Top 5 Things to do in Paris, France
What to do in Paris?
1 The Eiffel Tower- One of the most recognisable structures on the planet
Is it almost impossible to go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower stands in the heart of Paris surveying all below her. Look up and there's the Eiffel Tower looking down.
Should you climb the Eiffel Tower?
The real question is should you go up? Fear of heights, lack of time, aversion to queuing, cost and hating a good time are all reasons not to.
What would you miss if you didn't climb the Eiffel Tower?
You won't see Paris in quite the same way that's for sure. The view from each level is just fantastic. You look around and the whole of Paris is laid out in front of you, with roads seeming to lead right to the tower. You are in the middle of everything. So it has to be done unless you have a note from your doctor. You can walk up if you really want to stress your ticker. The Eiffel Tower is only 1,040 feet high. If heights make you a little uncomfortable head for the third highest level as it is enclosed.
History of the Eiffel Tower
Located on its first floor and in the stairways is the story of the Eiffel Tower as told by posters, photos, illustrations, films and interactive displays.
Buy your tickets online
You can save time by buying your tickets before you arrive. Follow link below to the official Eiffel Tower website to find out more and buy your tickets online.
The Louvre - The Jewel of the French Revolutionary Crown
The thousands of priceless classic and modern masterpieces makes the Louvre Museum the jewel in the crown of French culture and one of the most important museums in the world.
Dating back to the middle ages The Louvre has served the people of France in a number of ways including that of Royal Palace.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum takes you through the history of France and into the minds of kings and revolutionaries. The reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV saw major expansion of the Louvre and a linking of the palaces and halls, which make up the museum today. In 1882 the Louvre complex largely ceased to serve as a seat of political power and the museum began to take over the whole, enormous site.
You can often gain entry into Paris Museums on the cheap on Sundays and for many museums entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month.
The Arc de Triomphe has served as a triumphant symbol of victory for French troops returning home from battle. Napoleon ordered the Arc de Triomphe's construction in 1809 to celebrate the triumph of the Republican armies. Unfortunately for Napoleon, his empire soon began to collapse. Consequently the Arc was not completed until much later in 1836. The Arc de Triomphe is decorated with friezes of battle scenes and carved with the names of Napoleon's victories.
March up the Champ Elysse and see Arc de Triomphe. It is just amazing, a must see. The Arc contains the tomb of the unknown soldier, the details of its history and the names of the fallen.
Travel Tip - Help whilst In Paris
You may need directions or advice on the best way from A to B and you may be a little reluctant to ask for help. Don't be. Whilst in London I confidently marched into a small newspaper stall for directions only to be told "Do I Look Like a Street Map?". In Paris I was asked (in English) three times no-less if I needed any assistance.
Ask for help if you need it
Parisians are friendly, but as in most big cities, they maybe in a hurry. Ask for help if you need it, but be polite about it. Even if your french is as bad / non-existent as mine you should still try (see Travel Tip next page).
The Towers of Notre Dame
The Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame was built around 1200 by Maurice de Sully. By about 1250, Jean de Chelles built the north arm and began work on the south arm, which was completed by Jean de Montreuil.
Chapels of Notre Dame
The chapels of Notre Dame were constructed by the early 1300s. The buttresses next to the chevet are one of the buildings major attractions.
Free attractions in Paris
Notre Dame is a priceless attraction. Indeed, it is one of the few free attractions in Paris - you only have to pay if you want to climb the towers (unless you are in possession of a Paris Pass in which case it is all free)
Towers of Notre Dame
One person’s gargoyle is someone else's not worth the sweat thanks all the same. Whilst the gargoyles don't do awful lot (like springing to life and eating people) they are impressive and you are rewarded with a great view of Paris.
Like your marble, your tombs big and less than huge crowds then the gold capped Les Invalides could be for you. The architecture and sheer size of Les Invalides is both impressive by design and overwhelming in grandeur. Les Invalides was built by Louis the 14th as a military hospital for his wounded soldiers. Its large church, golden dome and its sheer imposing size makes Les Invalides a masterpiece of French classical architecture. The grounds and courtyard are also well worth exploring. Plan an eat or coffee stop.
Museum of the Army and Tomb of Napoleon - Hôtel national des Invalides, 129, rue de Grenelle, Paris 7e
The Tomb of Napoleon - The Greatest Frenchman That Ever Lived?
The Musée de L'Armée at Les Invalides houses the Tomb of Napoleon, arguably the greatest Frenchman that ever lived. Suitable, the museum also contains a history of the Army of France.
Napoléon died in 1821 on the island of St Helena whilst in exile. Napoléon's tomb is made of red porphyry with a green granite base which is circled by a crown of laurels and inscriptions of his victories.