Paris – La Ville Lumiere

If whimsical evenings by a river with your loved ones is your idea of a vacation, Paris is the city to visit. The capital city of France is home to many significant architectural landmarks namely – the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Versailles, and Notre Dame. The city also boasts of its rich food and art culture.

“La Ville Lumiere” translates to the City of Lights. Paris was named so because Paris was the first city to adopt gas street lighting. The boulevards of the city were lit up by 56,000 gas lamps in the 1860’s.

The city has plenty of extremely beautiful sights to offer. To capture the best of them one must definitely travel on the Paris Metro Line. It is the most affordable way to get around the city and also chance an encounter with some very talented artists and performers in transit.

The Eiffel Tower is definitely the most important tourist spot on an agenda while visiting Paris. Might I suggest that one must choose to visit this major landmark in the evening? There is nothing more beautiful than the sun setting on a pink cotton candy horizon with the Eiffel Tower towering up front. As soon as the sun sets, the tower lights up magnificently, sparkling like wine under fairy lights. Do not hesitate to purchase a rooftop access ticket to the top of the tower. You will not regret the view of the city even a little bit.

A little away from the Eiffel Tower are the beautiful lanes of Montmartre. The French streets here are filled with picturesque vintage architecture and walls full of color. Montmartre is famous for having propagated and developed the culture of Art and Moulin Rouge. Montmartre is also home to the Sacré-Cœur, also known as The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This church stands right on top of the hill in Montmartre and offers a splendid view of the city, including the Eiffel Tower.

A lesser known fact about Montmartre is that it is home to the wall of Love which says ” I Love You” in 250 different languages!

A little away from the rich culture of  Montmartre resides The Louvre. The museum is famous for being home to some well-preserved pieces of art from the ancient Roman and Greek cultures. The most prized possession of this museum is the very well known painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. This painting claimes to be “the best, most written and sung about and parodied work of art” around the globe.

Apart from the famous monuments, the streets and cafes are where you truly experience French culture. Shall you find yourself walking by a cafe- stop? Walk in and order some delicious galette and a cake with a glass of wine. These staple food items that belong to the French cuisine are found almost everywhere across the city for those hungry for a quick bite.

If you are a food enthusiast, you are in for luck too because the city is home to some extremely famous world-class restaurants who wear a 3 Michelin star award. Le Pre Catelan, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Alleno Paris – Pavillon Ledoyen are a few big names.

So the next time you are in Paris, say “Bonjour” to the Parisiennes for warm hellos and their smiles will charm you, to never want to say “Au Revoir”.

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