Who doesn’t want to visit Paris? Would you like to have coffee in the quaint little cafes, stroll the Champs-Élysées, shop at the high-fashion Avenue Montaigne, where stores like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Fendi, Valentino and Ralph Lauren are lined up for your shopping pleasure, or try the famous French cuisine at one of the romantic restaurants you can find all over Paris?
Paris, with over 12 million residents (central Paris is just under 2.2 million), is home to almost 20% of the French population. As the capital of France it is the business and cultural hub of the country. It is known mostly for its historic architecture, fabulous art and museums, including Notre-Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, the Arc de Triumph, the Champ de Mars (a vast lawn area with wide walking paths crossing scenic lawns), and of course the picturesque river Seine.
For theater and musical lovers, a show at the Moulin Rouge is a must. Established in 1889, this new music hall opened in the Jardin de Paris. It was a grand and exciting time, and the public came in masses to see this extravagant place with its huge dance floor and mirrors everywhere. Since then the Moulin Rouge has been home to numerous artisans, dancers and choreographers. The Cabaret Theater seats 800 guests. You can enjoy dinner and show in a place that has hosted such greats as Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Jean Gabin and Liza Minelli.
The Eiffel Tower, an iron lattice tower built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, is the tallest building in Paris at the height of 324 meters and was built to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. Since the 1980’s this monument has been regularly restored and is a beloved symbol of tourism. It is also the most visible monument in the world.
Paris is timeless. Its cobbled stone small backstreets, street vendors, quaint shops as well as high-end boutiques, are inviting and mystical. Paris certainly lends itself to romance and passion, with brides fantasying about having their honeymoons in this vibrant city. There is a reason why we use the French word ‘rendez-vouz’ even in the English language; to express the sense of romantic engagement.