Paris – City of Romance on the Banks of the River Seine


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parisParis, well known as the City of light or the city of romance, boasts some of the most romantic places around the world. Great stories and songs have been written about this city. The lyrics of “The Seine” reflect the romantic side of Paris.
“One night along the river at St. Germain de Pre, I first met my beloved at a small sidewalk café. We walked along the river, the shadows passing by but we only saw each other, the shining water and the sky. The Seine, the Seine, when will I again meet her there, greet her there on the moonlit banks of the Seine? Standing there across the river, mid sound of horn and tram, in all her quiet beauty, the cathedral Notre Dame, and as we passed beside her, I said a little prayer that when this dream was over, I’d awake and find you there. We walked along the river, ’till dawn was coming nigh. Beneath the Eiffel Tower we said our last good-bye”.
At night you can wander the enchanting streets of Paris, be mesmerized by the beauty of the city or appreciate the lights from the buildings, cars and boats that all reflect off the water of the River Seine.
Paris is the capital of France with a population of around 2.2 million people. The city is located on the north of the country on the Seine River and is well-known for historic sites, art and fashion. The Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
Arrondissements (Districts of Paris)
paris mapThe city is divided into twenty districts, or Arrondissements, and is numbered from one to twenty in a clockwise spiral from the center.
• 1st – The center of Paris. The district is home to Les Halles, Arc de Triomphe, Place Vendome, the Jardin des Tuileries and Comédie-Francaise.
• 2nd – Passage des Panoramas, the Bourse, Opéra Comique, Théätre des Bouffes Parisiens are located in 2nd Arrondissement.
• 3rd – The district is located on the bank of the River Seine and is home to the oldest private home in the city. The home was built in 1407 and can be seen in the rue de Montmorency. The Pletzel, ancient Jewish quarter, dates back to the thirteenth century and begins in the eastern part of the district.
• 4th – In this district you can visit the Notre-Dame de Paris, Saint-Jacques Tower, Parisian Island, Rue des Rosiers, Le Marais, Center Georges Pompidou and Beaubourg.
• 5th – You can visit the Panthéon, La Grande Mosquée, Jandin des Plantes, Église Saint Séverin, La Sorbonne, or Musée de Cluny in Arrondissement 5.
• 6th – Jardin du Luxembourg, Place Saint-Michael, Saint-Germain des Prés and Sénat are popular tourist attractions.
• 7th – Les Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, Le Bon Marché, Tour Eiffel and its Parc du Champ de Mars are located in District seven.
• 8th – Place de la Concorde, Église de la Madeleine, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe are well-known tourist attractions.
• 9th – Folies Bergére, Galeries Lafayette and Opéra Garnier are situated in District nine.
• 10th – The most popular attractions in this area include Passage du Prado, Passage Brady, Canal Saint-Martin, Porte Saint-Denis and Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.
• 11th – Rue Oberkampf is famous for its bars and restaurants and the Bastile and Cirque d’Hiver can be found here.
• 12th – The Zoo de Vincennes and Promenade Plantée are located in this area.
• 13th – This area is well-known for the Bibliothéque Nationale de France and the Gare dÁusterlitz.
• 14th – The Paris Catacombs can be found here, as well as the La Santé Prison and the Cimetiére du Montpamasse.
• 15th – You can visit La Ruche, Front de Seine and Porte de Versailles.
• 16th – The District is home to Parc des Princes, Palais de Chaillot, Trocadéro and Cimetiére de Passy.
• 17th – Popular tourist attractions in this district include Square des Batignolles, Place de Clichy, Palais des Congrés and Marché Poncelet.
• 18th – The district boasts the Basisilica of the Sacré Coeur, Église Saint-Jean-de-Montmatre, Goutte d’Or, Barbés and Pigalle.
• 19th – Parc de la Vilette, Canal Saint-Denis and Bassin de la Vilette can be found here.
• 20th – The district is home to Ménilmontant, Parc de Bellville and Cimetiére de Pére Lachaise.
A great way to see the sights of Paris is with the Paris Museum Pass. This card allows you to enter more than seventy museums and monuments around Paris, including the Palace of Versailles. There are places, such as The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle that restrict the number of visitors. Make sure to arrive early in order to avoid long queues.
Most Popular Landmarks in Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral (4th Arrondissement)
notre dame cathedralNotre Dame is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of the city. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.
The Château de Versailles is located on the outskirts of the city and an absolute must see.
Chateau VersaillesThis chateau was once the home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. During her life at Versailles, Marie Leszczynska lived in the grand apartment de la reine, to which she annexed the Salon of Peace to serve as a music room. In 1770, when the Austrian archduchess Maria Antonia married the dauphin, later king Louis XVI, she took up residence in these rooms. Upon Louis XVI’s ascension to the throne in 1774, Marie-Antoinette ordered major redecoration of the grand apartment de la reine. At this time, the queen’s apartment achieved the arrangement that we see today.
Chambre de la reine – this room was used as the queen’s bedroom, and was of exceptional splendour. On the night of 6/7 October 1789, Marie-Antoinette fled from the Paris mob by escaping through a ‘hidden door’ into a private corridor connecting her apartment with that of the king.
Antichambre – this room was transformed into the antichambre du grand couvert. It was in this room that the king, queen, and members of the royal family dined in public. Occasionally, this room served as a theater for the château.
Grand cabinet – this room was transformed into the salon des nobles. Following the tradition established by her predecessor, Marie-Antoinette would hold formal audiences in this room. When not used for formal audiences, the salon des nobles served as an antechamber to the queen’s bedroom.
La Sainte-Chapelle, The Holy Chapel, is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, located near the Palais de la Cité, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of the city.
La Sainte Chaelle Sainte Chapelle LaThe Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the top achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. Its erection was commissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his collection of Passion Relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns – one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom.
The Sainte-Chapelle is one of the surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace on the Île de la Cité. The most famous features of the chapel, among the finest of their type in the world, are the great stained glass windows, for whose benefit the stone wall surface is reduced to little more than a delicate framework. Fifteen huge mid-13th-century windows fill the nave and apse, while a large rose window with Flamboyant tracery dominates the western wall.
The Eiffel Tower is by far the most famous and the tallest structure in the city.
eiffel towerThe tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel and is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The tower stands 324 meters tall and has three levels for visitors. With two restaurants, one on the fist level and the other on the second level, and breathtaking views, it comes as no surprise to learn that the tower is the most visited paid monument in the world. There is no other monument that better symbolizes this famous city.
From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, from the Place de la Concorde to the Grand and Petit Palais, the evolution of Paris and its history can be seen from the River Seine.
As a general rule, a visa is required and should be applied for in your country of residence before your departure. You must therefore make an appointment with the French Consulate in your country to obtain a visa.


One Response to “Paris – City of Romance on the Banks of the River Seine”

  1. VisitSiena Says:

    Paris amazing as always 🙂

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