Planning your next holiday in Europe. This week we will pick up the must do cities in Europe. And we start with Paris.. Paris is one of the world’s best-loved and most romantic cities. Looking down from the Eiffel Tower you can appreciate the wonderful symmetry of its beautiful buildings, parks and long avenues. It is quite simply a planning triumph. Not just unscathed by time, but growing more attractive, romantic and mysterious as the years go by. The words of the old song are still true. Paris is at its best in springtime, even if it does come with the occasional shower. But Winter can also be a great time to visit with all sorts of cultural events going on, while in summer the weather is warm and lazy – at times even sizzling! Traditionally August is when Parisians flee for the beaches of the west and south but these days, many restaurateurs are opting not to lock up and leave town and you’ll find considerably more places open during summer than you would a decade ago.
Places to Visit –
The Musée du Louvre/ The Louvre Museum – Once a fort and then a palace, the massive Musée du Louvre is now one of the world’s largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). It has artefacts from Egyptian mummies and Code of Hammurabi to Venus de Milo and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.
The Eiffel Tower – Nicknamed La dame de fer, t(he iron lady) Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. A global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower was built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the exposition that was held to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. The tower is the tallest building in Paris, 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year.
Seine River – The Seine river provides some of the best urban landscape. Seine has been immortalised in songs and paintings and has been the inspiration for poetry There are 32 bridges on the river in Paris, some of them more impressive than others. Be sure to check out the bridges, each of which has its own unique charm and personality, the Oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf. Enjoy a cruise whilst gliding down the Seine River. During your cruise you will see the most famous sites of Paris illuminated. Don’t miss Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the stunning romantic bridges!
The Château de Versailles /Palace of Versailles – A trip to France is not complete until you have visited Versailles. The Château de Versailles, the sprawling palace and former seat of power, is a suburb of Paris located a quick 30- to 40-minute train/bus ride away. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful. After the French Revolution, Napoleon spent his summers at Versailles until he abdicated. Later, it was Louis-Phillipe who, in 1830, transformed the chateau into a grand museum, dedicated to “the glory of France.” It was in the Hall of Mirrors, Chateau de Versailles, that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, after World War I. At 100 hectare (about 250 acre), the garden of the Versailles Palace is Europe’s largest palace garden.
Musee d’Orsay – This museum may not as big as the Louvre, but its Impressionist collection including Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, and Monet is among the best in the world. The museum building was originally a railway station. Unlike the Louvre you can actually see the whole museum in a few hours. The Musee d’Orsay attracts 2.1 million visitors annually.
Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre – Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur) is a fine example of some of the most spectacular architecture in Paris. It is located on the hill of Montmartre and rises a spectacular 129 meters above sea level. Because it’s so high and located in the center of Paris it can be seen from all over Paris. This is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.
Shopping – Paris is justifiably world-famous for its infinite shopping opportunities and especially its legendary perfumes, cheeses, wines, fashion, fine jewellery and antiques. Its high-gloss department stores such as Au Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette are complemented by an astonishing variety of second-hand shops, art galleries, street markets and book stalls. Paris has long been the fashion capital of the world and the Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, and the Left Bank in St Germain-des-Prés (in the Marais district) are all leading areas for haute couture fashion. Among the many famous names there, you’ll find Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Valentino, Lanvin, Gianfranco Ferre and Hermes whilst some of the world’s most elegant jewellers can be found on Place Vendôme and Rue de la Paix.
Eating Out Paris is also renowned as the gastronomic capital of the world with its winning combination of talent, expertise and high-quality French produce. The variety of traditional French cuisine on offer is quite simply awe-inspiring not to mention the many establishments that reflect Paris status as an international culinary melting pot. Every one of its vast choice of restaurants, cafés and bars offers its own unique atmosphere and style and it would take more than one lifetime to explore them all.
Moving Around You can get around Paris either by Metro (underground), Train RER, bus and car.
Luxury Paris hotel & apartments on the Champs-Elysées
Le Claridge is one of the most dramatic hotels in Paris: right on the Champs-Elysées, with sweeping views over classic façades, Parisian rooftops and a tranquil courtyard. No wonder stars from Ella Fitzgerald to Ray Charles have chosen to stay in this magnificent early 1900s Paris hotel.
The stunning historic central Paris hotel, now part of the globally renowned Frasers Hospitality group, offers 110 spacious Paris apartments and studios for long or short-term rental. Ideal for business travellers – or for anyone looking for a great place to stay in Paris while relocating, on a training programme, working on location or simply enjoying a Paris holiday as a couple or as a family. Our spacious Paris apartments combine the advantages of a luxury hotel in Paris with self catering kitchens, business facilities, comfortable living areas and the ultimate location on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris.
Charles de Gaulle airport, the La Défense business district and CNIT, the Porte Maillot Congress Centre, and major Paris attractions including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette department store are easily reached on foot or by metro.
Serviced apartments in La Défense, Paris
Set in the business district of La Défense by the picturesque River Seine, Fraser Suites Harmonie is the Paris accommodation of choice for both business and leisure travellers. The 134 luxury Paris studios and apartments blend 4-star hotel services with contemporary décor, excellent self catering and business facilities, and matchless service from multilingual staff.
Fraser Suites Harmonie offers a convenient and cost-effective alternative to ordinary La Défense hotels, whether you are relocating, on a training or graduate programme, working on location or simply enjoying a holiday or extended stay in Paris.
Located in quiet Neuilly-sur-Seine at the entrance to La Défense, this modern, 14-storey Paris aparthotel is convenient for all major business destinations in Paris, including the towering skyscrapers and office blocks of La Défense, the CNIT and the Porte Maillot Congress Centre.
With a metro station opposite, an RER station within five minute’s walk, private underground parking and a reliable taxi and chauffeur service, it’s easy to travel to and from Paris’ best attractions. The Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Opéra and famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are all close. A direct RER train runs straight to Disneyland.