Escape To Paris! Part II

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Millions of people fly in and out of Paris every year. Paris is the one stop destination for chic shopping, lifestyle, love and much more. We have tried our level best to sum Paris destinations in this post. Get ready to experience some amazing stops ahead.

  • Sights
  • Shopping

Sights: Paris wont fail to show you some of the most wonderful architectural wonders. We have put up some of the ‘not to miss’ places during your stay. The top 6 are listed below:

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Musee du Louvre
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Pont Neuf

The Eiffel Tower (La tour Eiffel)eiffel-tower-690956_1280

That’s probably the first place a person would want to visit, when he/she is in Paris! The Eiffel Tower is a beauty! Located on The Champ de Mars, was named after the Engineer who built the marvel, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. The tower is 324m tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building! The tower has seen more than 250 million and about 6.8 million people have ascended it. (2010 Statistics)

#FACT: The puddled iron structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes, while the entire structure, including non-metal components, is approximately 10,000 tonnes.

Musee du Louvre (Musée du Louvre)pyramid-495398_1280

Louvre museum is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris. It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (ward). It is the most visited museum in the world, as per data from 2012.

#FACT: An estimated 35,000 objects from various centuries are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres area!

Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles)versailles-793338_1280

The court of Versailles was considered the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. It is truly an amazing place you dont want to miss!

#FACT: Two of the three treaties of the Peace of Paris (1783), which granted independence to the United States, were signed at Versailles.

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral)sanchez-482376_1920

The Cathedral is the best example of French Architecture! It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

#FACT:The Cathedral has 10 bells and largest bell among them is ‘Emmanuel’ weighing more than 13 tons!

Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile)paris-91213_1920

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.

#FACT: Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified in both the World Wars.

Pont Neuf (Le Pont Neuf)pont-neuf-482424_1280

Pont Neuf is one of the most oldest structures that still stand completely functional even today! The bridge is composed of two separate spans, one of five arches joining the left bank to the Île de la Cité, another of seven joining the island to the right bank. You dont want to miss that!

#FACT: A major restoration of the Pont Neuf was begun in 1994 and was completed in 2007, the year of its 400th anniversary!

Shopping:  It’s Paris, people! You have just come to the right place. Shopping in Paris can’t just be controlled. It’s a shoppers paradise. You can’t just walk away without purchasing from Paris! Parisians often seem to make impeccable fashion sense look effortless. Here are some of the most amazing places to shop:

  • Champ Élysées
  • Louvre- Tuileries and Faubourg Saint- Honoré
  • Paris Department Stores District- Boulevard Haussmann

Champ Élysées KONICA MINOLTA Photography. Attribution

1.9 Kilometers of pure shopping! What else would a shopper dream of? It runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle.  It is famous for its theatres, cafés and luxury shops, and for the military parade that takes place each year on the avenue on 14 July to celebrate Bastille Day.

Louvre- Tuileries and Faubourg Saint- HonoréIMG_0637

The Faubourg Saint-Honoré district is the pulse of Paris design and fashion. It is jam packed with tourists from around the globe. Getting there: Metro Concorde, Tuileries (Line 1), Pyramides (Line 7, 14). It is known for designer fashion, chic home furnishings, and quality cosmetics

Paris Department Stores District- Boulevard HaussmannIMG_0638

It is considered as the heart of Parisian shopping. It concentrates top designer collections for men and women, gourmet food shopping, home design, jewelry, and even hardware into a labyrinth of consumer delights. Getting there: Metro Havre-Caumartin (Line 3 or 9), Opera (Lines 3, 7, 8), RER Auber(Line A)

Stay Tuned for Part III for more amazing things to do in Paris! Until next time it’s Au- Revoir

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