A lazy day in Paris…
|Opera House, Paris
Today, we’ll be taking a city tour on one of those hop-on, hop-off city tourist buses!
After which we’ll be taking a leisurely stroll around town, no planned itinerary in mind.
|The hustle and bustle of a very lively evening in Paris
Convenience too, is key.
When you happen to come across a monument or landmark that caught your eye; just hop-off, do what you wanna do, and when you’re done – go to the designated bus stop and wait for the next bus to take you to the next attraction.
Strolling around town until the sky starts to darken while the city starts glowing with lights always makes a fabulous experience as you feel you’re lost in the depths of time.
Slowly absorbing the sights of the city until you don’t recognize the landmark/monument or area, that you’ve only visited previously, just before the sky got dark.
Usually, areas of importance are transformed and washed with lights come nightfall. An area that looks “this-way” in the day can be a totally different place at night, highly tempting anyone to visit the same area – twice..
Before you know it, you’re back in the same area again, except that you don’t remember being here before…
And with that, we begin today’s post: Visiting Paris – The easy way!
Sights for everyone and anyone to remember!
Paris’ top bus tours are hop-on, hop-off services that shuttle passengers several times a day to most or all of the city’s key places.
While more expensive than the metro, these tours are generally much cheaper than traditional guided tours.
Paris bus tours can be an excellent way to get an overview of the city’s top attractions when you’re visiting for the first time, or help you get the most out of a short visit.
Bus tours can also be ideal for elderly visitors, parents with young children, or visitors with disabilities or limited mobility, as the Paris metro system can involve a lot of walking and climbing stairs, and is not always very stroller-friendly.
Paris sightseeing bus
An open-top Bus Tour is the Perfect Way to See Paris
The Paris sightseeing bus tour showcases the city’s famous landmarks and reveals Paris’s fascinating history.
The hop-on, hop-off facility enables you to visit places of interest and gives you complete control of your itinerary. Buses arrive at each stop every 5 – 15 minutes, so starting or continuing your tour is easy. The 1 or 2 day ticket options also give you plenty of time to visit Paris’s many attractions.
The sightseeing tour of Paris is a fun and relaxed way to see and experience this beautiful city. The tour will be the perfect introduction to Paris and an entertaining day out for all.
The sightseeing tour of Paris is provided by Les Cars Rouges in partnership with Big Bus Tours.
The hop-on, hop-off facility enables you to get on and off the bus at a number of interesting places to explore at your leisure.
You can take a break from your tour whenever you wish to visit attractions and museums, or to indulge in food and refreshments in Paris’s famous cafés.
You can hop on and off the open-top buses as many times as you choose within the validity of your ticket.
There are 9 locations where you can get off the bus. Each location has been carefully selected to place you within easy reach of one of Paris’s key attractions or landmarks.
Stay off the bus for as long as you wish and when you are ready to continue your tour, simply hop-on the next bus at your nearest stop. Buses run regularly, so you should never have to wait for more than 15 minutes.
The splendid sights of Paris
See the sights of Paris
Paris has been at the center of European politics, wealth and culture for hundreds of years. Over the centuries, the successive influences of Kings, Emperors, wars and revolution have created a hugely impressive architectural legacy and city plan.
Boarding a city tourist bus will take you to iconic buildings such as Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, but you will also discover a myriad of other buildings, which could easily be a centerpiece in any other city.
You will find ornate, elegant architecture at every turn, but what is most impressionable is the way striking landmarks are connected and aligned through wide boulevards and open spaces, delivering some magnificent views.
Paris itself is a spectacle within spectacle, worth seeing.
The sightseeing tour of Paris includes an informative and entertaining commentary that guides you through the city.
|Place de la Concorde with the Roue de Paris, a 60-meter tall transportable Ferris wheel – seen in the background
On board, the commentary explains Paris’s rich history in detail and at the same time, points out the buildings and landmarks of significance, together with their history.
The complimentary headphones are provided on the bus.
Twilight in Paris
See the beauty of Paris at nightfall
|The city of lights
At twilight, Paris becomes the city of lights offering visitors a magical show. Relax on the open-top bus to enjoy stunning views of illuminated landmarks and monuments.
The route has been designed for you to experience the very best of Paris: the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, the famous illuminations of the Champs-Elysées, the unique atmosphere of Pigalle/Moulin Rouge, the Latin Quarter and many more…
|Place Vendôme, a prestigious square located in the first Arrondissement, was created as a monument to the glory of the armies of Louis XIV, the Sun King.
History and Architecture of the Square
Place Vendôme means: “Vendome Square” and was laid out in 1702. Architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who built most of the Versailles Palace , had originally purchased the land where it sits in hopes of making some money in real estate.
But when the venture was unsuccessful, the land was given to the King’s minister of Finance, who proposed the public square. Appearing octagonal in shape, the square was to be built near the site formerly occupied by the palace of the First Duke of Vendome.
Later, when the land passed from the minister to King Louis XIV, Mansart re-entered the picture and was drafted to create the design for the square meant to rival the Place des Vosges, which had a statue of the king’s predecessor – Louis XIII – at its center.
Similar to the Place des Vosges, Mansard made all the buildings on the square identical, with arched ground floors and tall-windowed second floors. Pilasters and ornamental pillars were placed between each set of windows.
Place des Conquêtes
|The Roue de Paris, lighted up in all its glory with the Cleopatra’s Needle standing tall beside each other
Place Vendôme was originally known as Place des Conquêtes, “Conquests Square” but was later renamed to Place Louis le Grand (Louis the Great Square) when things weren’t going so well for Louis’ armies.
However, a statue of the king was indeed erected in the square and remained there for about a hundred years until it was torn down in 1792, during the French Revolution.
The column you will find today in the center of the square was erected by Napoleon as the Colonne d’Austerlitz. The 44 meter tall column is modeled after Rome’s Trajan Column.
The column’s continuous ribbon of bas-relief bronze plates by the sculptor Pierre-Nolasque Bergeret were made from 1200 cannons taken from the combined armies of Russia and Austria during that battle. The reliefs depict scenes during the Napoleonic Wars between 1805 and 1807.
The column was first known as the Colonne d’Austerlitz and it later was given the names of Colonne de la Victoire (Victory Column) and Colonne de la Grande Armée (Column of the Great Army). Today it is commonly known as the Colonne Vendôme.
A statue of Napoleon was installed at the top of the column in 1810. Later, the statue of the emperor was removed and the bronze melted down to provide the bronze for the recast of the equestrian statue of Henri IV on the Pont Neuf.
A new statue was installed in 1833 which was later replaced by the statue that is seen today. It was erected by Napoleon III and depicts Napoleon I as a Roman emperor.
Place Vendôme in Modern Times
The buildings on Place Vendôme serve today as residences as well as retail stores, Hotel Ritz, Place including those belonging to two famous jewelers and a number of well-known dress designers.
The very expensive Hotel Ritz and Hotel Vendôme are also located on the square.
|You can’t help but to fall in love with the nights of ParisA number of famous people have also lived along Place Vendôme, including composer Frédéric Chopin (who died in Number 12), author George Sand and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who resided at the Ritz for a while.
Ernest Hemingway even claimed to have helped liberate the Ritz in 1944.
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