Paris is an enormously big city where is impossible to discover all at once. However, you can get a glimpse of the main attractions on a short weekend with strict planning. The first day I visited Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Èlysées Boulevard and Arc de Triomphe. Click here to read about the first day. In the second day, I visited Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Flame of Liberty, and Louvre Museum.
Eiffel Tower is unquestionably a well-known landmark of Paris and one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe. Approximately seven million people come to visit Eiffel Tower each year.
Architect and engineer of Eiffel Tower is Gustave Eiffel who also designed the interior of Statue of Liberty. Eiffel Tower constructed 127 years ago. The construction took between January 28, 1887 and completed on March 31, 1889, which took two years, two months and five days. In total, the workers attached 18,000 iron pieces while constructing the Eiffel Tower.
Eiffel Tower weighs 1,100 tonnes and 324 meters tall (including the antennas) which takes 1,710 steps to climb for a person but luckily there is a lift. Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure for the first 40 years until the construction of Chrysler Building in New York (1928).
There are many interesting facts about Eiffel Tower. For example, it is a large compass that the pillars of the Eiffel Tower orient towards the north, south, east and west. Furthermore, the tower also has a significant role in communication that the 120 antennas on the top serve for TV and radio broadcasting. During World War I, French military used Eiffel Tower’s radio station to break down the messages that were sent from Berlin. During World War II, when Nazis came to occupy the city, the lift cables of the Eiffel Tower were cut down by the French Government to protect the possible attacks to the city.
Today, Eiffel Tower is standing with all its glory and welcoming its visitors every single day, and it offers picturesque panoramic views to its visitors from many angles. The view of Eiffel Tower is also very spectacular from all sides.
The night view of is also beautiful that 336 spotlights light Eiffel Tower from all directions. Paris has always been sparkled from this lovely scene even before the city met electricity that the tower was being lightened with the gas lamps before 1900.
Things to consider when visiting Eiffel Tower: You can climb to the second floor by taking the stairs. If you want to go to the top, you need to take the lift. Eiffel Tower is open every day during the year. Click here to get information about the opening hours. The prices vary from adults to children, lift to stairs and floors. Click here to get information about the ticket prices.
Usually, there is a cue for the lift however you can skip the line by reserving a time. The elevators go to first and the second floor. If you want to go on top, you need to change the lift on the second floor. You can also use the stairs to climb to the second floor. To access to the top, you need to take the lift.
Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) is the most famous and one of the oldest cabarets in the world. Moulin Rouge opened its doors to the world in October, 1889. The founders are Joseph Oliver and Charles Zilder in the 18th district of Paris. At that time, this area was famous for nightclubs, dancing and drinking music.
Moulin Rouge opened as a place for women, and it has the nickname “Les Premier Palais des Femmes” which means first place of women. During its history, many famous stars visited Moulin Rouge such as Elvis Presley, Roy Clares, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, and Queen Elizabeth.
Moulin Rouge’s theatre room is decorated in Belle Epoque and red velvet style. This place looks so nostalgic that, I felt like I am living in the 30’s. Your seat is already reserved with the ticket, and you are welcomed to your table with champagne (if you reserved a place with beverage).
Recently after Moulin Rouge opened (around 1980’s), Henri de Touluse-Lauctec a famous French artist was a regular visitor of Moulin Rouge. He was also commissioned to produce posters for the cabaret show. One of his famous posters was Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (1891) depicting the can-can dance. At the Moulin Rouge is another outstanding work of Touluse-Lauctec, it is an oil canvas painting depicts a scene from the cabaret. The painting is exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Moulin Rouge also passed some hard times that in history, in 1915 a disastrous fire burned down the theatre completely. Currently, the play Féérie is on stage since 1999. Each day 60 artists perform twice a day, the first show starts 9:00 pm and the second show starts at 11:00 pm.
When you travel to Paris, I strongly recommend to visit Moulin Rouge and watch the show. It is definitely worth time and price. This sparkling show fascinated me so much, the shows, costumes, performers it is a unique piece of vibrant artwork. It is also a nice opportunity to watch the French Cancan dance in the place where it is originated.
Things to consider when visiting Moulin Rouge: (1)There are several version of the tickets as only the show, with a beverage, with dinner and VIP dinner. The show itself costs 95€. Click here for reservation and to learn more about pricing. (2) To enter Moulin Rouge, you are expected to smart dresses otherwise, you may not be permitted into the theatre room if you wear shorts, flip-flops and sportswear. (3) It is strictly forbidden to photograph anywhere when you are in the theatre room.
Flame of Liberty (Death Place of Princess Diana)
On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales had a very tragic accident when she was visiting Paris. The car flew out of control when it was passing tunnel of Pont d’Alma where above Flame of Liberty monument stands.
Flame of Liberty is a golden replica of the flame of Statue of Liberty. This monument was placed in 1987 to represent the friendship between France and the USA. After Diana’s death, Flame of Liberty become an “unofficial symbol” of her that many fans visit the place and mourn for her death.
Flame of Liberty is decorated with flowers, pictures, poems, and messages. The monument and the tunnel creates a very emotional scene that affected me profoundly. Conceding such tragical end of this beautiful person is difficult. Rest in peace Diana, you will always leave in our hearts.
Flame of Liberty is just 15 minutes walk distance away from Eiffel Tower. If you have time, don’t hesitate walk and spend some time there, it would worth your effort.
Louvre is one of the biggest art gallery museums in the world. There are in total of 70,000 pieces are being exhibited in the museum. Louvre is the combination of several buildings which was formerly two royal palaces: Louvre and the Tuileries Palace.
Louvre opened to its visitors as a museum on 10 August 1793. Today, there are in total of 70,000 pieces of artworks established on 65,000 square feet of gallery space. There are precious artworks which are worth visiting and the most famous artwork is the oil canvas portrait Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
On an upcoming post, there will be more about Louvre soon!