Paris and Marseille are the cities, where you always want to come back, no matter what. Paris & Marseille, so much things to discover. These destinations are so cosmopolitan, elegant and simply bohemian. Here you can feel the mixture of French essence with the European vanguard. If you want to discover our experience in these two French cities, come along with us!
Even-though, we have never visited Paris before, it is one of those destinations that we all have the feeling of knowing. But despite seeing its life just in photos, films and articles, the French capital is one of those capitals that has always something for you to wonder. With world widely recognised monuments and a strong commitment to culture and art, Paris is the charming capital.
The route through Paris begins with exploring the banks of the river Siene, an area which is considered as the World Heritage Site by Unesco. The Seine runs through the sightseeing part of Paris. From incredible bridges to street stalls, where you can find rare books, CDs and old vinyl records – it is a paradise for vintage lovers.
In the streets in front of the river you will find different cafes, bars and restaurants serving famous French wine and plate of cheese, also traditional buttered croissant with a cup of coffee.
In the middle of the Siene, you will find a little surprise that attract many tourists. It is the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Notre Dame de Paris is located in Ile de la Cité, the natural island that appears in the waters of Siene.
The island was formally considered as the heart of the city. You will see the Notre Dame as an attractive building, as it was influenced by Romanesque and Gothic styles. Notre Dame is definitely a must see! Outside you will enjoy its very well-known sculptures and gargoyles of Adam and Eve.
No one can leave Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower – the symbol of the city.
It is accesible by both, elevators and stairs. But, please be patient, because the queues are usually endless, but the view from the tower are worth to wait. While you are standing in the queue, we recommend you to try some delicious, absolutely French crepes. Sweet and salty or with nutella cream. Mouth-watering! Additionally, on this square there are lots of vendors who want to sell you figures of Eiffel Tower at great price.
Paris is the city of art, museums and monuments. During the trip we had an opportunity to visit two of the most important museums in Paris: the Orsay Museum, with works of the nineteenth century authors such as Manet, Courbet and Renoir.
The second one is the Louvre. It is a spectacular museum where you will observe art works, antiques, sculptures, famous paintings such as Mona Lisa, and endless samples of worth visiting art. Before entering the museum, take a look at the the outside architecture of it. The glass pyramid in the centre courtyard of the museum and the beautiful façade, which refers to an ancient palace are worth of your delight and admiration.
The tour to the city of Love continues and the next stop is the Arc de Triomphe. This monument located on the Avenue of the Champs de Elysees, and it is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city. Neoclassic style Arc inscripts the personalities such as Genral or revolutionary.
One of the main symbols of Paris.
At the end of this avenue, there is the Palace de la Concorde. Here are the true architectural wonders such as Obelisk of Luxor, Hittorff and various other sculpture that illustrate the importance of the city in the history.
Another example is the Place de la Bastille, memorial of the French Revolution in which important historical episodes took place. Today you can see this place from the totally different perspective. Here, concerts, fairs and markets take place, as well as the parties. Additionally, you can find here important monuments like the Opera Bastille and the July Column.
If you have time you can go to La Defense, the business district of Paris with modern skyscrapers and buildings.
In Paris, there are millions things to do and visit, but we should continue our trip to Marseille!
Despite being in Marseille for a short time, we have to admit that Marseille pleasantly surprised us. The city is famous for one of the most important ports in Europe. One of them is the Old Port, a very busy place surrounded by historical buildings that can be counted as the heart of the city. Exploring around, you will find everything here, starting from French cuisine restaurants to souvenir shops.
If there is something that caught your attention in Marseille, it is definitely the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. To reach it, you should take a bus from the old port area. The Basilica is located on the highest part of the city. The Cathedral is truly impressive, both inside and outside and it’s reminds us the Middle Way cathedrals. It is Romanesque-Byzantine style art work, decorated tastefully and exceptionally. Also, from here you can enjoy an outstanding view of the entire Marseille.
Hope this will make you to do your first or even second or third visit to France! See you very soon in other European, full of live and love cities!
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