Bonjour! Welcome to the immaculate city of love, Paris. The French capital is one of the go-to places when it comes to looking for a city to spend a vacation or for the leisure of tourism.
Once you hear about the city of Paris, you immediately think of the Eiffel tower, cheese and croissant. But it’s more than that and I’ve always wanted to create a post on my hometown. Although I have not lived there in almost 20 years, yes 20! I know it inside out because I love it. And I hate that I miss the place.
What’s there not to miss?
Firstly, what would Paris be without its symbolic Eiffel Tower? Built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, it is presented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. A really tall majestic artifice, it is one of the most visited monuments in the world with nearly 7 million visitors a year.
One of the most enduring symbols of Paris: Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cité.
There’s also the Louvre museum which is the most visited art museum in the world. Located in the heart of Paris, this historic building is a former royal palace. The museum is housed in the Louvre, originally a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. The remains of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.
One of my favorites is the Champs Elysées / Arc of Triumph dedicated to the glory of imperial France built in the 19th century, it is the largest monument of its kind in the world. Impressive sculptures adorn its pillars. In addition, the names of 558 generals and the great victories are engraved on the top of the arc.
Under the Arc de Triomphe is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of France.
The Château de Versailles is the most famous castle in France. Built in the 17th century as a symbol of military power of France and as a demonstration of French supremacy in Europe, Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682 to 1789.
This huge complex of buildings, gardens and terraces is definitely a must for any visitor who will be captivated by exceptional accommodations, lavish decorations, furniture and gilded works of Renaissance art.
Really do miss my home and can’t wait to get back. Au revoir!
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