Posted 14 March 2023 in Travel Wanderlust
Every romantic Hollywood movie and fashion magazine is incomplete without the mention of Paris, which is often referred to as the ‘City of Love’. The epitome of fancy European culture, the city houses the best couturiers in the world, and some of the most famous and luxurious brands. Since the settlement of the Celtic people called Parisii in the 3rd century B.C., Paris has emerged as the nucleus for commerce, trade, industry, and art. This place has inspired so many artists to create some of their most famous art pieces and is home to several brilliant minds.
The various landmarks, some extravagant while others humble, stand as a reminder of the city’s fascinating history. All of them stood the test of time and have an exquisite air of culture to them. Not only do these landmarks possess historical value but are outstanding examples of French architecture and art.
Some of the beautiful landmarks are
At a massive length of 312 metres, the tower looms over the city. It is the most visited place in Paris and you will never find this place devoid of visitors. It was constructed for the 1889 World Trade Fair, but over the years it has become the symbol of Paris. One can go up the tower and visit the gift shop, dine in the luxurious Jules Verne on the second floor, or go to the third floor and look at the view of the French Capital.
It has been witness to many empires, kings, events, and still stands in its glory today. It is a medieval Catholic Cathedral that took two centuries to build. It is a classic example of French-gothic architecture and has hosted many historical events like the coronation of Napolean Bonaparte. Lady of Paris, as it translates, this place is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is a massive structure with rose-tinted glasses and splendid paintings. It has high ceilings and huge bells, which novelist Victor Hugo also mentioned in his book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Cathedral is still undergoing minor repairs to restore the architecture to its original resplendent state after a fire in 2019.
It is located on the highest point in Paris, atop the hill Montmarte. It was built to commemorate the French victims of the Franco-Prussian War. A Roman Catholic Byzantine Church, it has four small domes and a single massive one in the middle. It is one of the most visited places in Paris. The floor mosaic inside, and the statues of Joan of Arc and King Saint Louis IX are worth adoration. It also houses five bells, four minor ones and the largest one named, The Savoyarde, which is only rung on special occasions.
Inspired by the Roman Pantheon, it is located in the Latin Quarter, on top of the Montagne Sainte-Genevieve. It is a memorial monument that was built to house the crypt of famous French personalities like Voltaire and Rousseau. The facade of the structure has an obvious Greek inspiration with the tall pillars and the dome made of stone.
Previously a courthouse and prison, which held Marie Antoinette and others prisoners during the French Revolution, it now functions as a national monument and museum. The landmark is accessible to tourists for visits. One can get a glimpse of the vast history of France through a visit to La Conciergerie.
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Paris can truly be called a centre of gastronomy with over 400 restaurants and cafés, a good number of them being Michelin-starrer. Paris knows good soul food and serves an excellent array of them daily. Here are some of them:
Café culture in Paris is more than just serving food and wine. It includes the Parisian art of sitting in neatly arranged arrays of wicker chairs, enjoying your beverage with something to bite while gazing at the architecture around. Do try the pastries. While here, visit:
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Whether you are into fashion or not, Paris has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping. Starting from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton or Jacquemus to vintage art collections in the local Parisian flea market, some of the places to shop from are:
Paris is incomplete without its famous museums and art galleries. An amalgamation of intricate architecture, the subtle details, French style of art, and several well-known artists the city has inspired, are enough reasons for Paris to be every person’s dream.
The capital of France is well-connected and easy to access via flights, trains or roads.
Paris experiences a temperate climate. The summers are warm, and the winters are cold and chilly. The maximum temperature can rise to 24°C in the summer months. The minimum temperature drops to 1.4°C in the winter, especially in January.
Paris has mild and enjoyable weather throughout the year. However, the best time to travel is in the spring from March to May. The days are longer and there are several events taking place in the city. The city is alive with tourists and eateries serve excellent seasonal food. However, the prices are also higher due to it being the tourist season. If you want to avoid crowds and are on a tight budget, then you should visit in the fall from September to mid-November. The prices are lower, and Paris is more serene.
Whether it is to have the most delicious pastries with a view, rejuvenate your love for art, history and culture, or just soak in the delights of this wonderful city, Paris is a dream come true.
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