Dubbed the City of Light and City of love, Paris is was our last city of this amazing tour around some unique places in Europe. I don’t really need to explain Paris to you as it is one of the most well recognised cities in the world with its architecture, fashion and food.
Now for all the top sight-seeing spots in Paris!
Eiffel Tower! With France experiencing a lot of terrorist threats, all the important monuments have extra security checks. As a result we had to wait an hour and a half before we were allowed to even get under the Eiffel Tower, and then again for tickets. There was a much longer line if you didn’t want to take the stairs. Although with the extra security there were hardly any crowds below the Eiffel tower.
Some interesting facts about this tower (well ones I find interesting anyway)
- The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not intended to be permanent.
- During WW2, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top.
- The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, Spain, but the project was rejected.
- The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 5.9 inches (15 cm) due to temperature changes.
- 1,665 steps are needed to climb all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower. We climbed 674 steps to the second floor.
Standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and at the star junction of twelve avenues is the famous Arc De Triomphe de l’Étoile. (l’Étoile meaning the star). Ordered to be built in 1806, Napoleon, wanted something to honour those who fought and died for France in the Napoleonic Wars and later in the French Revolutions. Inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces are the names of all French victories and Generals.
Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The tomb represents the 1.5million soldiers who died during the war. On the 11th of November 1923 the eternal flame of remembrance was lit on by Andre Maginot and has never been extinguished since. Every evening at 6:30 P.M. it is rekindled, and veterans lay wreaths decorated with red, white and blue near its flickering flame.
Did you know that the Tour de France final stage includes going round the Arc?