Western Europe : Top 10 things to do in Paris – The City of Light!

When you think of Paris, you would relate it to Eiffel Tower, the fashionista city, luxury shopping, the museums.  The city is also associated with romance and lovers and it was first known as ‘The City of Light’.

1.Eiffel Tower

It was drizzling when we arrived in the morning. The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889 and now the tower serves both as a monument and as a major tourist attraction in France.  Be careful of the ‘gold ring tricks’ when you are around this area.  Gold ring tricks is famous and old trick in Paris.  A gypsy will purposely drop a gold ring on the floor then picked up and offer to you. They do that to start the conversation with you and then asked for money. These people operate in a groups. There are few more gangs around and watching from afar.  I was sitting at the coach and could see the whole episode of how these people performing the gold ring tricks to the tourists.

Eiffel Tower

2.Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

3.Champs-Elysees 

Arc de Triomphe is another important landmark in Paris located in western end of the Champs-Elysees – a prestigious avenue in Paris!  You could sit in the cafe along Champs-Elysees whole day and watching people dressed up fashionably walking up and down the most expensive street in the world.  When in Paris, everything is about style and fashion!

Arc de Triomphe

Why Built Arc de Triomphe ?

The construction of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was built in 1806 by Napoleon, the French Emperor.  If you go closer, you can admire its delicate design and engravings. Why built this monument? The monument is to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, names were inscribed on the surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers from World War I.

4.Cruise down the River Seine in Paris

Another great way to see Paris is to cruise down the River Seine.  You get to see the key monuments through the river cruise.  When cruising all you hope for is to have a sunny day, sit at the top deck to get a better view.

Cruise down the River Seine in Paris

5.Pont Alexandre III – Most extravagant bridge in Paris

Pont Alexandre III is the most extravagant bridge which connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those and Eiffel Tower.  The sculptures at the middle of the bridge is Nymphs of the Neva relief – can be seen clearly from the River Seine Cruise also considered one of the most beautiful river crossing in the world.

Pont Alexandre III

6.Palais Bourbon – Parliament House

This is a government building now known as L’Assemblée Nationale – houses for National Assembly, France Parliament lower house.  Stunning building!

Admission and operating hours, click here : Palais Bourbon

Palais Bourbon - Parliament House

7.Notre-Dame de Paris – Catholic Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris - Catholic Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages. The monument is so famous in Paris and all of France, beating even the Eiffel Tower and has about 13 million visitors each year.

Admission to the top of the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral : Euro 10.00

Notre-Dame de Paris - Catholic Cathedral

8.Conciergerie – Medieval royal palace turn law court

Does it look like a palace?  Yes, it was originally a palace and some buildings were used as a prison.  Now it is a law courts.  Definitely an impressive building on the riverside.

Admission for Conciergerie  : Euro 9.00

Conciergerie

9.Musee d’Orsay – Art Museum

From the river bank of Seine, you can see the big Musee d’Orsay Museum.  The museum is located in an old railway station in front of the well-known museum of the Louvre.  Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir artworks can be found inside this old railway station museum.

Admission for Musee d’Orsay Museum : Euro 12.00

Musee d’Orsay

Eiffel Tower – Unblocked view from River Seine Cruise

Eiffel Tower

10.The Louvre museum, and its glass pyramid

Not forgetting Lourve, the world largest museum.

Admission and operating hours, click here : Louvre museum

The Louvre museum

Top 10 things to do in Paris – The City of Light!

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Arc de Triomphe
  3. Champs-Élysées – fashionable, expensive & prestigious street in the world
  4. Cruise down the River Seine in Paris
  5. Pont Alexandre III –  most extravagant bridge in Paris
  6. Palais Bourbon – Parliament House
  7. Notre-Dame de Paris – Catholic Cathedral
  8. Conciergerie – Medieval royal palace turn Law Court
  9. Musee d’Orsay – Art Museum – Monet, & Van Gogh fans must go!
  10. The Louvre museum – check out Mona Lisa

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