Paris – What to visit?

Paris is a city with a lot to see. Because we’ve been there just for a couple of days, we only saw the most common tourist attractions.

 

Louvre museum

Louvre if not the most world-famous museum, it’s at least one of them. Every time we see that glass pyramid we know instantly that picture is from Paris. This museum is huge which is not a surprise since it is the biggest art museum of the world. At some point, we had to decide what not visit, otherwise we would spend all day just there.

dsc0633The Louvre’s collection comprises around 300000 masterpieces and paintings. There are so many diverse collections: Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquities, the history of the Louvre museum, paintings, sculptures, among many, many others.

But the most famous piece in this museum is without any doubt the Mona Lisa painting from Leonardo Da Vinci. You can easily spot it, not because of its size, it is quite small, but because of the amount of people around it.

Website: https://www.louvre.fr/

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

 


Tour Eiffel 

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I think this is the most known landmark of Paris. You definitely have the feeling that you are in Paris when standing next to it. Because my boyfriend has a phobia of heights, we didn’t go to the top, but for what I see, if you want to avoid queues it is better if you BUY the tickets in advance, and even in that case you may have to wait for a little while.

 

 

The Eiffel Tower website: https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

 


Arc de Triomphe

dsc0695Alongisde with the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe is another landmark of Paris. It´s located in a big and busy aroundabout. If you want to experience the view of the city from the top of the Arch, you can see the price and opening times in this website: http://www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr/en/

 

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

 

 


Basilique Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre

From this Basilique you have an excellent view of the city. Not a surprise since the Basilique Sacré-Coeur is located on the highest point of the Montmartre. The Basilica is elegant, but personally I didn’t find it out of the ordinary. But I will mention again the view of the city, that is spectacular.

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In Montmartre we also visit another church that is next to the basilica, the Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, a small church worth to visit. You can also spend some time here eating, drinking and/or snacking, since this area has loads of nice restaurants and cafés.

 

 

 


Église Saint-Eustache

From outside, its majestic building is impressive and the inside matches it without any doubt. This church has been stage of many important events such as the baptism of Molière, Madame de Pompadour and the first Communion of Louis XIV.

Address: 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris, France

 


Église Saint-Sulpice

dsc0807This church is the second biggest of Paris. In here you can find the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice, an astronomical measurement device. This gnomon, among others, participated in attempts to calculated astronomic events. This Gnomon is mentioned on the famous book written by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code as the “Rose Line”.

Address: 2 Rue Palatine, 75006 Paris, France

 


Sainte-Chapelle

The inside of this small chapel is impressive. The stained-glasses present are gorgeous. There will take your breath away by its beauty.

Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France


Conciergerie

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The conciergerie is the main vestige of the ancient City Palace or Palace of “de la Cité”, residence and centre of the royalty power from the 5th century until the 14th century. In 1392, this Palace was converted into estate prison. During the French Revolution, it was here that Marie Antoinette was kept in captivity until her execution. This is a good place to learn a lit bit more about the history of France.

Address: 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France


Panthéon

On Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, we can find in the same place the Panthéon, the Saint-Étienne-du-Montchurch, the Sainte-Geneviève library and the university of Pantheon-Sorbonne.

It’s inside the Patheon where you can find the famous Foucault Pendulum. For those who don’t know what it is, this was an experiment performed by the French Physicist Jean Bernard Léon Foucault to demonstrate the Earth’s rotation.

 

It is also here where are buried important names of science, arts, politics and military, such as Marie and Pierre Curie, Louis Braille, Alexandre Dumas and Voltaire.

Address: Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France


Catacombes de Paris

I really don’t know how to put this in nice words. Let’s say if you want to visit the Paris catacombs first choose a month when it is not freezing cold outside and second give enough time to get in, because the queues are huge. We arrived around 11 am and we just entered the catacombs at 1 pm. Probably if you get here early you don’t get stuck waiting, but I won’t guarantee anything. In their website, they have the option to buy a “skip the line ticket” so probably you want to give it a go.

The catacombs of Paris themselves are worth to visit, they are huge, we spent 1 hour inside. It’s tunnels and tunnels with bones that came from different cemeteries, from different times, put together in 1786 in an attempt to control and prevent the plague and the diseases that were devastating the population.

Paris catacombs website: http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/en

Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France


Cimetière Père-Lachaise

20180225_110417Maybe it´s a bit morbid to go to a cemetery on holidays, but this was our last day and we wanted something close to our hotel. I found this cemetery. But it not a “normal” cemetery, is of the most famous cemeteries in the world. And why is that? Because it is in here where there are world-wide famous people buried. For example, you can see the graves of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison (these are just a couple of examples). This cemetery is so big that on the front door  a man was selling maps for this place. I am not joking!

Address: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France

 

 

 


Place de La Concorde

dsc0669This is a very important historical place in Paris. It was in this place where it was installed the first guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution, and where it was executed more than 1200 people, among them important figures like Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Robespierre. The obelisk that you can easily find at this plaza is more than 3000 years old and came originally from Luxor. This obelisk was given as a gift of the vice-king of Egypt.

 

 

 

 


Jardin des Tuileries

This local has a lot of value by its involvement in historical episodes in Paris. It separates the Louvre museum and the Concorde Plaza. During our time in here we noticed one of the Parisians behaviour. Not just in this park but in all the parks that we have been, they have around the lakes some chairs for people to be able to sit and relax.

 

Address: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France


Jardin Luxembourg

As I said above, in this park there were also chairs around the lake for people to sit. You can find amazing statues spread out the all park. Really nice place for a walk and to enjoy the weather, especially on a sunny day.

 


Tour Saint-Jacques

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This tower can be found in a small garden around the city and it is the last remaining of a church, the Saint-Jacques-de-la-Bouchene church

Address:  Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, 75004 Paris, France

 

 

 


Ilê de la Cité

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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This place is most known from the Disney movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It is just a beautiful and majestic building, I don’t even know from where to begin. I think this is the most beautiful place in Paris. Probably that is why we came here twice during our stay in Paris. The first time was in the end of the afternoon and the second time in the beginning on the afternoon when we could see it with a full day light. On our first visit (by the way the entry is free), the Mass was occurring, and even though I am not a religious person I think it is a special experience. There are no words that can truly describe this place.

 

A quick tip: If you come here and there is a long queue, just go visit something else and then come back. It happened with us, we arrived and there was a really long queue, and because we didn’t want to wait, we went visit something else and after when we came back there was no queue at all.


Crypte archéologique de I´île de la Cité

The ticket that we bought to the catacombs also gave us entry to the archaeological crypt of the Île de la Cité, located in front of the Cathedral. We can find here the remains of the city that was developed in this area, from the Ancient times to the twentieth century. This remains were discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972.