There are several reasons Paris is a prime destination for visitors. With the city’s famous museums like the Picasso, the Catacombs with its vast network of tunnels dating back to the 18th century and iconic structures like the bridges along the Seine, Paris has a historical reputation for being one of the greatest cultural centres in the world. Fondly referred to as the city of light and the capital of fashion, Paris attracts millions of visitors every year to her pretty streets, fabulous eateries, historical museums and cultural sites. There are a lot of places to see and things to do in this French capital.
Paris is an art lover’s delight. The Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world is located in the centre of Paris. The Orangerie is another Parisian art museum located close-by. Located at the Jardin des Tuileries, it has an array of Monet’s water lily paintings. The Musee D’Orsay occupies five floors of a former railway terminal, and it showcases sculptures, photographs and several 19th century works of art. The Paris Museum Pass provides access to over 60 museums and historical sites and it can be purchased in advance online as well as several Parisian locations. Opera lovers will enjoy visiting the world-renowned Paris Opera founded in the late 19th century. It serves as home to the Paris Opera Ballet.
Walking Tours and Sightseeing
One great way of having fun while visiting Paris is to take a walking tour. If it’s your first visit, walking through a big city like Paris by yourself could be intimidating, especially if you don’t know where you are going. The easiest way of going about this is to make a booking with a walking tour agency. They have local guides who know all the secrets of the city and they can arrange for you to visit various neighbourhood where you will meet different communities and learn about their culture and tradition.
A walking tour also enables you to learn everything about Parisian art, from architecture to street art and French cinema. For example, the Montmartre cinema tour will take you through the street of Montmartre, passing by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart which is one of the most filmed neighbourhoods in Paris. You will also find out the stories of cinema which marked out Montmartre. In addition, Montmartre is a hilltop where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Paris, including the landmark Sacre-Coeur Basilica which towers above the city.
Eating Out in Paris
Paris boasts of a towering stature in food and dining. There are thousands of restaurants to choose from, ranging from cafes offering a simple meal and a carefe of wine to the upscale restaurants at the Plaza Athenee. And there are also street food options. The famous falafels of the Marais district is a case in point.