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The Allure of Paris

Updated on June 27, 2013
Paris from the Eiffel Tower from Tony DeLorger
Paris from the Eiffel Tower from Tony DeLorger
The Eiffel Tower from Tony DeLorger
The Eiffel Tower from Tony DeLorger
Arc De Triomphe from Tony DeLorger
Arc De Triomphe from Tony DeLorger

The Allure of Paris

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Paris, reputedly the most romantic city in the world, does have a charm and individuality that is hard to beat. From its beautiful and unique architecture to its elegant bridges, statues and monuments, Paris is a chronicle of a long and often torrid history. When you stand in front of Notre Dame it is hard not to imagine Quasimodo, the fictional character from Victor Hugo's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' and even scenes of revolution, all those years ago.


Evidence of the Empire Period and Napoleon is simply everywhere, with symbols, sculptures and remnants abundant throughout Paris. Magnificence is around every corner with intricate sculptures in gold with such crafted detail in every aspect of city buildings. One cannot be anything but impressed, strolling the Champs Elysees, Musee Du Louvre, Palais De Chaillot or just wandering the streets of Paris at will. There is so much to see, one would have to spend at least a week to take it all in.


Musee Du Louvre from Tony DeLorger
Musee Du Louvre from Tony DeLorger
Notre Dame from Tony DeLorger
Notre Dame from Tony DeLorger
The Famous Bridge on Champs Elysees from Tony DeLorger
The Famous Bridge on Champs Elysees from Tony DeLorger

As a tourist, I found the Metro train system the easiest way to get around. Inevitably there is some walking involved, but that really is the best way to explore Paris. Travelling by train is an experience in itself, buskers nearly always on the local trains, singing and playing for a Euro here and there. Many of them are really good and although the locals all but ignore them, it is certainly a unique experience on public transport.


As far as what to see, then you'll have a long list and probably not enough time to see it all. The icons, like Tour Eiffel, Arc De Triomphe, Musee Du Louvre, Des Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, Palais Royal, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, Le Pantheon, Versailles and so many museums and churches, are all worth exploring if you have the time.

On the banks of the Seine from Tony DeLorger
On the banks of the Seine from Tony DeLorger
Views of Paris from Tony DeLorger
Views of Paris from Tony DeLorger
Stunning architecture from Tony DeLorger
Stunning architecture from Tony DeLorger
Classic architecture from Tony DeLorger
Classic architecture from Tony DeLorger

Although the queues are long, it is worth the wait to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower; the views over Paris are breathtaking. Also a night cruise down the Seine is highly recommended. But by far the best way to experience Paris is just to relax and absorb the ambience: enjoy a coffee or meal in the sun and watch the Parisians going about their business. If you speak at least a little French, it is appreciated and you'll have little problems dealing with shopkeepers and restaurants, purchasing or ordering exactly what you want.

Accommodation is varied, and you can pay as much or as little as your budget allows. Apart from all the well known hotels, there are many private apartments and rooms at very reasonable rates. It pays to spend some time on the internet and find something that is both reasonable and close to at least a Metro station for ease of transport.

So whether you're looking for a romantic holiday or want to absorb history in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris is for you.

Buildings of Paris from Tony DeLorger
Buildings of Paris from Tony DeLorger
Napoleon watching over his beloved Paris from Tony DeLorger
Napoleon watching over his beloved Paris from Tony DeLorger
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Bueatiful buildings abound- on the Champs Elysees from Tony DeLorger
Bueatiful buildings abound- on the Champs Elysees from Tony DeLorger

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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Hi Phyllis, nice to hear from you. I don't spend much time here these days as I write for Bubblews and get a good income. My name there is TDel0432 or TonyD and I have some 1500 poems and articles, and writing quite prolifically for the site. Take care.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      JamaGenee, Appreciate your comment, and yes I think until you go you don't realize the spell Paris can have over you. It is truly a unique and beautiful city.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Beautiful city, your pictures are gorgeous. I see this is an old hub, but it drew me in. Hope all is well with you, Tony - it has been awhile since I last read one of your poems. Take care.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      As odd as it sounds, for most of my life I resisted the "allure" of Paris, even while spending a week in London in 2003. Since then I've becomed charmed by the City of Light via travel docs and such, and kick myself for missing the once chance I'll ever have to experience it in person. This hub is yet another reminder of its charms.

      Upped and shared! ;D

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Elias. Had a great trip, but it's always good to get home, and of course back writing on HubPages.

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Beautiful hub and very nice presentation and photography. Paris is inded a must see destination. Thanks for the tour and tips.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it zanaworld. Thanks for dropping by.

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      SA Shameel 

      5 years ago from Bangalore

      One of my dream destination is Paris. I love to visit this place.

      Thanks for sharing all the info on Paris, and places to visit while in Paris!

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