- Attractions and Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Paris is like dipping into
ancient history. The sights are truly embodiments
of remarkable artistic and cultural treasures.
You'll see the internationally-renowned collections
of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts,
grand medieval abbeys, classical architecture,
remains of the old Roman Lutetia, gothic masterpieces,
collections from Napoleonic times, and many
more! All of these truly make Paris a capital
of the arts, both past and present.
PARIS GARDENS AND PARKS
Jardin des Champs-Elysées: This
garden was inaugurated in September 1994 and
is located between the Rond-point des Champs-Elysées
and the Place de la Concorde. It brags of
and reflects the artistic flair of 19th century
architects and horticulturalists.
Jardin du Luxembourg: These 25-hectare
gardens are located just south of the Latin
Quarter and offer a number of fountains, magnificent
statues of poets, tennis courts and playground.
You can play even boules (lawn bowling).
Le Bois de Boulogne: Known to Parisians
as "Le Bois", this reserve is on
the western edge of the city and was landscaped
by Baron Haussmann in the 1850s, using London's
Hyde Park as his model.
Formerly a royal forest and hunting ground,
this area covers a vast area of over 2080
acres / 845 hectares and is home to rowers,
joggers, strollers, bicyclists, and picknickers.
Parc Montsouris: This English-style
park is the second largest in Paris. It was
designed by landscape architect Adolphe Alphand
between 1865 and 1878. Situated opposite a
university, this is a favorite palce for students
and young children. The park offers a restaurant,
lake, founstains, and a large meteorolgical
Jardin des Tuileries: These neo-classical
gardens once housed a palace, the Palais des
Tuileries, which was burned down by the Communards
in 1871 and never rebuilt. The gardens, however,
remained. Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's gardener
and planner of the Versailles grounds, designed
the broad central avenue. Some of the gardens'
most distinctive statues are the 18 enormous
bronzes by Maillol, installed within the Jardin
du Carroussel, a subdivision of the Jardin
des Tuileries, between 1964 and 1965, under
the direction of then-Culture Minister André