When I think of all the great adventures that await us in life, I frequently think of Dr. Seuss and his book Oh The Places You’ll Go. If you’ve never read this book (which you should, by the way) it starts with:
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
One of the places that I recommend going is Paris, France. Even if you are not learning French you are in luck because Paris is one of a variety of European cities where you can get by just fine with the English language. If you find your feet moving in that direction, here are some must-see sites when you arrive:
1. The Eiffel Tower
I almost feel silly writing about all the reasons that you need to visit the Eiffel Tower. I mean, IT’S THE EIFFEL TOWER! That would be like going to New York and passing on the Statute of Liberty or visiting China and forgoing the Great Wall! When you visit Paris, fork out the €15,00 and go all the way to the top!
2. The Louvre
The Louvre is home to more than 35,000 objects. If you are someone who likes to take their time and look at each piece in detail, be sure and schedule more than one day perusing all the museum has to offer. It is the most visited museum in the world attracting tourists from all over the globe.
3. Arc de Triomphe
More than just a beautiful piece of architecture, the Arc de Triomphe is a memorial to those who fought during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. It stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, with an impressive height of 164 feet.
4. Notre Dame
French has a rich religious history most represented in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. It has long been the source of interesting history (both fact and fiction) and continues to stand brazenly upon the Ile de la Cite. The foundation was laid in 1163 making the cathedral one of the oldest buildings in all of France.
5. Jardin de Luxembourg
Aside from the architectural greatness of Paris, there is also natural beauty within the city. The Jardin de Luxembourg is the second largest park in the city and is a breath of fresh air for tourists. For those of you who are fans of Victor Hugo’s work Les Miserables he featured the gardens as the location where Cosette and Marius meet for the first time. The grounds are beautiful, romantic and worth the trip.
We have by no means exhausted the possibilities of Paris! If you are headed that way in the near future, please keep our readers posted on your travels and pass along any great travel advice. Until then, au revoir!