This world famous symbol of Paris, imagined by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, is the most visited monument in the world. It is listed UNESCO world heritage. The Eiffel Tower was erected for the 1889 world fair to illustrate the French technical know-how and remained during over 40 years the highest building in the world.
Just across the river from the Orsay Museum, the magnificent Tuileries Gardens are a historical place which afford a haven of greenery in the heart of Paris. They were designed by André Le Nôtre discovered by Fouquet, Louis XIV’s minister of finance, for whom he created the splendid French gardens for his château of Vaux le Vicomte.
Hôtel des Invalides
The Hôtel des Invalides is situated at one end of a large esplanade facing the impressive Alexander III Bridge, built to link the Right bank to the Left bank for the 1889 world fair. It contains the military museum of Paris. It was built by Louis XIV as a hospital where soldiers wounded in his many war campaigns could be accommodated and tended to. It is an imposing edifice housing a royal chapel with a magnificent golden roof and the tomb of Napoleon the First.
This mythical and must-see district on the Left Bank of the Seine owes its popularity to the crowd of young artists and intellectuals who flocked there after the last war. Passionate and soul-searching youth would gather in the cafés, the cellars and the jazz clubs to talk for hours and to listen to perhaps the most famous of them all, Jean-Paul Sartre.
Quais de Seine
The quays of the Seine, another scene of the Parisian lifestyle, afford a quiet setting ideal for a long walk away from the traffic. The part which runs in front of the Orsay Museum was landscaped and made pedestrian at the beginning of 2012. It now offers a wonderfully relaxing area right in the city centre, which is shared by tourists and Parisians. Located just a few steps from the Hôtel Le Bellechasse it is ideal for an early morning run or a pleasant afternoon stroll.