6. Triumph Arc (Arc de Triomphe)
Photo by David Gardner
At the end of the Avenue des Champs-Élysée stand the Arc de Triomphe, gloriously. The fire below the arch is forever burning and reminding us to live peacefully, from now on.
The arch was commissioned by Napoleon I originally to glory the imperial army.
You can climb the arch if you wish. However, even from its ground-level perspective, you can see how the Arc is the center to many of Paris major boulevards.
What makes Musée d’Orsay worthy of being on this list of ‘top 10 Best Things to Visit in Paris’ is its quality of outstanding French art. I am referring to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by world-renowned painters like Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley and Van Gogh.
I’m serious about the magical marriage proposals, and actually know a company that organizes fantastic ‘Propose in Paris’ planning, be it under the Eiffel tower, with a dove, in a hot-air balloon, on the wings of an airplane, while showered by 1000 roses, in a limousine, or with a fireworks display, i.e. the surprise of her/his life.
One of my favorite adventures is the one Nicholas has schemed out for Montmartre…. oh so romantic: It involves meeting an artists who draws the key of happiness into the portrait of your loved one, subsequently meeting a gypsy who reads his/her hand and continues the story of the keys to love.
There’s lots of poetry all throughout. After the gypsy you’ll somehow meet another strange lady who gives him/her a wrapped package… etc. It’s all a bit mysterious and really fun. The adventure will involve the whole evening and take you through various little alleys with night lights and street vendors….UTTERLY romantic.
At the very end, he/she will receive the marriage proposal. Propose in Paris… How about that! Read more about them here: Extravagant declarations of love in Paris.
On to the 9th Best Thing To See & Do in Paris ….