The Wonders of Paris, France
March 31, 2012
The most Prominent landmark in Paris would have to be the Eiffel Tower. More the seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. For a small fee you can ride the elevator to the top. The view from the top is spectacular. If you want some exercise you can take the stairs that go from the ground to the second platform. Many People like to go to the Eiffel Tower at night because it is all light up.
At night when it is lit up it looks an attractive golden color, instead if the dark brown it is painted. The Eiffel Tower took two years to build; it was finished on March 31, 1889. The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the world exhibition in 1889, but today it is used as a radio transmission tower and a tourist attraction. The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, the main contractor and architect.
The Arc De Triomphe and Versailles are some of Paris’ other famous landmarks. The Arc De Triomphe is a 164 ft. arch. It honors all the soldiers who have fought for France, particularly during Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign. Under the Arch lies the Tomb of an Unknown Soldier, which honors all of France’s soldiers of have never been identified. Beside the Tomb is the Flame of Remembrance, which is rekindled every morning at 6:30 am. Versailles is one of the most extravagant buildings in the world. It is a humongous palace with over 700 rooms, 67 staircases, 2000 windows, and 1250 fireplaces. The whole property is 19,262 acres.
There are tons of museums in Paris. Some of the well known ones are the Louvre and Musee de L’Air et de L’espace. The Louvre was originally a royal palace but became a museum in 1793. Outside the museum is a substantial glass pyramid. Inside there are heaps exhibits including artifacts from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is also displayed there. Musee de L’Air et de L’espace is France’s museum of air and space. Some of the exhibits include air force combat planes the 50’s, the Ariane missiles, and two concords. It was established in 1919 making it the world’s oldest aeronautics museum.
Paris also has many art galleries. Musee de L’orangerie, the Pompidou center, and the Orsay museum are just a few. Musee de L’orangerie’s exhibits are mostly by impressionist including Heri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. By far the most famous works there are a few paintings from Clade Monet’s series ‘Water Lilies’. The Orsay museum was opened in 1986. It is located in an old railroad station. The museum displays art from 1848 through 1914. Many of the paintings are by impressionists. The Pompidou Center was opened in 1977. It is named after French president, Georeges Pompidou, who was in power from 1969 to 1974. The center has a bold design with plastic tubes running up and down it’s glass walls. It contains paintings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse among others.
Paris is the culinary capital of the world and is known worldwide for its gourmet cuisine Some of the best places to eat in Paris include Le Cinq, Taillevent, Restruant Pierre Gagnaire, and L’Astrance. Le Cinq serves classic and contemporary dishes. Restruant Pierre Gagnaire is famous for their innovative dishes that will please both your eyes and your taste buds. L’Astrance is well known in the culinary world for their surprise menu. The chef, Pascal Barbot, cooks meals for his guests according their preferences.
Parisians celebrate many holidays. The most important being Bastille day, which is on July 14. It celebrates the French revolution. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during Bastille day then will get to see the military bands, parades, bonfires, and firework shows. Parisians don’t only celebrate French holidays, for example they also celebrate Chinese New Year. For it people gather in the Chinese district to celebrate. There are Parades with bright and colorful dragons, fish, and flags embossed with Chinese symbols. Chinese restaurants are usually backed to the brim with tourists and locals. Sometimes there are also special plays or musicals or even film festivals.
In conclusion visiting Paris, France truly a memorable experience. Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world you can visit. There are so many phenomenal things to see and do you will never get bored.
What could be a more iconic picture of Europe that a sweeping shot over the Paris skyline complete with a view of the Eiffel Tower standing tall above the one of the most beautiful cities in the world?
Thousands of people across the planet spent their childhood dreaming of seeing this structure in the flesh one day, myself included, and for many it invokes a very emotional response. When traveling the world is one of your lifelong dreams, seeing the Eiffel Tower is one of those moments that goes on your travel bucket list for life. Once I took my first glimpse of its grandeur, that’s when I really knew all my dreams had come true.
One of the world’s most recognizable sites
Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 meters (1,063ft) tall and held the title as the tallest building in the world for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City took over. Once the antennae was added, the Eiffel Tower was then taller than the Chrysler Building but by that time other buildings had taken over in height and the Eiffel Tower could not compete.
When the Tower was being commissioned, it was met with a lot of protest from the artistic community in Paris who believed it would be an eyesore on the Paris skyline. The designer, Gustave Eiffel, met this criticism with a proclamation that the Tower would one day be comparable to the pyramids in Egypt. Although the Eiffel Tower doesn’t have any of the ancient mystery that the pyramids do, it certainly has become one of the most famous structures in the world, and a symbol of the City of Love – ironically a very romantic and artistic notion which appeals to the kind of people that once protested its construction.
Views of the City from above
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from all over Paris, including out hotel Mövenpick Neuilly, but if you really want to experience it, you must climb it. It is open all year round, and hours range from around 9am to midnight, depending on the time of year and whether you take the stairs or lift. The stairs only take you up to the second floor, so if you want to go all the way to the top you have to make sure you don’t miss the last lift if you want to catch the beautiful view of the Paris skyline at night – our personal favorite time to see it!
The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is a hive of activity with a restaurant, exhibitions, various look-out points to buildings and popular spots in the city, a souvenir shop, a cinema showing information about everything related to the Tower and it’s history, a Post Office, and an observation point where you can look up to the top of the tower and see how it oscillates depending on the wind and temperature. Yes, the Tower really does move in the wind.
Views of the Arc de Triomphe from atop the Eiffel Tower
The second floor also has a number of things to keep you occupied, including a restaurant and buffet, The Story Window, which explains the construction of the Eiffel Tower and gives you all you need to know about how the building came into existence, plus a vision which will give you plunging views of the ground below, not for anyone who’s afraid of heights!
The views you get from first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower really are incomparable to what you can see from the very top. The panoramas of the city from the top level are completely mind blowing, and the view you can see for miles and miles from this level is almost impossible to explain. If you want a truly decadent day, why not treat yourself to a glass of champagne at the bar on the top level, the perfect way to toast to your Eiffel Tower experience.
For information on entry or tour prices visit www.tour-eiffel.fr
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