The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, Notre-Dame, Montmartre … Everything that you simply must see on a short break in Paris!
Are you enthralled by Paris but only have a few days to discover one of the most bewitching of capitals? Famous museums and monuments, cruises on the Seine, shopping and Paris by night: here are 6 ideas for walks to do, according to your tastes and inclinations, if you are staying in Paris for 1, 2 or 3 days.
Begin with a coffee on the Champs-Elysées, then take a gentle stroll down to the Eiffel Tower along the avenue Marceau, passing the famous flame of the Pont de l’Alma.
From the top of the Tower, you’ll be treated to an unrestricted view over Paris. Then, hop onto one of the river boats moored just below and glide down the Seine as far as Notre-Dame. When you’ve finished your visit of the cathedral, it’ll be time for a lunch break.
The Louvre is just half an hour away and awaits you for a made-to-measure tour around the major works of art. As you leave, the day will be drawing to a close over the Pont des Arts footbridge, the Pont Neuf and the Institut de France…
Cross over the river and make your way to Odéon metro station which will lead you straight to the Butte Montmartre where you can enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of the city and its monuments, which light up at nightfall.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées (don’t miss)
Between Concorde and Étoile, is the emblematic section of a perspective that extends from the Louvre Pyramid to La Défense. The first steps of this ‘glorious way’, an obligatory passage for patriotic parades, were however modest. Lined with undergrowth, the avenue reached the current site of place de l’Étoile in 1724.
This towering monument, inaugurated by Gustave Eiffel during the World Fair is a landmark site 324-metres-high. Its graceful metallic structure has dominated the Seine riverbanks and Champ-de-Mars for more than 120 years. At nightfall, it sparkles with lights to mark the change from one hour to the next.
Pont de l’Alma
This bridge connecting the 7th, 8th and 16th arrondissements of Paris is known not only for its statue of a Zouave soldier,formerly used to measure rises in the level of the Seine.At one end of the bridge is the Flame of Liberty, a gift to France as a token of thanks for French help restoring the famous statue in New York,and now an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana.The flame is a perfect replica of the torch held up by ‘Lady Liberty’.
Musée du Louvre
The biggest museum in Paris, and home of the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, and Venus de Milo was, first and foremost, the jewel in the crown of the kings, emperors and republics of France. From the sombre late-12th century fortress, to Peï’s glass pyramid, built in 1989, many have reigned here and practically everyone has left their mark – Renaissance, Classic, First and Second Empire, contemporary…
The Pont-Neuf is the oldest of Paris bridges and the first highway in France to accomodate an effigy. The original equestrian statue of Henri IV was melted down at the Revolution in 1792 and replaced by the Restoration with the present figure. Built in two halves between 1578 and 1604.
People in a hurry or just strolling by, traffic, cafe lights, historic facades, sinuous lines of people queuing in front of cinemas … That is what the Odéon district looks like at almost any time of day. A lively place full of cultural attractions right in the heart of historic Paris!
Notre-Dame de Paris
The beginning of its long construction coincided with the choice of Paris as a capital and, on the square in front of the cathedral, a bronze star inscribed ‘zero kilometre’ indicates the centre of the country in terms of travelling distances. A symbol of Gothic art, its harmonious layout seems to be the work of just one architect.
Venice has its gondolas, Montmartre its steps – physically demanding but Romanesque in the extreme. Countless novels, legends and ‘fabulous destinies’ are set in the Butte, such as the Bateau-Lavoir in place Émile- Goudeau, where Picasso painted the Demoiselles d’Avignon, and the cafe made famous by Amélie Poulain in rue Lepic.
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