Wishing for a trip to Paris from London, but only have one day? Well, Paris is doable in one day if you know exactly where to go. First take the Eurostar from London to Paris, it’s the easiest way to get there.
Then why not start with the Luxembourg Gardens. Located in the 6th district of Paris, the Luxembourg Garden was created in 1612 by Marie De’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for her new home, the Luxembourg Palace. Today, the garden is owned by the French Senate, which meets in the Palace. The park covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawn, tree lined promenades, flowerbeds, statues, and the picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620. Next wander down to Notre Dame, French for “Our Lady of Paris.” Notre-Dame is a historic Catholic cathedral, which is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It is also one of the largest and well known churches in the world. The gleaming gargoyles and stained glass windows are truly a sight to see. Some of the most important relics can be found here such as: the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.
The Louvre is a Mecca for any art enthusiast and is one of the world’s largest historic monuments in Paris. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace which was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. In 1682, Louis XIV decided to move to the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre was used primarily to house the royal collection. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly declared that the Louvre would be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces. Today the museum holds some of the most famous art in the world including the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci. It receives more than 9.7 million visitors every year.
Of course the must see while in Paris, is the Eiffel Tower. Located on the Champ de Mars, it was named after the engineer Aleandre Gusatve Eiffel, who designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it initially fell under some criticism by France’s leading artists. However, it has now become the cultural icon of France and is the tallest structure in Paris. The Tower has three levels that are available to visitors, which restaurants on the first and second. The third level is a observatory platform. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps; however there is a lift available.
There is much more to see and experience around Paris, but if you have only one day, these are not to be missed. While staying in London, why not stay at the Kensington Park Hotel London or the BW Premier Shaftesbury London Piccadilly for a luxury stay. Also check out Madame Tussauds: a complete tourists guide.