Paris and surroundings
Paris is the tiniest department of France, located in the smallest region of the country — and yet perhaps it is the most well known. Situated in northern France and on the Seine River, Paris is one of the most historically, culturally and artistically significant and rich centers of the world. Of course, as a visitor to the city of light, you will have many, many destinations to choose from, but you can’t leave the city without paying a visit to some of the places mentioned here.
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the first place you will want to, and indeed have to, visit. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view from up on the top floors, from where you will see most of the other places you will visit. The Champs-Elysées, the world-famous avenue — and one of the most expensive strips of real estate — the Louvre Museum, home to over 7,500 works of art, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa; the Notre-Dame Cathedral; Place de l’Opéra, a public square that was part of the Haussmannian restructuring of the city under Napoleon III; Place Vendôme, commemorating one of Napoleon I’s battle victories; the Arc de Triomphe; Saint-Germain-des-Prés, located in the sixth arrondissement of Paris and once a center of the existentialist movement; the Montmartre district, home to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica; and the famous Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne University, among many others.
Just like the Louvre Museum, Paris is a city that is impossible to walk through in a single day, despite its relatively small size. It is hard to fully grasp the city in its entirety, but by visiting some of the most renowned monuments and sites of the city, you will very likely grasp a very good feeling of it.