Paris is without a doubt one of those cities that the rest of the world envies Europe for. Romantic, dotted with stunning architecture, a history as the theatre of events of incomparable world importance, delicious food, incredible fashion, and that timeless aura of elegance that only European cities can radiate. It is no wonder that Paris features heavily as a favourite location for visitors, from near and far.
In light of Dolce&Gabbana’s special Paris je t’aime capsule collection dedicated to the Ville Lumiere, we tried to put our fingers on why so many people love Paris. Here are 10 reasons, just to start with.
Notre-Dame de Paris
Along with the Tour Eiffel, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris is one of the symbols of the French Capital. The French Gothic spires of the cathedral, with its stunning stained glass sits on the eastern side of the Île de la Cité and dominates the Seine and central Paris. The cathedral took almost 200 years to build, and it remains a prime example of French Gothic architecture. The cathedral is well known for its 10 bells and the hauntingly beautiful and iconic gargoyles and chimeras which decorate its exterior. When visiting, make sure you climb atop one of the bell towers to catch a glimpse of one of the most incredible views of the city.
Montmartre and the Basilica of Sacré Coeur
One of the most popular tourist spots, yet with timeless charms is the hill of Montmartre dominated by the Sacré Coeur Basilica. As well as enjoying the stunning walk up to the white domed basilica, the winding streets up the hill retain their Belle Époque charm, lined with small shops and “struggling artists”. Montmartre was the home of many artists who based themselves in Paris including Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, , Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Head to the area just before lunch, peruse the shops, maybe have a caricature artist draw a portrait of you and then rest on the white steps of the basilica, taking in the views and enjoying a fresh baguette filled with delicious French produce.