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Paris Must Sees

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Eiffel Tower

History

Constructed in 1889 and at the time only intended to be the entrance arch to the 1889 Worlds Fair. The tower standing 324 meters tall at the time was the worlds tallest man made structure and was named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel held a permit for the tower to stand for only 20 years and it was to be dismantled in 1909. However the City of Pairs found it to be useful for communication purposes and so allowed the tower to remain. Little did they know at the time the tower would eventually go on to become a global icon of France and the worlds most visited paid monument.

 

Personal Experience

To walk into Champ de Mars and see thousands of people lay out on blankets indulging in a little cheese and wine while enjoying the warm Parisian night and the Eiffel Tower lit up in the background was truly amazing. Well amazing, however, also a somewhat strange sensation to stand in front of something so familiar yet only to be seeing it through my own eyes for the first time.

The following day we went back to do the climb (elevator) to the top. The fantastically clear July day provided the best views of Paris that I saw and certainly not something to be missed. Be sure to get an action shot using the telescopes at the top!

 

Cost

13.40€ will get you a lift entrance to the top, however its free to sit in Champs de Mars with a bottle of wine and some camembert……….. priceless!


Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Notre Dame Cathedral

History

Construction of Notre Dame de Paris or Our Lady of Paris in English was commenced in 1163 with total completion sometime between 1250AD-1345AD. Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and has been the site of many significant events in world history such as the wedding of Mary, Queen of Scots & Dauphin Francis, the coronation ceremony of Napoleon and the crowning of Henry VI of England as King of France.

 

Personal Experience

I’m not by any means a religious person but I am a tradie and from a tradies point of view Notre Dame was more than impressive. The sheer size of the building, architecture and detail is something I certainly had to stare at with amazement and appreciate. In this day and age it is practically impossible to fathom just how many work hours went into construction. The Gargoyles that are scattered around the exterior of church were definitely the detail that intrigued me the most.

 

Cost

Free

Notre Dame(78642)

The Louvre

History

Home to over 60,000 square meters of art it would be near impossible to sum up this museum in one paragraph, but like most things in my life, why not give it a shot!

Built in the 12th century by Philip II the site initially was a fortress (remains of which can still be viewed in the Louvre crypt), The Louvre as we know it today is the direct result of approximately 900 years worth of additions and renovations to this original structure. The museum is divided into 8 curatorial departments Decorative arts; Egyptian Antiques; Near Eastern Antiques; Greeek, Etruscan and Roman Antiques, Islamic Art; Paintings; Prints and Drawings; Sculpture. Today the Louvre is still the worlds most visited museum and is home to the work of thousands of artists, to name a few Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

 

Personal Experience

Not being an art lover myself, I only had one thing on my mind when visiting the Louvre “Where’s the Moan Lisa and then where’s the exit”. However, I’m happy to say that when entering the Denon Wing I was blown away by the pieces that greeted me and could not help taking an interest. Not only viewing the pieces but also reading the descriptions of hundreds paintings! Have put on hold inspecting the other departments of the Louvre until future visits. At the time the allocated 3 or so hours for viewing was a great insight to the museum and definitely left this new art fan wanting more!

 

Cost

€10 for the Permanent Collection or €11 for exhibitions in the Hall Napoleon, €14 for a combined ticket. Visitors under 18 are free. Note, refer to http://www.louvre.fr/en/hours-admission/admission#tabs to see if your eligible for free entry to this museum. 

The Louvre

Arc De Triomphe

History

Located at the western end of The Champs Elysees the Arc De Triomphe was built between 1806 and completed some 30 years later. The monument honors those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

 

Personal Experience

Only when standing at the base of this fantastic arch do you really get a sense of its massive size. Up close the magnificent detail and inscriptions on the arc are something not to be missed. Be sure to use the underground tunnel to access the arc, with 12 individual roads all running into the roundabout that is home to the arc traffic conditions would be quite extreme if trying to cross the traditional way!

 

Cost

9.50 € to enter the arc itself, the view from the top looking down Champs Elysees is well worth it!

Arc de Triomphe(78644)

Champs Elysees

History

Originally believed to be fields of local produce until 1616 when Marie de Medici decided to extend the “Tuileries Garden” with a row tress and thus created footprint where the current Champs Elysees runs. The avenue is 1.91 km long and runs northwest from “Place de la Concorde” to the Place Charles de Gaulle home of the Arc de Triomphe.

 

Personal Experience

Walking along undoubtedly one of the most famous avenues in world is certainly a must do in Paris. Offering everything from affordable Gap and Zara to high-end designer brands such as Luis Vutton and Gucci there is something for everyone and anyone. Watch out when ordering your Café though, the day I was there a friend paid 20€ at a boutique coffee shop!

 

Cost

Free, that is without the shopping of course ;)

Champs Elysees
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Comments

Feb 15, 2012 7:13am
TerrieTez
Nice article with super photos. Good feature. I have fond memories of Paris, especially the restaurant that only served souffles. It was called 'Le Souffle'!
Feb 15, 2012 7:35am
Ernie
That's really interesting that the Eiffel Tower was only suppose to stand for 20 years.
Feb 15, 2012 5:34pm
Aleo
What a great article, and the layout gives all the information a traveller would be looking for. Congratulations on the feature, too!
Feb 15, 2012 6:53pm
KCAllen
My fondest memory of Paris is taking a nap on the Eiffel Tower. Sightseeing can be exhausting.
Feb 20, 2012 9:50am
BoricuaWriter
Great article Brett, nice way of putting it together! It's been almost 12 years since I visited Paris and I can't help but to feel nostalgic when I see these pictures. Congratulations on the feature!
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