I arrived at the Eiffel Tower through the Trocadero and the experience of seeing it past the Palais de Chaillot is spectacular. I still hadn't seen the tower from anywhere else in the city and I was delightfully surprised.
Before going on, I’d like to mention that you should pay attention to the Palais de Chaillot, a neo-classical building built for the Universal Expo, the Gardens of the Trocadero, and the Pont d’Iéna as you walk towards the tower.
I didn't go up the tower because I’m not good with heights, but walking around the base is just amazing. Oh, and you can’t miss seeing it at night when it’s all lit up. Beautiful!
The Arc de Triomphe in the Place de l'Etoile is one of the most iconic places in the French capital.
Basically, this is a monument to the French people. On the sides, there are allegories about the French Revolution, like the famous Marseillaise. Inside, the walls are covered in the names of generals who lost their lives in various wars. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame is the final addition.
This palace was built to house over 4,000 war wounded, but it is now a warm museum that’s sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in military history. For me, I preferred to just enjoy the elegance of the building itself and pay a visit to the tomb. It’s formed of six coffins of red porphyry that fit inside each other like a Russian doll. Within the same church, generals like Foch are buried alongside Napoleon. It’s an impressive and obligatory visit.
Inspired by the Roman Pantheon, its French sister was built in 1744 on the order of Louis XV in honor of St. Genevieve as a thanksgiving for his recovery from a serious illness. After the Revolution, the Church became a cemetery, where such notables as Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Zola, among others, are buried. The front of the temple is lined with 22 Corinthian columns and a dome inspired by St. Paul's in London, all supported by a surrounding colonnade.
If you look, you can spot this late Gothic tower on the river, reflecting the love of medieval defensive towers in the sixteenth century. Built around 1523, it is all that remains of a Church, a meeting point for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The Church was destroyed after the Revolution. The mathematician Blaise Pascal, physicist, philosopher and writer of the seventeenth century, used the tower for barometric experiments. On the ground floor there is a statue in his memory. Queen Victoria passed through here on an official visit in 1854 and gave her name to the nearby Victoria Avenue. The tower is closed to the public.
The Obelisk of Luxor is on Place de la Concorde and was brought from Egypt in 1834. This 3200 year old monument has colossal proportions: 23 meters high and weighs 230 tons. What caught our attention were the hieroglyphics that adorn the four sides and the top in gold and bronze. Place de la Concorde is a fine location but its original location at the entrance of the Temple of Luxor is the proper one.
Napoleon's Tomb is located in the dome of the Invalides (Paris). Red porphyry imported from Russia created the coffin. Napoleon died on May 5, 1821 with 51 years and always expressed his desire to be entombed underneath the banks of the Seine, but was buried in St Helena. In 1840 his remains were transported and laid to rest here. Since then, its historical importance has made it one of the most visited monuments in Paris.
Grande Arche de la Defense "Le Grande Arche de La Défense" is a huge building and monument. It is the flagship of Napoleon's famous triumphal arch, which is known for the route(Louvre - Arc de Triomphe - Grande Arche). It was opened in 1989, and was the bicentenary of the French Revolution, with a large military parade. The building is a hypercube of 35 stories. It measures 110 meters high, 108 meters wide and 112 meters deep. It is a stunning architectural construction and for any lover of architecture the Grande Arche is a very interesting study project. The outer facades of the building are covered with opaque glass panels designed to withstand inclement weather. On the top interior, the cross contains a conference center and exhibition hall, museum of computing, a restaurant and a viewpoint of "La Défense" and much of Paris. These facilities are open to the public (but not free). The sides are government offices and a documentation center of the European Union. If the day is clear, you should climb up. If it is cloudy, it may not be worth it. The restaurant features creative cuisine, but keep in mind that it is pricey as it is the restaurant of the Tour Montparnasse.
Right in front of the Louvre Palace stands the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, built in honor of the 1805 Napoleonic victories. The Arc was inspired by the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome. The best thing is that it provides a point of reference to the Gardens of the Tuileries, the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.
On the Île de la Cité, the oldest part of Paris, we find La Conciergerie, a palace that became a jail during the Revolution and was home to the dreaded guillotine. At its height of use, this Gothic structure housed 2,600 inmates.
The building was renovated in the 19th century and now hosts concerts and wine tastings. The facade features a 14th-century clock tower. The nearest Metro stop is Cité. Remember that it's closed on holidays.
The Stravinsky Fountain (made by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely) was placed in a park overlooking the entrance to the Georges Pompidou Centre. The fountain has a modern style that is in keeping with the center, which is known for its avant-garde and original forms in Paris.
Go for a movie (the MK2 is close), eat churros, go out in the bars nearby, go to the Opera Bastille, or the arts and crafts market on Saturday. You will have to pass through Plaza Bastille as part of your Parisian adventures! An excellent starting point if you wish to visit Republique, Oberkampf and other areas ;)
The Fountain Saint Michel is a beautiful statue located in the Place Saint Michel, near the River Seine. It is a magnificent place, full of young Parisians in a place that is cheerful and full of life. The truth is that I really liked this place, especially for walking and experiencing the atmosphere of Paris. An anecdote, is the site provided a backdrop to a struggle between students andt the Germans in 1944.
This building, opposite Pont des Arts, is home to an institution that brings together 5 major schools: the French Academy, the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres, the Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. I felt privileged to be at the foot of this magnificent building.
El Senat is the Senate, the second chamber of the French Parliament, after the National Assembly. Born in 1795, named the council of elders. It is supposed to be a counter assembly. Although the assembly decides the outcome, and the Senate does not have much power, it has an interesting checkered history. Famous names number amongst its senators. It includes for example Victor Hugo, Jules Ferry who invented the free and secular republican school, Clemenceau, who later became the president of France, or Mérimée. Women were able to enter the Senate in 1946. Every three years, they renew the third chamber, so women are still outnumbered. The Senate is in the palace of Luxembourg, in the Rue Vaugirard, known for its façade, facing the beautiful garden. One Saturday a month, the palace is open to the public, and few know that anyone can attend the debates of the Senate, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The 58 and 89 buses arriving from Chatelet and the national library, stop right in front. By subway, get off at Luxembourg RER B, a 5 minute walk.