The Seine and the city

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The Eiffel Tower on a sunny day. Credit@planetware.com

Consistently ranked by travel agencies as one of the most popular cities in Europe, Paris has long been an appealing location to visit on the map. Even with recent events bringing Paris to the forefront of mainstream media and attracted the attention of the world this city aims to show strength within its beauty. Once home to the talented Monet, fashion extraordinaire Coco Chanel and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte, Paris has built a reputation as a city with rich historical and cultural heritage.

Situated around the river Seine, Paris’s cityscape is a crisscross of boulevards, squares and green spaces. It is divided into districts (or arrondissements) that all have their own unique identity and flair. The 1st district is located in the heart of Paris and the districts spiral from the city centre in a shell shape. The city aimed to be filled with sites of interest, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Whether visitors are there to enjoy the culture, architecture, nightlife, food or art, there may be an abundance of things to see and do in the city.

In the 2nd district visitors are able to stroll the Rue Montorgueil, a market street full of shops specialising in cheese, wine, and gourmet specialities. The 2nd district may be home to many shopping galleries where visitors may shop for luxurious goods and gifts to take home. The La Galerie Vivienne is a 19th century gallery which seems in pristine condition and may be one of the most iconic galleries in Paris. Here, visitors may browse the boutique shops or take a break in the tea room at the centre of the gallery.

Shoppers browsing in the Galerie Vivienne.Credit@antonioponte.flickr.com

Shoppers browsing in the Galerie Vivienne.Credit@antonioponte.flickr.com

Located south of the River Seine is the bohemian 6th district, popular with those in the creative industries and home to some of Paris’s most famous monuments. The Saint-Germain Abbey is a picturesque church frequently visited by tourists interested in the history of Paris. It is one of the traditional churches in Paris and dates back to the sixth century. More recently, it has become a popular venue for classical music concerts. The 6th district features the Pont des Arts, also known as the Lover’s Bridge, which used to be covered in padlocks until recently.

Close by, tourists may venture into the classic Parisian 7th district and experience its major tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower. Surrounding the tower is the Champ de Mars garden, which stretches across the district to the École Militaire building. Many museums and traditional French cafes surround this area, appealing to locals and tourists alike. The Musee de l’Armée nearby contains the world’s finest collection of medieval armour, which appeals to those who may enjoy military history. Alternatively, visitors in this area may explore the market streets of Rue Cler and enjoy sitting outside one of the many cafes while they watch the world go by.

The unique streets in Paris.Credit@FabrizioSciamiviaflickr.com

The unique streets in Paris.Credit@FabrizioSciamiviaflickr.com

The 8th district may be a location of many points of interest, including the Champs-Élysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Élysee Palace. The Arc de Triomphe may be a popular post-card attraction for visitors to Paris and was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a tribute to his victories as Emperor of France. Therefore, it may be historically significant and visitors may purchase a ticket to climb to the top of the arch. In winter, the Champs-Élysees may become a spectacle of colourful lights and Christmas markets.

Paris may have much to offer as a tourist destination, drawing visitors from around the world every year. Whether it’s a city break, a romantic getaway or a shopping trip, Paris may offer plenty of sightseeing and activities to keep visitors interested.

Which other cities in Europe have a rich historical background that attracts tourists?

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