arc de triumf

The Arch of Triumph

Paris is the city of contrasts, the city of lights («La Ville-Lumiere»), and the crossroad of Europe. Every of twenty districts is unique but they all share the spirit of freedom.

It is the city where modern architecture of La Defense (Fr. La Défense) perfectly coexists with the lively Latin Quarter famous for its student life. The Saint-Germain- des-Prés Quarter can always you offer a place to hide from the city noise in the shadow of the magnificent Luxembourg Garden. The best spot to start exploring the city is from the height of the Eiffel Tower or the Arch of Triumph (Fr. Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile).

The Arc is located on the right bank of the Seine right in the center of a dodecagonal configuration of twelve radiating avenues. It was constructed in 1806 after the French victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon that ended the War of the Third Coalition.

Walking along the banks of the Seine (towards the city center) you can observe a lot of interesting sights: for example, the Gare of Austerlitz (Fr. Gare d’Austerlitz) and Gare de Lyon (Fr. Gare de Lyon),the Notre Dame (French Notre Dame de Paris), the Louvre (Fr. Louvre), the Musée d’Orsay (French Musée d’Orsay).

Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde offers a wonderful view on the Church of the Madeleine, surrounded by expensive restaurants and boutiques. Here you will have a serious choice to make: head for the green luxurious Avenue des Champs-Élysées or continue your journey along the river, getting closer and closer to the most famous tower in the world.

If you choose the second way, you will see the Alexandre III Bridge and further, on the Avenue de New York, the underpass near the Alma Bridge is sadly famous for the Princess Diana death in a car accident.

The Tokyo Palace (fr .Palais de Tokyo), a contemporary art museum, located just two steps from the tunnel, holds a free permanent contemporary art exhibition along with a number of projects and creative spaces in its eastern wing.

Here, even people with ‘limited knowledge’ of contemporary art, can quickly catch up on the history of modern art – most of the works are exhibited in chronological order. The western wing of the building is dedicated to the center of contemporary art. By the way, next to the museum building, on the riverside, there is the Russian Conservatoire de Paris Serge Rachmaninoff.

The Trocadero in Paris (The Palais de Chaillot)

The Trocadero in Paris (The Palais de Chaillot)

A little bit further there is a small bridge that opens on a wonderful panorama with the Palais de Chaillot (Fr. Palais de Chaillot), built on the site of the previous Trocadero palace (Palais du Trocadéro). The palace now houses a number of museums: the Musée national de la Marine (naval museum) and the Musée de l’Homme (ethnology) in the southern (Passy) wing, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, including the Musée national des Monuments Français, in the eastern (Paris) wing, from which one also enters the Théâtre national de Chaillot, a theater below the esplanade.

Do not worry if you are not very fond of walking – take a tour of Paris by boat and you won’t lose any sight. Explore the city slowly – it will reveal you all its charm. Those who are trying to run through the French capital will never understand its various atmospheres. Paris can be interesting for tourist of all ages.