“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”Thomas JeffersonThink romance, think history, think vibrant culture, think beautiful food and wine, think cheese, think fashion…. What’s the first place that comes to mind? If it isn’t Paris, then Paris is definitely what you should be thinking of! Some of the best writers have written poems about it, movies have been made about it and songs have been sung. How can Paris then, not be the most romantic place in the world!Start off your Paris (The City of Lights) experience with a panoramic tour of the magical city. Begin with the Louvre museum, don’t be afraid of the long lines to enter, even the main entrance to the Louvre is a work of art. But don’t linger too long at the Pyramide du Louvre. Walk into the Musee du Louvre and look for the painting of the Mona Lisa and stand before it contemplating the reason for her half smile!Once you’ve marveled at the works of Art at the Louvre, you should start to plan your trip to the Eiffel Tower. Make sure to pick a beautiful cloudless afternoon to go up to the observation deck to gaze at the infinitely beautiful panorama that Paris has to offer. Guys, if you’re in Paris (The City of Lights) with the woman of your dreams, make sure to be at the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower at night to witness the city twinkle with its multicoloured lights and get down on one knee and profess your love to your lady!
A witness to historic events, an inspiration for artists, and a major landmark, Cathedral de Notre Dame de Paris deserves a place in anyone’s itinerary. Walk through the lofty archways, the ribbed vaults, marvel at the rose windows of stained glass, the ornate spires, flying buttresses, and the indispensable Gargoyles and think of Victor Hugo’s hunchback of Notre Dame – Quasimodo.
Continue your journey and marvel at the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris which looks out over all of Paris and move on to St. Germains des Pres, where you can soak in the artistic history of a neighbourhood that was frequented by the likes of Manet, Balzac, Pablo Picasso, Jean Paul Sartre , Simone De Beauvoir and Samuel Beckett.
When in Paris you have to take a walk down the Champs Elysees. With its cinemas, cafés, luxury specialty shops and clipped horse-chestnut trees, the Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets and one of the most expensive strips of real estate in the world. Walk up to the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon I and stop at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arch.
Paris would be incomplete without a visit to the Moulin Rouge in the Paris red-light district of Pigalle. Pose for a picture under the replica of the original red windmill and stick around for the evening performance of the Cancan – a spectacle of whirling costumes, slender legs, sexy lingerie, and outstanding technique.
The best way to end your Paris experience is to take a cruise along the River Seine where you can take in the magnificence of the monuments and the natural beauty of the most romantic city in the world!
Make your plans now. Find that long weekend that you can turn into a week long holiday and surprise your special somebody with a trip to passionate Paris and keep this line in your mind!
That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.
Adriana, Midnight in Paris