Friday, November 20, 2015

What to See in Paris

By C.S. Age 14
Paris is the number one most visited city in the world with 16.6 million people visiting every year.  It is also one of the oldest cities still standing in the world having survived for over 2000 years. This famous European city’s popularity is mainly due to the history of the city.  Two of the most well-known time periods in French history are The French Revolution, when the French rebelled against the higher class, and the Liberation of Paris from the Nazis during WW2.  Both of these events left a huge mark on Paris spawning museums and memorials. 

Built by Gustave Eiffel for the World Exhibition in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is Paris's most visited attraction and the most well known landmark in Europe.  Another popular tourist stop in Paris is the Louvre Museum.  Museum goers should dedicate an entire day of their trip at this museum or they may not experience all history’s greatest works like the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci and is rumored to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocando.  Part of the what makes the Mona Lisa so special is that is has not been proven who the lady in the portrait is. The Venus de Milo is a depiction of Venus (or Aphrodite in Greek) the love goddess.  The sculpture is thought to have been done by Alexandros of Antioch, an unknown artist.  

      The entrance to the Palace of Versailles.

After visiting these two places popular tourist locations in Paris, tourists may end up spoiled for choice.  They could choose to visit the Champs-Elysees, a street lined with famous boutiques, restaurants, and jewelers all leading to the Arc de Tromphe, a monument commemorating Napoleon's victories. Another choice may be the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world’s most beautiful gothic churches. Tourists could even choose to take a stroll through one of the many gardens in Paris.  Just outside of Paris, many tourists travel to Versailles (VER-sigh) where the Palace of Versailles is located. The palace was a home for King Louis XIV. Regardless of where one chooses to visit in Paris, they’re sure to find places touched by history making it a great tourist destination for those looking to learn about the world’s history.