For years Paris has been the most visited city in the world. The millions of tourists visiting the French capital can’t be totally wrong. So there has to be something extraordinary about the place. And there is, take my word for it. I should know something as I’ve been there quite a few times.
This is me at the Hôtel du Brézil in Montmartre:
What I like best about Paris is art. There seems to be an enormous amount of art literally everywhere. Not just in places like the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay. All you have to do is to keep your eyes open and enjoy.
The Louvre is a huge place. As a matter of fact, it is far too big for ordinary tourists, who only want to see Mona Lisa, la Joconde as it is called in French.
The museum of Orsay, with an oustanding collection of famous expressionists like Matisse and van Gogh, is much smaller in comparison. Seeing all the major works -if that is enough to satisfy your artistic needs – won’t take much more than an hour. Besides, its architecture is more interesting than that of the Louvre.
By the way, if you are attentive enough, you will be able to spot one the world’s most beautiful churches, le Sacré Coeur, through it massive windows.
The next three photos were taken at La Plage, an artificial beach, near the Hôtel de Ville in 2005. The idea of a man-made beach on the Seine was invented by the city authorities ,who wanted to provide a new kind of outdoor activity for those Paris residents who had to stay in the city for the whole of the summer.
Art is everywhere
But as I said, art is everywhere, you can’t help seeing it, even if you wanted to, no matter where you go.
Not even the underground has been able to escape the French frenzy of art.
The famous cemeteries of Montmarte and Père la Chaise are full of fine art, too.
La tour Eiffel
The views from the Eiffel tower are pure art as is the tower itself.
What would Paris be without the Seine, the river of lovers.
The most fantastic area in Paris is definitely la Défense with several sky-crapers and the unbelievable new Arche de Triomphe.
The Basilisque du Sacre-Coeur is the place I love most in Paris. The beautiful church with a breath-taking view over the capital and the nearby la Place du Tertre with its exceptional artistic ambiance are not to be missed by anyone who wants to know what Paris is all about.
If there is art basically everywhere in Paris, you can’t say the same thing about birds. Apart from pidgeons and sparrows, they are hard to find. But if you are lucky enough, you may find something worth taking a picture or two of.