The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.
The wedding cake on the balcony of Paris. This lovely Roman Catholic church is built on the Butte Montmartre, and as the highest point in Paris, it gives you a good view over the city. You can climb the 222 steps or take the funicular to reach the top. The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie and Lucien Magne in Romano-byzantine style, and built to honor the 58,000 men that died during the Franco-Prussian War. The Sacré Coeur is situated in Montmartre, an idyllic and bohemian neighborhood full of lovely boutiques, restaurants and street art.
Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, France.
The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.
Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.
At Boulevard de Clichy in the district of Pigalle, you'll find Le Moulin Rouge. This cabaret, well-known for its extravagant spectacles, is symbolic of the bohemian lifestyle and is of course the birthplace of the French Cancan dance! Whether you actually see a once-in-a-lifetime (albeit expensive) show or just walk around the exterior, the Moulin Rouge is a fun place and a must-see in Paris.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l'Étoile — the étoile or "star" of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.
When you arrive at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, it cannot fail to make a huge impression on you — not only the building itself, but also its setting Place Charles de Gaulle (Place de l’Étoile), a roundabout famous for its heavy traffic. The Arc de Triomphe was built to honor the men who fought in the Napoleonic and the French Revolutionary wars: The names and places on the arch are of the French generals and army victories.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Marcel Proust lovingly described the genteel elegance of the storied Champs-Élysées during its Belle Époque heyday, when its cobblestones resounded with the clatter of horses and carriages. Today, despite unrelenting traffic and the intrusion of chain stores and fast-food franchises, the avenue still sparkles. There's always something happening here: stores are open late (and many are open on Sunday, a rarity in Paris); nightclubs remain top destinations; and cafés offer prime people-watching, though you'll pay for the privilege—after all, this is Europe's most expensive piece of real estate. Along the 2-km (1¼-mile) stretch, you can find marquee names in French luxury, like Cartier, Guerlain, and Louis Vuitton. Car manufacturers lure international visitors with space-age showrooms. Old stalwarts, meanwhile, are still going strong—including the Lido cabaret and Fouquet's, whose celebrity clientele extends back to James Joyce. The avenue is also the setting for the last leg of the Tour de France bicycle race (the third or fourth Sunday in July), as well as Bastille Day (July 14) and Armistice Day (November 11) ceremonies. The Champs-Élysées, which translates to "Elysian Fields" (the resting place of the blessed in Greek mythology), began life as a cow pasture and in 1666 was transformed into a park by the royal landscape architect André Le Nôtre. Traces of its green origins are visible towards the Concorde, where elegant 19th-century park pavilions house the historic restaurants Ledoyen, Laurent, and the more recent Lenôtre.
Shopping time! While you will not find many Parisians here (it is quite expensive and there are mainly chain stores), the most beautiful avenue in the world is still worth a visit. The buildings are beautiful and the little alleyways on both sides are full of bistros, bars and clubs to explore. Fans of the Tour de France may also know this place as the final stage of the race course!
Le Paradis du Fruit
These chain restaurants are different, healthy and reasonably priced! There are now ten Paradis du Fruits in Paris and I personally love them all for their cocktails and smoothies. They serve large glasses, the fruit is fresh and you can mix them yourself. The dishes are mostly healthy and you can see the ingredients displayed and simply choose what you like the look of.
The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neo-classicism, with a façade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's Tempietto. Located in the 5th arrondissement on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Designer Jacques-Germain Soufflot had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the Gothic cathedral with classical principles, but its role as a mausoleum required the great Gothic windows to be blocked.
This museum is really worth a visit. First of all, it is set in the lovely Latin Quarter of Paris, and second, the Panthéon is a mausoleum for the greatest French citizens. Some of the grands hommes you'll find here include Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean Moulin, Rousseau, Braille and Jean Jaurès. It is also famous for its Foucault pendulum (designed by Léon Foucault), which demonstrates the rotation of the Earth.
