Discovering two more hot spots in the beautiful city that is Paris, Notre Dame de Paris and the Panthéon.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame, one of the most famous Cathedrals in the world, not only for its’ gothic beauty and splendor but (for the younger generation anyway) for Disney’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The exterior of the cathedral is truly astounding and the hunt for the gargoyles becomes very real.
Admission into the cathedral is free and is well worth a visit, but be prepared to queue regardless of the time. Having selfishly been inside before on a previous trip we opted to stay outside and enjoy the sunset that Paris has to offer and watch the Cathedral and Paris slowly light up as evening fell.
As I have mentioned before, Paris is one of those great cities that no matter where you walk to, you will constantly be surrounded by something stunning. Within 5 minutes from the Notre Dame you can find yourself walking across the Seine at sunset, something in my opinion which is really not to be missed.
And once the sun goes down you can find easily find yourself a Brasserie or simply a bar for a sit down and a sip of something that tickles your fancy.
As you saw in the pictures above, Rome is not the only city with a Pantheon (Panthéon). With the facade based upon the Roman equivalent, it’s initial purpose was to serve as a church for St Genevieve, but now serves as a mausoleum for a select few notable French citizens, such as famous historians, writers, noble prize winners and the likes.
Like it’s Rome counterpart, the structure of the building is extremely impressive and standing both outside it and inside it, you can’t help but feel dwarfed.
There is an admission fee for this beautiful place, but as with L’hotel Des Invalides, there are many ways to get around paying but particularly if you are aged between 18 -26 and from an EU country, entry is free.
Jardin du Luxembourg
To give yourself a breath of fresh air after your Panthéon visit, head down the boulevard and into the the Luxembourg gardens.
Have a walk around or take a seat on a bench, and just enjoy the surroundings.
I think this is one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris, tell me your favourite in the comments!