If there is some competition which town should be the most atractive in Europe Paris would certainly be in the final. Seeing Paris is probably the dream of every traveler. Maybe that's why I had exaggerated expectations. 

We flew via Ryanair from Bratislava and we landed at the airport in Beauvais. From there we were transported by train to Paris. We chose Avenir hotel just a stone's throw from the main station near underground  and directly below the temple of Sacre Coeur. The Moulin Rouge was perhaps five minutes on foot. For its location it was a good choice and I can recommend the hotel for undemanding travelers.







Immediately after settling in we went for an evening walk to the Moulin Rouge. Everywhere was full of people, even though it was quite late. What a contrast to our evening depopulated streets. Museum of sex we saw only through the windows. After all, who knows how many attractions Paris will offer the following days.






VERSAILLES 

Residence of French kings is located about 25 km from Paris. Castle with its garden is probably the most beautiful in Europe. Once was the residence of Louis XIV. The king moved here with the whole Court in 1682, and thus Versailles became the capital of the French kingdom. 5,000 servants who lived in the vicinity of the castle and 9,000 soldiers served to their masters. The king ruled by a strong hand, but he chose capable and powerful people for important positions and France was experiencing unprecedented prosperity during that time.







The most famous room in the castle's "Hall of Mirrors", length 73 m. Those who watched the film Angelica you certainly remember it. It was a connecting room between the chambers of the king and queen. In this hall was declared in 1871, the German Empire and in 1919 there was signed the Treaty of Versailles.



Very nice is the garden of the castle. Is symmetric, there are a lot of fountains and also the Great Canal in the shape of a cross. In the park there are two more smaller castles Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon.







TRIANON 

Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon were the only private places of the king, where he could do what he wanted and did not have to be subordinated to the courtyard habits.



In this hall is 06.04.1920 signed the Treaty of Trianon where Hungary loses 72 percent of the territory and borders remained over 13 million Hungarians.



Village of Marie Antoinette 

Not far from the Petit Trianon is a mini village with courtyards and farmhouses, which built for his wife Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette was executed on the guillotine later. Village we really liked and it was refreshing to the endless chambers of Versailles.







Eiffel Tower 

Symbol of Paris, built in 1889 on the occasion of the world exhibition. Be only a temporary attraction and survived for generations. From the height of 320 meters provides stunning views in all directions. We were lucky to nice weather, so it's really worth it. We returned there twice also in the evening after dark when the tower was so beautiful.









Modern Paris


Trocadero


The triumphal arch


Les Invalides




And once again flashing Beauty


Arc de Triomphe

On the Place Charles de Gaulle, we admired the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon. It is a symbol of victory and military achievements.





LOUVRE 

Once the seat of the French kings, today one of the largest museums of the world with 13 kilometers of corridors. Entry to the museum is a glass pyramid.







In front of the most famous painting is always full of people.




Square of Concord (CONCORDE) 

230-ton Egyptian obelisk at the concorde Square. Once upon a time there was a guillotine.


CRUISE ON THE SEINE



Sacre Coeur 

On the hill Monmartre is the white Sacré Coeur (Sacred Heart). It was built as a memorial to the 58,000 French soldiers killed in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871. Its construction lasted 46 years.











MONTMARTRE 

This part of Paris I liked the most. Had its atmosphere completely different from the rest of Paris. We lived just a few steps from there and it was a pleasure  to wander with my camera in hand between the artists and entertainers.







Pretty, is not she?






NOTRE DAME 

Notre Dame probably needs no introduction. It is one of the main symbols of Paris.  From the top of church there is a spectacular view of the city.

















WANDERING AROUND THE CITY 

Paris, with the exception of Montmartre hill is equal pancake with boring boulevards that make up exactly the same 5-storey building. Historical monuments and attractions are not in one place but situated individually in very wide center. Surprised me in dirt, dirty and crowded underground. English here quite often ignored and you have to meet with the French description of monuments. In each museum is necessary to pay and the fees are not cheap. From this perspective, I can say that Paris has to be seen, but ..... just once. 


Luxembourg Gardens


Pantheon


Palace of Justice


Saint Chapele


Town Hall


Center Pompidou








STATUE OF LIBERTY 

A small statue of liberty donated by Americans to France in 1889. High 11.5 m is facing the Atlantic Ocean.







MODERN PARIS - LA DEFENSE 

La Defense is the most modern architecture in Paris representing 21st century. Dominates the new arch of white marble and glass. Bellow the arch there is enough space for the whole Notre Dame.









LES INVALIDES 

Les Invalides was originally built as a military hospital to help soldiers who are returning from the war. In the Invalides there is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte and the  museum of weapons.










Silvia Krasny album, dovolim si len opravit informaciu o La Defence, nie je to stvrt Pariza, je to stvrt, ktora je ve mestecku Courbevoie, pripadne, jej okraje zasahuju do dalsich mesteciek, ktore sa svojim rastom a rastom Pariza spojili tak, ze tie hranice medzi nimi su uz viditelne len ak postrehneme jednotlive tabule s nazvami miest. Inak, vela ludi si mysli alebo je presvedcenych, ze je to mestska stvrt Pariza ;) 2017-11-09 09:46:47

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