A city rich in treasures from it’s romantic and historic past, Paris offers many historical sites and attractions. Paris is known for its spectacular turn of the century buildings and structures, famous works of art, its prete a porter fashion scene and its modern artistic and literary ideas. If you wish to experience the best of both contemporary and age old European culture, you will find it in Paris.
Paris is the capital of the France and of the historic Île de France region. It is situated in north central France, across the English channel from Great Britain. The city center, often referred to as Intra-Muros, (within the walls) and is connected by the River Seine. From a birds eye view, Paris looks much like a clock with the city divided into twenty sections that fan out in a circular pattern with the Louvre as the center point. The last two digits of the postal code of each section identify its coordinates. The best view of this magnificent infrastructure is from the Montmartre neighborhood which overlooks the city of Paris.
The city is divided into new Paris and old Paris. North of the Rive Droite (Right Bank), you will find the beautiful tree-lined Avenue des Champs Élysées which runs west toward the Arc de Triomphe. The Musée du Louvre is located east of the avenue which also features the Centre Georges Pompidou and a vibrant district of museums, markets, shops and restaurants. Just south of the Pompidou Centre is the extraordinary Notre Dame Cathedral. The Rive Gauche (Left Bank), you will find the city’s most famous trademark, the Eiffel Tower. East of the city is the Saint Germain de Prés and Montparnasse districts full of artists and intellectual culture.
People watch while sipping lattes or feasting on French cuisine at one of Paris’ eclectic cafés, and restaurants. You will almost certainly find a cafe or restaurant on every street and boulevard of Paris.
Parisian music scene encompasses jazz, avant-garde, salsa and, currently, Europe’s most vibrant African music scene.
The city’s compact infrastructure makes it possible to explore this eclectic city on foot. The sections of Paris are so diverse that the city has been referred to, by the Parisians themselves, as collection of a hundred villages. Montmartre has managed to keep an almost rural perception with its vibrant mixture of artists and locals. Undisturbed by tourism, the neglected working-class section of eastern Paris offers a sonorous ethnic piece of Parisian street life.
One of the greatest attraction to check out which may not seem like an attraction is Pere Lachaise cemetery. It truly the most beautiful and surreal cemetery in the world. It is very well kept with old trees and a classic old Paris look. The real reason to come here is to visit the graves of the famous. Classic rocks fans will find the grave of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the doors. There are also many great writers and artists buried here such as Oscar Wilde, and Frederic Chopin.
Like most Parisians who believe Paris is the center of the universe, you may also find yourself getting consumed into this charming city. You will almost certainly promise yourself that you will return again one day.
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