Sunday, December 30, 2007

Visiting beautiful Paris

Paris is a city which one would associate with romanticism and great classical architecture. Before you visit the City of Lights as it is commonly known as, take some time to educate yourself on the interesting places and locations that you should not miss when you are there before you book your accommodation in Paris Hotels. The L'Arc de Triomphe is a place you should visit on your tour of the city. Built in honor of the French Army and unveiled in 1836, the top of the Arc de Triomphe offers a grand panoramic view. The Eiffel Tower which needs no introduction, is an architectural wonder and a jewel by night. Commissioned in 1887 for the World Fair, it stands as one of the world's most visited and widely recognized attractions. Once there, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city. Then there is the Centre Georges Pompidou, which is home to the National Museum of Modern Art/Center of Industrial Design. Exhibition galleries, a public information library and a cinema, as well as a concert hall and a research institute for contemporary music, are all housed here. The complex draws an amazing 23,000 visitors every day.

The Louvre is another place you should not miss. Once a medieval fortress and palace to the kings of France, the Louvre today is home to the famous Mona Lisa, as well as a world-class collection of other paintings, drawings, jewels and sculptures. Unless you're a die-hard art aficionado, a one-and-half-hour guided tour of the Louvre may be the best way to ensure you don't miss any of the prominent treasures at one of the most beloved museums in the world. The Notre Dame cathedral, built 900 years ago, is one of the most beautiful cathedrals ever built. It has inspired poetry, deep faith and legends. To get a view of the famous flying buttresses (i.e. the supporting arms that stick out of the side of the building), climb the 387 stairs to the top. The views of the Seine River, and the city beyond, are what postcards are made of. Take time also to explore the inside of basilica, which was completed from the late 12th century to the mid-13th and has a beauty all on its own.

Before you embark on your magical visit of the city, make sure you have all the information you need on a suitable accommodation. You may want to check on Paris Hotels for information on the best places to stay. For tourists from Spain and Dutch tourists, you may check Paris Hotels. But no matter where you plan to stay in the end, be sure to make your visit a memorable and exciting one.

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