If you could only see one thing in Paris, what would you want to see?
The beauty girls in the city as their charm is a great topic among the fashion conscious people across the globe.
The treasures in the Louvre museum. and Notre Dame Cathedral second/
I'd go to Shakespeare and Company Bookstore which is a replica the the original Shakespeare and Company managed by Sylvia Beech where the grand bunch of writers like Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and others hung out.
This is an incredibly hard question - Paris is so choc full. So, I would go to Cafe De Flore and spend the day at a table where they serve great food and wine, people watching and enjoying the sights of San Germaine
There is no way I could go to Paris without visiting the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial outside of Paris.
I believe that before one can appreciate the art, architecture, food, and civility of France, and in particular Paris, one needs to understand why Paris survives. How wonderful that such a culture can contribute to the world, but that culture must be viewed first from the standpoint of history. Then it is appropriately appreciated.
At Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial 1541 American military who died liberating France in World War 1 and WWII are buried. At the World War I St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 4153 American military died defending, for the most part, Paris.
I won't go on because I know that by now there are those saying, "What a party pooper!" Let's hear about something splendidly French. Sorry, I am not sure anything French would still be around if it were not for massive amounts of American blood enriching the French soil. The numbers of American dead on French property is amazing.
I do not feel that most people appreciate the cost American families have paid trying to take back French real estate.
So before you are bedazzled by the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, spend a moment contemplating how valuable those places really are. If you would like to understand the commitment the U.S. has made to civilization, check out http://www.debv.com/memoaa.htm. The beauty that is Paris will be even more meaningful.
My father marched into Paris and through the Arc d' Triomphe. His company stayed at Versailles while they were there, then marched on to liberate sections of France and Belgium before finding himself in the Battle of the Bulge. I respect your choice.
And I say, God bless your father. Luxembourg, Belgium, and France are beautiful countries. Soon there will be few Parisians left who understand why they are so beautiful.
I've never been to that during my many visits to Paris and environs. I'll put it on my list for next time thank you! Many also forget that France bankrupted itself to finance our Revolution. It's pretty well known we would not have won without them.
Johnny Depp....I heard he lives there and owns a couple of homes.
Definitely the Louvre museum, just for the treasures of varied art that it holds, for all to behold.
For moi; it would be the Louvre Museum. Such treasures, such history and such stories all showcased in such a beautiful setting. Keep in mind, the walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower and/or Notre Dame Cathedral is spectacular and full of beauty...
The Louvre. Because it would take a lot of time and i would be there for days.
I've been there twice, and both times, Sacre Couer touched me most deeply. The first time, Pope John Paul II was in Paris that weekend and the whole city was very crowded. It was a very hot week with poor air quality, but two friends and I found relief up there on Monmartre. We got there around sunset on a Friday night. The city was lighting up below us, there was a cool breeze blowing and such a sense of peace, like the chaos of the city below was no longer.
Fast forward four years, and I was there with a different group. This time it was early morning, perhaps an hour after sunrise. The air was cool and pleasant. None of the tourists had arrived yet and while we were waiting for others, I was blessed to hear a violin player playing classical music that really moved me almost to tears.
And if those two experiences aren't reason enough, there are many spiritual, personal reasons why I would visit that place, if I could only visit one place there.
Well ... I have never been to Paris. Dont know much about it so I have to go with Eiffel Tower
I always like and wish to visit Eiffel Tower. This is one of my favorite places in the world.
Of course the Louvre Museum, but since I have been to Paris twice, I would love to see Notre Dame Cathedral inside. Maybe next time;-)
That's a great choice - just standing under it is an awesome experience!
I did love to see the Eiffel Tower; however, the crowds are a significant negative issue to overcome and although it is indeed worth seeing, it is not that tall...
Connorj - That's why I prefer the Tour Montparnass. It's less glamorous, but the view is better and hardly any crowds. You look down on the Eiffel Tower!
Indeed, yes indeed MbWalz; that is why at a much earier date, I believe I said to you, I wish I had been given your insight before my trip to Paris...
The city from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It's the main sight I didn't view last time!
It's been years since I've been to the top, I prefer the view from Montparnass (I know...) where you look down on the Eiffel Tower. It's also not crowded and air conditioned. But there is nothing like standing under the Eiffel Tower - can't be beat!
The Eiffel Tower. Then I'd want to dine at every outdoor cafe I could find.
I would go to a concert in Notre Dome. We heard one there some years ago and it was magnificent.
A Parisian pastry shop but only after visiting the Eiffel tower of course
Sacre Couer and the area around it. Just so beautiful if I can trust memories that are 18 years old. The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles is hard to forget, but that's outside Paris. If I ever get to go back, I'll just find a sidewalk cafe, drink wine, and let Paris come to me.
Its a cointoss between the Eiffel Tower and the louvre for me.
Ever since I started learning to speak French several years ago, I have been fascinated with the entire country. But if I could only see one thing it would be the Notre Dame!
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