Sunday, 13 September 2015

4 Must See Sights in Paris


As you may have guessed.....I've been to Paris! This was my third visit and there are four places always on my list to revisit when I'm there. So I want to share them with you, some are your typical and unusual spots, but I have some gems too.

Arc de Triomphe 

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Triumphal Arch of the Star) is situated at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. It honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. On the arch you can find the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath the vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Just above the tomb is an eternal flame which burns in memory of those who were killed in war and are were not identified. 

 

The view from Arc de Triomphe to me is one of the best in Paris, I would definitely recommend it over the Eiffel Tower. There is a lift also to bring you to the museum and then a short flight of 46 steps to see the panoramic views.


I would also recommend because the Arc de Triomphe is situated on a roundabout (a scary roundabout) that you take the pedestrian underpass to get across!



Church of Saint-Sulpice

You may have expected me to put Notre Dame on the list but the Church of Saint-Sulpice is one not to be underestimated or missed. Saint-Sulpice is the second largest church after Notre Dame and has some beautiful interior architecture. The mismatched towers go unnoticed to the eye at first some say this ruins the overall look but I like it. The interior is stunning which feels very open and the natural light makes a difference to the feel of the structure. I've yet to hear the magnificent towering organ played in this beautiful church but hopefully one day.


Situated inside the church is a gnomon to help determine the time of the equinoxes. A meridan line made of brass lays across the floor. You may have learned about this if you read "The Da Vinci Code". 

"In the south transept window a small opening with a lens was set up, so that a ray of sunlight shines onto the brass line. At noon on the winter solstice (21 December), the ray of light touches the brass line on the obelisk. At noon on the equinoxes (21 March and 21 September), the ray touches an oval plate of copper in the floor near the altar." wikipedia 



Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is still my top museum to see! I can't go to Paris without visiting and seeing the collections of my favourite artists which are Monet and Van Gogh. The museum is in the former Gare d'Orsay a railway station which was the terminal for railways of south western France. The museum nearly got demolished and then it was saved and listed as a historical monument. The museum is fresh, open and well laid out.


The museum was also loved by Lillibug and unlike the Louvre it is a much more relaxed feel and doesn't take as long to see everything.

 La Basilique duSacré-Coeur 

The Sacré Coeur Basilica (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart) which is located at the summit of Montmartre, which is also the highest part of the city. It is not just a religious symbol but also a political and cultural symbol. The construction of the church finished in 1914 and was consecrated in 1919 after World War 1. The basilica stays white throught the years thanks to the form of limestone that has calcium carbonate.

The Benedictine Sisters of Sacre Coeur live adjacent to the basilica and if you are lucky enough to be visiting while they are singing at mass, you will find yourself in a very surreal and peaceful state of mind.

I have no pictures of the interior of the Sacré Cour due to pictures being forbidden (not that is prevented others!). The dome of the Basilica is open to visitors to see the amazing panoramic view of Paris. Your Paris visit pass will also be helpful as you can use not only for the metro but the funicular so you don't have to walk the whole way up!

I hope you find the list helpful and if you have your favourite sights to see in Paris, please share them in the comment section.

18 comments:

  1. Great picks, I love walking to the top of monmarte (i think that's how you spell it) and getting a crepe in all the small little restaurants, it's just so cute and looks like something out of a movie! I can't wait to go back to Paris, hopefully the next time it'll be with James! :) Xx

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    1. Thanks Erin, yes the walk up to Montmartre is fantastic and stopping for a crepe is a must! I hope you get over to see it again with James this time x

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  2. Wow I want to go to Paris even more than I did before now, fab post :)

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    1. Thank you Ruby, and I hope you get to see Paris some day soon x

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  3. You've made me want to go back to Paris! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Get that flight booked and get going lol :-) xxx

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  4. Went there as part of our foreign school tour in Secondary ! Remember the big attractions but of course I didnt appreciate them. Hope to return one day & savour Paris !!!!

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    1. The first time I went was with my school in Secondary, and it was the teachers who didn't appreciate it! It's one of my favourite cities for architecture and history. x

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  5. A city I'd live to visit & after reading your post even more so!
    They look great places to visit

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    1. I hope you get to see them some day soon xx

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  6. Great blog... Very good.. I've been to Paris four times & going back next March.. I love it there, so much to do & see.. Really enjoyed your blog.. x Karen (oh so fash)

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    1. Thank you Karen I hope you keep reading the blog and enjoy! Paris is my favourite x

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  7. These are great tips; a nice departure from the usually recommendations for Parisian sight seeing!

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    1. Thank you Claire, I really wanted to show what else Paris has to offer but also not go to far off the beaten path :)

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  8. I have always wanted to visit Paris, still waiting of course, your photos are stunning. I can see why you have returned. Though my fear of heights would probably leave me looking up at the Arc de Triomphe as opposed to looking down from it!!!
    Nicola x

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment on my photos xx The Arc de Triomphe would be less scary than the Eiffel tower. The panoramic view from Sacre Coeur is just as beautiful and the height thing might not bother you as much. Paris is amazing I hope you get to go x

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  9. Really enjoyed this post, I've never been to Paris but it looks beautiful x

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I hope that it has tempted you to visit now ;-) x

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