November 24, 2013

Paris - The City of Light

Paris has many nicknames, like "The City of Love", but its most famous is "La Ville-Lumière" ("The City of Light"). In 1828, Paris started lighting the Champs De Elysees with gas lamps. It was the first city in Europe to start lighting, and so earned the nickname La ville Lumiere - The City of Light.

During the evening in Paris, the streets light up with the lamp posts and lights from around. All the lights make the city seem as if it is always awake.  Along the Seine, there are beautiful lights that seem as though they have been there forever. Due to the lights, you can take a nice stroll along the river at night. Looking down from the Eiffel Tower in the evening is magical.  The streets are light up beautifully.  

Along the Champs Elyseès the trees are strung with lights that make the night seem as if it day. Although you cannot see the stars in Paris, due to all the light pollution, the sky is normally covered with a navy blue blanket. The city dies down a bit, but there are still a number of things to do during the evening.

Arc de Triomphe at night

You can take a tour of the Seine and explore all of its canals at night. You can visit the Moulin Rouge. 
The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret and music hall, built in 1889 by Joseph Oller this building has seen many stars including Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. 

The Moulin Rouge

Fountain at Place de la Concord

Conciergerie by night

Louvre Pyramid and Louvre Palace

Montmartre is a hill in the north of Paris, France. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. The other, older, church on the hill is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be the location at which the Jesuit order of priests was founded. Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.


Notre Dame

Alexander III bridge

View from Alexander III bridge

Enjoy a memorable night out in Paris by combining a visit to the Eiffel Tower and Seine River cruise with a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge. Enjoy dinner at the Eiffel Tower's 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant followed by a one-hour river cruise, or dine on board a Seine River dinner cruise followed by a 1-hour visit to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Whichever option you choose, complete your night at the home of the Cancan, the famous Moulin Rouge in bohemian Montmartre.

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