Esplanade du Trocadero
From the Esplanade du Trocadéro, you have an exceptional view on the pools below, the gardens, the Seine river and the Eiffel Tower. Built for the 1937 World Fair, there are two pavilions, continued by curved wings, that constitute the Palais de Chaillot, lined with gilded bronze statues. This set houses a theatre room and several museums: the Museums of Man and Navy, the brand new City for Architecture and Heritage and the Chaillot Theatre.
The Eiffel Tower
With more than six million visitors, epitomizing Paris since 1889, the “Great Lady” has reached record levels in 2007. For a fantastic panorama of the city, walk up the stairs or take the lift. When the weather is fine, you can see 90 kms round! At the bottom, the Champ-de-Mars is one of the biggest green spots in Paris with 65 acres.
The Quai Branly Museum
Dedicated to Primitive arts, this museum displays items from Oceania, Asia, Africa and Americas. Following the curve of the river, the museum is surrounded by a luxuriant garden.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Besides the “Joconde “, the “Victory of Samothrace ” or the “Vénus de Milo “, it is packed with masterpieces from many countries. The galleries show fantastic collections of European paintings and sculptures from, the 12th to the 19th cent., but also Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities. Alter the fantastic artistic treasures of the museum, the architectural splendour of the place will command your admiration. This Renaissance castle built by François 11, at the beginning of the 15th cent. was extended and enriched by his successors throughout the centuries. The last great achievement is Ieoh Ming Pei’s Pyramide, inaugurated in 1989.
The Place de la Concorde
The Place de la Concorde is one of Europe’s most magnificent places built as a formal garden and covering more than 20 acres in the centre of Paris. It found its final architecture and name in 1836 with the eight statues representing the big French cities and the maiestic fountains around the Luxor obelisk. Unlike most places that are limited by buildings, the Place de la Concorde has no real limits on three rides. Night and day, the panoramic view is unforgettable: the Tuileries garden, the French National Assembly and the Champs-Élysées…
The Jardin des Tuileries
Opposite the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries is considered as a masterpiece of classical art. The oldest formal garden in Paris, it was originally laid out for the Cardinal de Richelieu and later redesigned by André Le Nôtre, King Louis XIV’s gardener Today it stretches on a flat plot of land between the Louvre palace and the perspective that starts with the Ferris wheel, the Obelisk of the Place de la Concorde and ends with the Arc de Triomphe.
The Alexandre III bridge Inaugurated for the 1900 World Fair, this Art Nouveau masterpiece is often considered as Paris’s most splendid bridge, with its lamps, cherubs and nymphs. The columns at both ends help to anchor the piers that absorb the enormous forces caused by such a large single-span arch. The four winged horses on the pillars represent Sciences, Art, Trade and Industry.
The Palais des Congrès Open in 1974, this exemplary setting for exceptional events is located at the crossroads of Parisian business life. With its adjustable grand amphitheatre which can contain more than 3,700 people, its conference rooms and lounges, its huge facilities, the Palais des Congrès is among the preferred partners for various large-scale events organizers.
The Grande Arche The Grande Arche, an architectural success, was conceived as a 20th-century version of the Arc de Triomphe: a monument dedicated to humanitarian ideals rather than to military victories. It is particularly the headquarters of the Foundation for Human Rights. When taking the panoramic lifts, you can reach the terrace of the roof from which you will enjoy the striking perspective on the Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde and the Carrousel du Louvre. Shopping : More than 200 shops in a huge business mail, which also houses a brand new cinema complex and 14 restaurants, allowing a pleasant break from a busy shopping and visiting day.
The Victor Hugo Avenue
This pleasant tree-lined avenue is one of the twelve branches of the Place de l’Étoile, between Avenue Foch and Avenue Kléber. Wealthy shoppers consider it a must since the avenue is bordered by prestigious boutiques. On a crossing street, African arts amateurs will enjoy the quiet Dapper muséum (35 bis rue Paul Valéry). The famous novelist and poet Victor Hugo lived his last years in a hotel on the avenue, so his mail was worded as such: “To M. Victor Hugo, At his own avenue, in Paris”. Just a little north, Paris’s ë widest street is also a branch of the “Star”., Avenue Foch leads to the Bois de Boulogne through a succession of rich Haussmann style mansions, making this avenue the most prestigious residential avenue in Paris
Ternes and Saint-Honoré
The Ternes district boasts dozens of Haussmanian buildings and countless stores for a both trendy and chic shopping time. Either in ready-to-wear or home décoration, you will find all major brands along Wagram and Ternes Avenues. At the corner with Avenue Niel stands the former store building “Aux Magasins Réunis” , now a FNAC mégastore (books, music, hi-fi, photography ..). Save 15 minutes fora walk rue Poncelet where non-stop fresh food stalls will give you a tarte of the typical Paris market atmosphere.
The “Grand Palais”
The building of the “Grand Palais des Beaux-Arts” began in 1897 for the 1900 World Fair. This élégant, though large monument combines an imposing classical store façade with a riot of Art Nouveau ironwork. lt has a splendid glass roof, colossal bronze statues of flying horses and chariots at its four corners. The main Have is 240 métres long and displays font columns. The top of the cupola reaches 44 mètres.
The “Petit Palais”
AIso built for the 1900 World Fair, the Petit Palais belongs to the same architectural group as the Grand Palais -they were built according to the plans of the same architectand the Bridge Alexander 1/1. Reopened in 2005, the classical façade of Italien influences with its péristyle and its interior garder is the first work of art visitors tan see. The building is impressively modem through its matériels, the importance of its volumes and the one given tc, daylight ‘The galléries combine many forms of art: painting, sculpture, décorative art…