Paris: not only romance and soppiness

Paris… Baby, will you take me to Paris?? It is the most romantic city in the world!!! How many times have you heard this?! Many times, for sure, as it is well known that the atmosphere in Paris is full of romance, cuddling and tenderness. The French capital, however has so much more to offer! Here you can find lively neighbourhoods such as the Latin Quarter and you can discover art and culture hidden even in the most remote corners of the city. If you decide to go to Paris you must absolutely prepare a detailed plan with all the mandatory stops of your visit. Paris is a metropolis full of monuments, museums and beautiful squares. What you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and the desire to walk around. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral are only some of the places that you have to see in this city.

The Eiffel Tower, much contested and criticized because it was considered to be a pile of scrap metal, is definitely the first thing you should see in Paris. The best souvenir you can take with you from this city is your picture in front of the tower. Visiting the Eiffel Tower during the day is a fascinating experience, as you will be able to enjoy an amazing view of the entire city. However, if you have the time to wait for the night lighting you will not be sorry because you will witness a unique, unmissable show of lights and colours.

Another fundamental stop on your tour is the Louvre. Plan to dedicate an entire day to visiting the palace in order to enjoy your visit without having to run around. If you don’t lose your patience and get past the long queue at the entrance, you will be able to admire one of the world’s largest collections of works of art and antiquities. Louvre’s most famous attractions are da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, but you will discover many other works of art that are just as beautiful as these two, although they are less famous.

If after visiting the Louvre you feel like spending a day in the open air, visit the Palace of Versailles situated in the outskirts of Paris. This palace is the best illustration of the power of Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, who ruled over France for 72 years. The opulence and the luxury of the former royal palace will leave you standing open-mouthed. However, remember that your visit is not complete without a walk in Versailles’ beautiful gardens.

If you are not so much into royalty and royal palaces and you prefer a more lively and less formal environment, you should go to Montmartre. This city within a city is a place that still maintains the vitality and rebellious atmosphere that characterized it in the 1800′s, when the aristocrats and the bourgeois used to gather here in order to enjoy themselves. If you liked the bubbling atmosphere in Montmartre, you will certainly love the Latin Qarter as well. The trendy clubs, bars and restaurants open around the clock and the typically French atmosphere will completely conquer you.

Although you may be a bit tired at this point and you may not feel like walking around much, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle. The cathedral, whose name means Our Lady of Paris, is a place that is both mysterious and fascinating, because it combines history and traditions. The cathedral’s treasury hosts some of the most important relics of Christianity, such as the crown of thorns and a fragment of the cross.

The Sainte Chapelle, on the other hand, is a perfect example of how wonderful and perfect Gothic architecture can be. Its 600 square meters of stained glass windows are truly unique and are considered the best of their kind in the world. They are a complete representation of the Old and the New Testament.

To conclude, Paris is a city where you can find everything. However, the bubbling atmosphere in some parts of the city makes it a perfect destination for a trip that is out of the ordinary.

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