A City break that should be on everyone’s list
Paris is without doubt one of the most romantic cities in the world and the perfect place for a weekend break. You will want to return time and time again but not just because there is so much to see and do. The city holds a magnetic charm and will have you under its spell the minute you arrive. It is a city of contrasts; it feels exciting yet familiar, vibrant yet relaxing. Paris has everything you would want from a city, stunning architecture, rich culture, impressive galleries and museums and excellent gastronomy.
Things to see
Definitely one of the most iconic sights in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a must for any visitor. A lattice tower built by Gustav Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, it is the tallest building in Paris. Standing at over 324 metres the Eiffel Tower is also one of the most visited monuments in the world. There are three visitor levels, the first two can be accessed by stairs or lift and the third level can only be accessed by lift. If you visit in peak season you will be faced with queues, however the views you will get from the second or third levels are spectacular and well worth the wait!
Notre Dame Cathedral sits majestically on the banks of the Seine on the Ile Saint Louis. A gothic masterpiece, construction started in 1163 and completed around 1345. The cathedral remained largely unaltered until it was damaged by revolutionaries during the French Revolution. The building was then left to go into decline until the 1840’s when restoration was handed over to the gothic revival architect, Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. If you cross the Pont Saint-Louis Bridge on your way to Notre Dame you will be greeted by wonderful music from one of the various street musicians that frequent this area.
Paris is an easy city to reach. A short flight, with London airport transfers from Luton and Heathrow; it is the perfect weekend getaway. One of the joys of Paris is to stroll around the beautiful streets drinking in the atmosphere. You will find each district has its own character from le Marais to St Germain de Pres. A moonlight walk in Montmartre, the district frequented by the impressionist artists in the 19th century such as Monet and Van Gogh, is such a treat. As you wander around, a visit to the Sacre Coeur is impossible to resist.
Sitting up on the top of a hill, lit up for all of Paris to admire, you will be rewarded by spectacular views of the city when you reach the top.
No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the museums. The problem is choosing which ones you have time to visit! If you are a fan of Impressionist art then the Musee d’Orsay is not to be missed. It boasts one of the best collections of Impressionist paintings in the world.Â From Manet and Monet to van Gogh, Cezanne and Renior, you can see some of the most famous paintings in the world, here in one place.
If you are a fan of Monet then a visit to the Musee Marmottan will excite and delight with 65 paintings by the great artist including scenes from Giverny and Soleil Levant. Of course the iconic Louvre is also not to be missed. A collection of nearly 400,000 items of art and historical objects including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums. The latest addition to the building is the glass pyramid that acts as an entrance which sits in the courtyard. Commissioned in 1984 by Francois Mitterrand it was designed by I.M. Pei and was completed in 1989. Its futuristic style stirred up a certain amount of controversy as people thought it looked out of place in front of the classical architecture of the Louvre, however it has become a Paris landmark in itself.