Some of the sights of Paris are so familiar that you feel like you know them intimately even if you've never been to the French capital. Paris is a great city, an old city and a capital city. She is historic and she wears that history in her streets and buildings. Let’s take a short but very pleasant photographic journey through the sights of Paris.
1 Rue Foyatier, Montmartre
Montmartre is one of the highest points in Paris and has one of the steepest funiculars of anywhere that you can ride if you don't have the energy to climb the wicked steps. However you get there, you'll be rewarded with some of the most gorgeous sights of Paris.
2 Parc Monceau
As well as the famous public gardens, there are charming hidden parks around the city.
Yes, some of the good folks of Paris really do still fetch their daily bread on a bicycle.
4 Tour Eiffel
One of the, if not the, most famous sights of Paris.
5 Love Locks Bridge
Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the Seine River. It is now known as the "Love Locks" bridge for the thousands of padlock love tokens.
One of the most famous streets in the World.
7 Arc De Triomphe
Home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI, the arch was originally built as a monument to the fallen of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
8 The Louvre Museum
Sorry Paris, but I think the Pyramid is a terrible addition to the outside of the Louvre, although I will concede that it looks good from inside and underneath.
9 Palais Garnier
The opera house is one of the most magnificent buildings in Paris.
10 The Natural History Museum
This rather magnificent hall is called the Grand Gallery of Evolution
11 FONTAINDU MEDICIS, JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG
La Fontaine Médicis is one of the main attractions of the Luxembourg Gardens. The original was built in around 1630 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France and regent of King Louis XIII of France.
12 Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most incredible buildings in the world and is one of the major attractions of Paris outside the city center.
The oldest church in Paris, it was originally built in the 6th century.
14 Crêperie Laer-Mor
Paris is full of tiny bistros and crêperies on main streets, and in alleys and courtyards.
15 Hotel De Ville
Yes seriously! In the summer temporary beaches are created along the banks of the Seine.
17 LA Rive Gauche
The writers and artists and philosophers may no longer rule the Left Bank, but the buildings remain and the atmosphere pervades.
18 The Moulin Rouge
The legendary nightspot.
19 Centre Georges Pompidou
Fondly known as the "Inside Out Building."
20 Musée D’Orsay
The museum is in the former Gare d'Orsay, a stunning Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. It houses the world's largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.
21 Le Marché Aux Puces De Clignancourt
14 markets, 7,000 acres and no fleas!
22 Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
The largest cemetery in the city, it's the final resting place of luminaries such as Bizet, Balzac, Sara Bernhardt, Jim Morrison, Yves Montand, Proust and Oscar Wilde.
23 La Maison Rose
So many of the sights of Paris are connections to great artists, writers and musicians. La Maison Rose is where Picasso used to paint in return for free food.
24 Bastille Day
One of the best days to be in Paris is 14th July, when the vents that kick started the French Revolution are commemorated.
25 Shakespeare and Company
The English language bookstore that opened in 1919 and was a popular meeting place for the likes of Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Ford Madox Ford.
26 Galeries Lafayette
The Paris equivalent of Harrods on Boulevard Haussman - all decked out for Christmas.
27 Notre Dame Cathedral
Another of the unmistakable sights of Paris.
28 Rue De Rivoli
A typical street where you can shop, eat or just perambulate to soak up the atmosphere. And talking of shopping ...
29 Chanel Store
Paris is home to many of the top fashion houses and their flagship stores.
30 Canal Martin
The Seine isn't the only waterway in Paris.
31 Paris at Night
Now you can see why Paris is called the "City of Lights."
32 Pont Neuf (New Bridge)
Oddly, despite its name, the Pont Neuf is the oldest
standing bridge over the River Seine in Paris. Its first stone was laid in 1578.
33 Musée Carnavalet
One of the best places to go if you want to learn of the history of Paris.
34 Metro Station
The art nouveau entrances and signs for the metro stations are a beautiful part of the fabric of the city.
35 Sacré Cœur
Properly called the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the white marble church stands on top of a hill in Montmartre.
36 Forum Des Halles
The underground mall stands under where the original Les Halls produce market operated.
37 Pont Alexandre III
The most ornate bridge over the Seine, even more beautiful when bathed in golden sunlight.
One of the oldest restaurants in Paris.
39 Carnavelet Museum
The smaller museums are some of the lesser known attractions of Paris but if you've got time or are a repeat visitor, they're worth checking out.
40 La Seine
A stroll along the Seine or a river cruise is a must and it provides plenty of fabulous photo opportunities.
What are your favorite sights or attractions of Paris?
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