Paris is the capital of France and its largest city with a population of around 2.1 million. An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres and a major tourist destination.
Places to visit in Paris
Eiffel Tower - The iconic symbol of France built in 1889 and still a major attraction. Standing at 324 metres it was considered very high when it was first opened. You can walk up to the first and second stage but it is very steep.
Champs-Élysées - is a seventeenth century garden-promenade-turned-avenue connecting the Concorde and Arc de Triomphe.
Arc de Triomphe - Monument to those who have fallen for France in battle.
Montparnasse - is a historic Left Bank area famous for artists' studios, music halls, and café life.
The Place de la Concorde - is one of the major public squares in Paris at its centre is an Egyptian obelisk and there are also two large ornate fountains.
Notre Dame Cathedral - Situated on The Île de la Cité an island in the Seine. Construction took place between 1160 and 1240 and involved the, then revolutionary, flying buttress that has come to symbolise the church.
Louvre - Paris's most famous museum containing a huge number of exhibits from prehistory to the 20th century. The highlights for many visitors are the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
The Tuileries Garden - is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Originally the gardens of the Tuileries Palace built in 1564.
Luxembourg Gardens - is the largest in Paris and dates from 1611 when it was commissioned by Marie de Medicis, the widow of King Henry IV. Today it a has a mixture of formal and informal parts and it is a popular spot for Parisians.
Versailles - The court of Versailles was 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. Located some twenty kilometres from the centre of Paris.
Disneyland Paris - comprises two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district, and seven Disney-owned hotels. Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris, - around 30 kms form the centre.
Cafes - you can't visit Paris without trying cafe life. They are everywhere in the city and cater for all tastes - as in any large city the central area can be 'tres expensive' but the experience will be worth it.
Moulin Rouge - the home of the can can; operating more or less continually since it opened in 1889.
The Grand Arch (La Grande Arche) - is a symbol of modern Paris, it is located in the business district of the city (La Defense). Completed in 1989 it is designed to represent a modern equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe.
Le Grande Arche
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