Paris, the capital city of France is renowned to be the city of love, ideal for a romantic getaway. It has a longstanding global reputation of being the mecca of art, culture, fashion, cuisine, history and is home to a number of architectural wonders. It is not only appealing for its internationally famous attractions, but also for its beauty, vivacity and radiant lights.
Paris is the place where good Hollywood movies were shot. Such include ‘The Devil wears Prada’, ‘Sex and the City’, ‘Taken’ and blockbuster movies such as, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’.
If you plan to visit this special city, here are some places and activities which are definitely worth your time and consideration!
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Way back in 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was first built, it was frowned upon by many Parisians and had also sparked a lot of controversies which continued for years, especially amongst French artists claiming that this gargantuan metal structure was distorting the Parisian landscape. Today, the Eiffel Tower is considered an emblem of France and is one of the most popular attractions. What makes it all the more unique is the flickering lights which shimmer and sparkle every hour from sunset until one in the morning.
The Eiffel Tower is open to the public every day. You can explore and journey to the top of the Tower either on your own, or you can opt to select a guided tour, where you could learn about the history of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel’s construction plans and visit places such as the old machine room, which is not normally open to the public.
This park is full of attractions to match everyone’s tastes. Several magical attractions where both old and young can enjoy themselves in one epic adventure. Such attractions are movie themed which include Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Star Wars. You will also get to see the showcasing of some popular characters in the film/cartoon world such as Darth Vader, Aladdin, Peter Pan and Alice and friends!
Disneyland Park is also famous for the sensational parades where Disney Characters get to stroll through the streets of the park on Disney themed carriages. Those wishing to spend more than one day can book accommodation in one of the hotels.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is another world famous landmark, and is also symbolic for its historical significance. The Arc de Triomphe faces the world famous Champs-Elysees avenue. This street is well known for its theatres, cafeterias, luxury shops and for the annual Bastille Day military parade which takes place on the 14th day of July.
The triumphal arch was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon in honour of the French military and to commemorate his victory in Austerlitz in 1805. The Arc de Triomphe contains several military artefacts, and at ground level lies the tomb of the unknown soldier. The unknown soldier was laid to rest in 1921, in honour of the 1.3 million French troops who lost their lives during World War I. A flame is rekindled daily at 18:30 pm as a sign of respect.
To access the arch, one needs to make use of the staircase situated on the northern side of the Champs-Elysees avenue. This staircase leads to underground tunnels for pedestrians to arrive safely next to the arch.
The Louvre is renowned to be the largest art museum in the world. It is visited yearly by millions of people around the globe. In 2018 alone it was visited by an average of around ten million people. The museum contains several masterpieces including the iconic Mona Lisa painting drawn by the world famous painter Leonardo da Vinci. The majority of the works in the Louvre include royal collections, confiscated church property, Roman sculptures, Egyptian antiquities, Islamic art and the list goes on and on. The Louvre also contained the Grand Master Jean de La Valette’s sword and dagger. The sword and the dagger were originally given to the Grand Master as a gift by the King of Spain in recognition for his victory of the Great Siege in 1565. Last year when Valletta was bestowed the European Capital City of Culture, Heritage Malta managed to collaborate with the Louvre to showcase the dagger in Malta. Unfortunately, the sword could not be displayed together with the dagger as it was too fragile to be transported to Malta.
Apart from the places and attractions, take the time to embrace the French culinary experience. The distinctive Bordeaux wine and the various cheeses to indulge in should be on your agenda.
So how about that trip to Paris? “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson