Love @ First Sight – Paris Top 5 Attractions

As cliche as it may sound, Paris is definitely one of the most romantic cities in the world. There’s just something special in the air that makes you fall in love with this place instantly. Even simple things like their passion for baguettes, and how almost every Parisian is spotted taking away a fresh roll of baguette in the mornings, really, just brings a smile to your face. Here are 5 visually stunning attractions that will melt your heart further. And more importantly, directions on how to get to them.

#1 – Eiffel Tower (how to pronounce: I fa tower)
Paris Eiffel Tower 7 Wonders Icon in France
The iconic Parisian landmark was built by Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1889. 324m (1,063 ft) tall, 3 levels, 1665 steps, this baby is one of the most visited monuments in the world. You could admire it from day to night, and night to day, and somehow still desire to swing by each time you visit Paris. No visit is complete without the Eiffel Tower.

Nearest Metro Station:
Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on line RER C

#2 – Notre Dame Cathedral (French for “Our Lady of Paris”)
Paris Notre Dame Cathedral Must See Travel France Stained Glass Church
A magnificent gothic masterpiece by Maurice de Sully. Completed in 1345, this cathedral has an amazing collection of sculptures, paintings and stained glass rose windows. The Notre Dame is 130m long, 48m wide, 35m high and the rose windows have a diameter of 10m. Climb 387 steps to reach the top to view its most famous bell and gargoyles in close quarters. Spread your wings and enjoy the spectacular view across Paris.

Nearest Metro Station:
St-Michel Notre Dame on line RER B / C

#3 – Arc de Triomphe (how to pronounce: ark de triumph ff)
Paris Arc de Triomphe Monuments Sculptures Reliefs Bird's eye view
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Warsis and is decorated with scenes from French military victories. Names of the great French Generals are inscribed on it and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies beneath the Arc to commemorate all those who died unidentified in war. The majestic monument stands 50m in height, 45m wide and 22m deep. Climb 40 steps after an elevator ride to reach the top for a breathtaking picture. Word of advice, please use the underpass instead of attempting to cross the traffic circle!

Nearest Metro Station:
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on line RER A

#4 – Champs-Elysées (how to pronounce: sean zay lee zay)
Paris Champs-Elysées Shopping Street Cafes Food Romantic
Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous, expensive and mis-pronounced street (by tourists) in Paris. The avenue runs for 1.91 km from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle and is lined with lovely greenery as well as various cafes, clubs, theatres and luxury shops such as LV’s flagship store. A fantastic spot to rest those feet and people watch, doesn’t hurt that Parisians are generally good looking and love their casual chic fashion sense. Don’t forget to drop by Ladurée to pick up one of the world’s finest macaron.

Nearest Metro Station:
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on line RER A

#5 – Musée du Louvre (how to pronounce: ​myze de luf)
Paris Musée du Louvre Attraction Mona Lisa Art Museum
Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century, 60,600 square metres, the most visited museum in the world, and of course, a glimpse of the all famous Mona Lisa masterpiece amongst a sea of people (regardless the day). Featured in the movie Da Vinci Code, the glass pyramid architecture literally blows your mind away. How on earth, I.M Pei, did you build something so perfect and so beautiful?! Ingenious. And by the way, rumour has it that Angelina, which is just around the corner, has the best hot chocolate in the world!

Nearest Metro Station:
Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre on line 1

Useful links
Paris Metro Interactive map http://www.ratp.fr/plan-interactif/carteidf.php
Ladurée http://www.laduree.com/
Angelina http://www.angelina-paris.fr/

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