Photogallery: France, Paris: The City of Inspiration
France, Paris: The City of Inspiration
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Anyway you go in French metropolis you see history personified in fabulous architecture. Butiques with beautiful things, coffee houses with great coffee and pies, or fantastic restaurants with their menus will charm you without doubt. Paris is the city of cultre, life, elegance, fashion, and great walks. Lets join us for a walk on the streets in the heart of this country.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Last time we got the first glimpse of Lyon, mostly its cuisine and gastronomic traditions. Toda,y we learn more on sights and interesting museums.
France’s third most populous city is situated in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region on the confluence of the rivers Rhone and Saône.
Last time we ceased our tour de Lille at Notre-Dame de la Treille. Let leave it for now and go down Rue de la Monnaie lined by amazing historic houses until we reach Rue Princesse. There we turn right to Maison natale Charles de Gaulle. Those of you who speak French a bit might have an idea what this place is. It is the house of birth of one of the most famous Frenchmen of all time – Charles de Gaulle.
The town of Lille is situated at the border with Belgium. Allegedly, it was founded in the mid-7th century as told by the legend of Lyderic and Phinaert.
Lastly we enjoyed marvelous Avignon and now we wander down to the south to Hérault. It is a departement popular for its beaches on the Mediterranean coastline.
We remain in France. It is a country combining amazing nature, landmarks, good food and wine.
Last time we mentioned the unconditional surrender of Germany in Reims was celebrated with Champagne wine. This historic moment is commemorated by Musée de la Reddition. The building which houses the museum is the very same building where American General Dwight Eisenhower had his temporary HQ. There are photographs, strategic plans, or various military artifacts which you can see at the museum. The price is worth a shot - 4 euro for adults.
Our travels across France’s historical regions goes on to the east. Burgundy is our destination of today.
We continue in our walks across Brittany by stopping in Rennes. This city is situated in the heart of the region to which it is also the capital. Some often think that Nantes is the capital for it is the largest city in the region. Rennes is a great place to learn about the culture of northern France. The Canal d'Ille-et-Rance navigation channel links the Ille with the Rance. Rennes thus has river connection with Saint-Malo and the English Channel.
Today we leave Normandy and move to the west, to the neighboring cultural-historical region of Britanny.
After amazing Le Mont-Saint-Michel one wouldn’t believe there is something else as amazing as this place. Still, we have several tips for you where to go.
Amiens is situated on the Somme River 120 kilometers north from Paris. This amicable city is home to one of the oldest skyscrapers in Europe and is surrounded by peaceful rural landscape. City's location is favorable for its mild weather, yet percipitations are higher than in other parts of the country.
Last time we explored what interesting is around Amiens. Today we get to the city itself. Amiens is a medium sized city of 130 thousand. And 30 thousand students studying there make the city look young.
On this day, we visit the heart of Deparament Amiens for the last time.
We are on the top of Europe, on the top of Mount Mont Blanc. In case of normal hikes, the top spot is a place where one can sit, rest and enjoy the view of the surroundings, it really is not possible on the summit covered in. Here you will only hold out for a while, because it is too cold. At the same time, one realizes how tired he is and knows how far back he is and how certain sections are dangerous.
In today's article, you can read how we went on the famous mountain of Mont Blanc.
Europe's highest mountain - Mont Blanc - is respected by climbers. There are many trails leading to the top, but one of them, the so-called normal, is the most commonly used. And I'm going to introduce it to you today. It is said that along this trail it is easy to reach the summit. But it can come with a price. But the truth is that this trail may be deadly. And I was really curious to see what the actual truth behind this is.
Today we take you to Lorraine region. Here we pay visit to the quiant city of Nancy, the capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle prefecture.
Today, we remain in France but differently. Situated in the beautiful Caribbean Sea, Martinique is about 8 hours of flight from Paris. The island is a combination of amazing beaches and tropical gardens. The island's capital Fort-de-France charms visitors with its architecture. It also features great exhibitions of colonial and pre-Colombian history.
