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Paris est tres magnifique!

CITY OF HISTORY: The Seine splits Paris.
CITY OF HISTORY: The Seine splits Paris. Kristy Muir

PARIS is one of the most visited destinations on Earth, and it isn't hard to figure out why.

It is home to some of the most iconic buildings, churches and artworks, not to mention its delicious food and wine, and rich culture and history.

Paris, the city of love, is a top destination for weddings and honeymoons.

But some people see the massive tourist numbers, the long lines and waiting times at popular attractions to be a turn-off.

Last year the city attracted 29 million visitors from all over the world, but tourism companies believe there is more than enough Paris to go around.

In the city there are more than 80,000 hotel rooms, 297 Metro train stations, 37 bridges, 200 churches, 465 parks and gardens and 142 museums.

Plus 10,000 bars and restaurants, 500 films showing daily, 100 boat cruises every day, and 6500 years of history to delve into.

Visiting Paris was a dream come true for me. It was one of the first places I ever wanted to visit and ended up being the second country I visited on my first trip out of Australia.

I had never envisioned travelling with anyone, so a solo backpacking trip was what I decided on.

I stayed at a hostel 15 minutes by Metro from the lively city centre.

Although it didn't feel like the safest neighbourhood, it did give me a look at an authentic Parisian neighbourhood.

Staying in Le d'Artagnan hostel also let me meet a great bunch of other solo backpackers.

We spent a couple of amazing days together exploring the city and even got to experience the Bastille Day evening celebrations among a sea of more than a million people.

It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. We all sat on the grass in the Parc du Champ de Mars, a rectangular park between the Eiffel Tower and the Ecole Militaire (military school), and watched an array of artists perform on a main stage.

We drank red wine and ate delicious Parisian favourites - baguettes, cheeses and macarons.

On the French Independence Day we also climbed up 10,100 tonnes of steel to the top platform of the Eiffel Tower, and admired the beauty and enormity of the city from above.

The day after we visited Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, where The Doors frontman Jim Morrison is buried.

This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous luminaries - authors, writers, musicians, including Oscar Wilde, Alice B. Toklas, Countess Consuelo de Saint-Exupery, Charles Messier, Yves Montand and Clarence John Laughlin.

It is a beautiful but eerie place and it has the title as the most haunted cemetery in the world.

Plenty of visitors have ghost tales or captured unexplainable photos, including a famous one of Jim Morrison by his headstone.

If graveyards aren't your idea of a fun time, then spending time in the city's red-light district of Montmartre just might be the answer.

The district is home to the iconic Moulin Rouge, which is world famous for its French can can, and has always presented sumptuous shows.

The concept never changes at the Moulin Rouge: feathers, rhinestones and sequins, fabulous settings, original music and, of course, the most beautiful girls in the world.

Many international stars have performed on stage at the Moulin Rouge: Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Elton John.

They have followed in the footsteps of French artists such as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Gabin, Edith Piaf and Yves Montand.

For the past 110 years, the most legendary cabaret in the world has welcomed millions of visitors.

Every night in Paris 2300 bottles of champagne are uncorked at cabarets.

Whatever time of year, this romantic city has something for everyone.

MUST SEE

  • Moulin Rouge show
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Palace of Versailles
  • A cooking class
  • The Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre Dame
  • Champs-Elysees
  • Sacre-Cœur
  • Seine River
  • Princess Diana memorial

Topics:  france, paris, tourism, travel


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