Flights from Philadelphia to Paris, Attractions and High Accommodation in Paris
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Great to know that you are planning a trip to Paris in June. You have chosen the perfect destination and you are going to love it. Paris is the most visited city in the world This historical city attracts around 50 million tourists every year. To make your visit to Paris a memorable and fulfilling one, here, I have made an itinerary covering all the important places. Check it out -
On Day 1, we will cover two of the must-visits in Paris.
After breakfast I will suggest you visiting one of the world's largest and the most famous museum - Musee du Louvre. The museum also boasts of being the most visited art museum of the world. It consists of around 40,000 exhibits of art and historical objects ranging from pre-history to the 19th century. If there has to be just one museum in the world one can't afford to miss, that has to be the Louvre Museum. For timings and online tickets, click here and here respectively
The museum is very huge and it may take an entire day to see all the exhibitions & I am sure may fee hungry at one point of time. But you need not worry, there are around 15 restaurants, cafes etc throughout the Louvre where you can have some delicious and gratifying food. Click here for the list of cafes and restaurants
Gaggle Paris (Source: nickstone333)
This review by a past visitor may help -
Even if you have no idea about art or history, the Musee du Louvre will take your breath away. First of all it's HUGE and second of all there is such a variety of art from over decades of centuries that is impossible to take it all in in just one visit! It is a must see during your visit to Paris. Try going in the early hours so you'll have more chances in not waiting in the lines. Just amazing!
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
After you are done with the most famous museum of the world, in the evening, visit the pride, the icon, the symbol of Paris - Eiffel Tower. It was built in 1889 to mark the centennial celebration of the French Revolution Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world. The views from the top are scintillating and out of this world. For prices, maps, tickets and more visitor information, click here.
A bela: Torre Eiffel / The beauty: Eiffel Tower (Source: Adriano Aurelio Araujo)
An invaluable review -
Really interesting and it is so cool! Many people would be interesteed in the Eiffel Tour because you can climb it and take the lift. It is a really excelent price for the whole family to afford this is so cool and fun and exciting and my family would go there any day
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
The best way to start off a new day in Paris will be by visiting the famous and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. It is the prime example of French Gothic Architecture. It is known that it was completed in 1345. It won't matter if you are a Catholic or not, this Cathedral is simply going to capture your heart. The minute details of the architecture is what you will appreciate. For timings and details of services, click here.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris - 22-12-2007 - 8h35 (Source: Panoramas)
After the Cathedral, visit Centre Pompidou. It is another place which you will love at the first sight. The building represents hi-tech architecture and is completely a weird place. It was completed in 1970s and was named after a former President of France. There is a museum as well in the complex which showcases masterpieces of modern art. You ought not miss this place if you are a fan of modern art and extraordinary architecture. For more details on tickets and admission hours, click here.
The Centre Pompidou, Paris (Source: Oh Paris)
Let us peek into this short review by a past visitor -
loved this place- not too many people there. Great art works Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky to name a few. The views form the balconies were amazing too. you could see all around Paris.
The best way to end the second day will be by taking a River Seine Cruise. A sail with soulful music, great scenes, candle-lit dinner - nothing can get better than that. You will definitely be awestruck by the visuals you will get from the Cruise. It will be your wish if you would like to have a dinner cruise or a simple one. You can buy the tickets from the booth in person when in Paris or you can book in advance through this website. Happy Cruising!
Here's a virtual tour of the Cruise -
Dedicate the 3rd day in Paris to shopping and start off your shopping day by visiting the Galeries Lafayette which is a massive departmental store and you can find anything and everything here. It is a complete shopper's paradise and you will enjoy a lot here. The major feature of this store is the stained-glass dome with which it is crowned You will love taking a picture or two. As far as shopping is concerned, from cosmetics to fashion to toys - you will get a lot of variety here. It opens from 9.30 am onwards.
Galeries Lafayette (Source: http2007)
A short review -
So much here, and so beautiful inside. I really loved the ceiling. And i got some shoes to boot! It definitely seemed pretty crowded but it had a great selection. Why can't American department stores be this beautiful? I'm jealous.
(Source: Galeries Lafayette)
Now, visit the Rue Mouffetard Market and get a feel of the real Paris. It is a outdoor market and you will love strolling here on the cobblestone streets. The market is located in one of the oldest streets of Paris and is reasonably priced. There are many vegetable, fish, cheese shops in the area. Having some snacks in one of the restaurants would not be a bad idea at all. A perfect place to live a day as a Parisian.
Here's a virtual tour of the Market -
After visiting one of the most famous departmental stores and an awe-inspiring open-air market, visit the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. It is located just across the Notre Dame Cathedral. It is a very lovely bookstore and it is just a heaven for Literature lovers. Even if you don't love Literature that much, this is the place to fall in love with Literature. It is a must-visit place and I am sure you will find a special book for yourself and do not forget to ask them to stamp the inside of your book with their famous logo as a remembrance of your visit.
Shakespeare & Company (II) (Source: JohnPardolta)
A review -
A wonderfully quirky book-store specialising in new and used books at good prices. The story of the bookshop, and its location make it a 'must' for visitors to Paris.
(Source: Shakespeare and Company Bookstore)
After an awesome shopping day, on Day 4, we will visit 3 another iconic places of Paris.
First, you must visit the Musee d'Orsay. No matter you love museums or not, this museum is going to enchant you anyhow. The museum largely consists of Impressionist paintings. This art museum is set in a former railway station. Paintings by world famous artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh etc are going to astonish you. For opening hours and tickets, click here and here respectively.
