France is the number one tourist destination in the world; with its enviable beauty, cultural sophistication, romantic & architectural style, its no wonder this is so. Almost every corner of the country is worth visiting regardless of the season. France has 37 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Also there are a number of cities with high cultural interest too; these include Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon and of course Paris. France was visited by 84 million visitors in 2013, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. What are you waiting for; come see what France has to offer.
Musee du Louvre
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is a historic monument and one of the largest museums in the world. This museum is located on the Bank of the Seine River. With close to 35,000 objects on display from prehistory thru the 21st century, in an area of 652,300 square feet, makes this a must see attraction. Also, more than eight million visitors annually makes Louvre the world’s most visited museum; from the Egyptian mummies to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa you can see it at Louvre. if you plan to be in the area, consider adding Louvre museum to your travel itinerary.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame is a historic Catholic cathedral in Paris. This cathedral is considered to be one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. Also it is one of the largest and best known church buildings in the world. Notre Dame means “Our Lady” in French; this name is frequently used by Catholic churches in French-speaking countries. With construction beginning in 1163, this was one of the first Gothic cathedrals with its construction spanning the Gothic period. Unlike the earlier Romanesque style of architecture, Notre Dame’s sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism. This Cathedral is a major land mark and has witnessed many historic events. If you visit France, Notre Dame deserves a place on your travel itinerary.
The Musee d’Orsay is a museum located on the banks of the Seine River. It is housed in a former railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Musee d’Orsay houses French art dated from 1848 until 1914. Different types of works include: sculptures, paintings, furniture, and photography. This is the largest collection of impressionist & post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Some well know painters include: Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Visitors often find they dont need to have expertise in the fine arts to appreciate Musee d’Orsay.
The Eiffel Tower is a world famous structure standing on the Champ de Mars in Paris. This tower was named after engineer Gustave Eiffel who designed and built it. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The Eiffel Tower is a mighty symbol to all of France to unite and commemorate.
The Palace of Versailles is a royal chateau in Versailles, France. This was once a hunting lodge until it was expanded and transformed into its present state. From 1682 until 1789 this was the center of political power of the French Government. Today with attractions such as the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments and the manicured garden makes this one of France’s foremost tourist attractions.
The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret that was co-founded by Charles Zidler & Joseph Oller in Paris France 1889. Moulin Rouge is best thought of as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally it was a seductive dance, but the can-can dance evolved into a form of entertainment of its own; In time this lead to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Now the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance style entertainment for guest from around the world who want to experience turn-of-the-century France with its unbridled romance.
Mont Saint Michel
Atop a rocky island sits Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel . This is a symbol of French patriotism and heroic resistance to the attacks of the English during the Hundred Years War. located one kilometer off France’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River this is one of France’s most famous landmarks. In 1979 Mont Saint-Michel and its bay were placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites; to this day more than three millions tourist visit each year.