To begin with we might note that Paris is the European destination that was probably the most used as a backdrop for the cinema. It is therefore not surprising that ordinary people are able to name a good half-dozen tourist attractions, without even having to consult a tourist guide. But you have to plan your trip in advance to be able to fully enjoy your stay in Paris, because it is not once on the spot that we have to organize. First, how to get around to visit Paris, what are the options, as this will undoubtedly have an impact on the choice of the hotel. Then, how to move to Paris?
We do not all have the same tastes, but those we have in common have been well documented. Come discover, what for us is … the best of Paris and you will discover places to visit if you are visiting the city of light for a simple stopover of a few days and you would not want to have the feeling of having missed a little gem. also what is the best time to visit Paris. Where to go in Paris?
Castle of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was originally a modest hunting lodge. Okay it was the hunting lodge of Louis XIII and the guy was still King of France. His son Louis XIV installed the Court and the Government of France in 1682. It goes without saying that he renovated the property, when he had finished the place had become a castle whose disproportionate mouth.
This symbolic monument of royal absolutism and incarnation of French classical art, offers you the Hall of Mirrors, the great King’s Apartments, the Museum of the History of France. Besides the palace itself the property offers you the grand Trianon, the estate of Marie Antoinette and gardens that must be seen to believe it.
This is the kind of place that will take a substantial bet of the day, but take your time it is rare that we return twice in a place like the Palace of Versailles. Especially in Europe Palaces, Cathedrals and statues of guys sitting on a horse, are not uncommon. Versailles is accessible by line C of the RER which offers a connection between Paris (Station Austerlitz, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum, Invalides, Eiffel Tower, …) and the station Versailles left bank. It costs 6 €
Island of the city
The island of the city is an island located on the Seine, in the heart of Paris. It is considered the ancient cradle of the city of Paris, formerly Lutetia. In 508, Clovis, king of the Franks, made Paris the capital of his kingdom and settled in the Palace of the old Roman government, located you guessed it … on the island of the city.
From then on the island will be fortified to resist the barbarian invasions, among which we find Attila and his Huns. Today, it is full of important places such as the Palais de Justice, but also tourist attractions, including the famous Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Memorial of the Martyrs of the Deportation and the Conciergerie.
The Louvre museum
The Louvre was originally a fortress built in the 12th century under Philip II. It served as residence for the sovereigns of France until 1682, when Louis IV built the Palace of Versailles. However, he used his old palace to keep his collection of works of art. After the French Revolution, the Louvre became a museum.
The Louvre is today one of the largest museums in the world. It contains the most famous collections of works of Arts, such as the Mona Lisa and Mona Lisa to name only those there. The museum also has a department devoted to French painting, French sculpture, Egyptian antiquities, Greek antiquities, Oriental antiques, Italian painting, Italian sculpture, Dutch painting, art objects and paintings. the Art of Islam.
The museum is located on the right bank of the Seine, in the 1st arrondissement and it stands out with its glass pyramid. There are three restaurants offering a varied cuisine.
St Germain des Prés
Located in the 6th arrondissement, St Germain des Prés attracts tourists as Parisians. The district surrounds the church of the same name, dates from the 6th century. Few neighborhoods in Paris have as rich a past as Saint Germain des Prés, where history and creation have come together. Saint-Germain-des-Prés has always been a particularly charming neighborhood whose mystery never ceases to amaze and inspire many authors.
What makes the place interesting is the reputation he gained after the 2nd World War. A bit like Greenwich Village with the Beat Generation. At that time; philosophers, authors, actors, and musicians intertwined in the boxes of the corner. Existentialist philosophy coexisted with American jazz, in the cellars of the rue de Rennes, frequented by Boris Vian and Miles Davis.
It was the great era of Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, the singer Juliette Greco and the filmmakers of the new generation; Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were strolling on the terraces. Some such as Café Deux Magot, Café Flore and Brasserie Lipp, a meeting place for journalists and left-wing politicians, still exist. Many artists still stroll there and especially many tourists.
Many movies have been shot in this iconic neighborhood. The place is located near Notre Dame de Paris, the Pantheon and the Luxembourg Gardens. To get there Line 4, station St Germain des Prés.
During your visit to Paris, you must visit this enormous structure whose construction began in 1806. At that time Napoleon, wanted to pay tribute to the great army, who could parade there on the return of his future victories, because Napoleon saw big, good let’s go for the rest.
This colossal work is strongly inspired by the arches of ancient Rome, its very size can only impress you. Its vocation has always been to celebrate the French military successes, from the revolution, to the campaigns of Napoleon and it shelters the tomb of the unknown soldier whose flame is revived every evening. The latter made its appearance at the end of the Great War of 1914. All the armed men who occupied or liberated Paris paraded. The day of the taking of the Bastille, the French army parade.
Access is by the Charles de Gaule – Étoile station (Line 1, 2 and 6) as well as by the RER (Line A). You will also have to use two tunnels on the Champs Elysees and Grande Armée Avenue to gain access, as it is impossible for a pedestrian to cross this busy roundabout.
Montmartre and Pigalle
Paris’ highest point, “the hillock” is associated with such artists; Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse Lautrec and Renoir, just to name a few. At the top is the Sacred Heart, from the top of the stairs you can admire the city. Not far away is the Place du Tertre, certainly it has lost its charm. It has been invaded by portrait painters, restaurants and tourist cafes. Yes it’s a tourist hatch, but how not to go!
You might consider a visit to the Agile Rabbit this little cabaret and resto was attended by practically every artist of the belle epoque. There is also the Montmartre museum, dedicated to the belle époque. Take line 12 and exit at station Abbesses whose glass is the work of Hector Guimard and take the opportunity to browse the Place des Abbesses. In Pigalle there remains the Moulin Rouge, a vestige of another era. A few meters away is the museum of eroticism. Moulin Rouge Blanche station, line 2 or line 12, Station Abbesses, Pigalle.
Place des Vosges
Formerly known as Place Royale, Place des Vosges is the oldest place in Paris and is known for its beauty and elegance. The original route dates from 1612, when King Henry IV erected a pavilion at the southern end of the square. The king decreed that the buildings surrounding the square should be placed symmetrically.
The result is golden red brick and white stone facades, corner roofs with skylights, all surrounded by arcades. The square is located in the historic Marsh area which is famous for its restored medieval buildings. The Place des Vosges has seen famous people come to settle here, including Cardinal de Richelieu and the writer Victor Hugo. The house of the latter is now a museum dedicated to … well you guess? Place des Vosges is located in the center of a triangle formed by three Metro stations; Bastille (lines 5, 5 and 8), Green Road (Line 8) and St Paul (Line 1)