Sous le ciel de Paris: The Parisian Guide (Pt.2)
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Hi guys! Here’s the second parte of my Parisian Guide, I hope you like it!
- Arc de Triomphe
This colossal monument of more than 200 years old was built thanks to the initiative of Napoleon Bonaparte, in commemoration of the battle of Austerlitz. Climbing the terrace to observe the Avenue Champs Elysees is a must.
- Champs Elysees
Needless to say, it is the main avenue of Paris: it goes from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Cafes, theaters and luxury shops are concentrated here. You can not miss it!
This luxury pastry shop founded in 1862 is perhaps the most famous in Paris. Why? She was the inventor of the famous macarons. Although there are several branches, the most visited is the one in Champs Elysees, which has a restaurant, the pastry shop and a bar. A must try the caramel macarons Fleur de Sel, Rose and Pistache, my favorites!
- Place de la Concorde
One of my favorite places and the second largest place in France. Although during the French Revolution it was the scene of the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, and Robespierre in the guillotine, in 1795 the square was renamed definitively as Place de la Concorde.
- Gran Palais
One of my favorite. It was built in 1897 and was the hub of the 1900 World Exposition along with the Eiffel Tower. It is the largest iron and glass structure on the planet and it holds exhibitions, walkways and conferences. I was fortunate to see the exhibition “Mexique” at the Petite Palais, with works by the most recognized modern artists of Mexico.
- Tuileries Garden
My favorite garden in Paris: it was the first one open to the public, and like the Luxembourg Garden, it has a Florentine and English style. Whether in winter or summer, watching the sunset overlooking the Place de la Concorde is a must.
A dessert? The Cure Gourmande (194 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris)
If you are in the Garden of Tulerías you can not miss the La Cure Gourmande on Rue Rivoli and try any of their sweets. My favorite? The chocolate butter.
- Louvre Museum
This jewel is the most important museum in France and one of the most visited in the world. Formed from the collections of the French monarchy and the defoliations made during the Napoleonic empire, it opened its doors in 1793 showing a new model of museum, since it was public. In 1989 a glass pyramid was built to break the monotony of the museum’s large gray blocks, and its collection comprises about 300,000 works prior to 1948. Leonardo da Vinci’s La Gioconda and La Libertad Guiding the Town of Delacroix are my favorite works . A must see them.
Where to eat? L’Auberge du Louvre (98 Rue Saint Honore, 75001, Paris)
Just a few blocks from the Louvre Museum you will find this small local restaurant specializing in French food. The onion soup with gratin cheese is delicious.
Cafecito? Café de la Comedie (157 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris)
If you prefer something lighter, the Café de la Comedie is the choice. Although there is a meal menu, the Viennese coffee and chocolate are great.
- Palais Royal
This palace located on the side of the Louvre has the peculiarity that it was not built as a residence for the kings, but for Cardinal Richelieu. Subsequently, the Dukes of Orleans made it their residence and opened the gardens to the public. In the courtyard is an iconic sculpture by Daniel Buren: 280 columns of white and black stripes.
A bakery? Boulangerie Juliene (42 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris)
Just a few blocks from the Palais Royal, this pastry is a must. I recommend you try the traditional chocolate eclair and the strawberry sweet, delicious!
- The Opera Garnier
My favorite place in this area: this neo-baroque building houses the Paris National Opera. It was built at the request of Napoleon III, who commissioned Charles Garnier for his design. The work was so ostentatious that it was completed in 15 years. The theater, decorated in red and gold tones, is lit by a huge glass chandelier and Chagall’s famous painting. It has 1,900 seats of red velvet and gold details.
Cafecito? Café de la Paix (5 Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris)
- Les Halles and Vintage Shops in Le Marais
For those who love to go shopping, Forum des Halles and the area around the Pompidou Center are the option. Les Halles is a commercial center with futuristic design, although this area is full of vintage shops for those looking for a more original style. Three of these stores worth visiting are:
– Mad Vintage Paris (66 Rue St Denis, 75001 Paris)
– The Kilo Shop (69-71 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris)
– Hippy Market (21 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris)
Breakfast? Benedict (19 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris)
Being in Le Marais it is impossible not to visit Benedict: my favorite place to have breakfast. Eggs Benedict are the specialty, so you can not fail to try them. My recommendation: Eggs Benedict Avocado.
- Georges Pompidou Center
This center houses one of the best collections of modern and contemporary art in the world and is a pioneering work of contemporary architecture: colored tubes, air ducts, elevators and escalators contrast with the urban landscape of Paris. In addition, it has an area of musical and acoustic research and a public library, as well as a restaurant on the terrace: Georges. My favorite exhibitions were the temporary ones: Magritte and CY Twombly. A must visit this museum, if not for modern art, for its design and its view from the terrace.
A bakery? Maison Marnay (24 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris)
One of my favorite Boulangeries is definitely Maison Marnay. If they are lovers of chocolate, they can not fail to taste the Eclair and the cake 3 Chocolats, a delight!
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart
The Sacré Coeur is a Montmartre must: it is located on a hill 130 meters high from where you can see an incredible view of Paris. This work of Paul Abadie of 1914 is 83 meters in length, 35 meters in width and a tower of 83 meters in height.
And to finish…
After touring Paris, we return to the starting point: the Eiffel Tower. I could not leave this city without dinner in my favorite restaurant: Les Ombres. This place has the best view and the food is exquisite. A must.
Next time you visit Paris, I hope this guide can help you to enjoy this beautiful city!