Here are some famous Paris landmarks. I bedazzled the pictures a little, just to keep it interesting.
I’ve been gravitating around the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, which is loosely organized around this Abbey. It’s a beautiful area, and a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. It is said that intellectuals such as Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir had many discussions in the cafes around this area.
One of the famous cafes is the Cafe Flore, which is a great sidewalk cafe area (even in the chilly days of March), and an Art Deco interior. The last time I was there, the waiter told me to sit at over at the “Tabula Rasa.” I love a timely Latin reference, don’t you?
Notre Dame Cathedral, still going strong as a working church today. Go when it’s sunny for the best view of the stained glass. There’s a tiny museum of church artifacts in the back. Also, there are occasional concerts there in the evenings. I’ve never climbed to the top, but it might be fun to try.
L’Opera Garnier. Perhaps the best way to see this theatrical landmark is to go to an event there. You do not need to speak French to enjoy a ballet or symphony, and the operas may be in Italian or German in any event. You can buy tickets online here, or go to the box office. Buy well in advance, as most things sell out far ahead of time.
The pictures above and below are of the Opera Garnier, which inspired The Phantom of the Opera. An alternative forum is at the Bastille, a much more modern theater, where many large productions are held.
And we can’t do a Paris landmark post without the Eiffel Tower, can we?