Paris is a special city. It’s grand yet charming. It’s bustling but romantic.
It has two common nicknames – the City of Light and the City of Love. As the second nickname implies, it is an excellent honeymoon destination. It’s a great vacation destination in general though as Patty and I learned firsthand with a visit in September 2015.
It has enough history and attractions to fill a full-length book. With the cliche that “a picture is worth 1,000 words” in mind though, today’s post will cover Paris through photos and short captions. Seventeen photos to be exact. So think of this as a 17,000 word post.
All pictures ©The Honeymoon Guy except as noted. A big thank you goes to Greg Rementer Photography for providing two photo contributions.
Sainte-Chapelle is not nearly as well known as Notre Dame but many locals hold it in even higher esteem. It is a stained-glass marvel. As it is located just a few hundred feet from Notre Dame, you can visit both in one outing.
Perhaps the most famous cathedral on Earth, Notre Dame wows visitors with its size and grandeur. The structure is large but it has many ornate features. Visiting the sanctuary is free and usually requires a wait of about 20-30 minutes but lines to visit the bell towers can be much longer.
Inside Notre Dame you’ll find warm beauty all around you, from impressive paintings to glowing candles.
The Arc de Triomphe mesmerizes viewers during both day and night. This long exposure shot, contributed by , shows the blurs of automobile traffic against the massive monument. Greg Rementer Photography
Many of the bridges of Paris are eye-catchers. With a magnificent, statue-topped pillar at each of the four corners of the bridge, the Pont Alexandre III is one of the most impressive.
The Louvre is the most-visited museum on Earth. Though it is very famous, many people are unaware of the enormity of the building. It houses about thirty five thousand items over a 650 thousand square foot area.
The Mona Lisa is a core attraction of The Louvre, and Paris in general. It’s great to see it in person but with thick bulletproof glass protecting it, it doesn’t make for the best photos.
The City of Love’s most well-known lock bridge was recently dismantled as structural engineers worried it would collapse under the weight of the locks. However, in its absence other bridges have become lock attractions. Photo courtesy of . Greg Rementer Photography
Running underneath the streets of Paris, the Catacombs offer a stark contrast to the glamour and light of the city. The catacombs house the remains of about six million people, making them the world’s largest grave.
If you had to choose a single word to describe the Palace of Versailles, opulent or grand would be great choices. The scope of elegance is perhaps unrivaled and makes it easy to understand why there was a French Revolution.
Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, built to remind the queen of her Austrian roots, is a great complement to the enormous, opulent palace. Instead of opulent and grand, charming and quaint are more appropriate descriptors.
Though a distant second in fame to the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay is often rated higher by visitors to both. The museum structure, a converted old rail station, is actually more modern and easier to navigate than the Louvre.
One of the many statues at Musee d’Orsay is shown in this photo. This one reminded me quite a bit of an “abby” from Wayward Pines.
The legendary Eiffel Tower stands tall in the Paris skyline. From afar it shows as a massive, rugged monument but up-close viewing reveals more intricate features.
With night falling and clouds filling the sky, the Eiffel Tower takes on a glowing aura.
The Champs Elysees runs nearly 2km from the Arc de Triomphe, the vantage point for this photo. The famous street is lined with shops, restaurants and theaters and serves as a primary location for the Bastille Day parade and the final stage of the Tour de France.
Views of Paris at night from atop the Eiffel Tower, like the one shown here, make it clear that its nickname of is well-deserved (though it originated more as a reference to enlightenment). The waters of the River Seine reflect the many lights of the city magnificently. The City of Light
Do you have a favorite attraction in Paris not included here? Tell us about it in the comments!