Travel to Paris

Day 1 Paris

Paris: We started visiting the city in La Defense, a major business center with a lot activity. A touristic place is the Great Arch of La Defense, the marvel of modern architecture, the 100 meters in height. It was opened in 1989 and was built with granite and marble from Carrara. At the top of the arc there is a terrace with panoramic views from the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre up.

La Defense Arc de Triomphe

Paris - Arch of La Defense and Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe, 50 meters high, was commissioned by Napoleon to honor their soldiers. In the center of its base is the eternal flame to honor the Unknown Soldier. Located on the Place de l´Etoile, is the starting point of twelve avenues (one for each battle of Napoleon). On his walls the are four groups of reliefs and the most renowned of them all is "Departure of the Volunteers of 1792".

The Champs Elysees (Champs-Elysees) is the most important avenue in Paris. It runs from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde (located just between the Tuileries Gardens and La Defense). On it you can find everything, from shops to palaces like the Little Palace (Petit Palais) and the Grand Palace (Grand Palais). It is also known because the Tour de France has finished on the Champs-Élys&aeacute;es every year.

Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III)

Paris - Alexander III Bridge (Pont Alexandre III)

The Alexandre III Bridge is considered the most beautiful in Paris.. It is named in honor of Czar Alexander III of Russia. It started in 1986 on the Seine and was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and is chaired by tall columns and statues decorated with gold leaf. It was declared a historical monument in 1975.

Between the Seine and the Champs Elysees are the Petit and Grand Palais, which were built with a structure of metal and glass for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The two buildings of Art Nouveau are currently used as museums.

Place de la Concorde and Champs Elysees

Paris - Place de la Concorde and Champs Elysees

The Place de la Concorde has a lot of history. On it many people were executed during the French Revolution by the guillotine, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In the nineteenth century raised the obelisk of Luxor, and two sources with eight statues representing various French cities.

Between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre extends the Tuileries garden, full of tulips and trees. Highlights the Arc de Carrousel, built to celebrate Napoleon´s victories of 1805.

Palais Royal (Royal palace)

Paris - Palais Royal (Royal palace)

The Palais Royal is a building next to the Louvre, started by Richelieu, who wanted to make a modest palace that passed to Louis XIII after the death of Cardinal. Gallery Orléans, which was a curtain between the palace and the garden was demolished and replaced more recently by the columns of Buren.

The Place Vendôme stands out for having the most luxurious shops of the city, like Cartier and Boucheron. Also there is the Ritz Hotel, which was home to Coco Chanel, which was inspired by this place in the design of its famous clock Chanel, which has the same octagonal shape to the square. Nearby is the street Faubourgs Saint-Honoré, one of the most commercial and glamorous streets of Paris.

Madeleine church

Paris - Madeleine church

Madeleine church, dedicated to Mary Magdalene, is one of the most famous of Paris. It began its construction in 1764 and ended in 1845, in the classical style, its interior is somewhat more richly decorated. Its external appearance resembles a Greco-Roman temple.

The neighborhood of the opera is notable for its boulevards. In front of the opera, on the corner with the Boulevard of the Capuchins, is the Café de la Paix, which still retains its nineteenth-century decor, designed by Garnier. It is one of the most famous cafes in Paris. Are very close to the Galeries Lafayette in which it stresses the glass dome that crowns Art Nouveau building.

Opera Garnier - Palais Garnier

Paris - Place de l´Opéra

The opera is a neoclassical building in the baroque style opened in 1875 by Charles Garnier, and named for that reason Opera Garnier. Highlights its marble staircase, a large anteroom, the auditorium and the Museum of the Opera.