A travel journal
to Paris by aliante1981
Quote: The journal details many well-known and less-known and even some off the beaten track sights of Paris I have seen on my frequent trips to the French capital.
You can visit some of the finest gardens of Europe right here, in Paris, too - Luxembourg gardens spring to mind immediately. And can one say he's been to Paris if he missed out on the world-famous Eiffel Tower? And what does the French capital look like when seen from the river?
Paris is more than worth a visit for its own sake, but it's also an ideal starting point for excursions to the palaces of Versailles, Fontainbleau.
Attraction | "Notre Dame Cathedral"
If you are in for architecture, you should consider paying attention to the following points: Galerie de Chimeres (I spent considerable time wondering what kind of animals they resembled most), West Rose Window (showing the Virgin to whom the entire Cathedral in consacrated), The Kings Gallery (with images of kings of Judah), South Rose Window (depicting Christ).
For those of you view lovers: you should not miss the view from the top of the South tower (387 steps up where hard on me, but they were well worth it). It's also a good occasion to take a closer look at those Chimeres and take some wonderful aerial pictures of Paris. When the weather is fine, you can see the town as if it were justa tiny model and you a giant towering over it (but not towering over the Eiffel Tower, still).
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But historical is not the only aspect that might make a visit to Conciergerie well worth your precious time. In fact, it is also an architectural marvel (the fact that often gets overlooked): four-aisled Gothic hall is a good example of it.
Practical suggestions: you should buy a combined ticket to Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie - it will cut the cost of both visits considerably. Also, do not forget to pick up a free leaflet explaining this marvellous building in detail as soon as you enter the building.
1 quai de l'Horloge
Paris, France 75001