Eiffel Tower at Night in Paris

Romance, culture, history and art; Paris has it all. While Paris may be the City of Love, every traveler can enjoy the lovely parks, museums and delicious French dining the City of Lights has to offer. Of course, Paris offers plenty for the romantic traveler as well, from strolling down the tree-lined streets, to a private cruise for two along the Seine.

La Tour Eiffel, or Eiffel Tower, is often the symbol of Paris as well as France. Built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, the tower stands a staggering 1050 feet tall. Visitors may ascend the tower through three levels, either by foot to the first two levels or by elevator to all three. Enjoy a truly unique gastronomical experience and dine in one of the Tower’s two restaurants. Le 58 tour Eiffel serves lunch and dinner in a notably fashionable décor on the first floor. One level up on the second floor, Le Jules Verne also serves traditional French cuisine with modern flair for both lunch and dinner. Romance reaches its pinnacle at the Champagne Bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Imagine taking in the incredible view of the City of Lights, celebrating that special moment with a glass of world-renowned champagne. The magical trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower is best at sunset, when you can watch the Paris lights come alive.

The city of Paris is divided by the river Seine and many bridges, ponts in French, connect the two sides. Each side goes by the terms Left Bank (la Rive Gauche) to the south or Right Bank (la Rive Droite) to the north. For a matchless view of the city, take one of the many excursions along the river, marveling at the extraordinary and unique architecture of each bridge.

Notre Dame, Paris France

The Notre Dame Cathedral shows off the excellent Gothic architecture of Paris, France. Located on one of the two islands in the Seine, Île de la Cité, Notre Dame boasts tall bell towers, arched entryways, and magnificent window lighting. Constructed over 200 years beginning in the mid 1100’s, visitors here may explore the historic bell tower for an incredible view of the city. The Roman Catholic Church still employs mass here on Sundays should you wish to attend in the main cathedral.

New York has 5th Avenue, London has Trafalgar Square, Paris has Champs-Élysées. The chestnut-tree lined avenue is home to cinemas, cafés, and luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Chanel and many more. Historic monuments Arc de Triumphe and the Luxor Obelisk mark either end of the Champs-Élysées avenue. The notable Arc de Triumphe honors the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic soldiers as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. The Luxor Obelisk originally marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple in Egypt. It was brought to Paris in 1833 and placed in the Place de la Concorde, at the eastern end of the avenue.

Apollo Gallery at the Louvre in Paris

No visit to Paris is complete without a day in The Louvre. Known as a magnificent art gallery, The Louvre is home to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the remarkable modern glass pyramid, among thousands of other extraordinary works of art. Located on the Right Bank, the museum itself is a work of art. A fortress in the 12th century, the Louvre Palace spans over 600,000 square feet. Plan what you want to see ahead of time, as you will not be able to see it all in a single day. Speak to a Luxe agent about scheduling a private tour of the museum.

Montmartre on the Right Bank, once home to many famous artists, retains much of its village like character and charm. Sacre-Coeur basilica, with white stone curved towers, sits atop the hill in Montmartre. The red windmill above the Moulin Rouge is a popular photo spot among tourists in this area. The Moulin Rouge still features adult entertainment nightly with over 100 performers, lavish costumes, and extravagant sets.

Luxembourg Gardens in Paris

With so much to see and do in Paris, be sure to take a day off from traditional sightseeing and spend the day as a Parisian might. Step outside your hotel in the morning for the smells of fresh breads and baguettes, baking in the boulangeries. Stroll through one of the ornate gardens at Tuileries or Luxembourg. Linger at one of the numerous sidewalk cafés with a delicate pastry or fine cheese. Finish your evening with a picnic and wine along the river.

Just a short drive or train ride away from Paris is the Palace of Versailles. The elaborate estate features the Palace, now a museum with the Hall of Mirrors and the King’s Grand Apartments; the beautifully appointed gardens adorned with pools, statues and fountains; and the Grand Trianon, known for its pink marble and geometric gardens. Visit Marie-Antoinette’s estate located just off the main grounds. This simpler country manor provided the Queen a place to escape the everyday rigors of royalty.

The weather in Paris is often mild and temperate especially in spring and autumn, making them the perfect time to visit. While winter is colder, and snowfall is rare, don’t count out this time of year, as it is also less crowded.

When you book with Luxe Travel, treat yourself to a VIP visit to Dior and Hermes, with a Guerlain Make-up Session catered for you. Stay at the opulent Park Hyatt Paris – Vendome. Check out a bicycle from the hotel to tour Paris without the traffic. If the City of Romance is in your future, call 1-866-365-8747 for more information.