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
"Le Jardin du Luxembourg", or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace.
Next to the Panthéon you will find the Luxembourg Gardens — always a lovely spot to visit whether it’s winter, fall, spring or summer. Each season has its own unique charm. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and the perfect place to wander around, enjoy a picnic, get active with sports or just relax and admire this beautifully maintained city park. Nowadays the French Senate meets in the Palace situated in the gardens, so you never know whom you may be rubbing shoulders with in this green oasis.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France.
When you think of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it's likely you think of Victor Hugo’s "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,"set here in one of the most famous churches in Paris, located on Ile de la Cité. It is a French Gothic architectural marvel and was one of the first buildings to utilize the flying buttress. The famous gargoyles were designed as water spouts and its stained glass is just beautiful.
Rue de la Huchette
The rue de la Huchette is one of the oldest streets running along the Rive Gauche in Paris. Running eastward just below the Seine river from the Place Saint-Michel, it is today an animated Latin Quarter artery with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in the city — Greek specialties predominating. It is situated between Boulevard Saint-Michel and Rue du Petit-Pont and faces the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. This almost exclusively pedestrian street is very popular with tourists. Disdained by some guidebooks as "Bacteria Alley", the street nevertheless has an intense night life with no less than four pubs and several bars.
The Latin Quarter is known for its restaurants, cafes, bistros and great student life — in particular, on the street Rue de la Hunchette. Come to this bright, happening part of the city any time of day and stay for a meal — while the food may not always be that amazing, the experience of the street is. This neighborhood is also home to the Sorbonne, one of world's first universities, and owes its name to the Latin language, which was the language spoken in the university during the Middle Ages!
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
The Eiffel Tower ... Paris wouldn’t be Paris without this iconic landmark! I think the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower is at night, when it is illuminated. Start at Trocadero to enjoy the best view of the tower (it's always busy, so it may take a while before you can take your perfect photo), and then walk down the stairs towards the tower until you arrive beneath it. After you've admired it up close, walk further on Champ de Mars and pause for a drink in the grass (on summer nights) or a romantic walk (on winter nights).
Place des Vosges
The Place des Vosges, originally Place Royale, is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. It is located in the Marais district, and it straddles the dividing-line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris.
This lovely little park takes you back to the old 17th century Paris, and is set in the heart of the Marais. The square was built by Henri IV and is the oldest square in Paris. Its orange buildings are quite idyllic and known to be the popular homes of French politicians like Dominic Strauss-Kahn. A century ago, it was also the home of Victor Hugo. whose house is nowadays a museum and worth a peek if you have time. In the streets surrounding the square, you’ll also find the lively, unique atmosphere of the Marais just waiting to be explored.
The Centre Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais.
Centre Pompidou (locally known as Beaubourg) is my personal favorite museum in Paris, and is also fun for a short visit. This big colorful block in the middle of the city is quite unique, being the largest modern art museum in Europe, with famous works by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, and others among its displays. It's also home to an interesting library, numerous special exhibits and some active research centers. Of course if you want to visit the whole museum and take your time, it isn’t possible on a short visit, but with 2-3 hours to spare, you can see many of the great works and get a good general overview.
Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th century, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed.
The Tuileries Garden is located in the heart of Paris, next to the Louvre, and it's a great place to wander around. You can start with the Louvre itself — but bear in mind that it takes at least a week to see the whole of it and the queues are long! — or stick to the outside of the museum, with the pyramid of Pei, several expositions in the Tuileries, lovely sculptures and the Orangerie to explore.
The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.
Much more digestible than its huge neighbor (the Louvre), Musee D'Orsay offers stunning collections of art in a wonderfully spacious old train station. Not-to-be-missed is the Impressionists collection on the fifth floor: over-flowing with Monet and Degas sculptures and paintings. Don't forget to look out of the clock-style window at the top for incredible views over Paris.