Paris is situated in Northern France on the banks of the River Seine. With a population of over twelve million people, the French capital is at the heart of the Île-de-France region.
Paris earned her name, The City of Light, during The Age of Enlightenment, when many visionary ideas were born. It is a light that has remained undimmed, and which now attracts 42 million visitors a year, making Paris the most visited city in all the world.
Paris is a city easily explored by Metro, taxi, and bicycle, but her charms are best found on foot. Her attractions are never far apart, and in between, well, merely walking her streets is to wander through picture postcards.
The engine room of Paris is La Défense. This modern business district, filled with light and art, is testimony that Paris is designed for living, even when at work.
From the futuristic Grande Arche at La Défense, the six mile-long Historic Axis of Paris leads us back into France’s grand past.
The Arc de Triomphe was built by order of Napoleon I, to glorify the French army. It was completed in 1836. The Arc has an overall height of 164 ft (50 feet). This arch is the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Eternal Flame that burns in honor of the unknown dead of the two world wars.
From the Arc de Triomphe, The Champs-Élysées continues along the Historic Axis.
This grand avenue is where Parisians come to dine, shop, enjoy the theater and to celebrate life.
Gradually opening into formal gardens and majestic buildings. The Champs-Élysées merges into the largest square in Paris: The Place de la Concorde
This square covers 8.64 hectares. In the Center, A huge column stands out for us, which is the Pharaonic obelisk. It is considered the most important feature of Concorde Square. This obelisk was offered as a gift from Egypt to France in the 1830s. It contains on its four sides inscriptions in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language. Near the Pharaonic obelisk, there was a large wonderful fountain in the middle of the Place.
Just a short stroll away is the world’s greatest treasure-house of art. Once a 14th Century Palace, today the Louvre is the most visited art gallery in the world.
With over 35,000 artworks, her most famous residents are the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. But be warned, this collection of priceless artworks and antiquities is simply too vast to explore in just one day.
Not far from the Musée du Louvre stands the Centre Pompidou displaying the largest collection of modern art in Europe. Parisians are still debating whether this radical design is the vision of a madman or a genius!
Parisians see it as their duty to enjoy life to its fullest. The Luxembourg Gardens, with its Grand Basin, fruit groves, and over 100 statues and fountains is the ideal place to grab a deckchair and play the ‘Parisian at rest’
Nothing says Paris like the Eifel Tower. The Iron Lady can be seen from all over the city.
However, nothing can prepare you for the moment when you first stand at her feet, or the views from the top that you will hold dear for a lifetime.
Looking north, the city rises into the hillside neighborhood of Montmartre. Once the artistic centre of Paris, her twisting streets and narrow lanes were at one time the home of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh.
They are the perfect place to lose yourself and discover those special Parisian moments.
Once a day’s coach journey from central Paris, the Palace of Versailles is now an easy half-hour train ride away.
This magnificent 17th century Château welcomes everyone, from heads of state to backpackers.
The River Seine runs right through the heart of Paris,creating a natural divide between her famous Left and Right Banks. Of her 37 bridges, The Pont Alexandre III is considered the most ornate, while the graceful Pont Des Arts offers some incredible vistas of the city.
THIS IS PARIS….