They say Paris is the city of love and it's not hard to see why. Rich in history and the hub of today's fashion there's something delightfully heady about walking her streets. On every corner is a quaint café with immaculate tables and chairs that ooze opulence and style. Paris became the capital of France in 508 under King Clovis and before that, Lyon was the capital.
The Eiffel Tower is certainly the most stunning piece of architecture that will simply take your breath away as you stand and marvel at the ingenuity of such a building. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company built and designed it. It is the seventh most visited attraction in Paris. It was very nearly torn down in 1909 by the literary and artistic elite. It still stands today, as proudly as ever. Thank goodness for that.
Everywhere you walk around Paris there are stunning sights to behold. You simply can't take it all in, in just a few days. Paris is a city that requires you to live there, to feel her pulse, to immerse yourself in French culture and cuisine. It is unlike any other city in the world and demands to be appreciated and revered. And rightly so. The French kings who governed France until 1848 left amazing buildings such as the Palace of Versailles and the Lourve palace. Talk a walk around Paris and you will come across magnificent sights at every turn.
It's the little things that make a city what it is. For most of us we will never get the opportunity to live in Paris but if you can however, escape for a holiday you will enjoy the friendly French hospitality where staff smile "Bonjour." Or the way (mostly) they patiently listen whilst you ask for directions in English and explain you're an Australian who can't speak French. Or the way they address you as, "Madam." The food is something else too, I didn't expect to enjoy tasty Asian food but then Paris is a cosmopolitan city and you can find many various cultures and styles of food here. Style. It's what Paris definitely does best.
If Amsterdam was the cleanest city I've so far encountered, Paris has to be the city with the most meticulous attention to detail, it's in their pastries, the way they dress, the majestic buildings, it's even seen in the way they serve their fresh fruit at the local shop, in little cartons displayed so elegantly.
This amazing building is where the tomb of Napoleon lay. It is a massive building that vies for your attention and there's no doubting it's historical significance. Old canons appear just inside the walls and there's a lovely feeling of richness and you know your some place very special.
There is no way to adequately describe the magnificence of Paris certainly not in a simple review nor over a couple of days. This a city that has to be experienced by oneself so take your time when you go, indulge in a life changing experience. You'll be so glad you did.