If you happen to be a first-time visitor to Paris, be sure to get puzzled as to what you should see and where you should go! There are literally hundreds of places and spaces that you should see and take photographs. And everything is worth seeing and exploring in detail. Maybe a lifetime will not be sufficient to see and appreciate everything in Paris. We shall try to compile a convenient to-see list from a mix of museums, historical places and monuments. A tip right at the beginning – most of these places is covered when you get yourself a Paris Pass.
There are two structures without visiting which no trip to Paris could be deemed complete. The first and foremost is the impressive Eiffel Tower. Built from iron in 1889, it has come to represent Paris today. More than 230 million visitors have visited it since its opening. The other star attraction is the Notre Dame Cathedral. The dramatic towers, statuary, stained glass and spire will surely inspire anyone. Simply the fact that it took about 100 years to build it would suffice to give an idea of the grandeur and glory within.
For the history buffs out there, the Arc de Triomphe would be an unforgettable experience. It was built by Emperor Napoléon I to evoke the feel of military power and triumph. The sculptures and relief on this 164 feet structure is definitely worth your time and the grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées is also nearby. Another such historical place would be the Sarbonne University which was founded in 1257. You could also pay a visit to the countless literary figures that have been laid to rest at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
If you are with kids, you should not miss the Paris Disneyland! A literal wonderland for kids, this theme park would also be great fun to the adults. You could also take them to see the animals at the Jardin des Plantes zoo and have a picnic in the many gardens and parks that dot Paris. The Musee Grevin or the wax museum is sure to thrill kids into wonder as they stare at masterpieces in wax.
Speaking of museums, Paris has more than 100 of them. The one you should not miss for anything is the Louvre! It is the world’s largest in terms of the sculpture, painting and decorative objects. The most popular Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo are housed in here. You could walk through a history lane that spans hundreds of years in the Louvre alone. The Centre Georges Pompidou is considered by many Parisians as the cultural center of the city. With its modern art which you will either love or hate, this museum is something you could avoid if modern art is not your cup of tea. The same cannot be said about the National Museum of Modern Art however. Finally, the Musee d’ Orsay, with its best Impressionist collection in the world, is something you may not like to miss.
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger and writer. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of travelling and exploring new places. She is planning to go on a vacation this weekend and is researching a lot about best Beach Destinations. These days she is busy in writing an article on honeymoon ideas.