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The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, is the most visited and one of the oldest, largest, and most famous art galleries and museums in the world. The Louvre has a long history of artistic and historic conservation, inaugurated in the Capetian dynasty until today. The building was previously a royal palace, and is famous for holding several of the world's most prestigious works of art, (...)
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"The building was previously a royal palace, and is famous for holding several of the world's most prestigious works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci 's Mona Lisa , The Virgin and Child with St. Anne , Madonna of the Rocks and Alexandros of Antioch 's Venus de Milo."
"Among particular treasures are the Etruscan sarcophagus from Cerveteri (sixth century B.C.); fragments of Phidias's Parthenon frieze (447-438 B.C.); metopes from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia (fifth C. B.C.), presented by Greece in gratitude for French support during its war of independence (1829); the famous Venus de Milo; the Doric "Lady of Auxerre" (c. 630 B.C.), one of the oldest examples of Greek statuary; the Ionic "Hera of Samos" (c. 560 B.C.), whose cylindrical form points to Mesopotamian influences; the beautiful "Rampin Head" (c. 550 B.C.), from an equestrian figure whose torso is in the Acropolis Museum in Athens; the "Apollo Sauroktonos" and "Cnidian Aphrodite", fourth century copies of originals by Praxiteles; the "Victory of Samothrace" (Hellenistic, late third or early second century B.C.); the "Borghese Wrestler" (first century B.C.); the bust of Agrippa (first century A.D.), son-in-law and counsellor of the Emperor Augustus; the head of a young prince of the Antonine dynasty (second century A.D.); the altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus (first century."
"There's a not unfounded stereotype of Americans racing through the building, timing each other as they jog past the Big Three (the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory, and the Mona Lisa )."
"Today, it is the home of some of the world’s most famous works of art, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo."
"Built around IM Pei's inverted glass pyramid beneath the place du Carrousel and next to Paris' most famous museum, this shopping centre contains some three dozen upmarket shops, restaurants and even the Com?die Fran?aise Studio Th??tre."
"In August, when Parisians flee for the beaches to the west and south, many restaurateurs lock up and leave town too, but this is changing rapidly and you'll find considerably more places open in summer than even a decade ago."
"It has everything that you could ever want to see on your holidays: a great city like Paris, good beaches, more monuments than any other country, lovely nature, incredible mountain scenery; need I go on."
"This Week: Carmel, Maui, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris In Los Angeles, a local favorite gets a makeover."
"Paris Exhibition opens on eve of Revolution, showcasing the Eiffel Tower 1894-1900 The Dreyfus Affair 1900 Opening of first mÃ©tro line and the Paris World Exhibition 1914 Battle of the Marne forces back German troops from Paris 11 Nov 1918 Signing of the Armistice in CompiÃ¨gne 1919 Versailles peace conference 1934 Fascist demonstrations 1936-37 Popular Front government gives workers the right to form unions, take paid holiday and work 40-hour weeks 1940 German occupation of Paris; PÃ©tain dissolves the Third Republic and takes power 1941-2 Thousands of Parisian Jews are deported 25 August 1944 Liberation of Paris 1946 Fourth Republic augurs women's right to vote 1955-56 Demonstrations in Paris over Algeria 1958 Fifth Republic and De Gaulle presidency 1959 The EEC (European Economic Community) is established with France a founder member May 1968 Student uprisings and workers' strikes 1969 De Gaulle resigns, Pompidou is made the new President following De Gaulle's resignation 1977 Centre Pompidou opens."
"After 2 days in Paris, head for the former royal stamping grounds of Versailles ,followed by Normandy, within an easy commute of Paris, visiting such highlights as D-day beaches ,the cathedral city of Rouen where Joan of Arc was burned alive, the tapestry of Bayeux ,and the incredible monastery of Mont-St-Michel."
Louvre has 35,000 works of art, so it isn't that much, when I compare it for example with Hermitage Museum, where I also have been. But as everyone knows, you can see there the famous portrait of Mona Lisa. I think it was somehow a disillusion for me, because that portrait was so small and there where so many people ahead of it! But that museum as a whole was still worth seeing.
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For getting around easily, use the great Vélib community bicycle service. The daily fee is EUR 1 and using bicycles for up to 30 minutes is free after that. When using the bikes for longer, the prices increase every 30 minutes, so this is clearly intended for short-time use. Suggested use pattern: Grab a bike, drive to the next spot you want to visit, drop the bike. There shouldn't be a problem to find a station, as they are located within 300m distance from each other. Just try to avoid the stations at the main sights, chances are really bad there is a free place to return a bike at the Eiffel tower, for example. Two streets further, the situation usually looks better already.
tommyt replied 2 years, 2 months ago:
Yeah it sounds good, I'm looking into places too but as an avid follower of the rugby always ensure I based myself close to the Stade de France stadium. Speaking of which, could you possibly recommend a hotel from the lnk below?
