15 Mar Paris, the city of love
by Peter Mielcarek from Germany
When it comes to Paris many people don’t know what to see and where to start. I was in Paris for 2 weeks and I was lucky enough to see all the different places.
The City of Love is visited by over 16 million people from across the world every year. Some people spend a week or some a few days there. But where to start? What are the must sees?
Paris, view from Arc de Triomph by Peter Mielcarek
View from Arc de Triomphe
One of the first things I saw was the Arc de Triomphe and its stunning view over the city. Arc de Triomphe is the hotspot in Paris and you can see the whole city from its viewing platform. The picture shows the Champs-Élysées the most known street of France. At Christmas time there is a Christmas market along the street with a big ferris wheel at the end.
Paris, Place Vendôme by Peter Mielcarek
Place Vendôme was one of the few places which made me dumbfounded! The Column was build at Napoleons direction to celebrate the victory of Austerlitz from 1806-1810. Furthermore there are some designer stores, the French Ministry of Justice and the Hotel Ritz which is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”.
Paris, Monmartre by Peter Mielcarek
This was the most epic view over Paris. I stood in front of the Sacré-Cœur which is located on the highest hill in town. During the Belle Époque many artist had studios or worked in or around Montmartre at the beginning of the twenty century. One of the most known artists were Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. That’s why Montmartre is known for its art quarter. Furthermore cafés, restaurants, the Sacré-Cœur and the nightlife are familiar things in this district.
Paris, Louvre by Peter Mielcarek
The Louvre is the worlds most visited museum. The glass pyramids are recognized with this wonderful place worldwide. Nearly 10 million people are visiting this museum every year. A must see are Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503-1506), Winged Victory of Samothrace (190 BC, Ancient Greece), Lamassu’s Mesopotamia (713 BC) and Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (1830) in the museum. However count with a very long queue to get inside the museum.
Paris, La Défense by Peter Mielcarek
In „La Défense” you get a little taste of America. It is Europe’s largest business district and gives Paris a modern touch. Its skyline is full of skyscrapers which you can see from the Arc de Triomphe or Montmartre.
Paris, Pont Alexandre III Les Invalides by Peter Mielcarek
Pont Alexandre III / Les Invalides
Pont Alexandre III ist the most extravagant bridge in Paris! It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with the Invalides. With its noble decoration it is the most beautiful bridge I’ve ever seen. When you stand on the bridge you have a perfect view on the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides.
The Invalides is a complex of buildings containing museums like the Army Museum, monuments and a church with the burial site for Napoleon Bonaparte and some other France war heroes.
Paris, Eiffel Tower by Peter Mielcarek
La tour Eiffel
Last but not least! The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognisable attractions in the world. The tower has 3 levels for visitors. On the first and second level are two restaurants. On the first level is the restaurant „Le 58 Tour Eiffel“ and on the second level the gourmet restaurant „Le Jules Verne“. On the third level is the highest public observation deck in Europe. Its 276 meter above the ground.
All in all Paris is worth a visit! With its many attractions you have always something new to see. The best and cheapest way to travel is by the „Métro“. I hope you enjoy your trip and see all the awesome places.