For all its legendary beauty immortalized in films, songs and, yes, photos, you might be surprised to find out that Paris also has something of a reputation as a dirty city: stinky metro stations, public urination, literring... there's a different side to Paris that a lot of people may be unaware of. You might be wondering, is Paris' world-famous reputation as the City of Love nothing but a scam? Of course not! Read on to check out the five spots in Paris that prove why the city is still the reigning champion of all things beauty and romance.
The leading example of French Gothic architecture, it is no wonder that Notre-Dame is the most visited monument in France (surprise surprise, it's not the Eiffel Tower!). You can climb the towers to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris, but otherwise, you can remain on the grounds and take as many photos as you want with this majestic site as the backdrop.
Otherwhose known as the National Opera House of Paris, Palais Garnier is easily the most famous opera house of the world - all year long there are classical and ballet performances you can feast your eyes and ears on. If not, we promise standing and taking photos in its surroundings will suffice!
Only a short walk away from the other Parisian landmark, The Louvre, Palais-Royal is renowned due to its peaceful garden bordered by three arcaded galleries - and better yet, it's open for public! There are also the surrounding arcades, which shelter 145 boutiques, hair salons, bookshops, museums, cafés and restaurants. What are you waiting for?
Crossing one of Paris' most famous landmarks, The Seine River, Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a two-level bridge used for the metro trains, motor bicycles and non-motor bicycles. It also provides a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower, another proof that you do not have to be near the tower to get a good shot of it!
If there is one garden you really must visit when you go to the Eiffel Tower, it’s the Trocadéro gardens. The centrepiece of the gardens is the famous Warsaw fountains which, with its 20 water cannons, offers a remarkable water display, especially on summer evenings when the illuminations around the fountains add to the attraction!
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