Paris sights and places to see
There are various ways to see Paris. You can do it on your own and
discover things or you can go on a guided tour which will probably save
you time but won't give you the same feeling of working things out for
yourself. You can hire a cab or walk and explore to your heart's
content. Walk down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe and you
pass some famous restaurants and hotels. Midway is the Rond Point and
from there to the Place de la Concorde you may walk down a tree-lined
avenue to Avenue Gabriel, where you find public buildings, including the
Presidential Palace and, the American Embassy. At the Place de la
Concorde you'll encounter the Crillon and the Marine Ministry. About two
blocks away is the Church of the Madeleine which is a must, as are Notre
Dame on the Ile de La Cite and the Sainte Chapelle located inside the
Palais de Justice, and which has the most beautiful stainedglass window
arrangement in Europe. There are lectures and tours through the Great
Cathedral that are most interesting. See also the Tuileries Gardens
along the Rue de Rivoli, you can't miss the Eiffel Tower or the
Go to St. Germain-en-Laye, just a short trip from Paris, to see the
Royal Palace with its mile and a half long terrace. A trip to Chantilly-Compiegne
is interesting. The latter is the spot of the German surrender in 1918
and the French surrender in 1940. There is a large palace in the park
where there is a collection of Gobelin tapestries.Compiegne, with a fine
palace and the railway carriage where the Armistice of 1918 was
signed.The former Cistercian Abbey and Monastery of Royaumont, near
Chantilly, has great beauty, and has been converted into a kind of
country club for writers, artists, and students.
Go to the Left Bank and take a look at the Boul' Mich, or, Boulevard St.
Michel and the Latin Quarter. The Sorbonne is nearby and the
Pantheon. The Luxembourg Gardens
and Palace are here, too. Of course, climb the hill to Montmartre, with
its twisting streets and many restaurants and cafes. Sacre Coeur stands
on top of the hill and you get a magnificent view of the city below.
Back in the heart of Paris you will, of course, see the Place Vendome,
the Rue de la Paix. Take a stroll down the chain of Grands Boulevards:
Boulevard de la Madeleine, Boulevard des Capucines, Boulevard des
Italiens, Boulevard Poissonniere, Boulevard St. Denis, Boulevard St.
Martin, which form a wide continuous avenue of shops and theaters.
Drive out through the Bois de Boulogne, with its lakes and fine
restaurants and bridle paths. It's charming.
Browse at the open book stalls along the Seine. Take a trip on the Seine
River, on the colorful "Bateau Mouche," and see all the familiar
monuments from a different angle. Boat trips are 1 to 2 hours long, and
some include lunch or dinner. Visit "Les Halles," Paris' central market
at the end of a long night out, and have onion soup. Pay a visit to the
Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon's tomb. In fact, do anything that
interests you. It is all fascinating.
Versailles-Fontainebleau .There are many short trips out of Paris to the
environs which are practically musts. Versailles 'is 12 miles away. Here
are the gardens, the Palace of Louis XIV, the Grand Trianon and the
Petit Trianon. You can see La Malmaison on this trip, too, the home of
Napoleon and Josephine. Fontainebleau, with its Renaissance palace, its
formal gardens, is fascinating. You can visit this on a standard tour or
drive it in a cab. Fontainebleau, once a twelfth-century fortress, was
reconstructed in the sixteenth century and eventually became the
favorite residence of Napoleon. Drive through the 42,000-acre forest.
During the summer in the gardens of Versailles and Fontainebleau there
are fountain displays, Night Festivals with ancient dances, fireworks,
etc. These nocturnal performances are a must, and tickets can easily be
purchased in most of the travel agencies.Paris lies in the centre of a
saucer-like hollow, protected by a circle of mighty forests -
Fontainebleau, Rambouillet, Gompiegne, and others. These royal forests,
each with its palace or chateau, give character to the Ile-de-France, a
region otherwise flat and uninspiring.
At Chantilly there is a huge chateau set in a formal park.
Visitors to Montmartre, overlooking Paris, shouldn't miss the
picturesque street cafes or white-domed Sacre Coeur seen here in the
Naturally, you can't miss visiting Paris' famous Notre Dame or browsing
among the interesting bookstalls nearby.
Paris lies in the centre of a saucer-like hollow, protected by a circle
of mighty forests - Fontainebleau, Rambouillet, Gompiegne, and others.
These royal forests, each with its palace or chateau, give character to
the Ile-de-France, a region otherwise flat and uninspiring.
But it is worth paying a day's visit from Paris to the great palace and
park of Versailles (usually crowded in summer and at weekends), or the
graceful town of St Germain, with its castle, or Fontainebleau, where
the chateau is in many ways more pleasing than Versailles. The Forest of
Fontainebleau, full of strange rocks, is a good place for walks or
picnics, nearby is Barbizon, once a haunt of artists. To the W. is the
Cathedral of Chartres, with its magnificent stained glass. At
Rambouillet the President of the Republic's official country home can be
visited. The Chevreuse Valley, SW. of Paris, contains the attractive
chateau of Dampierre and the ruins of the Jansenist Abbey of