A city where you always want to return.
It is better to start your trip to Paris from the Isle of Cite - this part of the city was inhabited in ancient times and is considered the cradle of Paris. On the square of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, there is zero kilometer - all road distances on maps of France are counted from it. In addition to the cathedral on the island are the royal chapel of Saint-Chapelle and the castle of Conciergerie. The chapel is famous for its stained glass windows, it is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in France, and the castle has dark glory. At first it was the residence of the kings, but in the XIV century it became a prison, here Marie Antoinette and other victims of the French Revolution were waiting for their fate.
The louvre museum
The Louvre Museum is considered the third largest museum in the world. Its area is about 160 thousand square meters. m. For comparison: the area of the Hermitage is more than 180 thousand. In fact, these are 7 different museums that contain the richest collection of ancient Egyptian, antique and Western European art. Therefore, it is impossible to see everything at a time. You can see those masters or those art schools that you like best. Or go around only the most famous rarities, for example: Venus of Milos, Mona Lisa and other paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt.
The historical axis of Paris
The so-called historical axis of Paris originates from the Louvre and goes to the northwest. It is also called the Triumphal Way or the Royal Perspective. On one straight line there are such places of worship of the capital as the Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Place de la Zvezda with the Arc de Triomphe, and the axis ends in the business center of Défense. In the center of the Star Square stands the Arc de Triomphe - the same symbol of the city as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. The creation of the monument, which, according to Napoleon, was to symbolize the strength of the imperial army and power, took more than 10 million francs and 30 years.
The tower was built in 1889 for the World Exhibition, in memory of the 100th anniversary of the Revolution. Before the construction of the Chrysler skyscraper in Manhattan, the Eiffel Tower was considered the tallest building in the world (320 m). However, the pressure exerted by her on the ground is 4 kg / cm2 (this is the pressure of a person sitting on a chair). Oscillation of the top in the strongest wind - no more than 12 cm. Initially, the Parisians hated the tower and almost demolished it. She was saved by scientists who explained to the public that the tower is an ideal platform for antennas necessary for the development of science and technology. Now three levels of the tower are open for visitors. There are usually long lines for elevators, but you can use the stairs on the south side of the tower that lead to the first and second platforms. The number of steps of the stairs leading to the lower observation deck is 1652.
Cabaret Moulin Rouge
Picasso and Oscar Wilde, Charles Aznavour and His Highness the Prince of Gali, Lisa Minelli and Frank Sinatra - what can connect such people, different in time and space? Only the Moulin Rouge cabaret. In a sense, the entire modern history of France was marked by this legendary institution. For more than 120 years, the last mill in Montmartre (some called it the fun mill, others called the den of vice and debauchery) has been attracting people from all over the world like a magnet. She was visited by millions of viewers. Of course, now this is not the place where the bohemia of Paris gathered, where they banned forbidden absinthe and one could easily invite a pretty dancer to their home. But the main thing remained unchanged: feathers, rhinestones, sparkles, luxurious scenery and the most beautiful girls.
Montmartre Hill is the highest place in Paris, as well as the most picturesque quarter of the city. According to legend, in 272, Saint Denis was beheaded here - the first bishop of Paris. In the XIX century, Montmartre became a kind of Mecca for artists, each of them - from the most famous to the little-known - left its mark on Montmartre. However, now this hill is also inhabited by people of creative professions - they can be found in narrow winding streets, in old shops, in smoky cafes. One of the most beautiful churches in Paris - Sacre Coeur (Church of the Heart of Christ) is also located in Montmartre. The terrace, on which the church building is installed, offers a wonderful view of the streets of Montmartre.
This area of Paris got its name thanks to the Sorbonne. Initially, in the XIII century, it was a theological college for students from all over Europe, teaching was conducted in Latin and in the open air (the university building was built only in the XVII century). Now there are still many students, although there are still more tourists. For a long time, the Latin Quarter, located on the left bank of the Seine, was considered an antagonist of the right bank, where officials and the bourgeoisie settled. On the left bank are Bohemia, bibliophiles, professors, students and writers. On the right is money, power and high fashion. In fact, everything has long been confused. But it is still one of the most democratic among the historical districts of Paris. In addition, it is oversaturated with world famous sights - the Pantheon, the Sorbonne itself, the Luxembourg Gardens, Therme Clooney and the Museum of the Middle Ages - all of them are within walking distance from each other. This is one of the liveliest areas of Paris, at any time of the day you will meet street musicians and beckoning. A special charm is to slowly walk along the narrow streets of the quarter, completely go into contemplation of what is happening, enjoy French cuisine.
Excellent cuisine, luxurious rooms attract guests from all over the world at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a real attraction of Paris. It is located on St. Honore, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, next to the famous haute couture houses and just a stone's throw from the Louvre. This is the most prestigious area of the city. The best boutiques and jewelry stores, the residence of the President of France in the Champs Elysees, antique shops and restaurants - all this is located here. Despite the fact that the hotel is located in the very center of events, you forget about it as soon as you cross the threshold of your room. Thanks to excellent sound insulation, nothing will disturb your peace in the evening. The hotel, like all the hotels of this chain, is luxurious, but at the same time there is aristocratic restraint and European grace. You will be delighted with its comfortable rooms and huge bathrooms. Everything is thought out in it to the smallest detail. Most rooms have great views. The hotel's courtyard looks like a real garden, where you can sit, have a cocktail or a cup of coffee. The hotel has the famous French chef Thierry Max. Thierry Max's Restaurant Sur Mesure is one of the most popular in Paris. You need to book a table for dinner in advance, there are always many who want to. Another attraction of the hotel is its unique spa with separate rooms. Oriental chic combined with European taste!
Mandarin Oriental's rooftop veranda offers stunning city views.