Travels

1. Eiffel Tower

Transport - Champ de MarsTour, Eiffel or Bir , Champ de Mars, 7e arrondissement Hakeim
Subway - Trocadro (M6, M9), cole Militaire (M8), Champ de Mars (RER-C)
Price - 2nd fl 8, 3rd fl 13, stairs to 2nd fl 4.50
Hours - lifts 9.30am-11pm, stairs 9.30am-6pm

Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, the tower is 324m high, including the TV antenna at the tip. This figure can vary by as much as 15cm, however, as the towers 7300 tonnes of iron, held together by 2.5 million rivets, expand in warm weather and contract when its cold. The three levels are open to the public (entrance to the 1st level is included in all admission tickets), though the top level closes in heavy wind.


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2. Du Louvre

Address - place du Louvre 1er
Transport - Palais Royal-Muse du Louvre
Price - permanent collections & temp exhibitions 10, after 6pm Wed & Fri 6/12
Hours closed Tuesdays. 9am-6pm Mon, Thu, Sat & Sun, 9am-9.45pm Wed & Fri

The vast Palais du Louvre was constructed as a fortress by Philippe-Auguste in the early 13th century and rebuilt in the mid-16th century for use as a royal residence. In 1793 the Revolutionary Convention turned it into the nations first national museum.

3. Sacre Coeur

Address - place du Parvis du Sacr Cur 18e
Transport Anvers
Price - basilica free, dome 5
Hours - 6am-10.30pm

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart was built from contributions pledged by Parisian Catholics as an act of contrition after the humiliating Franco-Prussian War of 187071. Construction began in 1873, but the basilica was not consecrated until 1919. Some 234 spiralling steps lead you to the basilicas dome, which affords one of Paris most spectacular panoramas; they say you can see for 30km on a clear day.


4. Notre Dame Cathedral

Address - 6 place du Parvis Notre Dame 4e 4e
Transport Cit
Price Free, audioguide 5
Hours - 8-6.45pm Mon-Fri, 8am-7.15pm Sat & Sun

Constructed on a site occupied by earlier churches and, a millennium before that, a Gallo-Roman temple it was begun in 1163 and largely completed by the mid-14th century. Architect Eugne Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc carried out extensive renovations in the mid-19th century. The cathedral is on a very grand scale; the interior alone is 130m long, 48m wide and 35m high and can accommodate more than 6000 worshippers.


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5. Arc de Triomphe

Address - Place Charles de Gaulle
Transport - Charles de Gaulle-toile (M1, M2, M6, RER-A)
Price - viewing platform adult/child 9/free
Hours - 10am-10.30 or 11pm

Located 2km northwest of place de la Concorde in the middle of place Charles de Gaulle (or place de ltoile), Paris Triumphal Arch is the worlds largest traffic roundabout. It was commissioned by Napolon in 1806 to commemorate his imperial victories but remained unfinished when he started losing battles and then entire wars. It was not completed until 1836. Since 1920, the body of an Unknown Soldier from WWI, taken from Verdun in Lorraine, has lain beneath the arch; his fate and that of countless others is commemorated by a memorial flame that is rekindled each evening around 6.30pm.


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6. Arche de la Defense

Price - adult/6-17yr 10/8.50, family pass 25,
Hours - 10am-8pm Apr-Aug, to 7pm Sep-Mar
Address - 1 Parvis de la Dfense
Transport - La DfenseGrande Arche

La Dfenses draw card is the Grande Arche (Great Arch) a remarkable, cube-like structure, 110m square, of white Carrara marble, grey granite and glass. Its constructed out of 3600 prefabricated cases, each 2.8m square and 800g in weight, and the entire construction rests on a dozen 30m-tall underground pillars.


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7. Champs-Elysees

Address - Av Des Champs-lyses 8e
Transport - Charles de Gaulletoile, George V, Franklin D Roosevelt or Champs-lysesClemenceau

Links place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. The avenue has symbolised the style and joie de vivre of Paris since the mid-19th century and today is most popular with international brands looking to promote their prestige.


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8. Rodin Museum

Location- Rue de Varenne 77, 7e arrondissement
Subway - Varenne (M13)

Rodin's most famous sculpture, The Thinker, which sits upon a pedestal watching over the garden. The Gates of Hell, another famous work as well as other less well-known sculptures also grace the garden area.


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9. Versailles Palace

Location- Versailles, 20km southwest of Paris

Subway - Versailles Rive Gauche (RER-C1) + 800m walk
Price - For the Musical Gardens: 8.5, sold on the spot at the entrance to the gardens, travel from Paris 3,40 single so 6,80 for a return trip.
Dates - All Tuesdays from 3 April to 15 May 2012. Music from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Musical Fountains in the Bassin du Miroir every 10 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Directions - Directions Line => RER C (yellow),
Direction => Versailles-Rive Gauche
Arrival Station => Versailles-Rive Gauche (Zone 4, 3,40)

Take a suburban RER C train to within 5 minutes walk of Chateau Versailles, ending at station Versailles-Rive Gauche.

The palace is located just 20km southwest of Paris with a geometric garden. At 100 hectare, the garden of the Versailles Palace is Europe's largest palace garden. It was created in the 17th century by landscape gardener Andr Le Ntre who designed it