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Notre Dame Cathedral

En route to the Notre Dame cathedral, I checked out the Louvre museum(obviously closed!) as it was close by and the only time it is free is around midnight. The Pyramide du Louvre stood desolate yet looked impressive! It brought back memories of Da Vinci code and Kane Chronicles! Note: It requires a day or two to have a look at the world's biggest museum. Hence, plan accordingly! I am yet to visit the museum!Finally, I made it to the Notre Dame Cathedral for the Christmas mass. For a non religious person, the entire set of events was interesting. You might wonder why I visited the church in the first place! Christmas at Paris begins with the 12 am clock bell of Notre Dame. One of the biggest churches in Europe, you have to visit it at least for the architecture. What makes it even more interesting is that the church is located in an island close to the river Seine and the view from the river cruise is all the more impressive!
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Arc de Triomphe

The city seemed to be in its all glamorous avatar as the sun set and we got ready for our Cruise on river sienne.
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Champs-Elysees

Stroll along the Avenue de Champs-Élysées and indulge in some people watchingThe Avenue de Champs-Élysées road was created in 1670 as part of a project to reconnect the Louvre to the Tuileries Garden by a great road. While it was a space only used by the high society in the early days, today, it is an incredible walking area lined with hotels, cafes, restaurants, souvenir kiosks and high-end luxury stores. Often referred to as the most beautiful boulevard in the world, the avenue is used for all major celebrations, including the famous Bastille Day military parade. Walk along the 2km-long road and take in everyday Paris life.
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Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur)

Because of the magnificent views that it provides, the Sacré Coeur Basilica draws more yearly visitors than even the iconic Eiffel Tower. If you’ve got time, it’s definitely worth exploring the interior of the church as well. The church features one of the largest mosaics in the world, and the domes are just as impressive seen from the inside. It’s also possible to climb to the top of the central dome, from which you’ll have an even better view of Paris and also of the Eiffel Tower.
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Montmartre

Montmarte was the third destination for us, we reached there using the local metro and then from the station it was a 10 minutes walk past the local market where you can shop for souvenir and gifts for people back home. Remember since the economy of Paris is not so great shopkeepers bargain and you can get things like magnets or small Eiffel Tower's and other gifting items at throw away prices, please buy and dont wait for going some other place.
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La Defense

La Défense is a major business district of Paris and quite unlikely to be an attraction for the typical tourist. I, on the other hand, was so intrigued by the area that I spent an entire afternoon there. A stark contrast to the historic buildings in central Paris, the modern architecture at La Défense was surprisingly a breath of fresh air to me. At the heart of La Défense is the iconic La Grande Arche de la Défense. Designed by Danish architect Johan Otto von Spreckelsen, the striking 110-metre tall building resembles a cube with a hole in the middle. It was built in the late 1980s, supposedly to be a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. I was in awe of the Grande Arche. I couldn’t stop looking at it. That sort of explains why I spent such a long time at La Défense.
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The Catacombs

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Grand Palais

These two grand palaces now turned museums are located right outside the Champs elysee subway station. I sat on the stairs of Grand Palais which was closed due to ongoing renovation and kept staring at the beautiful Petit palais architecture.
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Gare du Nord

If you happen to enter Paris by rail from another International destination( for me it was Amsterdam), then you are most likely to reach Gare Du Nord station. At the very first sight it could seem very intimidating, owing to the fact that it is one of the six large terminus stations and offers connections with several urban transportation lines, including Paris Metro, RER and buses. Well don’t worry you are not alone, there are hoards of tourists haggling over the map to figure their way out. The first thing do is to go to the tourist information counter and let them know your destination and they would very clearly guide you through the maze of the station and help you board the correct transport. And it is advisable to always keep the map handy.
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Chateau de Versailles

Absolutely breathtaking. I was amazed by how much land the estate had. The vegetation is perfectly kept and manicured. Along with the hundreds of art scattered across the gardens. I felt as though I had entered another era at times. Highlight of my trip to France❤❤❤
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Hotel de Ville

We grabbed a couple of sandwiches from Carrefour (where we were first spoken to with French and we couldn’t understand a thing though we’ve practiced basic French haha) and pique-niqued with Place Stanislas as our view. Buildings of neoclassical style border the square while elaborate sculptures and wrought iron gates adorn the corners. The statue of Stanislas that stands in the middle of the square was offered a nice background by the stunning HOTEL de Ville.
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Conciergerie

8. See La Conciergerie Also on that island is the little museum called La Conciergerie which is actually the prison where they held Marie Antoinette. Probably skippable, but there is also a little tiny church in the same complex called Sainte Chappelle.
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Le Bateau-Lavoir

Le Bateau-Lavoir ("The Boat Wash-house") is the nickname for a building in the Montmartre district that is famous in art history as the residence and meeting place for a group of outstanding early 20th-century artists, men of letters, theater people, and art dealers. The name Le Bateau-Lavoir was coined by French painter Max Jacob. The building was dark and dirty, almost seeming to be scrap pile rather than a dwelling. On stormy days, they swayed and creaked, reminding people of washing-boats on the nearby Seine River, hence the name.
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Place Kleber

This is the largest square of Strasbourg, situated right in the center of the city and its commercial area. The square has numerous attractions like the Aubette Palace and the statue of Kleber, after whom the square has been named. Apart from the history of the Place Kleber, due to which it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, numerous luxury and other brands also have shops here.
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Musee Bartholdi

This was the birthplace of Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty, and his home is open to tourists. If we had had more time I would have loved to visit but there was so much to see that we couldn’t bring ourselves to spend so much of our time in one place.
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Place de la Carriere

Then we followed beautiful buildings and got back to Place Stanislas again. From there we walked up north, towards what looks like Arch de Triomphe. Apparently, it is indeed a triumphal arch called L’Arc Here named after architect, Emmanuel Here. It led us to another square gated with the same motif as that of Stanislas’ and bordered by similar trees as that of Alliance’s. These trees frame the beautiful Palais du Gouvernement. This is Place de la Carriere, and together with the two squares, they are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg

La Cathédrale right in the center of the city: emblematic of Strasbourg, the Cathédrale is an unmissable landmark! If you're the athletic type, walk up its 300 stairs and enjoy a great view on the whole city!
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Pantheon

They changed it from being a church into a mausoleum for war heroes. “Twice since then it has reverted to being a church, only to become again a temple to the great intellectuals of France.”I also read that Rodin’s Thinker was housed here for a short period of time.I found it really weird that there was a huge pendulum present in the mausoleum. I didn’t know what it was and nobody there could tell me, so when I came home I had to google it. Turns out, a physicist (named Léon Foucault) wanted to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth with the help of an experiment with a pendulum (later named after him), which is actually 67 meters tall!There are a number of renown people buried in the mausoleum. Actually, the writing on the facade of the building actually means “To the great men, the grateful homeland”. We could saw Victor Hugo’s, Émile Zola‘s, Louis Braille‘s, Jean Monnet‘s, Marie Curie‘s and Alexandre Dumas‘s graves (among many other notable personas).
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Montmartre Cemetery

A popular tourist destination, Montmartre Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area. Regardless of the time of year that you visit, Montmartre Cemetery is a beautiful place to see. It's also important to keep in mind that it is an active cemetery, so it is a busy place. There are numerous paths and roadways to wander on that will take you through the cemetery and your guided map will list the certain points of interest along the way. Montmartre Cemetery almost looks sunken, as it is below street level. There are numerous hills and steps inside the cemetery, which can make navigating a bit difficult, yet adventurous. It is open 7 days a week and the hours are regulated by the city of Paris.
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