Sunday, November 4, 2007

My first trip to Europe (Part 2 of 3)

April - May 1996

Bonjour Paris!

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is widely regarded as one of the world's major global cities dubbed "the City of Light" (la Ville Lumière) since the 19th century. It is also widely known to be a romantic city, or the city of love.

Paris is situated on the banks of the river Seine in north-central France. The city hosts many museums and galleries, has an active nightlife, and is the most visited city in the world, with more than 30 million visitors per year.

Here are some attractions we visited in Paris, we did not have a lot of time (only a few days) so more to discover next time!

Champs-Élysées is a seventeenth century garden-promenade turned avenue connecting the Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. It is one of the many tourist attractions and a major shopping street of Paris. This avenue has been called "la plus belle avenue du monde" ("the most beautiful avenue in the world").

The Arc de Triomphe is a monument at the center of the Place de l'Étoile, commemorating the victories of France and honoring those who died in battle.

The most recognisable symbol of Paris is the 324 metre (1,063 ft) Eiffel Tower on the banks of the Seine.

The Louvre is one of the largest and most famous museums, housing many works of art, including the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and the Venus de Milo statue.

Notre Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris", meaning the church in Paris dedicated to the Virgin Mary), often known simply as Notre Dame in English, is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in Paris, France, with its main entrance to the west. While a major tourist destination, it is still used as a Roman Catholic cathedral (archbishop of Paris). Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered the finest example of French Gothic architecture.

Palace of Versailles, the famous former palace of French kings.

Disneyland Resort Paris , the largest theme park in Europe. Errr.

Facts taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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