Paris, “the city of lights”, is the most popular city to visit in France, and one of the most popular places in all of Europe. There are the typical places that everyone visits, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. But there is a lot more to the city than this! Here are some lesser-known, yet equally intriguing places to go on your next visit:
• Seine River, a main thoroughfare within the Paris Basin. It has many beautiful bridges. There are several dinner cruises allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the river and a nice meal. They have them both for lunch and dinner, so you can choose whether you’d see details in the day, or lights at night! There are also sightseeing cruises. Another good way to see the river is to walk along the bridges. The buildings around the river are also beautiful.
• Bouquinistes literally means “booksellers of Paris” and work along the Seine. Because of this, the Seine is described as “the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves.” Bouquinistes sell used and antique books. There are at least 240, and each one is allowed 10 meters to sell their wares. This section of the Seine is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Île de la Cité means “Island of the City” and one of two natural islands in Paris. There are many old city buildings which were also used as residences of famous French figures. Notre Dame Cathedral, the most famous church in Paris and one of the most famous in the world, is also on this island.
• Île Saint-Louis is the natural island in Paris. It is parallelogram-shaped and located across the Île de la Cité Island. The buildings on the island have classic architectural style with vine covered walls. There are many narrow streets with street musicians performing. There are also ice cream shops, a row of boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.
• Place des Vosges was originally called Place Royale. It is the oldest planned square in Paris. It is located in the Marais district. Around the edge of the square were red brick houses that were homes to many famous French people, including Victor Hugo, Marguerite Louise d’Orleans, and Cardinal Richelieu. Currently, Place de Vosges is a park. Highlights of the square are a fountain and a statue of Louis XIII on a horse. Victor Hugo’s home has been turned into a museum and is open to the public. The buildings around the square include apartments, shops, and cafes.
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