Holidays Lounge Reviews the top locations in the world. Paris, France is on just about everyone’s lists of the world’s most beautiful cities. “The city of lights” is one of the world’s most famous destinations and is home to some of the world’s greatest museums, cuisine, and lodging in addition to stunning scenery, architecture, and a rich history. In fact, Paris has played a vital role in the development of western civilization. Here is a brief overview of the city’s history by the staff at Holidays Lounge and some of its most popular attractions.
Paris is, of course, the capital of France and is in the north-central region of the country. It’s only a little over two hours away from London by train, but culturally the distance seems to be much greater than that. Part of Europe’s charm is the distinctiveness of culture of each country and region despite relatively short distances.
Running through the heart of Paris is the River Seine which meanders for 230 more miles before reaching the English Channel. Perhaps because of its central location, and strategic position on the Seine, civilization here has thrived for more than 2000 years. Also, Paris lies in a fertile agricultural region called the Paris Basin. The agreeable climate sees low temperatures average around 38 degrees Fahrenheit in January and average highs rise to about 65 degrees in July. 24 inches of average rainfall that is evenly distributed throughout the year with slightly higher precipitation in the summer and autumn.
Holidays Lounge recommends visiting Paris Arc de Triomphe Triumphal Arch
Not only is Paris one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and centers for arts and culture, but Paris is also France’s leading industrial city. The northern suburbs are the most industrialized. Significant industries include automobile, aircraft, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, as well as the manufacture of luxury goods such as metalware, dinnerware, and clothing.
The Seine river forms two islands in the middle of Paris: the Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis. The oldest section of Paris is on the Ile de la Cite where the famous 12th Century cathedral of Notre Dame is located. Paris gets its name from a small Gallic tribe, the Parisii who took refuge on the Ile de la Cite in 52 BC during Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. When the Huns attacked Paris, the Romans took shelter on the island, and thus created the first sustained community in the city.
Connected to the de la Cite and just a short walk away from the bridge is the Ile Saint-Louis. Featuring some of Paris’ oldest residential neighborhoods and narrow streets dating to the 17th Century, the Ile Saint-Louis is fun to stroll through and has some interesting, but expensive shops and restaurants.
Back across the de la Cite is the Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge which connects the island to both banks of the Seine. On the right bank is the palace complex which includes the world’s most magnificent art museum, the Louvre. The Louvre is undoubtedly worth visiting but plan to carve out more than just a few hours if want your visit to be meaningful. It can take a few days to see and appreciate everything held in this vast museum complex.
To the west of the Louvre is the Place de la Concorde. There is an ancient Egyptian obelisk here which once stood at the entrance to the temple at Luxor in Egypt. Here is where the infamous guillotine of the French Revolution stood, and the crowds would gather to watch it perform during the bloodiest days of the French Revolution.
From Place de la Concorde, you can continue west on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Regarded as one of the most charming streets in the world, and also one of the world’s most expensive, it is home to many of Paris’ most famous shops and cafes. The avenue culminates in the majestic Arc de Triomphe, erected by Napoleon to commemorate his victories. From here, it is a short distance by Taxi to the Eiffel Tower, which can be enjoyed from three different levels, the top, of course, giving the best views of the city in every direction.