The City of Love Paris, France: Paris is the most visited city in the world with over 30 million international visitors each year, and is universally renowned as being the world’s romantic capital.
With great monuments to passion such as Le Mur des Je T’aime (The Wall of ‘I Love You’), lively street cafés and a varied art scene, Paris is the perfect city to visit as a couple. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to propose, are celebrating a special anniversary or are still searching for your amour then a trip to Paris is ideal.
The Most Important Sights in Paris City of Love.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower: Probably the most famous of all Parisian landmarks, the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Universal Exposition as a ‘temporary structure’. The breath-taking sights from its viewing platform and the unique mark it leaves on the city’s skyline have led to the Eiffel Tower becoming one of France’s most beloved features. The Tower can be found in Le Champ de Mars near the Avenue de la Bourdon.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris: France’s most famous cathedral, home to the legendary Quasimodo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has been an integral part of Parisian life since 1163 AD when construction began. It has been extensively restored and visitors can still participate in Roman Catholic services or simply admire the architecture. Notre Dame is located on the eastern side of an island in the Seine, the Île de la Cité and is easily accessible by Metro.
Le Louvre: The Louvre is the most prominent of Paris’ many galleries and is renowned worldwide for its collections, which include the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is situated close to the Jardin des Tuileries on the banks of the Seine. It’s well served by the Metro and is an easy walk from Pont Neuf and Place de la Concorde. For those who enjoy art, Paris has many other interesting galleries including the Pompidou Centre (home of the Paris Centre for Modern Art) and the Musée d’Orsaywhich has one of the finest collections of impressionist pieces in the world.
L’Arc de Triomphe
L’Arc de Triomphe: France’s monument to military victories and those who have died in battle is majestic. It is located in La Place d’Étoile, along the Avenue de Champs-Élysées, an easy walk from Concorde Square and the Grand Palais Paris. One of the best ways to ‘see the sights’ of Paris is by boat, as many of the city’s landmarks can be found along the banks of the Seine or by the side of the city’s numerous canals. A typical Seine tour may include views of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Pont Neuf and the Grand Palais. Tourist boats are a frequent sight and offer a leisurely and informative approach to visiting Paris. Most boats offer narrated tours in French, English, German and other languages; and many are also able to offer refreshments and unique dining experiences.
Preparing for your Trip, Rental Cars and Hotels
Before visiting Paris it is wise to pre-book hotels and rental cars, as the city can become very busy and these may be difficult to arrange on arrival. The city has many Tourist Offices which are often able to help if you run into difficulties, and most staff are able to speak both French and English. Many flight operators now offer cheap flight and car rental deals for city breaks, and although some consider Paris to be an expensive city to visit, it can also be very economical if done on a budget.
For visitors who do have financial constraints, forward planning is vital as pre-booking travel, accomodation and events can often be much cheaper than the ‘on the door’ prices. For those who intend to drive during their visit, France does have some laws which tourists may be unfamiliar with, and it is now mandatory for all drivers (including tourists) to carry two breathaliser tests so it is worthwhile checking current legislation before arrival.