On this day, we take a look almost to Spain for we visit Biarritz, a seaside resort situated near the borders with Spain in the Bay of Biscai. This legendary and quiant resort used to be a small fishing village. In the 19th century, this area became sought after by French higher classes. Empress Eugenia, the wife of Napoleon III, ordered to build a grandiose palace here. Now it is a hotel with a Michelin-grade restaurant.
Beautiful burgher houses, elegant buildings from the era of Louis XV and beautiful cathedral reaching for the sky. You will like to roam around in Strasbourg. No, you will love it. The city sits on many important merchant routes which helped it to become the richest city in the Holy Roman Empire. Art flourished here. It is no different in the present day. Strasbourg is home to many art museums, archeological museums &c.
Have you read Lust for Life by Irving Stone? Do you know details of van Gogh's life? Arles is a city closely linked to the life of the famous painter. Van Gogh spent his last years here. You can follow his footsteps.
We remain in the beautiful Normandy even today. Rouen is an amazing town. Walking down its narrow medieval streets is like traveling back in time. You can feel its rich and long history everywhere. Especially numerous are sacral structures most of which are the best examples of Gothic architecture. If you know at least some bits of France in the Middle-Ages then you perhaps know that Joan d’Arc was trialed and executed here.
Let's travel to Normandy today. Normandy is a region of rich history, and diverse landscape. People can do many activities and see many interesting places.
War movies fans think of Normandy mostly as the landing site for the Allied invasion in July 1944. However, Normandy has long and rich history. Its flag has three golden leopards. The people of Normandy call them „les treis cats“ - the three cats
Even though we could write a lot about Loire Valley this one is, at least for now, the last part. Next time we visit another France's region.
For the fact that Loire Valley is a wine-growing region speaks also the area on which wine grapes are grown – around 750 square kilometers. The valley is the main supplier of white wine in France. But let’s leave this beverage for a while for we have to see other chateaus in the area.
In the morning, after eating from hotel breakfast, we went to see outskirts of Paris - the suburbs, which bears the same name as the name of the famous castle complex of Versailles. Exploring this former residence of the King required a great deal of patience and fitness. You ask why? The answer can be found in the following lines.
Despite long lines we haven’t regret 2-hour waiting to enter one of the most beautiful palaces in the world – Versailles. You have to hold on. The palace will reward you with its glorious interior, exterior, and gardens that are an irreplaceable part of it.
Would you like to have all Paris below you and enjoy beautiful view of this fascinating city? And would you like to see in this view also the Eiffel Tower?
Do you have some secret gourmet passion, some guilty pleasure you enjoy during Chirstmas markets? Do you have the feeling as if you have already tried everything sold on Christmas market in large European cities? So you think you know pretty much well what regional specialties they sell there? Well, maybe you are wrong. Let's join us and discover the unknown of the gourmet world. Do make experiments and try knew tastes and smells. Make yourselves ready for Christmas markets even if it is only September.
We will continue in our journey in Paris. We will choose a tempo of learning on history and we will also talk on beauties of nature. There are many natural wonders in Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful ones we trie to find in beautiful parks and gardens.
Old maritime and fishermen tradition, delicious vine, friendly French, beautiful weather, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea… All of this lure in millions to rest from worries while getting some of the southern energy. The French Riviera is not the cheapest area in Europe yet it is worth it. You wont be disappointed.
Perhaps you wonder why we include the tiny state of Monaco to our series on France. Yet while travelling along the French Riviera you can hardly miss it. Casino, luxurious yachts and hotels, Formula 1, and tax paradise. These are common stereotypes about world’s second smallest country. And they are true. It is a country with second highest population density in the world. Monaco is a princedom with the highest GDP and highest percentage of millionaires in the population. However, the crowds flow to Monaco mostly during the famous Grand Prix. We think any season would be the best to visit the country.
The famous movie Troops from Saint-Tropez still helps to bring hundreds of thousands visitors to the beautiful town on the Cote d’Azur. Louis de Funès and typical French humor fit perfectly to local environment and thus became one of the most well-known French movie ever. Saint Tropez deserves it. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Last time, we concluded our article at Besancon cathedral. The city itself is home to over one hundred thousand people. However, add 23 thousand students of Université de Franche-Comté. Besancon has been its home since 1621. The university was founded earlier, however, in 1423.
