The capital city of Beauty – Paris, France

The allure Paris has to offer is enticing. There is a reason why it wins people’s hearts and why it is recognised for beauty and eloquence because the city attains for nothing less than perfection. From charismatic people to stunning architecture and art, and excellent cuisine, Paris is a city for everyone to enjoy and find themselves amongst the busy Parisian traffic.

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Situated on the 1st arrondissement

Although Paris wins the show, the small town of Versailles, close by, is a beautiful, peaceful sight that nobody should miss out on when visiting Paris. A single half an hour train ride is all that is necessary with tickets costing a little under eight euros for a return ticket. Versailles is renowned for its Chateau de Versailles, where Marie Antoinette and Louis the IX lived when they were executed by their people in the French revolution. Also famous for its treaty’s, the palace and gardens itself hold a mystical wonder which is breathtaking, to say the least. It is worth queuing up for a long time to see.

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Be sure to visit on a Sunday, when the musical fountain show is on to see a beautiful display like this

Paris is a non-stop city, like every capital city, however, amidst the commotion, you still find it to be a relaxing atmosphere where nothing has to rush. I would still avoid taking the metro at rush hour between five and six if possible. However, it would be the best choice if you are in a hurry as you will not find many free taxis, blaring their green lights, on the road.

The star attraction, which is known worldwide and vastly overpopulated at every time of day is the Eiffel tower. With its gorgeous view on every floor level, it is quite an experience. However, other popular landmarks with similar views are the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. If you only have a little patience, these places are less crowded, which means less time to queue and range within the same price as the Eiffel Tower, leaving you extra time to tour the city. If you wish to capture a good view and take mesmerising pictures, be sure to stop by Trocadero where you can relax in the park and take in sight of the Eiffel Tower.

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Picture taken at Trocadero

An understated attraction, which I would not have visited if I was not lazy to wait in queue for Notre Dame, is Saint Chapelle. Unfortunately, it does not offer a view of the city, but this gothic styled church does provide immensely detailed stained glass windows inside. The first floor holds simplicity as the second floor holds divine beauty. Both analyse their architecture in a different manner, but I will assure you that you will not be disappointed!

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Inside Saint Chapelle on the second floor
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The view from inside Notre Dame
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The view from Arc de Triomphe

Famous with lovers of art, Paris excludes inspiration as you will find many art museums. From the Pompidou Centre, to the Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa, and Musèe d’Orsay, home to van Gogh’s famous self portrait and the Whistler’s mother, amidst other wonderful work including Monet and Courbet.

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Inside Musèe d’Orsay

IMG_4729Paris is a city which gives pride to its heritage and history. When in Europe it is a must-see to appreciate its history. Even if it is once in your life, you will be glad you went. Although once you go, I am sure that you would keep coming back! Because in my eyes and having visited many cities across the world, nothing compares to Paris. For me, it is the best!

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View from the third floor of the Eiffel tower

 

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