The capital of France, also known as “the city of love“, Paris is the best place to spend a romantic vacation and why not, your honeymoon. What makes this city a synonym for love?! Maybe because its inhabitants choose to concentrate on the really significant things in life: good food, wine, music, art, literature and the most important – a relaxed attitude. If all these ingredients don’t get you in a romantic mood, I don’t know what does.
- Tour Eiffel
- Seine Cruise
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Sacre Coeur Church
- Versailles Palace and Gardens
- Louvre Museum
- Jardin de Luxembourg
- Hotel des Invalides and the Dome Church
- Arc de Triomphe
- La Madeleine
It’s very hard to choose the most beautiful things to see here, because there are so many. Especially for those of you , who don’t have much time to wonder through the streets of Paris, in search of the best places to see, here is a top10 for Paris:
At the beginning Tour Eiffel was considered ugly, but now it is one of the most visited monuments in the world and the emblem of Paris. The tower is about 300 m tall, has three levels and is accessible by elevators or by stairs. You can easily guess that almost everybody prefers the elevators, so they tend to be pretty crowded. Once you reach the third level of this tower you can have a panorama over the entire city. The subway stations(metro stations) located near the Eiffel Tour are: Bir-Hakeim, Ecole Militaire and Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER- regional express train). In the evening hundreds of people gather near Tour Eiffel, on Champ de Mars and sit on the grass, eat, drink, relax and enjoy the lights of the tour.
Eiffel Tower at night
View over Paris from the Eiffel Tower
A cruise to the river Seine is one of the best ways to see Paris. It saves you time and effort , gets you to the most important monuments in Paris, plus is very romantic .You can choose a simple, inexpensive cruise or a more exclusive one, including meals, drinks and history presentation.
The are many companies providing journeys type hop on – hop off for one or more days and they all offer a beautiful view over the stunning, historical buildings and monuments in Paris. The cruises start generally around 10 a.m. and last till 10 p.m. , but it depends from company to company.The main stations where the ships stop are: Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre , Museum d’Orsay, Saint-Germain’s Church, Jardin des Plantes, Champs-Elysees.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Inside Notre Dame Church
The Notre Dame Cathedral is believed to be one of the best samples of Gothic architecture in France and in Europe. The cathedral is stunning both on the outside and on the inside, a masterpiece of history, sculptures and paintings. Plus it inspired Victor Hugo to write: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Don’t miss climbing the towers of Notre Dame and seeing Paris from the eyes of the gargoyles located on top of the cathedral. You can get here from the metro stations: Cite and Saint Michel -Notre- Dame(RER) or by boat.
Beautiful park close to Notre Dame
Sacre Coeur Church
The beautiful white church of Sacre Coeur is located in one of the highest points in Paris- Montmartre, from which you can to admire the entire city . Montmartre is a hill measuring about 130 meters, known as a nightclub district and a meeting place for artists and tourists.The highlight of Montmarte is of course Sacre Coeur.
The color of this famous roman catholic church is given by the rock Château-Landon from which the building is constructed. This rock has an interesting reaction to the water from the rain , secreting calcite, which acts like a bleacher for the walls.
The road till this site is a bit challenging, because there is no immediate metro station near Sacre Cour. Metro stations close to Sacre Coeur are: Anvers,Pigalle ,Blanche, Abbesses.From the metro station you have to take a bus or climb the stairs or take the funicular till this famous church.
At Montmartre on our way to Sacre Coeur
Relaxing in front of Sacre Coeur Church
Versailles Palace and Gardens
The Versailles Pallace having 2300 rooms was the residence of 3 French kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI .Today the palace and the gardens are a part of the Unesco World Heritage .The inside of the palace hosts a huge collection of paintings, engravings and sculptures.The gardens are also immense-2000 acres(from my experience just to walk through the gardens you need one day) and they remained mostly unchanged from the time of Louis XIV.
The distance between Paris and Versailles is around 20 km, so in order to get to Versailles Palace, take the train (RER) from Montparnasse station .
On our way to Louvre Museum
One of the largest museums in the world, Louvre is a must see for all the art lovers and not only.The museum represents a travel into the past and hosts : Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan,Roman and Islamic art, famous paintings and sculptures and much more.
At the entrance you will receive a map of the building with all the things to see in every sector, but the museum is very big and is better to think ahead and have a list of things you want to see.Among the most famous work of arts in Louvre are: Mona Lisa ,Venus of Milo, Code of Hammurabi.
The tickets can be bought from the main entrance of the museum ,but also from the metro stations near Louvre. My advice is to take the ticket from the metro station, otherwise you will have to stay a long time in line.
The closest Metro stops are Palais-Royal/Musee du Louvre or Louvre- Rivoli.
Jardin de Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg on a summer day
I was really impressed by Jardin the Luxembourg and it seems to me like the ideal place to relax in Paris on a hot summer afternoon .This large garden or better said the park was created in 1612 and was a source of inspiration for many French writers and not only. Today people meet here to relax, read a book, eat a sandwich and listen to the small concerts organized here. The decor is formed by :fountains, palm trees, flowers and statues .There are plenty metro and RER stations close to Jardin de Louxemburg, such as : Luxembourg(RER), Port Royal(RER), Clunny- la Sorbonne, Saint Sulplice, Odeon. I recommend the metro station, Clunny- La Sorbonne, that has a very interesting design. The ceiling of this metro station bears the the signatures of poets, artists, scientists. Close to this metro station is the famous French University ,La Sorbonne.
Cluny La Sorbonne metro station close to Jardin de Luxembourg
Hotel des Invalides and the Dome Church
Hotel des Invalides
The Dome Church tomb of Napoleon
Hotel des Invalides is a complex of museums and monuments connected to the military history of France, that served some time ago as a hospital for war veterans. Dome des Invalides or the Dome Church is the most famous part of this complex , because it here is buried Napoleon. The closest metro stations to Hotel des Invalides are: Varrenne, Ecole Militaire and La Tour Maubourg.
Monument inside Hotel des Invalides
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The huge Arc de Triomphe monument measuring 50 meters in height, is located in Place Charles de Gaulle and was built at the order of Napoleon to honor those who fought and died for France. The area is very crowded with cars.The closest metro station to Arc De Triomphe is Charles de Gaulle- Etoile.
This huge roman catholic church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene, although at the beginning it was supposed to be a grandiose temple celebrating the military glory.
The church is located very close (in a walking distance) from Place de la Concorde and from the legendary boulevard Champs d’ Elysees, also worth visiting in Paris.
La Madeleine has about 64 columns, bronze doors and it has a design similar to the Pantheon in Rome.The closest metro station to Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is called Madelleine.
Paris can also be just a starting point for your journey through France, from which you can easily reach other beautiful places,like: the castles from the Loire Valley, Mont Saint Michel, Normandy beaches, Monet’s house and gardens.