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Paris

Everyone has heard of Paris for numerous different reasons from being at the centre of fashion through to its culture, history and art and with so many places to visit it often makes choosing which Paris hotel to stay in and what attractions to see a very hard choice.

Affectionately known as the City of Lights, it is no wonder that people return year after year, because no matter how long you stay, there is never enough time to experience the vast array of Paris tourist attractions, yet below is a quick reference to some of the most visited places.

The Eiffel Tower:

The Eiffel Tower was named after its engineer, Gustav Eiffel and was the worlds tallest building when constructed for the 1889 World Fair. It was originally only meant to be a temporary structure and stand for a maximum of 25 years but became 'the' Paris landmark and stills stands today, not only can you experience the great views over the city, you can also enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants or just admire the illuminations at night.

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The Arc de Triomphe:

The Arc de Triomphe is the triumphal arch that honours those who fought for France and located in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle at one end of the most famous avenue in the world, the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, it is also home to the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.  If you like heights, you can climb the stairs of this Paris monument to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city right down to The Louvre museum.

The Louvre:

Now The Musee du Louvre (The Louvre) is probably the most famous museum in Paris, if not in the world, and houses one of the worlds best and most visited collections of fine art, which includes the famous masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci - the Mona Lisa.

From fortress to palace, this magnificent building that dates back to the 12th century is a work of art in itself and now has an additional work of art because the latest addition is the glass pyramid, which has become the main entrance and although hated by some, it has also become a sign that Paris stays with the times and the future.

The Note Dame Cathedral:

Notre Dame de Paris is 'the' famous cathedral that is located on Ile de la Cité, which is the small island in the middle of the River Seine and the historical centre of Paris where originally most of Paris was situated.

The square in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral became a focal centre of the French resistance against the Nazi occupation and if you look carefully at the walls of the square, you will find plaques commemorating the brave Resistance fighters during World War II, plus in the square is a plaque put in place by André Michelin, and it is from this point that all distances in France are measured as this is classed as point zero.

The Cite des Sciences

The La Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is one of the world's largest and most visited science and technology museums and although it is classed as a museum, it is more of an extremely up to date information centre and the decommissioned submarine, the Argonaute, is positioned opposite.

Take a look at the Géode, which is one of the worlds largest geodesic domes that stands 36m high and inside the Géode is an Omnimax movie theatre with a 1000 square metre screen that was the first in France and one of only around 160 in the world, plus another part of the Cite des Sciences is called The Explora that covers virtually everything from microbiology to outer space.  How would you like to pilot a plane, travel through the human body or visit the Ariane rocket?  Well, in this section you can, through virtual reality and even get to experience weightlessness!

As you can no doubt imagine, Paris is a wonderful city to explore and whether it be a romantic break or a two-week excursion there is something for everyone to enjoy.




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