Travel Blog: Paris, France
Posted on February 14 2018
An iconic destination known for its culture, architecture and style, explore the city of Paris and the many exciting experiences that it has to offer.
As famous for its architecture as its gastronomy, Paris is a must-visit destination for anyone that appreciates history, architecture and incredible culture. During my stay in the city at the magnificent five-star boutique Hôtel de NELL with Design Hotels, I had the exciting opportunity to discover the wonders of the city and what makes the destination so popular with visitors across the globe.
A true icon of the city, located on the bank of the River Seine, this former Royal Palace is a heady mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modernism Architecture. The beauty of the Louvre is equalled by the Art inside, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Michelangelo's Dying Slave, and so many other works of art are there to be enjoyed by the thousands of tourists that visit each year. A walk around the beautiful gardens with the Eiffel Tower in the distance was such picturesque moment to my visit, one that is truly as magical as it appears in a film or postcard.
Possibly one of the best-known street in Paris, this stunning tree-lined avenue is a true beauty spot of the city that I couldn't possibly miss. With the options to sample the food in some of the top restaurants, window shop at luxury stores and soak up the buzzing theatre atmosphere whilst walking in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, every corner, street and building had something unique to offer, especially enjoyable during the sunset after a busy day of exploring. Standing across from the big wheel at Place de la Concorde, I found this Obelisk to be unmissable, literally. It's eye-watering 23-metre high structure standing proudly in contrast to the eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional structures that surround it, a reminder of rich history and its original home at the entrance of the Luxor Temple in Egypt, one of three obelisks erected in Paris, London and New York.
Walking alongside the Sein, it was time to make my way towards Notre Dame, an impressive Medieval cathedral, one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and a breathtaking sight to behold, framed by the numerous bridges and trees that line the banks of the river. Standing on the Pont des Arts amongst the bustling and excitable crowds, I could have spent hours taking in the view and absorbing the atmosphere. From the City's famous landmarks reflected in the moving waters to the picturesque boats taking travellers from one part of the city to the other, it was so easy to travel at my own pace and make the moment mine. A strong recommendation to anyone visiting the area is to wonder and get lost amongst the streets and architecture.
Whether you are visiting for a day or staying for a week, Paris is a city that caters for all. For short stays, there is nothing better than walking around the streets, admiring the architecture and stopping off at a restaurant by the river. For those staying a little longer, the many museums and galleries are calling to be explored. Do keep in mind when planning, that extensive queues are likely, especially with the most popular destinations so keep an eye on the weather and make sure you have plenty of time to make the most of each location. A city of culture, architecture and rich history, Paris will always be a city to return to time and time again.