The first guest blogger for my Paris Month is none other than Nicole (Nicole About Town) who will be sharing her picks for places to see in this beautiful city! I wanted to start with Nicole’s post since it’ll be a great inspirational feature to share on the heels of me leaving for Paris!
Places to See in Paris
Paris is one of my favourite cities to visit. The sites, the sounds, the history, and the architecture found in France’s capital city is just unparalleled. When Michele asked if anyone would be interested in doing a guest post for Paris Month, I jumped at the chance. I dug out some of my old photo albums and started flipping through them to find some of the best places to visit in Paris. This is list, is by no stretch of the imagination a list all of the places that you can see, but it’s a pretty good start. The more time you spend in Paris, the more you discover. Indeed, I myself have been there three times and each time I go back I find something new.
Place de la Concorde
The Place de la Concorde is Paris’ largest city square and one of the best places to soak up all of the atmosphere. Here you can take in a view of the Champs Elysées right down to the the Arch de Triomphe. Turn in another direction and you can find the sprawling palace that serves at the grounds for the Lourve. You should also be able to see the Church Madeleine, built in the 19th Century, somewhere on your left. Down on your right you should be able to see right across the Seine to the lower house of the French Parliament. While in the square you will also be able to walk right up to the Luxor Obelisk, which is right near the spot that the guillotine was built in 1792 to
execute Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Originally the old Beaux Arts train station, built in the 1900s for the exposition, Gare d’Orsay was later turned into a museum that houses works created during the 1848 – 1914 time period.
Ile de Cité
You really can’t be in Paris without taking a stroll along the Seine to the Ile de Cité. This island is home to Notre-Dame Cathedral and the place where Paris was founded. You can cross onto the island at the pont Neuf, which happens to be the oldest bridge in the city, and a great gathering place for musicians, mimes, and tourists alike. It is usually pretty empty in the morning, but activity tends to pick up in the afternoon.
Cathédrale de Notre Dame
Located on the southern tip of Ile de Cité, I don’t think anyone is really prepared for the immense size and beauty of Cathédrale de Notre Dame when they first visit it. Construction took place during several periods, beginning in 1160 when the old cathedral was demolished through to 1345 when it was finally finished. I recommend that you get your photo taken next to the door of the cathedral. That is really the only accurate way to communicate to friends and family the vastness of this masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Undoubtedly the most recognized icon in Paris is the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel as the French call it. This is one place when visiting Paris or France for that matter, that everyone should see. The tower was originally intended to be temporary when it was built by Gustave-Alexandre Eiffel in 1889 for the Paris Exhibition. The tower is 317m or 1,040 ft high, if you include the TV Antenna, and from the top you can see views of Paris for roughly 65km or 40 miles. The Eiffel Tower really is an experience that shouldn’t be missed and make sure to take your time while doing it. Inside the tower, there are restaurants, bars and historic memorabilia. Personally, I love the view in the evening. There is just something to be said for watching the sunset go down over Paris from the top of the Tour Eiffel.
Other points of interest!
Musée de Louvre
Place de la Bastille
Shopping in Faubourg St-Honore
Hôtel des Invalides/Napoleon’s Tomb
Arc de Triomphe
What do you think? Leave a comment and share some of your favourite places to see or things to do in the City of Love.