7 Unmissable things in Paris

7. Flamme de la Liberté

princess-diana-flame-of-liberty-place-alma-paris-2The Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté) in Paris is a full-sized, gold-leaf-covered replica of the new flame at the upper end of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to the harbor of New York City since 1886. The monument, which measures approximately 3.5 metres in height, is a sculpture of a flame, executed in gilded copper, supported by a pedestal of gray-and-black marble. It is located near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma, in the8th arrondissement of Paris.

The flame became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel beneath the Pont de l’Alma (see death of Diana, Princess of Wales) The flame became an attraction for tourists and followers of Diana, who fly-posted the base with commemorative material. Anthropologist Guy Lesoeurs said, “Most people who come here think this was built for her.”

Address: Place de l’Alma, 75008

Website: parisinfo.com

6. Louvre

musee-louvreOne of the world’s most known museum, it’s home to great pieces of art, including the famous Mona Lisa. But, everyone can enjoy something there, in or outside. Inside, there are many galleries full of unique pieces for every style, while outside, there’s the beauty of the building and the pyramid. On a sunny or a rainy day, the museum is always an option.

Address: 75001 Paris

Website: www.louvre.fr/en

5. Musée de l’Armé

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I’ve already made a post about it on other blog, but it’s one of my favorite places ever in Paris. Its history and beauty are just unbelievable!

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007

Website: www.musee-armee.fr/accueil.html

 

 

4. Pont Alexandre III
The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city. It is classified as a French Monument historique.

Numerous sculptors provided the sculptupont-alexandre-iii-candc3a9labres-7c-630x405-7c-c2a9-fotolia-rdnzlres that feature prominently on the bridge.

Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the bridge, supported on massive 17 metres
(56 ft) masonry socles, that provide stabilizing counterweight for the arch, without interfering with monumental views. The socles are crowned by Fames restraining Pegasus.

  • On the Right Bank, Renommée des Sciences (“Fame of the Sciences”) and the Renommée des Arts (“Fame of the Arts”) both by Emmanuel Frémiet; at their bases, La France Contemporaine (“Contemporary France”) by Gustave Michel andFrance de Charlemagne (“France of Charlemagne”) by Alfred Lenoir. The lions groups are by Georges Gardet.
  • On the Left Bank, the Renommée du Commerce (“Fame of Commerce”) by Pierre Granet and the Renommée de l’Industrie(“Fame of Industry”) by Clément Steiner; at their bases France de la Renaissance (“France of the Renaissance”) by Jules Coutan and La France de Louis XIV (“France of Louis XIV”) by Laurent Marqueste. The lions groups are by Jules Dalou.

The Nymph reliefs are at the centres of the arches over the Seine, memorials to the Franco-Russian Alliance. The “Nymphs of the Seine” has a relief of the arms of France, and faces the “Nymphs of the Neva” with the arms of Imperial Russia. They are both are executed in hammered copper over forms by Georges Récipon.
In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was conceived as a memorial to the Franco-Russian Alliance. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure.

3. L’Arc de Triomphe

arc_de_triomphe_parisIt stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre.

The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in theFrench Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008

2. Tour Montparnasse/ Le Ciel de Paris

Featured Image -- 62The Tour Montparnasse is the only tour you can go where you can see the entire city including the Tour Eiffel. It has an observatory on its highest floor and right above it, there’s a restaurant called Le Ciel de Paris (which is, personally, my favorite one), that has the same view, but you can also eat, so it’s perfect.

The tour has a really modern style, so, at first, locals didn’t like it, because it would not fit on the city’s skyline, but then, they saw its beauty actually fit in Paris the most (much like the Tour Eiffel, that they hated at first, but then, when they saw the world wanted to go there because of that, they started loving it too).

Address: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015

Website of the restaurant: www.cieldeparis.com/

Website of the Tour: www.tourmontparnasse56.com

  1. Tour Eiffel

coloriage-tour-eiffel-13685The most known place in Paris (and most known tower on the planet) had to be the number 1 in this list. The tower is the absolutely beautiful and huge.

I love the fact that you can see it from a distance and it still seems huge. The city has created a way of lighting it whenever they want to and it’s always perfect.

The first night I was in Paris, I literaly set down in front of it, on the floor, to admire while the tower was blinking.

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007

Website: www.toureiffel.paris/

Extras

  • Le Cordon Bleu

For those who love cooking, this place it’s a must! Not only you can go and shop at the store, but can take small classes that take one or two days.

Website: www.cordonbleu.edu/paris/accueil/fr

Address: 13-15 Quai André Citroën
Paris ,  75015
France

  • Raclette

It’s trending now on the social medias, in general, because it’s visualy incredible and perfect for ocasions. Go with friends or someone special and enjoy!

For those who don’t have a single clue about what it is, it’s a cheese inside a “machine”, on the table, that melts the cheese directly to the plate. There are many different types of raclettes and I love them all. We found this super cool restaurant in Paris with an amazing environment and food.

Also, pretty important, they have people who speak about 4, 5 languages, as I could see, so, tourist friendly!

Address:  14 rue du Commandant Pilot
92200 Neuilly sur Seine

Website: www.chalet-neuilly.com/

 

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