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The Musée du Louvre is the world's largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st district . The Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments. The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, receiving 7 million visitors just last year. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century. Famous works displayed include Raphael, Michelangelo, The Astronomer, Bathsheba at Her Bath, Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist and more.
Le Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th district of Paris, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de' Medici (the widow of King Henry IV of France) for a new residence, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden today is owned by the French Senate, which meets in the Palace. It is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, model sailboats on its circular basin, and picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620. The garden is famed for its calm atmosphere. Surrounding the bassin on the raised balustraded terraces are a series of statues of former French queens, saints and copies after the Antique. In the southwest corner, there is an orchard of apple and pear trees and the puppet theater. The gardens include a large fenced-in playground and a vintage carousel. In addition, free musical performances are presented in a gazebo on the grounds and there is a small cafe restaurant nearby, from which many people enjoy the music over a glass of wine. The orangerie displays art, photography and sculptures.
Notre-Dame de Paris, meaning "Our Lady of Paris", is also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral. It is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth district of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass serve to contrast it with earlier Romanesque architecture. The cathedral treasury contains a reliquary, which houses some of Catholicism's most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. After its entrance to the 1889 World's Fair it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower is 1,063 ft tall, about the same height as an 81-story building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 410 ft on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift elevator to the first and second levels. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift.
For glory and grandeur, this is the most famous avenue in the world. If the monuments and symmetrical landscaping don't convince you, remember that Champs-Élysées means "Elysian Fields" which indicates that someone thought this street was heaven on earth. The monuments and history connected to this avenue are worth more than the reality of the place today. The avenue is one of the required stopping sites in Paris, drawing a straight line from the Louvre, through the Tuilerie Gardens and the Place Concord, bisects the Arche de Triomphe where it becomes the avenue de la Grande Armée, and culminates at the base of the modern Arche de la Défence.
Foods You Must Try In Paris
Paris is known for its highest density of top-quality, artisanal baguettes. Each year a competition is held to elect the 'Meilleure Baguette de Paris', and the list of best-baguette awardees is a good resource to select your provider. Don’t forget to tear off the crusty, still-warm tip and nibble on it as you walk away, as any self-respecting Parisian does.
Most brasseries and cafés in Paris offer non-stop service, and a staple of their menu is the croque-monsieur, an oozy and crisp grilled ham and cheese sandwich usually moistened by a touch of Béchamel sauce. If you’re extra hungry, get the croque-madame, which adds a fried egg on top.
Walking around Paris, you’ll see street stands selling crêpes everywhere. One of the few truly native street foods, the crêpe is indeed a lovely treat to indulge in when it’s time for an afternoon snack. Be sure to pick a stand that cooks crêpes to order. And though you may be tempted to try all kinds of stuffings, serious aficionados stick to the beurre-sucre (butter and sugar) for the true, unadulterated crêpe experience.
Paris is truly the gastronomic hub of France, and nowhere is it more apparent than in cheese shops, where you can buy the makings of a cheesy Tour de France and taste your way through each region’s stars, from the mildest to the sharpest. Always favor raw-milk cheeses and ask the vendor what’s best right now, as the production of artisanal cheeses is a seasonal affair.
Walk past any bakery in the wee hours of the morning and you’ll be instantly spellbound by the warm buttery smell of fresh croissants escaping from the air vents at pavement level. This is your cue to step in and get your golden prize, which you can tuck into and savor on your morning walk as the city awakens. Be sure to ask your boulanger if they make their own.
A true joy of dining out in Paris is a juicy, tender steak served with slim, crispy fries and a yummy Béarnaise or Café de Paris sauce. Three Michelin starred chef Yannick Alléno is renowned for his ground-breaking cooking, but a more hearty meal of excellent steak frites can be found at his two casual restaurants Terroir Parisien and STAY at Paris Le Faubourg.
