Virtual City Tour: Paris
By Jacqueline Hanikeh | Published on July 28, 2017
Virtual City Tour: Paris

France is known for its extraordinary culture and history, as well as their beautiful architectures and monuments, with Paris being their most popular city full of modernism and a mixture of tradition. People cannot help but be fascinated by the atmosphere and the environment, while experiencing and viewing what the city has to offer. Taking a trip to Paris is something that is never regretful to tourists. From their amazing structures to their delectable foods, you’ll open your eyes to a whole new lifestyle — starting off with these locations.

A. Carette Café
As for one of the prettiest pâtisseries in Paris, Carette is a café that offers authentic French food, pastries and drinks. It all started in 1927 when Jean Carette and his wife Madeleine opened the business on Place du Trocadéro and gave their name to a tradition that has lived through the decades. The cozy atmosphere fits the deliciously sweet delights. The cafe is a mixture of classicism and Roaring Twenties modernism. Even though inside the café comes off more high-end, with marble round tables and mirrored walls, outside is where most people choose to drink their espressos. Taking in the nice weather outside while enjoying your pastries is the perfect spot before starting the day.

Virtual City Tour: Paris © Salomé Chaussure

B. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is one of the most popular museums to visit in Paris. It’s four minutes away from Carette Café by driving. Exhibits bring back history, yet showcase modern art as well. Swing by the museum to take a look at the breathtaking pieces of work from well-known artists. This museum only showcases the finest and most exotic art, making sure each piece is one to remember. What’s even better is that tickets are super affordable. Adults pay between $5-$11 and children under 18 can get in for free. Paris is home to stunning art and this museum contains a wide assortment of them.

Virtual City Tour: Paris © Mark B. Schlemmer

C. Les Arts
Five minutes away from the museum by driving is Les Arts, located in L’Hôtel Des Arts & Metiers. The interior of this fine restaurant is more inline with a traditional theme, yet it has a hint of modernism. The restaurant suggests is sitting outside, because of their vibrant and gorgeous garden of flowers and other potted plants. For a restaurant with a rich interior, they like to keep their menu very simple, serving only starters, main courses and desserts. Each section lists three meals to choose from, making it a quick-and-easy decision with tasty results.

Virtual City Tour: Paris © N Wong

D. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe is five minutes away from Les Arts and it’s an interesting sight to visit in Paris, not only because of its fascinating appearance and structure, but the rich history behind it, as well. In 1806, French Emperor Napoleon ordered the arc to be built in order to honor the Grande Armee, the name of the French army during that time. Since the Grande Armee defeated most of Europe and soon was considered invincible, Napoleon wanted to praise them by building an arc.

Names of 128 battles of the first French Republic and Napoleon’s Empire are written on the white walls under the vault. The construction of the arc was completed in 1836, however, Napoleon died in 1821 and wasn’t able to see it finished. The amazing monument stands tall in the center of a traffic circle and the molding and images chiseled on the arc always catches people’s eyes, its clear details leaves everyone in awe. You cannot leave Paris without visiting the Arc de Triomphe and its extraordinary history.

E. Eiffel Tower
When someone brings up France, the Eiffel Tower immediately comes to mind. This tower is an eight-minute drive from Arc de Triomphe and it’s one of the most well-known structures across the world. If you’re in Paris, you shouldn’t leave without visiting the monument. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer whose company designed and built the tower. The 81-story tower is 1,063 feet tall and it was constructed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, demonstrating France’s strength and courage to the world. Within those 81 stories contains a wide variety of floors to visit such as stepping into Gustave Eiffel’s office, enjoying drinks at the champagne bar, multiple restaurants, a floor dedicated to the view and much more.

F. Maison Blanche Restaurant
A seven-minute drive just from the Eiffel Tower comes the Maison Blanche restaurant. It’s an elegant terrace that overlooks Paris’ most famous monuments. This spot is perfect to end the day while relishing on drinks at their rooftop seating. The atmosphere is lively as well as an ideal place for romantic dates. Blanche includes two floors. The downstairs room is called the “Bay Window”, where they offer a panoramic view of the west side of Paris through their floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper space is called “Mezzanine”, which shows a wider view of Paris and a cool, phosphorescent bar that changes colors.

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Cover photo © Moyan Brenn

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Jacqueline Hanikeh

By: Jacqueline Hanikeh | Published on July 28, 2017

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