Attractions in Paris, France attractions
It would be impossible for us to enumerate the countless tourist attractions in France. Therefore, we will make a summary containing just some of the French wonders. As many of them have already appeared in previous sections, we will focus on those not mentioned above; concerning those already mentioned, we will include links between them and their corresponding section.
It is an interesting option to plan a theme vacation. Of course, This would be impossible in certain places, but not in France. What do we mean? Even though you are unlikely to have enough time to travel all over France, you don’t need to do things in a hurry. For example, if you are interested in architecture, it would be a good choice to visit the ancient cities in which buildings have remained intact for centuries. Or, perhaps, you are interested in history and you would prefer to see the historic monuments. And what about natural landscapes? That would be another interesting choice. In short, although you have little time available, you still can choose from a large number of tourist options. Regardless of your choice, what is really important is that you do things in a relaxed way in order to appreciate the places where you go. Do not let stress and worries take over you!
The Eiffel Tower: located in Paris but known all over the world. It is a national emblem for French people.
Triumphal Arch: built in 1806 by order of Napoleon, who wanted to pay homage to the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Austerlitz.
The Louvre: this famous museum in Paris houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, among many other works of art.
Cannes Film Festival: this prestigious cinema festival was held for the first time on September 20th, 1946. But for a few exceptions, it has been held every year ever since. The festival monopolizes the mass media attention, and every year many movie stars attend the showings. The Golden Palm is awarded to the best film of the year, although it is usually shared by two or more movies. This prestigious prize is given by an international jury made up of professionals of the movie industry. The Cannes Film Festival is regarded as a first-class festival, the same as those held in Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary.
Loire Castles: these are castles dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries along the bank of the river Loire, which crosses Nantes and Orleans. One of the best of them is the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau, thanks to its Renaissance architecture.
Mount Saint Michael: located in Normandy, this rocky island houses an abbey dedicated to the archangel Gabriel which is a jewel of middle-aged religious art. Strong tides threaten the bay in which this building is situated. However, over 3,200,000 visitors a year enjoy this marvel of architecture, the beautiful natural landscapes that surround it and also a wide variety of typical dishes.
Normandy Beaches: Omaha and Gold are the beaches of Normandy (Northern France) where the Allies landed in WWII, June 6th, 1944 (the D-day). By visiting these shores, you will experience the strange sensation of standing just where the modern history of the world was altered forever. To go deep into this matter, you can pay a visit to the American cemetery, near these beaches.
Versailles Palace: a beautiful historic building which used to be a residence for French Majesties.
Basilica of the Sacré Coeur: located in Paris, on the Montmartre hills, more exactly. It was built between 1875 and 1919 to do homage to the French soldiers fallen in the Franco-Prussian war. The Sacred-Heart Basilica is one of the most visited monuments in Paris. Its architecture was inspired by Roman and Byzantine architecture. This Greek-Cross-shaped building is 80 meters high and it has four huge domes. It houses the Savoyarde, a bell weighing 26 tons that measures 3 meters of diameter.
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