I had the chance to go visit Paris over the weekend. With the Eurostar train it is only 2 and a half hour trip from London, arriving at Gare du North in the heart of the city. After spending the first night in some expensive bars with an old friend of mine I had the second day to visit the main attractions.
Paris is not only the capital and biggest city in France but perhaps the mostly known place in the world. It is situated on the river Seine at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits, is largely unchanged since 1860 and has an estimated population of 2,203,817. The metropolitan area however has a population of 11,769,433 and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.
An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
Paris Area by area
The main areas in central Paris that I had the chance to visit during my day included:
- Tour Eiffel and Les Invalides
- Latin Quarter
- Luxembourg Quarter
- Ile de la Cité
Tour Eiffel and Les Invalides
I started my trip with the neighbourhood the offers the most famous attractions in Paris including:
- Eiffel Tower
- Champs De Mars
- Ecole Militaire
- St-Louis Des Invalides Cchurch
- Dome Church
- Musée de l’armée
- Hôtel des invalides
- Rue De Varennes
- Musée Rodin
- Hotel Montignan
Saint Germain des pres
If you are looking for a lively bit of Paris, St-Germain is the place with its café, restaurants and cinema. Famous for the artists and writers who lived there, including Victor Huge on the rue du Dragon (the street of the Dragon). The most famous attractions you should visit include:
- The boulevard St-Germain
- The Saint-Germain church
- Musée Delacroix, one of the most famous French painter
- Rue du Dragon
- Institut de France
The famous Latin Quarter is the student and artist area of Paris filled with bookstores, cafés and affordable restaurants and bars.
The most famous attractions in the Paris “Quartier Latin” include:
- La Sorbonne
- Boulevard St-Michel
The Quartier du Luxembourg is another student area with at its center the Jardin du Luxembourg, an impressive garden with broad avenues, statues and even a puppet theatre. At one end of the garden, sits the palace built in 1631 inspired by the Piti Palace in Florence.
Ile de la Cité
My last Paris attraction was Ile de la Cité, the island on the Seine River in the heart of the city. This is the home to some of the most famous monuments in Paris including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the gothic masterpiece and the Palais de Justice, the court of Justice.