Paris

Paris, France

The most heavily populated city and the capital of France, Paris is the international hub of Fashion, Romance, Arts, Gastronomy, breathtaking architecture and beautiful sightseeing places. Paris has always been on top of the places to visit list of travelers across the world. This 19th century city is marked by the presence of the Seine River and broad boulevards. The iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower dominates the cityscape apart from the 12th century Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame. The city has an illustrious past of art with some well known artists like Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and many more whose works are considered as treasures and masterpieces across the world. The city is popular for its culture of cafés, fine cuisine and fashion with designer boutiques that are known worldwide. With an air of romance and mystery, the city is a must visit for all those who love life in all its myriad colors. 

Climate: Western European oceanic climate, the Spring begins from end of March to June, Summers from June- September are warm and pleasant, Autumn from late September- December, Winters begin in late December till March and are mainly cold. The Spring and Summers require light clothes but the weather is unpredictable, so carry a light jacket and something for layering especially in spring. Autumn is cool and can get even colder, so carry warm clothes while winters need heavy warm clothing.

Best Time to Visit: June to August

Accessibility:

By Air:  Paris has three major international airports.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle- Northern suburbs of Paris.

Three terminals:

Terminal 1,

Terminal 2 (subdivided into 2A through 2G)

Terminal 3 (formerly T9).

Paris-Orly International Airport -30 min from Paris.

Beauvais-Tillé Airport- 69 kilometres (43 miles) north of Paris city centre.

Airline France offers an added facility of air transport running an airline shuttle service which includes shuttle flights between the airports.

By Rail: Paris has well connected Railway network.  Six railway stations connect Paris to various cities across France and Europe. It also has 16 Metro lines with 303 stations.

The RER (regional express network) connects Paris to remote parts.

By Expressway: 3 well connected expressways connect Paris

The Périphérique.

The A86 motorway.

The Francilienne motorway.

Excellent Bus Service also available.

Places of Interest:

Eiffel Tower

Location: Paris

Timings: Open every day 9:30-23:00  Summers-9:00 -0:00

Regarded as the symbol of love and romance, The Eiffel Tower attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Named after its designer Alexander Gustavo Eiffel, who built this monument in 1889, to mark the centenary of the French revolution, The Eiffel tower is made of steel sections joined by steel rivets. It weighs nearly 7000 tons and rises to nearly 1052 feet. This unique structure is a celebration of excellence in engineering and gives a panoramic view of the beautiful city of Paris.

Louvre Museum

Location: Paris

Timings

Saturday, Sunday, Monday         9AM–6PM

Tuesday              Closed

Wednesday        9AM–10PM

Thursday            9AM–6PM

Friday  9AM–10PM

How to reach:

Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station (line 1).

Bus: bus lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.

From Orly Airport: the RER C.

From Charles de Gaulle Airport: the RER B train. Métro line 1 at Châtelet-les-Halles

This royal palace turned museum was once the home of French royal family. It was a symbol of French opulence and power. Today, it houses more than 70,000 masterpieces of art that occupy nearly 650,000 square feet of space. Here, you can see the great works of art, rare French artifacts, Italian Renaissance art but the main focus in this museum remains the famous painting The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503-1505.The glass made spectacular work of art  “The Louvre pyramid” welcomes you at the entrance of the Louvre Museum.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Location: Paris

Timings: Open every day 8:00 am - 6:45 pm  (7:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)

How to reach

By Métro: Cité, Saint-Michel, Hôtel de Ville, Maubert-Mutualité, Cluny-La Sorbonne, or Châtelet station

By RER: You can take Line B/Line C to Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame station

By Bus: Take Bus 21 to the Cité-Palais de Justice or Saint-Michel-Saint-Germain stop; take Bus 24 to Petit Pont, Saint-Michel, or Notre-Dame-Quai de Montebello stop.

Situated in the middle of the city, near Latin Quarter on Ile de la Cité, The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris was built by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) and Bishop Maurice de Sully in the year1163.This gothic style cathedral is one of the most visited cultural sites. The cathedral has stained glass and rose windows that are admired by visitors. The tower, the gargoyles and the steeple are also worth viewing. The treasury also draws special attention. The towers of the cathedral offer a spectacular view of the city.

Arc de Triomphe

Location: Paris

Timings: April - September 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

October - March 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Closing Dates: January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning) July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25. (Please confirm for any changes)

Built to mark the celebration of the Napoleons’ victorious French revolution army and the first empire, Arc de Triomphe was built in the year 1836 by JF Chalgrin. This 49.5 m (162 ft) tall, arch has more than 660 engraved names of the generals from the battles. A powerful structure, the Arc de Triomphe is situated in the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The tomb of the unknown fighters and soldiers from the World War I lie underneath the vault of this structure making it a patriotic place revered by all.

Sainte-Chapelle

Location: Paris

Timings:

 2 Jan-31 Mar- 9.00-17.00

 Apr- Oct-9.30-18.00

Nov-Dec-9.00-17.00

Closing Days:

1 Jan, 1 May and 25 Dec. (Please confirm for any changes)

How to reach:

By Subway: Line 4, Station Cité

By Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 and Balabus (Please confirm for any changes)

This royal gothic style work of great architecture and art was the royal home of the French kings till 14th century. Built in the 12th century by King Louis IX of France, it’s purpose was the safe custody of the Christian relics that included the crown of thorns of Christ, which were obtained by saint Louis. Its stained glass work is unique in the world and represents almost 1113 scenes tracing the history of the world through the eyes of the Old and the New Testaments. This chapel was damaged in the French revolution and was restored in the 19th century.

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