- On Aug 11, 2017
- Travel Tips
Divided into 20 Arrondissements,the city is also split by the Seine River,creating two nique halves,each with its own vibe and culture.The Left Bank,or the Rive Gauche,is the city's artistic center with quirky neighborhoods like the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse where students and intellectuals still gather in cafés for philosophical debate and banter.The Right Bank is known for the glitzy stretch of road at the Champs-Elysees which leads to the Arc de Triomphe as well as the charming hilltop neighborhood of Montmarte where Sacre Coeur looks out over the city.It's easy to take the metro around town to visit all of the spots on both the Right and Left banks.What to see&do in Paris city?Paris tours guide recommended.
Brave the masses,and wait your turn to see the Louvre's most talked-about lady,the stunning Mona Lisa.Once you've witnessed that mysterious smile for yourself,explore more of the museum's legendary works including the smooth Greek sculpture of the Venus de Milo and the sprawling painting of the Wedding Feast at Cana.The museum's website suggests a self-guided tour of the museum's 10 great masterpieces if you only have a few hours to spend in the Louvre's hallowed halls.
Housed in an old train station overlooking the Seine,the Musee D'Orsay is known for its impressive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings that date from 1848 through 1914.You can gaze on 86 dreamy paintings by Monet,34 by Manet and often-reproduced masterpieces by Gauguin,Renoir and Degas.Pick up the audio-guide headset for more in-depth background of some of these familiar paintings.If you're in town for a long weekend,be warned that the museum is closed on Mondays but stays open late on Thursday nights until 9:45 p.m.
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
France's most famous cathedral must be explored both inside and out to fully appreciate the Gothic architecture,flying buttresses and detailed stained-glass windows.Ascend the steps to the top of the bell towers where the fictional Hunchback of Notre Dame called home,and snap some photos of the comical and grotesque gargoyles that jut out from the building.