09 Feb 10 Reasons Why a Visit to Paris Will Become Your Dream Vacation
Paris – Facts, Food, Fun, and Beyond
10 Reasons Why a Visit to Paris Will Become Your Dream Vacation
Find Love amidst the City Of Lights, Paris – A Dream Destination for Many
As Ernest Hemingway said – “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.”
The fashion capital of the world has long been topping the charts of every travel enthusiast & why not. With architectural wonders such as Eiffel tower, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral & Palace of Versailles making up for the must do attractions backed up by perfectly manicured arrondissements, cosy Parisian cafes & bakery shops lining up the streets and not to forget, the charming chivalrous hospitality of the Frenchmen can make any heart swoon with romance & delight.
Off course, booking in tickets to the Eiffel tower for a bird eye view of the city beyond may continue to dominate the first day itinerary of every traveller, the city has much more to offer. In this article, you will find a detailed account of the things you can do, sights you can enjoy or food you can taste during your stay here :
Things to do
What is Paris without its Eiffel Tower? Rising to a height of 324 m, this iconic architecture is the most-visited place on Earth, drawing nearly 7 million visitors each year. This gigantic monument was built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
Notre Dame Cathedral – This grandeur church took years to build and is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Climb 387 steps to reach the top of the towers and stay blessed with a panoramic view of the surrounding areas and gargoyles up close. Located on the eastern half of the lle de la Cite, this Cathedral is a site you cannot miss.
Palace of Versailles – Remember the infamous Versailles Treaty? It was signed inside the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles Palace. Built in the 7th Century, this was a symbol of military power and a clear demonstration of French supremacy in Europe. Here you will witness the gilded works of Renaissance Art.
Champs Elysees – This triumphal arc glorifies imperial armies and was commissioned by Napoleon in the 19th Century. Impressive sculptures adorn its pillars wherein the top of the arc is engraved with the names of 558 generals and their great victories. Witness the panoramic view of Paris atop the arc and marvel the beauty of ancient Roman architecture.
Louvre Museum – Covering an area of 210,000 square meters and an extra 60,600 for the exhibitions, this former royal palace is the heart of Egyptian and Oriental Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Islamic Art, as well as houses Sculptures of the middle Ages, Renaissance, and Modern Times.
Parisian Food and Wine – A Gourmet’s Delight
It will not be so wrong to refer France as the Cheesy and Winy Capital of Europe. And, if you are truly a cheese buff, then Paris is the one where you get to taste a few of France’s 1000 distinct types of cheese. And, rightfully said, Paris is truly a gourmet’s delight. You can taste the mouth-watering, and finger-licking cheesy French cuisine to your heart’s content.
The following gourmet tours across the sprawling countryside will introduce you to both Paris’s sweet and savoury side. You can start with –
Montmartre Wine Tasting – This is an award-winning tour that offers three and a half hours session to taste Paris’s local wine and culture.
Chocolate & Pastry Tours – This two and a half hour trip takes you through the sweet alleys of Paris.
Montmartre Breakfast & Evening Snacks – French breakfasts are one of a kind. These two tours will introduce you to both sweet and savoury side of Paris.
And, your Paris trip will never be complete without biting into the delicious Baguettes, Croissants, Macaron, Eclairs, Oysters and of course, French Cheese.
Parisian Fun and Frolic
When we talk about fun and frolic in the heart of the Romantic city, two names will always strike a chord with many. Here, we are referring to the famous Moulin Rouge and of course the Disneyland of Paris.
This spiritual birthplace of the famous French Cancan, Moulin Rouge, is a well-known cabaret which has been an inspiration for many nightclubs, including the ones in Vegas. It is located at the foot of Montmartre hill and has given birth to the popular dance form, cabaret.
And, Disneyland Paris will be the ideal place for your little ones to match steps with Mickey, Minnie and their gang. There are two theme parks to enjoy – Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. Other top attractions are Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Big Thunder Mountain.
Do you know there is a lot more to know about Paris than what might appear at the first go ?
Interesting Parisian Facts
When we think about Paris, what are the things that pop up in our mind, first? Let’s see – Eiffel Tower, Fashion, Food, Cheese, and Wine, of course. The vibrant city has been the muse for many poets and artists over the years. But, this city is not all about legendary fashionistas, wine sommeliers or the Pleiades’.
There are some interesting facts hidden underneath the picturesque landscapes and spellbinding monuments. So, we begin on a note of surprise –
- Paris was never ‘Paris’ before. It was originally a Roman City called Lutetia.
- The famous Statue of Liberty in New York has three replicas in Paris, and the famous one amongst them is stationed on an island in the middle of the Seine.
- Paris was one of the first cities in the world to have installed street lights and proudly boasts of a history of the enlightenment period. Who knows how but the name ‘The City of Lights’ just caught on soon after.
- ‘Bloody Mary’ cocktail can trace back its origin to Paris itself and that too in the busy kitchen of Ritz Hotel. The credit, however, goes entirely to the famous novelist, Ernest Hemingway. The legend says that the novelist’s request for a drink that didn’t smell like alcohol was met by vodka mixed with tomato juice.
- The peace-loving humble Parisians are strong believers of protecting the Green Earth. So, if you start counting the trees here, the count will end in 470,000.
- Another fact that will blow your mind and that is The French Army still uses trained carrier pigeons to deliver important information.
- And finally, Paris is closely related to everything Fashionable. Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Lacroix are some of the brands who have originated here.
Paris – a world in itself cannot be explained in mere thousand words, it will require an entire lifetime to pen down the beauty & glory of this enticing city. Not only the architecture & tourist sites, the location, geography and other places for tourist’s interests, which again, are other facts of interest for vacationers.
Location and Geography
The romantic land of Parisians is the capital city of France which is located in Western Europe. The city itself lies in north-central France. It is just about an hour fly away from London and over five hours away from New York. The country, France shares borders with Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy.
The city has expanded equally on both banks of the River Seine. Relatively flat in elevation from the sea-level, Paris has several prominent hills, out of which Montmartre stands tall among others, but to a height of just 130 m above sea-level.
The city of Paris is a major European hub of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and arts. Also, it is the major railway, highway, and air-transport centre which is served by two International airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.
More so, the city enjoys a typical Western European Oceanic Climate. You can expect it to stay all decked up in true autumn colours to welcome the fall or soaked in vibrant hues to mark the advent of spring and enjoys a white, snowy Christmas.
Such spectacular beauty of Nature gives an assortment of tourist spots to enjoy and monuments to marvel the architectural brilliance of the good-old ancient days.
Iconic tourist spots
Paris – Beyond and Behind
Topping this list are the spectacular Christmas Markets of Paris, starting from Canopee des Halles, La Magic de Noel, Paris Notre-Dame to Place des Abbesses, and many others.
Besides that, you can enjoy tasting French wine at Vineyards of Bordeaux, or raise a Champagne toast to this beautiful city of Paris at Champagne itself. Else, enjoy the stunning weather of the city while hiking through the majestic French Alps and Pyrenees, bite into the assortment of seafood while basking in Mediterranean Sun or stroll through the lavender routes of Provence.
Where are you going this Summers?
You can never have enough of Paris, but you can get a tad of Paris experience this summerwith our recommended tour packages.
Looking forward to hearing your Paris-story.
So long, Travel Happy!