Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Paris tourist attractions

So, if a list of the greatest tourist attractions in Paris had to be written it would include, more or less, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and a few other various churches. Here a few ideas for the the rest to be enjoyed on when posing in front of that big metal thing just doesn’t cut it anymore.

1. Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Famous but rarely visited by those on a tight time budget this has to be one of the most weird but fascinating sights in Paris as the attraction is with the life that seems to still course through this palace of the dead. At rest here are Oscar Wilde as well as Balzac, Chopin, most of him as his heart is in Poland, Marcel Marceau, Jim Morrison, Proust and Edith Piaf among many others.

2. Sights from films

While Paris has inspired thousands of films and almost all the streets could be a location for a chilling thriller or love-struck histoire one of the most well-loved is Amélie. Taking place principally in Monmartre you will have to look closely to spot any of the scenery as computer giggery helped to romanticize these almost mundane streets. Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, the metro at which the heroine gives the blind man a a sensory revelation is practically hidden away in this district on rue Lamarck. The Café des Deux Moulins, 15 rue Lepic at rue Cauchois is where Amelie was a waitress and dreamt up most of her good deeds and actually exists. Jules et Jim, Moulin Rouge!, La Heine, Paris Je T’aime and a multitude of others all used the famous sights dotted around the city.

3. Bois de Boulogne

Whimsically calming and unwaveringly idyllic the Bois de Boulogne is the green heart of Paris tourist attractions where the inhabitants go to breathe a slow, deep sigh of relief. After the dashing through the boulevards and underground tunnels find solace by the lake or sit back on the grass in the wood which has survived years of Parisian expansion and advancement. Also home to the Roland Garros tennis tournament there is as much life in this haven of tranquility as in the city itself. Take care at night though, the park comes alive and its green light turns noticeably red ..

4. Markets

If you are on the prowl for an obscure souvenir then look no further than one of the great markets of Paris. Busy and lively or an antique dealers dream and full of the a bounty load of goodies there is such a wide range the search pays off when you hone in on the one most tailored to your needs. Take the metro to the Latin Quarter for books, Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves for a flea market fix or Marché aux Oiseaux for a menagerie of any kind of caged animals you can dream of.

5. Cafés

Cafés with coffees, croque-monsieurs and cajoling locals, the charm of Paris is that there is a café for every visitor and Frenchman. It is a challenge to find a street in Paris which lacks a charming venue with the smell of coffee wafting out enticing visitors. The perfect respite and a excellent excuse for having a few coffees and as many baguettes as you can manage find your own new favourite, only to have to find it all over again the next day. Monmartre is both sedate and full of character and packed full of pastry shops.

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