Paris is a city of lovers, brilliant kings, haute cuisine and stunning architecture. From here, fashion designers dictate their inexorable will, communicating the current trends of the coming season.
To visit the French capital is the dream of millions of people on Earth. Each pursues its own goals. Some want to visit Disneyland and feel like carefree children, others dream of the Louvre, Montmartre and Versailles Park, the subject of the cult of the third is the Eiffel Tower. This list goes on and on. Paris is so multifaceted that everyone finds his own point of attraction.
Geography and Population
Paris is the capital of France, an important economic and political center, one of the largest cities in the country. It is located in the center of the Ильle-de-France region on the Seine River. The boundaries of the city have not changed since 1860. More than 2 million people live in it. However, there is the so-called “Greater Paris”, which includes the suburbs, where more than 10 million people live. This makes the French capital the largest metropolis in Europe.
Paris lies in the north of France. Its weather is determined by the temperate continental climate and the North Atlantic current. Winters are mild, with little snow, the average temperature is + 4C. Spring is sunny and very warm. Air quickly warms up to + 18-19C. Summer is hot, with sudden showers. Sometimes the thermometer reaches + 35 ° C., Although typical temperature values for the season are fixed at + 25 ° C. Comfortable autumn gives a lot of pleasant sunny days, which end by November, when the sky is covered with clouds. In November it often rains.
What to see
The most significant buildings in Paris are the Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the 12th century, the Arc de Triomphe, erected in honor of the victories of the Napoleonic army and the Eiffel Tower. The latter was built for the World Exhibition in 1889. At the end of which they decided not to disassemble the structure. Soon the Eiffel Tower became a symbol of France.
The center of Pompidou attracts with its unusual architecture. The building seems to be turned inside out. Here is the National Museum of Modern Art, where you can admire the amazing works of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and other outstanding artists.
The Louvre leaves a lasting impression. The magnificent palace housed one of the richest museums in the world, which presents a collection of paintings, sculptures and other forms of art, starting from Egyptian civilization and the Middle Ages to the present day.
The Rodin House Museum, located in a beautiful 18th-century mansion, presents the most outstanding works of genius.
The Picasso Museum of Paris holds the world’s largest collection of works by the famous artist.
Place des Vaiseux is the oldest square in Paris. This is an architectural ensemble consisting of 17th-century buildings with covered galleries. In the center of the composition is a neat garden with a fountain.
The Luxembourg Gardens is a green oasis of peace and tranquility. Along the vast territory there are alleys, clearings, arbors, benches for contemplative relaxation, cafes and restaurants. In the center of the park is the Luxembourg Palace. It regularly hosts exhibitions of aspiring artists. The garden is also famous for the Medici Fountain, a collection of statues and sculptures.
Park Andre Citroen is located in the southwestern part of the capital on the banks of the Seine. It attracts with unusual postmodern gardens and futuristic terraces. In the center there is a huge fixed ball with a stunning view.
Cafes and restaurants
French cuisine is considered the most sophisticated in the world. If you want a bite to eat, send it to the restaurant with the sign “Brasserie”. In a light and informal atmosphere you can eat tasty and inexpensively. If you crave real gastronomic pleasures, the most exquisite restaurants in the world are waiting for you. The Alain Ducasse Restaurant, located at the Plaza Athénée, is the only 6 Michelin star hotel in the world.
Pierre Gagnair, Taillevent, L’Ambroisie are also popular among gourmets. It is very difficult to get there, so a table should be booked in advance.
To visit the fashionable capital and leave without shopping will be a crime. Shops are open from morning until late in the evening. Brand boutiques are concentrated on the Champs Elysees, Montaigne Avenue and Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.
The boutique village “La Vallée Village” is known to every fashionista. The most popular places for shopping are the O Prentan and Gallery Lafayet department stores.