Here's a virtual tour of the astonishing museum -
After the museum, visit what is the finest royal chapel ever to be built in France - Sainte-Chapelle. It was built in the 13th century and is the only surviving building of the Capetian royal palace. The major feature of this chapel are the stained-glass windows. This Chapel is also designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has been a national historic monument since 1862. The admission fee per adult is 8.50 € and as you are going in June, it will be open from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
La Sainte Chapelle (Source: Lauren Manning)
This review sums it all -
Upon entering the Chapelle, the light pouring through the stained glass windows, takes your breath away in wonder and transports you to another world.
After the chapel, visit another marvel of France - Arc de Triomphe. This monument is the world's largest of its kind. In English, it is known as Triumphal Arch and it was made to honor the soldiers who fought and died for France in the wars of French Revolution and Napoleanic War. Underneath the arch, there is tomb of France's Unknown Soldier and every evening the flame is lit on the tomb. Overall, to relive the history of France and to witness one of the most important monuments in Paris, this place is a must visit.
Arc de Triomphe (Source: StephenCarlile)
Day 5 is full of thrills and frills. Today, you will spend your day at Parc Asterix. It is located about 30 km north of Paris. It will take about 45 minutes to reach the sensational park. To reach the Parc Asterix, you must take the RER line B to Charles de Gaulle Airport and then take a shuttle bus to the park from there.
Parc Astérix (Source: wrayckage)
Asterix is basically a French comic book character and all the adventures in this park center around him. Many visitors claim it to be better than Disneyland. The main reason being it is less crowded and boasts of some far better thrilling rides. Some great games and carnival rides are going to astonish you. Here, you will also find some traditional artisans and appreciate their wares. For full list of attractions, click here.
Parc Astérix (Source: wrayckage)
A review -
Must go there for a full day outing... when you enter check out the timings for the dolphin show. Its really cool ... gets a little long towards the end. Must go on the roller coaster... takes about half an hour of waiting time but trust me its worth it - specially the wooden coaster. Its awesome.
(Source: Parc Asterix)
Important Details -
Address - BP 8, Plailly, 60128 Roissy, France
Phone - 020 87 92 97 15
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Operating Hours - 10 am to 6 pm
Price - Full Price - €44 per adult
Start off your 6th day by visiting the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg). It is the second largest public park in Paris. It is spread in around 22.5 hectares of land. The park is officially the garden of French Senate. It is the perfect place to relax in the nature's lap. You can even bring your own food and drinks and enjoy the picnic. Nothing would be better than to experience the colorful flowers, the exquisite greenery, the mesmerizing sunlight and the shades under the trees at this beautiful garden. The address is Address - Boulevard Saint-Michel, Ile-de-France, Paris and the entrance is absolutely free. The park is open from 7 am till 1 hour before sunset.
Jardin du Luxembourg (Source: StephenCarlile)
After the Garden, visit the Latin Quarter. It is situated on the left bank of the River Seine. You will love strolling here and experiencing the wonderful architecture. There are a lot of universities as well in the area. There are many shopping streets, restaurants etc as well in the Quarter. Just strolling and seeing the hustle-bustle of the area would be the highlight of your visit. You are surely going to appreciate and love this lively area.
Quartier Latin (Source: bernalredondo)
Here's what a visitor had to say -
I fell totally in love with the Latin Quarter so much so that I even contemplating living there! Loved mooching around the little cobble streets with all the quaint little shops, the cafes are amazing, people are so friendly and there is so much to do and see, it just had a great feel to it, it was so........Parisian!!
(Source: Latin Quarter)
In the Latin Quarter, do visit the Pantheon as well. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve but now it acts as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is a prime example of neoclassicism. Some famous illustrious figures who have been buried here include Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre and Marie Curie etc It is open from 10 am to 6.30 am and Entrance fees is about 8.50 €.
Do take this virtual tour before you see it live -
Now, comes the last day of the trip. The last day has to be a memorable one as it is the end of a journey and a beginning of a new one. After breakfast, I will suggest you to visit Musee Rodin. It is a tribute to one of the finest sculptrors - Auguste Rodin. The museum was opened in 1919 and is set in Hotel Biron and its surrounding gardens. The feature of this museum is the display - 'Hand Of The God'. This museum is also a must visit. It is open from 10 am to 5.45 pm. For admission fees and other important details, click here. It will take just around 1-2 hours to nicely see the museum unlike other museums in Paris.
Here's the 'Hand Of God' sculpture. Looks sensational. Isn't it? -
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An invaluable review -
I have been to the Musee Rodin three times and each time is great. Beautiful grounds with the sculptures among the trees and hedges. There is a nice shop to buy a lunch and drinks. Lots of seating in the garden area for a picnic. It is very close to the subway. Nice way to see what a Paris home looked like in the late 19th century.
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
After the museum, visit Montmartre. The best was left for the last day and visiting this amazing place will be the perfect way to say 'Au Revoir' to Paris. Here, you will witness the local colors of Paris. Cafes, restaurants, classic shops, peddlers, busy streers - here you are going to find them all. Architecture of the buildings is what is going to delight you. If you go further up, you will be able to get some astonishing views of Paris. Do visit the Montmartre Cemetery when here. This article will help you know more about Montmartre.
Montmartre (Source: http2007)
Now, visit the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur). You can either climb up the hill or take a cable car to reach this famous Basilica. I will suggest you to climb as it will be a great experience in itself. Sacre-Coeur sits on the highest point of Paris. The views you will get from here are simply amazing. It was completed in 1914. The architecture of the Basilica is also awe-inspiring. It will be the perfect place to end this wonderful trip. It is open daily from 6 am to 10.30 pm. For more details, click here.
Sacre Coeur 4 (Source: Abeeeer)
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