BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN EUROPE (Paris)
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Paris also called the City of Lights, is one of the most beautiful and best places to visit in Europe. Millions of people come every year to explore it. It is culturally very rich, which makes it one of the best places to visit. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings, art galleries with beautiful paintings, ancient churches, amazing restaurants with good food, etc. This city has much more than the Eiffel Tower. No offense to the Eiffel Tower, but most people think there is only the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is a misconception.
There are a lot of things that you can do in Paris, and believe me, you will not get bored in this city. It has the best shopping malls in the world, and regarding food, French cuisine is very famous. Here are some reasons you should visit Paris.
- Art Galleries
- cafe culture
- enthralling cemetery
- parks and gardens.
- Fun Places
- Day trip to cities
We will discuss famous landmarks in this blog and discuss other features in our upcoming blogs.
Paris is famous for its landmarks. It has more landmarks than any other European city. Landmarks include museums, ancient churches, and cemeteries. Each landmark is an example of great architectural beauty. I will discuss some of the famous landmarks in Paris below.
This is the most famous landmark not only in Paris but also in the world. Everyone who comes to Paris visits the Eiffel Tower. It is a wrought-iron tower, built in 1889, and is 324 meters tall. Over 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, which makes it the most visited monument in the world. There are 2 options to go up. One is taking stairs and the other one is using an elevator. At night, the Eiffel Tower looks even more beautiful as it lights up. There are beautiful parks and gardens near the Eiffel Tower where you can enjoy yourself and have a picnic.
There are 1665 stairs that will take you to the top, but you are only allowed to move up to the second floor by taking stairs. It is recommended to buy a ticket for a lift if you want to move up as it is more comfortable and the price difference between stair ticket and lift ticket is not too much. The best time to visit the Eiffel tower is in the morning or at night. If you are planning to visit in the afternoon or late morning, be prepared to wait in long rows for a ticket as it is very crowded. For ticket prices and timing details, you can visit the official website of the Eiffel tower.
If you have come to Paris for tourism and you don’t visit the Louvre museum, then you have not done justice to yourself. A trip to Paris without visiting the Louvre museum is incomplete. Louvre is among the world’s largest museums. There are many masterpieces present in the museum, and some of them are.
- The Raft of the Medusa
- The Mona Lisa
- The Wedding at Cana
This is more than a normal museum. The artworks are so magnificent and astonishing that you can spend hours just seeing the popular masterpieces only. Before 1793 it was a royal residence which converted to a museum during french revolution and now, it is considered one of the greatest museums in the world with more than 10 million visitors every year. It contains more than 38,000 paintings in eight specific departments. Apart from the French, it also contains paintings of other countries, which include Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia.
If you are deciding to visit the Louvre museum, here are a few tips and free advice which will be helpful to you.
- It is open all weekdays, except Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesday and Friday, the closing time is 9:45 pm.
- Buy tickets online, otherwise, you have to stand in the scorching heat for hours to get a ticket.
- Try to visit on weekdays, as it is less crowded on weekdays. Arriving 10 minutes early before the museum opens will save you time and energy.
- The museum is huge, and you will need a day to explore it. If you want to explore only the masterpieces, you can do it in 3–4 hours.
- People under the age of 25, who are residents of Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, can visit the museum for free from 6 pm to 9:45 pm.
- Similarly, on Friday people under the age of 26 with all residency can visit the museum for free from 6pm to 9:45 pm.
- You can use the bus, the Metro, or your own car to reach the museum.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame is one of the most famous Catholic cathedrals. Its construction was started in 1163 and completed in 1345, almost 182 years later. The cathedral was used to store food during the French Revolution, and it was restored in the 19th century between 1845 and 1870. Notre Dame is famous for its rich history and its beautiful architecture. In 1991, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2019, a fire broke out in the church and damaged the roof of the cathedral. Later on, it was repaired in order to continue the activities in the church.
There is no entry fee for visiting the cathedral. Anyone, including adults and children, can visit the church. It is open on all weekdays. The time to visit the church from Monday to Friday is from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. On weekends, the opening and closing times are from 8 a.m. to 7:45 pm. There is a help desk at the entrance which can help you answer your queries. Notre Dame is visited the most during the summer peak months of July and August. If you want to come to visit the church, try to visit it on Tuesday and Wednesday. Avoid visiting on public holidays and weekends as it is very crowded.
There are other monuments and landmarks such as the Louvre Museum near Notre Dame Cathedral, so if you visit the church, you can also visit other monuments. In the next blog, we will discuss the famous food places in Paris.