Paris, the capital of France is rich in culture, art, gastronomy and its architectural splendour, a reflection of the Italian renaissance, makes the city a museum of architectural memorabilia. It doesn’t matter what street corner you find yourself, there is beauty that meets the eye from everywhere in this fabulous city. Its elegance, its French flare and its romantic edge make it an unforgettable, dreamy experience. Paris and its surrounding areas offer a wonderful scenic view and a pleasant drive in a the luxury car of your choice.
The staff first choices at Luxury Car Rental Club are:
1. Eiffel Tower The all too famous Eiffel Tower, one of France leading landmarks is always a must see when in Paris. Its unique structure standing up tall and proud over Paris boasting unprecedented views of the city especially at night, the skyline is mesmerizing. The Eiffel Tower is without a doubt the symbol of Paris. And to think that it was almost torn down in 1909, as the Parisians at the time, really didn’t appreciate its brown metallic design viewed from every angle in Paris. It was built and designed by Gustave Eiffel, a well renowned engineer at the time, famous for building bridges. One can use the stairs to climb up to the third floor; but to go all the way up to the top, 320metres above ground, you must use the elevator. 2. Notre Dame Notre Dame is a majestic cathedral located right in the heart of Paris. It is one of the finest symbols of French Gothic architecture and it is in its own right, one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Its gorgeous stain glass and the naturalism of its sculptures make it a breath-taking site. The Notre Dame is the official archbishop’s chair in Paris. 3. Le Louvre Museum The Louvre Museum is the largest art museum in the world and home to some of the finest, most renowned art collections in the world, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. There are actually over 30,000 of the world’s top artwork to be seen and admired in this museum. Originally Le Louvre was built as a fortress in early 1200 and it was re-built in 1650 for the personal use of the French King. It is only in 1793 that the French Revolutionist decided to transform Le Louvre into France’s first national museum. Le Louvre, covering over 750 metres holds priceless artefacts which were bought by François the 1 st and Louis the 14 th , while the rest were contributed or purchased (and in many cases simply taken) by Napoleon later to be returned to the original owner’s family. Francois de 1 st was the one who commissioned the Mona Lisa which was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. It became famous in 1911 when the painting was stolen by one of the museum’s workers who at the time, manage to simply leave the building with the painting hidden under his coat. The Louvre also stands as a remarkable symbol of modern art today, due to its spectacular grand entrance, a glass pyramid. 4. National Opera The National Opera House in Paris is where classical ballet, as we know it today, was created. It was built by Louis XIV in 1669 and was then used for all Opera concerts. Today it is used for both Opera and Ballet shows. Walking through the interiors of the Opera House, reminds of the lavishness of Louis XIV, its beautiful and glamorous settings are overwhelming in exquisiteness and elegance. It is one of Paris’s most glamourous landmarks. 5. Place du Tertre This enchanting part of Paris was home to such famous artists the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso and Dali. They were often found hanging out in the little cafés of the area or painting their masterpieces in the town square, offering to do portraits to the passers-by. Located only a few metres from the Monmartre’s Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, it is in the heart of the city’s elevated Monmarte quarter. To this day, artists gather in this area as they did at the turn of the 20 th century, to hone their work by offering to paint portraits or landscapes of the surrounding area. It is a lovely setting, very colourful, romantic and one of the most special characteristic spots in Paris.
6. Sacré Coeur Basilica Located in Monmartre, at the highest point of the city’s elevation, the Sacré Coeur Basilica stands as a proud monument amidst the Parisian bohemian headquarters. Construction started at the end of the 19 th century, designed by Paul Adabie and it was completed several years into the 20 th century. In spite of its vivid classic renaissance appearance, the monument is actually not that old at all. Its interiors boast some lovely mosaic artwork, including the largest gold mosaic in Europe, situated just above the choir. Its fabulous dome is worth a climb as the views over Paris are breath-taking. The Sacré Coeur boasts the world’s heaviest bell, La Savoyarde. Absolutely impressive!
7. Les Palais de Paris Paris boasts a large amount of rumbustious palaces throughout the city itself and its nearby surroundings. Within the city one can appreciate the French’s rich majestic history by visiting the following palaces, to name a few of many: Royal Palace Located nearby Le Louvre. Built between 1624 to 1629 by cardinal Richelieu, who then handed it over to Louis VIII, was home to the Royal family for many years, including Louis XIV when he was young. He lived there until 1640 with his mother Anne. Today the Palace hosts the governmental State Council. Grand Palais Located just off the Champs- Elysées, The Grand Palais boasts a spectacular glass rooftop, the largest in Europe. It is also an extravagant historic site and now a museum with a very large exhibition hall. Next to the Petit Palais, both form an elegant for their similar characteristics both made of stone and matching mosaics and sculpted figurines. Elysée Palace Located a few hundred metres from the Champs- Elysée, is also a spectacular “Château”, now home to the President of the French Republic. Its décor is decadent, majestic and of course holds the Royal blue of the French and gold in its furnishings. For the last 150 years, as the official residence to the President of the French Republic, it is also where the President has his office and the place where Ministers meet. On the day of “La Bastille”, it is traditional for the President to host a party in the Elysée gardens, a most spectacularly manicured garden depicting an array of colours and beautiful flowers. Palais Bourbon Standing by La Seine, the Bourbon Palace is an 18 th century architectural wonder, designed for the Duchess of Bourbon, daughter of Louis XIV. Napoleon Bonaparte is the one that had the Madeleine, commissioned by Jean- Pierre Cortot. La Madeleine is the magnificent sculptures of a woman, on the waterfront, holding the tablets of law that represent force and justice. Today the Palais de Boubon is the place where the national assembly meet. Château de Versailles Le Château de Versailles is a must see. It is famous for its liverish design and décor and a clear reflection of the overwhelming, self- indulgence of Louis VIX. Located just outside the city of Paris, it offers you the great opportunity to enjoy a rented luxury car ride of your choice or even better, a nice sports car or super car, like that of a Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Mercedes or BMW to enjoy a scenic ride to the grand grounds of the Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles comprises of numerous estates including the main Palace, the Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinetts Estate and the 1700-acre Versailles Garden. It is endowed of 700 rooms each more lavishly decorated than the other. The walls are covered with 23-kt gold leaf on woven silk. Throughout the estates, there are fabulous sculptures and painting, exquisitely painted ceiling panels, extravagant chandeliers and trimmings and hand cut crystal. The Palace of Versailles is an experience of Louis XIV indulgence and a must see to believe. Paris is the jewel of Europe for its culture, beauty, elegance and romanticism, which no other city can compare