Paris embraces visitors from the moment they land in the City of Light. Iconic places like the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur, anf the Arc de Triomphe all evoke feelings of familiarity and timelessness. These are images we’ve grown up with, in movies, magazines and luxury ads. And no matter where we’re from, Paris is a dream destination.
When you’re here, you’ll find that the French excel in adding doses of modernity to a city steeped in history. The glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, for example, was scandalous when first built but now is as emblematic of the museum as is the Mona Lisa housed within. Strolling Parisian streets is in itself a walk through the tomes of time as these are the same rues and passerelles (streets and alleys) where Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, both US Ambassadors to France at the dawn of our nation, and French greats such as Victor Hugo, Lafayette, General DeGaulle, Napoléon, King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette each once lived, walked and breathed.
It also pays to just wander because many Parisian gems and treasures can be found along a meandering path. You can never get lost in Paris, either, the Seine always points you in the right direction, and even has a boat-bus service, the BatoBus, you can hop on and off to motor you from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame by riverway, and back again, if you so choose.
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