Why Paris A Heaven For Art Lovers?
Paris Is Much More Than It's Nick Name, "The City of Love"
Whenever someone speaks about Paris, the first thing that hits the mind is its world-renowned heritage called Eiffel Towers and Paris's famous nickname, "The city of love" and that is the reason why I and my husband landed there on our honeymoon but when we reached there the first thing that caught our eyes was its beautiful architectural buildings and statues. Let me tell you that this beautiful city is not only blessed with an amazing scenic nature but also rich in art, history, and architecture. It's a perfect place for art admirers. I have jotted down a few places that we visited.
I am not a great book, I am not a great artist, but I love art and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.” – Michael Palin
When we reached the Eiffel Tower, the giant spell-bounding Eiffel tower looked like a skeleton of metal projecting to the sky. Honestly, it looked like any other mobile towers in India and my mind was bombarded with several questions like, why even people consider this metal structure as a symbol of love? until I took a ride on a spectacular glass-walled lift and reached 274 m above the ground level and Paris lied at our feet. The breeze grabbed us and we witnessed the magical Paris with a bird's view. The moment we witnessed in the night above 274 m cannot be described in words, the entire city was swathed with beautiful lights and had romantic vibes. The panoramic maps which can be found at various points at the top of the Tower, help you locate your position and get an idea of the directions and distances to major world cities. The shapes of the symbolic monuments of those cities are presented. For each monument, the geographic location (country flag, name of the city) and the height of the building are mentioned. A thin reference line indicates the height of the Eiffel Tower, for easy comparison.
Place Du Trocadero
If you want a perfect picture of the iron beauty then this the place for you. This place allows you to admire the beautiful tower and capture it in your camera in a perfect way. Situated across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Place du Trocadero arguably offers the greatest view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A popular public space situated on the West bank of the Seine, Place du Trocadero sits on a hill and with the Eiffel standing majestically on the opposite bank, it offers the most picturesque views of Paris’ most iconic landmark. Even we set our tripod ready to bag the beauty in our camera.
Pont Des Arts Bridge
This pedestrian bridge is a treasure for its serenity and the splendid views of the river and both sides of the river. It's very popular so be prepared for crowds. It was awesome to see hundreds of those love locks hooked on the bridge.
Seine River Cruise
Seine River Cruises that go past the Eiffel offer one of the best views of the tower. Away from the crowd and in the comfort of your cruise, Seine cruises allow you to take in stunning close-proximity views of the Eiffel Tower from more than just one perspective. The Seine flows along the edge of the Eiffel Tower before it turns east around it, bringing you a stone’s throw away from the tower. Seine cruises also allow you to see other iconic Parisian monuments such as the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides and the Orsay Museum amongst others.
In the voyage, we even witnessed the statue of liberty.well you must be thinking I am insane as a statue of liberty is in the U.S, well there is a replica of the statue in Paris also. France gave the U.S. the Statue of Liberty in 1886; Americans gave Paris a smaller version of the same statue in 1889.
If you’re going for a Seine Cruise, opt for one in the evening. You will have the chance to see the Eiffel Tower lit up majestically in the Paris night sky. Watching the twinkling dancing lights on the tower is a must so don't miss it.
Louvre Museum is a national museum and art gallery of France. It is the world’s most-visited art museum, with a collection that spans work from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century. The Louvre Pyramid was built in the 1980s as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. The modern glass design forms a nice contrast with the historic architecture of the Louvre Palace.
The Mona Lisa painting hanging on the wall of the Lovre entice many visitors. It was drawn between 1503 and 1517, initially as a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The masterpiece has risen to world fame, not because its brushstroke patterns are the most artistically accomplished nor the most beautiful, but because the twist of the smile is entwined with mystery – not to mention the mysterious lack of eyebrows.
The Louvre’s painting collection is one of the richest in the world, representing all periods of European art. The Louvre’s collection of French paintings from the 15th to the 19th century is unprecedented in the world, and it also has many masterpieces.
The department of decorative arts displays the treasures of the French kings—bronzes, miniatures, pottery, tapestries, jewelry, and furniture—while the department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities features architecture, sculpture, mosaics, bronzes, jewelry, and pottery. The department of Egyptian antiquities was established in 1826 to organize the collections acquired during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. The department of Near Eastern antiquities is most important for its collection of Mesopotamian art.
In order to see everything inside the museum, you need a whole day.
The Notre Dame
The Notre Dame de Paris is one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built. Construction started in 1163 and lasted for almost two centuries. From the lookout at the north tower you have a great view over the city.
Arc de Triomphe
The arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories, but he was ousted before the arch was completed. In fact, it wasn't completed until 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe. The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime.
This fairyland took me back to my childhood days where Micky, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and many Disney characters came alive to dance with us. It was an incredible experience, I loved this place a lot. We seized our moments with them in our camera and enjoyed many theme park rides. The beautiful day ended with the light show which was simply magical. The stunning light shows and fireworks on the sleeping beauty castle will take you to a different wonderland itself. It was a one-day affair but we enjoyed like kids.
The Sacré Coeur is a basilica in the Roman-Byzantine style located on top of the Montmartre hill. The stunning landmark is known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. You have to climb a few stairs to reach the top. The beautiful garden on both sides of the stairs will accompany you while climbing. The church has a beautiful interior and peaceful ambiance.Located at the top of the hill of Montmartre, the majestic church offers one of the most amazing views of Paris.
Opéra de Paris Garnier
Opéra de Paris Garnier is an opera house in Paris and is one of the beautiful buildings one must-see. The stunning architecture inside out is something unique for the eyes to behold. I was amazed by the intrinsic elaborate work inside the top of the building.
The Madeleine is a church built as a Greek temple. The enormous building, surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns, is one of Paris's best known monuments thanks in part to its prominent location.
Walk on the streets of Paris
Walking on the street of Paris is a feast for the senses. From beautiful buildings to stunning parks, it is as much for the art lover, as for the interested historian, engineer, architect, the glutton's who love cupcakes, coffee and many more, the glamourous people who love shopping in designer shops and loves fashion. Paris has everything for everyone including the kids, painters,writers and poets.
© 2020 Suchismita Pradhan