Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris – Image courtesy of mrwallpaper.com
Attractions in Paris
Let Paris entrall and enchant you with its array of must-see attractions, including a choice of romantic monuments, museums, avenues and parks.
The Seine River
– Stroll the banks of this famous river, which divides Paris into the left and right banks, or indulge on a romantic evening cruise complete with dinner.
Cathédrale de Notre Dame
– Probably the most famous of all cathedrals, Notre Dame’s setting on the Ile de la Cité, a small island in the heart of Paris, is simply stunning. Visit at sunset when the dying sun shines through the rose windows in the transept, warming the austere cathedral with a warm romantic glow.
Arc de Triomphe
– Take the elevator or climb the 500 winding stairs to reach the top of Napoleon's tribute to the French army and be rewarded with a fantastic view over the city. The Arc de Triomphe is also a great place to begin a romantic stroll through central Paris, with the Voie Triomphale and the Champs Elysées descending elegantly to the Louvre and Place de la Concorde.
– Climb one of the world’s most renowned monuments. At 300m in height, the Tower’s iconic shape dominates the city and, from the third landing, offers unparalleled views over Paris. To get the full effect of the tower, take a romantic stroll from the Trocadéro metro stop along the Palais de Chaillot to the Seine, then cross the Pont d'Iéna.
– Climb the steep and crooked little streets that envelop the historic district: from the Place Pigalle, (where Edith Piaf, once sang in the alleyways), stroll up to Place du Calvaire for a panoramic view of Paris, then continue on uphill to the historic Place du Terte, home to scores of artists and sidewalk cafes.
Enjoy a break over a glass of champagne on the terrace of the gorgeous La Crémaillère 1900, an original Belle Epoque restaurant. Don’t miss the stunning Byzantine domes and bell tower of the beautiful Sacre Coeur church or a visit to the Au Lapin Agile (Cabaret des Assasins) to hear unique French folk tunes.
– Step into one of the world’s most talked-about nightclubs, immortalised in Toulouse-Lautrec's famous posters. Soak up the atmosphere over a bottle (or two) of very expensive champagne and experience high-kicking girls clothed (barely) in fantastic costumes, high heels and moving seductively to an exciting choreographed routine.
– Be entertained with elaborate musicals in this legendary club where the celebrated dancer and singer Joséphine Baker, wearing only stilettos and a skirt made from bananas, once bewitched audience members that included the likes of Ernest Hemingway.
Musée du Louvre
– Explore the world’s largest palace and arguably the world’s most famous art museum, a must-see experience. Stroll the galleries to admire the museum’s most admired ladies – Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic La Gioconda (Mona Lisa) and the armless Venus de Milo – then continue on amid the 30,000 masterpieces on display.
– Wander around ‘the most avant-garde building in the world,’ a centre for 20th and 21st century art, located in the Beaubourg neighbourhood and designed with a bold exoskeletal architecture complete with brightly painted pipes and ducts crisscrossing its transparent façade. Have fun watching entertainers perform free in the museum's forecourt: look out for mimes, fire-eaters, circus performers and musicians.
– As well as the Louvre, check out the Musee d'Orsay, home to an excellent Impressionist collection, Art Nouveau furniture and a Belle Epoque restaurant. Also see the Picasso Museum and the Rodin Museum, located in a picturesque landscaping of green lawns, rows of linden trees, beds of roses and an ornamental pool – a decidedly romantic spot.
– Paris offers numerous gardens laid-out in a range of styles, including Parc de Monceau, one of the first landscape parks to be created in Paris and pre-dates the start of the French Revolution in 1789 by 20 years;
Jardin de Bagatelle, a 28-hectare garden with a rich tapestry of colour, texture and form in the traditional French parterres; and the famous Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most elegant promenades of Paris. More about Paris gardens. . .