Ernest Hemingway wrote, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Paris is the capital and most populous city of France with a population of over 22 million. Paris had reached its zenith as a centre of learning and arts by the 12th century and was the largest city in the west until the advent of 18th century. The city has witnessed centuries of cultural and political evolution in its very lands. Paris served as a focal point in both The French Renaissance and the French Revolution. Over time Paris has established as one of the leading centre for both business and culture influencing the economy, fashion, entertainment, literature, politics and even science. Paris is a city that attracts tourists of all age-groups, of all inclinations from all over the world. The city is studded with iconic masterpieces such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. It also houses the 80,000 seat Stade de France which is a stadium built for the 1998 FIFA world cup. Paris is as beautiful as it seems in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.”
Geographically speaking Paris is located in northern central France. It is well connected to London, Brussels and various other cities via road-networks. It comprises of two inhabited islands, the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité located at both banks of the river Siene which adds to its beauty. Paris has a warm and pleasant summer, mild spring and autumn and a cold but bearable winter.
If you plan to visit Paris this year make sure that you have ample amount of time because this city has way too much to offer and you don’t want to miss out on anything. If you are a lover of literature you should begin at the streets around Place de la Contrescarpe. If you have read A Moveable Feast by Hemingway then you’ll be able to recognise those roads as they haven’t changed much. You can see hotels and places inhabited by writers like Hemingway himself, George Orwell and Jack Kerouac. Coffee- houses in Paris have been camping grounds for a lot of great writers. Among these Les Deux Magots and its neighbour Café de Flores are a must see. They were frequented by Hemingway, James Baldwin and Albert Camus. Les Deux Magots has a portrait of Simone de Beauvoir scribbling in a notebook seated in that very café. Other places of literary importance include Maison Victor Hugo which is a small museum to commemorate the works of Victor Hugo and Maison Balzac dedicated to the memory of Balzac.
If you are an art lover you should begin at the Louvre. It houses the famous Mona Lisa by Leanardo da Vinci and the Venus de Milo statue among various other masterpieces. The Louvre is also an interesting piece of architecture. It has a large pyramid made of glass and metal and is surrounded by three smaller pyramids. The bigger pyramid serves as the main entrance. The works of Picasso can be found at the Musée Picasso.
The architecture of the city is subject to regulations related to height and shape of the building since the 17th century. If you are in Paris on your honeymoon then The Eiffel Tower is the place for you. It is located on the Champ de Mars. With a height of 324 metres it is the highest structure in Paris. The structure consists of restaurants and is decorated by life like models of Gustave Eiffel, the engineer whose company was responsible for building the tower. It is well equipped with lifts to take you through the levels. The Notre Dame Cathedral is another architectural attraction. It lies in the older parts of Paris. It is considered to be the best example of French Gothic architecture and is a prominent church. Hotel des Invalides is a beautiful complex of several buildings and containing museums dedicated of French military history.
To add to its aesthetic charms Paris has various beautiful gardens. Tuileries Garden and the Luxembourg garden are the the oldest of them. Paris houses Operas Houses who feature classic ballets and offer a mixture of classic and modern theatre. For people with a taste in music would like to visit Paris during the Paris Jazz festival and Rock festival.
Any place derives its credibility as a tourist attraction by the quality of cuisines it has to offer. Paris derives its reputation from the haute cuisine, a technical terms for classic and expensive dining, food prepared and presented in a beautiful manner and accompanied by expensive wines. A number of world’s leading chefs like Alan Ducasse who specialize in the French style of dining have opened outlets for people to savour the meals offered.
It is not just the landmarks that matter but also the stray tour which sometime surprises you with the most beautiful of moments. One such tour would be to cruise across the Siene and discover Paris through an entirely new perspective. A walk along the streets of Champs Elysées will appeal to a romantic at heart. It is one of the most popular places for shopping as you will want to bring back souvenirs as token of memory. It is near to Siene so you can come here after you are done with the cruise.
Paris is an extravagant city with a prosperous economy as well as a prosperous culture. Moreover it will dazzle and enlighten you to the very depths of your mind.