sailboat to float.
Wander through the perfectly manicured grass and trees and relax in the green metal chairs found throughout the park.
Explore the many statues throughout the park.
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories, the acoustics inside are impressive and reverberate off the walls.
Louvre Museu, where the famous Mona Lisa resides, should be your first stop upon visiting this world-famous museum. However, choose wisely, it’s enormous. Plan out your top art to see before going. You could be here all week and still not see everything. The triangle Louvre is the entrance , yes that is part of the museum. First opened as a museum in 1753, some of the buildings are much older than that.
Poilane is known as one of the best or even the best bakery in Paris. Poilane has six locations in Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The walk to Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame Cathedral Paris or Notre Dame de Paris (Meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French). One of the first gothic cathedrals built in the Gothic period. Work began back in the 12th century. Because construction didn’t end till 300 years later, you will see various styles of architecture throughout. Due to a fire, Notre Dame is temporarily closed. However, you can still walk around the gated area and gaze and wonder at the enormity of it.
Besides having excellent reviews and being the quintessential French-looking restaurant, Le Petit Chatelet is also walking distance to Shakespeare and Company and Notre Dame Cathedral (which is temporarily closed.)
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Gardens inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. Grab a crepe and take a seat in one of the many green metal chairs to relax with a view of the enormous fountain. A mix of palm trees and flowers almost gives a tropical feel to the garden. Hidden behind the trees is the Medici Fountain, which was built in 1620.
Walking the 6th Arrondissement
Explore the 6th arrondissement of Paris for stunning examples of Haussmannian architecture. Tall wooden doors that encompass the past and limestone apartments with wrought iron balconies adorned with bright flowers, complete the Parisian look of this neighborhood.
Walking the Seine River
Most of the main attractions are along the Seine River or within walking distance from the river. I found the Hop on Hop off boat the easiest way to get around the city with on/off spots at most of the popular destinations.
The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic building in all of France. Be sure to go by at night when they have the sparkly light show.
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