„When they want to get rid of them, rich Parisians send their children here to study at the university. So, it is expensive here but the life is vibrant,“ says Louis about his home-town, a guy I met during my stay there. Indeed, for a long time I haven’t been to a place that would have so much of student atmosphere yet it wasn’t flooded with “poor” hipster cafes. Add more than two thousand years of history, narrow streets with old houses made of sandstone and friendly inhabitants of Provence. This makes almost perfect image of one of the most famous towns in the south of France.
Loire Valley spans 280 kilometers in the middle stretch of the Loire Valley southwest from Paris. This area is world-renowned wine-growing region the history of which dates back to the 1st century B.C. Loire Valley is the second largest region behind Champagne in producing sparkling wines in France.
We move bit further from the topic of our article at first. Before we tell you more about local chateaus in this popular tourist region we mention some other places worth visiting.
Saint-Tropez is undoubtedly the most beautiful town along the French Riviera. So many visitors come there during the high season you don’t have a chance to properly enjoy it. Yet we offer you an alternative, two towns located near Saint-Tropez. Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël are two town between Cannes and Toulonem. They are not less enjoyable than the said Saint-Tropez. Moreover, they unravel much from the history as interesting sights form the Roman times are still there.
Once again, we visit sunny and beautiful France. We leave scenic town of Annecy and move 200 to the north to Departament Doubs and its capital of Besancon.
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
I intended to make a trip somewhere. So I surfed on the internet to find out about my options. After while I made the decision. Paris! This trip would be short but the program would be interesting.
We were excited about one of the largest museums in the world. We let ourselves go with the crowd in Louvre. It took us to the most visited and the most mysterious painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Following an exciting walk on Montaigne Street and seeing the Flame of Liberty, we moved along the Seine to see another remarkable sight of Paris .- Les Invalides. This complex of building hides a large part of French military history.
Last week we saw Vendôme square and moved to Rivoli street. Right there are many important buildings we took look at in the first days of our tour de Paris. This time we chose to see a street opposite to Rivoli as the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries is located over there.
The biggest sight, the symbol and pride not only of Paris but entire France. This is world-famous Eiffel tower we visit today.
On the crossroad in front of the La Madeleine church, we decided to go in direction to Garnier Opera. Soon we were waiting in front of the neo-Baroque building. It is the largest theater in the world as it has unbelievable 11 000 m2.
Today we return to Montmarte once more. We o to streets full of artists, souvenir vendors, and, of course cabarets for adults.
A walk in the park by the Eiffel Tower was the conclusion in the last part. We told you about the so called Wall of Peace. Today we continue in introducing you to the sights around the most famous tower in the world.
Last week we had visited town-hall and moved also to Center Pompidou, a center of modern art. Today we will look around this building build inside-out. The building is named after French President Pompidou, who initiated its construction.
After a magical walk near luxurious boutiques on Royale street, or admiring historical buildings on La Madeleine and Garnier Opera. Last part in our series, we visited the Lafayette gallery. We wandered about in pompous spaces for people who like to shop. We saw Paris from above and walked to see another landmark in the city.
After paying our visit to the Les Invalides, we walked along green lanes to Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Before we even got there, we passed beautiful bridge across the Seine named after Tzar Alexander III.
Today, the sixth part of our series about Paris we continue from Notre Dame cathedral to the town hall. From there our steps continue to one of the most controversial buildings in the city. Parisans either love it or hate it.
Welcome to the capital of France – the city of artists, coffee bars, and gourmet experiences! Writers write constantly what happens on the surface, and there are even more movies. Yet often one of the largest sights in Paris is forgotten and it is mostly underground. Yes, it is Métropolitain, or Métro for short.
After stopping at magnificent Grand and Petit Palaises we continued to Champs-Élysées boulevard. We continued to Louvre. Soon we got to monumental Place de la Concorde square, or Guillotines square as it is referred to by locals.
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