This delicate pastry, consisting of two almond meringue shells glued together with buttercream (or ganache) has taken the world by storm but its birthplace is resolutely Paris. Available in all sorts of flavors and just as many colorrs, macarons are two-bite delights, but it is worth seeking them out from reputable pastry shops that actually make their own.
Duck Confit (Confit de Canard)
Originally devised to preserve fresh duck meat for future consumption, the confit method consists of cooking duck thighs in their own fat, until the meat is spectacularly moist. Parisian bistros pride themselves in selecting the best producer, typically from the Southwest of France, and serve them seared until the skin turns golden and crisp. The classic side is pommes sarladaises, heavenly garlicky potatoes sautéed in duck fat.
Escargot (snails) aren’t to everyone’s liking, but if you’re trying to be adventurous this is a good place to start. Proper escargots are served with the little critters still in their shells, cooked in a sumptuous buttery sauce (perfect for soaking up with bread after!). There’s a special utensil you’ll be given to hold onto the shells while you pull the snails out, and if you’re confused (and being nice about it) your waiter will likely give you a lesson.
Like all city dwellers, Parisians often need to eat on the go, and the jambon-beurre is the most Parisian of sandwiches. You can buy it from corner bakeries or order it from the counter at most cafés; in both cases it will come as a fresh half-baguette, its insides smeared with cool butter and garnished with 'jambon de Paris', a pink-hued cooked ham, with optional cornichons..
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Located in northeastern Paris, the Canal Saint-Martin is a picturesque district with a 19th-century waterway and iron footbridges. The area is filled with some of the city's best restaurants and shops. From an eatery with the perfect fresh baked bread for a canal-side picnic to a boutique with European-sourced furnishings, Canal Saint-Martin offers plenty to keep your days in Paris busy. Once you’ve crossed the quirky 1885 hydraulic lift bridge, pont de Crimée, you’re in Parc de la Villette territory. This is where you can visit major science and music museums, picnic on the lawns and take in concerts at big venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris.
LEGRAND FILLES ET FILS: The Most Charming
Legrand Filles et Fils is the grandfather and the most charming of all Parisian wine retailers. Lucien Legrand was the first Parisian wine merchant to get its supplies directly from the wine producing areas beginning in 1945, and the one who started the trend for the Beaujolais. The Legrand wine cellar is also a bar and restaurant where one can taste wines in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The wines by the glass are rather expensive but if you are with a group of friends you can also choose a bottle in the Vinothèque, buy it at the same price as in the shop and enjoy it with some delicatessen or cheese.
Top Three Wine Shops in Paris
LAVINIA: The Widest Choice
Lavinia is the biggest Wine Shop in Paris. It is centrally located between the Opéra and the Madeleine and is really worth the visit. This wine superstore stretches over three floors and its cellar, located on the basement, is really impressive by its quantity of bottles well laid-out by wine-producing region and by its very professional storage conditions. Lavinia offers a choice of 6500 different wines: most of them are French of course but one can also find there a wide selection of the best wines from the whole world: Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, United States.
LA CAVE DU BON MARCHÉ: The Finest Selection
La Cave du Bon Marché is located on the basement of the Grande Epicerie de Paris in a contemporary design and offers, just as Lavinia, very good storage conditions for wines in terms of light and temperature. Wines are laid-out by wine-producing regions, each French region offering an excellent selection with a mix of exceptional wines from Bordeaux or Burgundy and more confidential wines made by talented wine producers selected with much care. The display is really well done and the choice per label of origin not too wide.
Famous Waterways in Paris
The Seine is a 483 mile river and an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin in the north of France. It rises at Source-Seine northwest of Dijon in northeastern France in the Langres plateau, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre. It is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as Rouen 75 miles from the sea. Over 60 percent of its length, as far as Burgundy, is negotiable by commercial riverboats, and nearly its whole length is available for recreational boating; excursion boats offer sightseeing tours of the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche within the city of Paris.
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