Living in Paris

Many cultural activities will be organized throughout the summer, like visits of Paris and its most famous monuments. There also will be a 3-day trip to the South of France in order to discover another part of our beautiful country.

The Eiffel tower

The Eiffel tower (nicknamed “the iron lady”) is a puddle iron lattice tower which stands 320 meters (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. It’s located on the Champ de Mars in Paris and was built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. It has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

For more information: http://www.eiffel-tower.com/

Montmartre

Montmartre is a hill which is 130 meters high, giving its name to the surrounding district, in the north of Paris in the 18th arrondissement, a part of the Right Bank. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre is also the setting for several hit films.

For more information: Montmarte and the Sacré Coeur

"Bateaux Mouches"

“Bateaux Mouches” are open-decked excursion boats that provide visitors to Paris, with a view of the city from along the river Seine. These boats are popular tourist attractions in Paris. Many seat several hundred people, often with an open upper deck and an enclosed lower deck; some have sliding canopies that can close to protect the open deck in inclement weather. Most boat tours include a live or recorded commentary on the sights along the river. A typical cruise lasts about one hour.

For more information: Cruises and tours

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a royal castle in Versailles in the “Île-de-France” region of France. When the castle was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometers southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.
Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime.

For more information: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage

The Paris hot air balloon

The Paris hot air balloon opened in 1999 in the “Parc André Citroën” in the 15th district. Its basket can hold 30 people, and it floats up to 150 meters in the air, while attached to the ground by cables; the ride provides an amazing view of Paris and its monuments! More than half a million people have already discovered the joy of flying in a hot air balloon at “Le Ballon de Paris.”
Since 2008, the balloon has also served as an indicator of Paris’ air quality; its color changes to green (good), orange (moderate) or red (poor), depending on the air quality in the city.

For more information: http://www.ballondeparis.com/

Fontainebleau palace

Fontainebleau palace, located 55 kilometers from the center of Paris, is one of the largest French royal castles. The palace as it is today is the work of many French monarchs, building on an early 16th century structure, originally built by Francis I. The building is arranged around a series of courtyards. The city of Fontainebleau has grown up around the remainder of the Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park. This forest is now home to many endangered species of Europe.

For more information: http://www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr/

Other things to see and do

There are numerous museums and monuments in Paris and the Paris region, including remarkable artistic and cultural treasures. Many of them offer free entry one night a week, free access to the permanent collections, free entry on the first Sunday of the month at certain times of the year, and discounted or free entry for children. Find a list of Paris and Ile-de-France museums and monuments here.

You can have a look on the official website of Paris’ tourism activities here: : http://en.parisinfo.com/



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