Timelessly romantic for all ages:
The sleek and stylish ‘City of Light’ has millions of fans around the world, and for good reason. The timeless romantic French capital and the inevitable clichés that come along with it only serve to enhance visitors’ grand expectations of the beauty and glamour of Paris. It is no coincidence that so much has been written about the ‘city of cities’ (as coined by Victor Hugo), and of the feelings that are evoked by the great architecture, historical monuments and rich cultural sights. But nothing you have read or seen in the movies can compare in any way to the actual experience of ‘Paris’. It is irrefutably the home of fashion, haute couture, art and refined gastronomy, whilst also offering a wide range of leisure and entertainment options for every taste and requirement. Exuding romance, elegance and cosmopolitanism, the undisputed capital of love is a multidimensional destination that by far exceeds your expectations.
Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - or as the Parisians call it - ‘Elysian Fields’, is the most commercial, but also the most expensive shopping avenue in Europe. Its width reaches 71 metres, and it stretches for two kilometres from the Place de la Concorde until the Place de l’Étoile, and the Arc de Triomphe. On the way, you will admire luxury boutiques, theatres, hotels, cinemas, and many restaurants and cafes. Its name comes from Greek mythology, where the ‘Elysian Fields’ were part of the realm of Hades - the final destination of the souls of heroes and the virtuous. Its current form was implemented in 1838 by the French architect Ignaz Hittorf, who built sidewalks and installed fountains and gas lamps. By 1900 the region was ‘flooded’ with shops, restaurants and hotels, while the last redesign of the avenue came in 1994 from Bernard Huet, who added more walkways, created underground parking lots, and planted new trees. A street that is the ‘jewel’ of Paris, worthy not only of your attention, but so much more! And how could it be any other way? After all, you walk in the footsteps of Proust in the streets of Paris, bring to mind key historical events and fall even further in love with Paris!
Famous museum with 35,000 artworks
Whilst the Louvre Museum does not need any recommendations, it does need time... time to explore its 20km corridors, and its 35,000 works of art from around the world. The pieces include the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, sculptures from Mesopotamia, works by Michelangelo, Delacroix, Raphael, Tiziano, Botticelli...On the left bank of the Seine, in the halls ofthe Musée d’Orsay, impressionist lovers will delight in the greatest masterpieces of famous painters, such as Monet, Lautrec, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cézanne.
Savour the view from the Eiffel Tower
Whilst you will require patience as you wait for your turn to go up the Eiffel Tower, and although the queues are usually long, you will most certainly be compensated by the panorama of the French capital. The magnificent view will place all of Paris the whole city at your feet.
From opera and theatre, to literature cafes and cabarets
And once the night sets in, Paris is ready to show you its other face. Whether you are in the mood for a classic drama at the theatre or opera, a cabaret shows or a dance, Paris has it all.
For those in search of a more ‘risqué’ type of fun, a visit to the Pigalle area - Paris’ cult district – will afford you the opportunity to enjoy the famous Moulin Rouge.
Pubs and literary cafes promise a relaxing night, whilst it is not unusual for young bands to play music there.
For theatregoers and music lovers, the French theatre has been famous and has influenced many other theatres worldwide, including Greece. The Le sitede la Com is the respective National Theatre, and raises the bar for classical repertoire. The Théâtre du Châtelet is also a flagship theatre in Paris.
In one of your evenings in Paris, you can visit the Palais Garnier opera house. Which was built in the 19th century by Napoleon III. We also recommend the Bastille Opéra, which opened in 1989.