After I wrote my travel tips post last week, I got to thinking that it would be a neat idea to start a travel series that chronicles some of the places I’ve been. I love looking at travel pics from other people’s vacation and it can be helpful when planning a vacation by helping decide if you want to see/do the same things. The first place featured in the travel series is Paris. It is such a magical city rich in history, cuisine and fashion.
This trip was back in 2006 so I don’t remember where we stayed but I know it was walking distance to the Eiffel Tower. The market was also set up in front of the hotel on Saturday morning which was neat to browse through.
I thought I’d start with a little collage. The famed Venus de Milo statue also known as “Aphrodite” and The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Greek Goddess of Nike (Victory) are included in the collage.
Here are a few pictures of the top tourist attractions in Paris.
First up, the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. In 2010 it reached 250 million visitors!
The Notre-Dame Cathedral was one of the first Gothic cathedrals, and its construction spanned the Gothic period. The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed.During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50 by 45 meters) wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war.
At the east end of the Champs-Elysées is Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris with fantastic vistas in every direction. It was in this square that the French King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many others were guillotined during the French revolution.
The large 3200 years old Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde was brought in from the Temple of Luxor in the 19th century.
The Louvre was originally a palace/fortress housing royalty since back in the 12th century. It houses over 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art. I really needed a week to just visit the Louvre, alone. When we went we took the map and circled the areas that were must sees. The Louvre was like a little slice of heaven where I lost all concepts of time and space.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s Apartment:
Here’s his dining room!
Have you been to Paris? If so, what would you recommend as a must see/do?