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Love Paris in the Springtime

俞祎君 Aggi Yu 2017-03-03 15:57

 From roadsides to courtyards, flower blooms are everywhere in spring, and with temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees it’s really the best time for travelling in Paris. If you have just one day in Paris to explore by foot, here’s what we recommend: 

Starting from the Fontaine du Châtelet, walk west along Rue de Rivoli, one of the most famous streets in Paris. You will arrive at the Louvre Museum and after a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries you come to the Place de la Concorde. This may even be enough for one day, but for those on a real whirlwind tour, continue along the Champs-Élysées up to the Arc de Triomphe, then head back to the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. Cross the Pont Alexandre III and stroll down the Boulevard Saint-Germain, stopping at the famous Shakespeare and Co bookshop, and finish your walk at Notre Dame Cathedral. In Paris it's enough to amble along the streets and lanes and feel the excitement of making your own little discoveries as you stumble across the world famous landmarks. 


Place de la Concorde is a must-see spot for tourists who come to Paris. Originally a royal plaza built for and named after King Louis XV, the advent of the French Revolution somewhat altered the atmosphere. From 1793, the square was full of guillotines and revolution. In 1795 the square was renamed and given its current name in order to reconcile after years of turmoil. Standing in the square today, peaceful and calm, you can try to imagine the rich and tumultuous history there.


On the banks of the River Seine, inside the old orangery of the Tuileries Garden you will find a fine collection of Monet’s classic water-lily paintings. The Musée de l'Orangerie, near the Place de la Concorde, has two full cycles of the paintings, known as the Nymphéas, in its large oval rooms where they get the light conditions Monet intended. The eight paintings have been arranged here on the ground floor since 1927. On the first day of each month entry is free, or you can save time queuing by getting a ticket in advance. You can really learn a lot from their audio guides here too!


While we all know that Impressionism was born in Paris, where is the source of Paris itself? Thousands of years ago, the Parisii people lived on the small natural island in the Seine that is now called Île de la Cité. The Roman rule of most of Europe saw the city really take roots from 58 BC to 51 BC, with development along the left bank of the river. At this time, the burgeoning city was named Lutetia. This small island in the Seine is where Notre Dame Cathedral now stands, a small piece of land that has witnessed early settlement, Roman occupation, and in the cathedral, the coronation of Napoleon and Napoleon III's wedding.

End your day in Montmartre where the streets are full of atmosphere. As you exit Abbesses metro station and head up the steps, you'll pass the Café les Deux Moulins, and arrive at the beautiful Basilique du Sacré Coeur. From here you can admire beautiful views across Paris as well as the shimmering white travertine stone used to construct the church. Of course you can also get great views of the city at night from the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or the Pompidou Center, but from here get something a little different to the typical tourist route and less of the crowds that you will find at those other more famous landmarks.


With so much to see in Paris, time really flies by. Gently walking in the spring sun really nourishes the soul, and in this city of romance you will sense that your own love story is waiting to be discovered! 

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