Oh, Paris! How I miss this mesmerizing city! I will be heading to Paris again in September for Fashion Week, but this time I’d like a few extra days for exploring and being an actual tourist and not just running around like a lunatic for the next fashion show or event. However, even if the previous visit was dedicated mainly to fashion, I still managed to discover a little something about the city of love. Thought I should share a mini travel guide with the highlights of the city and the best way to experience its magic. Luckily, there’s a new ‘guy’ in town who can skip the lines at museums and share the local culture with you. Curious yet? Well, keep reading to find out what I’m talking about.
So obviously I’m talking about a fun team called The Paris Guy, which is made up of a bunch of people from all over the world. Travelers at heart, who visited Paris on vacation, and decided to stay and make it home. These guys haven’t forgotten what it’s like to see France as a visitor and they are happy to share fun & unforgettable experiences throughout the city, while preserving Parisian culture, art and history. Excited yet? Well let me tell you a little more about this fun team! They had it’s start from The Roman Guy, now a leading tour operator in Italy, made by a group of travel experts and locals. After having such a great success with The Roman Guy, they have decided to also launch in Paris with 3 exclusive tours:
- Skip the Line Magnificant Louvre Tour in Paris: First availability on 30th March
- Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour: First availability on 1st April
- Golden Versailles Palace and Garden Tour: First availability on 29 March
Yeah, you read it right! You don’t have to wait in line to visit The Louvre, The Golden Versailles Palace or The Catacombs!! Now seriously, how cool is that on a scale from one to awesome?! They are fun local Paris tour guides, easy to book, skipping the long ticket lines for you and organizing tours with max 12 people. I usually dislike waiting in line, so this is definitely a plus for me. Also love the fact that the group size is smaller than usual, I remember when I first visited the Palace Of The Parliament with another 40 people, that was insane. Could barely hear the guide, everyone was fussing around and it came hard to focus on the information or take any photos.
Last but not least, you can book your tickets in advance with 20% off by using: Paris20. For more information feel free to check their website. xx
From the construction of the building, to the artists behind the best artwork in Paris, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the world’s most impressive, and popular, museum.
The Louvre is not only packed with paintings. The museum also houses many iconic sculptures. Of all the works in the Louvre, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo are among the most admired. You’ll also admire the mythological Sleeping Hermaphroditus, a “life size” sculpture carved by Bernini. However, these incredible ancient sculptures only represent a fraction of the Louvre’s Greek and Roman antiquities.
The Palace of Versailles and gardens are a breathtaking product of 17th century France. Originally the hunting grounds of King Louis XIII, his son Louis XIV took over and created what the world over now knows as Versailles. Louis XIV destroyed the nearby village for the construction of the palace, or Château de Versailles, and it contains over a whopping 2,000 rooms and 2,000 windows! It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and a protected piece of French and royal history.
As you approach the magnificent Palace of Versailles, it is understand to understand why over 7 million people visit each year. The exquisite feat of French Baroque Architecture served as an inspiration for many palaces built across Europe around the same time period. And inside, the palace’s sumptuous decoration, artwork and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age.
Paris Catacombs History By the 17th century, the cemeteries in Paris were overflowing. And so, the solution became to place the corpses’ remains in the tunnels that existed beneath the streets of Paris since the 13th century. Originally, the French Catacombs were mines or ossuaries for extracting the limestone that built Paris. As the city expanded, it eventually covered areas with mines underneath. Sound like bad planning? That’s because it was not planned at all. Many of these mines were abandoned and undocumented.The solution to bury the dead underground fixed more than simply the lack of cemetery space. The estimated six million dead bodies actually reinforced the mines.
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