pelicanpoker from USA wrote about Notre Dame de Paris 4 years, 10 months ago
The cathedral of Notre Dame is a very impressive sight. I was fortunate enough to walk in to Sunday Mass, which was very impressive. Also, there is a cemetary tour, which takes you into the catacombs under the Notre Dame. The catacombs tour is a must see, and it took me back to Indian Jones movie when he is looking for the grail!
jjtravel from Finland wrote about Notre Dame de Paris 4 years, 8 months ago
This majestic Gothic cathedral is a mystic must-see experience in the middle of Paris, on an island in river Seine. It's Grandes Orgues are one of the best of its kind in the whole world, so do not miss a concert every Sunday on 4:30 pm.
mxaddison from USA wrote about La Villa Hotel - Paris 5 years, 2 months ago
La Villa hotel is a small, modern hotel located on the Left Bank of Paris. It was designed by a student of Philip Stark has has a cool Jetsons-looking jazz bar downstairs. But the rooms themselves are tiny and downright sterile and gloomy feeling You don't get any of the passion of Paris. The only good thing is the hotel is located in a perfect spot at 29 Rue Jacob. Literally across the street is where Colette wrote; next door is where Ingres painted; the Seine, Louvre and Notre Dame are only two blocks away. But there are plenty of other boutique hotels in this area of Saint Germain de Pres that give you more of the Paris ambiance.
jjg from USA wrote about Arab World Institute 4 years, 10 months ago
the windows here are a marvel: each has a metal mechanism that opens the aperture to control the amount of sunlight coming through. beautiful from the outside, crazy interesting on the inside. a beautiful building. bonus: next to the seine, near a beautiful garden, and the bistro on the corner is pretty good.
jjtravel from Finland wrote about Versailles 4 years, 9 months ago
Could this be the most fascinating castle in the whole Europe? Grandiose halls after halls. But still with somewhat intimate feeling. Outside are magnificent and pretty well kept gardens, a place to wander around and imagine living a couple of hours as a ruler of the whole nation - safely somewhere outside the garden walls.
jussi from Finland wrote about Palace of Versailles 4 years, 9 months ago
We made a day-trip from Paris to Versailles and it definitely was worth it. I have my doubts about the sanity of the french royals but must admit that they knew how to create a flamboyant court. Especially liked the Hall of Mirrors with the view over the gardens.
nipsu from Finland wrote about La Tour Eiffel 4 years, 5 months ago
"I expected something else" that was my first thought, when I standed beside the Eiffel Tower. That construction looked so little and somehow rusty. But when I got up, I was stumped. The city was so huge and I saw so far. It was totally different to stand in the top of the Eiffel relatively standing in the ground.
jjg from USA wrote about Hotel Angleterre Etoile 4 years, 10 months ago
this hotel was a good value, and the staff was very helpful. the first room (first floor courtyard) was very musty; i asked to change, and they accomodated me. the second room was much better. small, of course, the location was great. a wonderful high-end secondhand shop was nearby. the 16th district is beautiful.
jjtravel from Finland wrote about Disneyland Resort Paris 4 years, 6 months ago
Wonder whether it is really worth about 50 Euros to get a possibility to spend a whole day standing in endless queues. Even in the end of October. In France there should be places for everyone with possibilities to experience something more authentic...
nipsu from Finland wrote about Hard Rock Cafe 4 years, 5 months ago
I don't usually enjoy eating junk food, but in Hard Rock Cafe this junk food was an experience. Those tasty french fries and huge hamburgers were so delicious! And also that atmosphere was magnificent...but it might result from my age, because I was 16 years old and at the first time travelling alone.
HS from Finland wrote about La Tour Eiffel 4 years, 5 months ago
This Paris landmark is over 300 metres high iron tower. It´s sometihing you must see if you are in Paris. I wasn´t brave enough to go the top level, so I stayed in the first level. It was more than enough for me :) I don´t like that much of high places. Although the view from the top was much better than from the lowest level.
sofaille replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
Hi, Yes there is! the city is beautiful with all illuminations, and usually a lot of shops are even open on Sundays (up to Xmas anyway) which is not usually the case. No change to usual opening hours to my knowledge!
jussi replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
New Years Eve in Paris is great! The Eiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe are beautifully illuminated and the surroundings are packed with happy people partying. It was the best time i've had in that city. :)
leo replied 3 years, 7 months ago:
Yes, I second these answers. My best new years and christmas so far was at the turn of the millenium in Paris. Great parades at Champs Elysee and lots of people. Everything is decorated and lit up nicely. Metros can be a bit crowded though especially late in the evening.
jennifergrey wrote about Paris 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Paris, France is one of the most fascinating and romantic cities in Europe.Known as the 'City of Light', the beauty of Paris is overwhelming and its architectural and artistic heritage combine with undeniable appeal and world-class tourism to make any visit an unforgettable experience.
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