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Three days in Paris
You will be surprised at how much we can do in a weekend! First, a logical visit to the most prestigious monuments. We are in August the traffic is fluid and the subways are always there to transport you when you feel tired. Above the Arc de triomphe decided by Napoleon I, it will be inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe. An Unknown Soldier was buried under the Arc in 1921. The flame of remembrance is rekindled daily at the end of the day. It represents the commemoration of all the victories of the Napoleonic battles in the world.
This evening awaits us the visit of Notre-Dame de Paris a few months before the spectacular fire which partially destroyed it. It will take five years of work to finally come back to life. Of Catholic worship, it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, hence its name. Gothic in style, its two rose windows are among the largest in Europe. Since the Middle Ages it has been linked to many episodes in French life: coronation of Napoleon, funeral of Charles de Gaulle and so on. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world. Who has forgotten the novel by Victor Hugo "Notre-Dame de Paris" and the film which was drawn from it in 1956 by Jean Delannoy.
This afternoon, head to the iconic Eiffel Tower named after its designer. It dates from 1889, built on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. It is located on the banks of the Seine, on the Champ de Mars, in the 7th arrondissement. It is made of iron and repainted regularly by climbing specialists. Until 1930 it was the tallest tower in the world, it measures 324 meters in height and receives an average of 6 million visitors per year, making it the 3rd most visited site in Paris. Currently it is used as a transmitter for radio or TV stations, which saves it about twenty meters.
It is the emblematic avenue of Parisian life, it is a way of Paris. Nearly two kilometers long, it is still a traffic lane connecting the Place de la Concorde to that of Charles-de-Gaulle where the triumphal arch stands. It is recognized as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Touristically speaking it attracts a number of tourists imposing 30 million foreigners come to stroll in its prestigious shops. The Champs-Éysées are the scene of historic events such as the annual parade on July 14 or the celebration of the two football world cups.
The red mill
Tonight awaits us an evening at the mythical Moulin-Rouge, It is located on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18 arrondissements at the bottom of the Butte Montmartre. This Parisian cabaret, founded in 1889, is one of the best known in the world, thanks in particular to the French cancan. Its style and name have been imitated and borrowed by other cabarets around the world, we even found one in Thailand. The variety of these cabarets has broken all records, from a hilarious petomaniac to singer Ella Fitzgerald to the unforgettable Mistinguett. Long live the beautiful Epoch!
Saturday after the traditional visits of the monuments of Paris here we entered the refined phase of the weekend. It is 8 pm, the leaflet announced "Tell us your dreams ..." We wanted to see Paris by the Seine, we were fulfilled beyond our expectations. What is it about? Quite simply, a dinner cruise to rediscover the most prestigious places in Paris but seen from the Seine side, all complemented by a delicious meal decorated by the mixed sounds of a violin and a piano. Duration of the cruise 2 hours, departure during the day and return at night. An aerial terrace equipped with powerful projectors allows you to take the air but also to operate your friend who follows you everywhere: your reflex.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Sacré cœur and Montmartre
Another must visit, the Sacré Coeur basilica on the Montmartre hill which offers you a magnificent view of Paris. The tourist context extends over the entire Montmartre district with its museum, its vineyards and its Place du Tertre where painters and caricaturists will enchant you. You can access it from avenue de Clichy either on foot or by the many stairs including that of rue Foyatier with 220 steps or for the lazier by funicular in just a few minutes.
Castle of Versailles
Last and third day in Paris devoted exclusively to the Palace of Versailles. This royal palace is located northwest of the commune of Versailles (Yvelines) about 15 kilometers southwest of Paris. It was the residence of the kings of France: Louis 14, Louis 15, and Louis 16 until the revolution of 1789. Its construction began in 1623 under the aegis of Louis 13 and will evolve regularly to become one of the most beautiful palaces in the world with stunning gardens. To get to the Palace of Versailles by taking Line C of the RER, take a Paris - Château de Versailles Rive Gauche ticket, zones 1-4. Go there early in the morning to avoid the crowds and let yourself be guided by the magic of the gardens and the excessiveness of our kings.
The bridges of Paris
The Parisian Luxor obelisk is listed as a historical monument. To visit it, take the metro stop Concorde. It is good to know that a few years later the last French king Louis-Philippe donated to Cairo a splendid copper clock, still visible in the museum.