Paris is known as the city of light, considered the city of glamour and love. One of the most romantic cities in the world. And I mean it really is true. And it wasn't for nothing that my husband chose to spend our honeymoon.
But Paris is not just for couples in love. Considered the birthplace of the main historical monuments and museums of the world, there are many things to see and discover about this charming town that keeps secrets of art, culture, religion, fashion and gastronomy.
An inexplicable magic. For those who visit for the first time, it's love at first sight.
How many days stay? Getting around
Paris has a multitude of attractions to suit all tastes. Museums, churches, parks, shopping, theme parks, monuments, historical buildings, cultural centers, concerts, events, tours, castles, palaces and gardens are some examples.
With four days of stay you can visit the most important and well known attractions but still may not be enough.
Many of the attractions can be visited on foot because they are very close. In fact, walking is one of the classic recipes to meet Paris the most. So a tip is to bring clothes and comfortable shoes.
Some attractions however will be a little further away. In these cases you can use the subway. The Paris metro network is huge and has more than 300 stations. When stations close, night buses continue to operate and so you stay 12:0 am covered to walk through Paris in one piece.
Things to do in Paris?
The Eiffel Tower is surely one of the best known monuments in the world. Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. She is a true icon of France. It has 324 metres high and is the most visited paid monument in the world. Millions of people go up in the Tower every year. I don't remember exactly what was the price of the ticket but it wasn't expensive. There is a cheaper option that is stairs but they only give you access to a level of the tower. To climb higher you need to pay for the ticket that gives you access by lifts. You can go up the elevator to the second floor or go to the top.
At dusk the lights in yellow tones light up, so the tower stands out in any location you are in Paris. In addition every hour they begin to blink.
When we went to Paris was summer and only began to darken even from 9:0 pm. This is normal and depending on the season schedule will be different. Check out the site's exact schedule http://www.timeanddate.com sunset.
Champ de Mars
In front of the tower is one of the greenest areas of Paris, the Champ de Mars. In the warmer seasons many people stretch their towels and make picnic. The trick is to buy a good wine and enjoy the evening.
The Louvre Museum is the most visited in the world. Many have seen him through the film ' the Da Vinci Code '. Among the main works that we can find are the famous Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. There are also huge collections of artefacts from ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman civilization, decorative and applied arts, and numerous masterpieces of great artists of Europe.
The Museum is enormous, with everything that I think 1 week is not sufficient to meet all his works. But of course any tourist will have the time nor the inclination to do so. The ideal is to book a full day.
The Champs-Elysées (Portuguese Elysian fields) is one of the most famous and glamorous avenues in the world, linking the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. It also passes through two of the most beautiful buildings of the city: the Grand and Petit Palais. Further West, the Avenue is lined with cinemas, cafés and restaurants, and luxury specialty shops.
The Champs-Élysées ends at the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon Bonaparte to honor his achievements.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is located on place Charles de Gaulle, one of the two ends of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It was built to celebrate the military victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, who ordered its construction in 1806. The monument became since then, point of departure or passage of the main military parades, demonstrations and tours. When we visited was experiencing some kind of demonstration because there were many people and various police cars around and uniformed military. The arc has 50 meters high and it is possible to climb to the top. Don't we go up, we'd rather save to climb the Eiffel Tower which gives a much broader view of the city.
Petit Palais and Grand Palais
The Petit Palais is a historical building and Museum of fine arts. The building was built by architect Charles Girault for the Universal exhibition of 1900, as part of a monumental set with the Grand Palais and the Alexandre III Bridge.
Note Cathedral Dramé
The Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the oldest French Gothic cathedrals. Its construction started in the year 1163 it took 300 years to build it. It is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus Christ (hence the name Notre-Dame – Notre Dame).
Admission is free and always have huge queues to enter. I think we were lucky because we don't need to get any queue. We walked inside and observe the stained glass Windows, panels and images. We watched a little of the mass and then traveled about the surroundings of the place. We were a long time admiring the beauty and detail. The night lighting leaves the Cathedral even more beautiful.
Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts
The Pont Neuf, which in Portuguese means ' new bridge ' is, paradoxically, the oldest of the bridges that cross the river Seine. The "new" name was given to distinguish the ancient medieval bridges, built with houses on both sides. The bridge itself has nothing more and only a waypoint. Serves to enjoy the view. In it you will see in the distance, the Pont des Arts.
The Pont des Arts is the famous bridge of love. The one where people lock locks with their names and then throw the key into the river by sealing a "undying love".
You can do the boat tour along the river Seine through the company Batobus. In addition to exploring the river and see the best sights of Paris, he is also an efficient means of transport. The ride is valid for the whole day and you can come down and ride the boat as many times as you want. The initial point is near the Eiffel Tower. The batobus passes through eight stations located at important points of the city. See more information on the website http://www.batobus.com/.
Basilica Sacre Coeur
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica (basilique du Sacré-Coeur) is a temple of the Roman Catholic Church in Paris, and also the symbol of the neighborhood of Monte Martre. The Basilica is located on top of Mount Martre, the highest point in the city. The access to the Church can be done by stairs or if you prefer, funicular.
Moulin Rouge (in Portuguese means Red Mill) is a traditional cabaret, built in the year 1889 by Josep Oller. Situated in the District of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy, at the foot of Montmartre, in Paris, France. Is famous for inclusion on the roof of his building of a large red mill. The Moulin Rouge is an emblematic symbol of the Parisian night, and has a rich history connected to the Bohemia of the city.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is the largest public park in the city of Paris with more than 224 thousand m ², currently belongs to the Senate of France, which is based on the famous Luxembourg Palace. The garden is decorated with statues, beautiful flowers, trees and small lakes.
An amazing and enjoyable is to rest, read a book, admire the beautiful flowers, picnicking and sightseeing with family or friends.
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