Monthly Archives: June 2013
Paris, the capital of France, is situated on the river Seine. It is also known as the City of Light because it used to be the centre of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, and later because of its adoption of street lighting. The river Seine is an attraction in itself as it has over 30 uniquely designed bridges and the main city attractions can also be viewed while cruising the river.
Many of Paris architectural buildings such as the Opera House, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tour can be best viewed during the evening because of the excellent lighting.
Churches are the oldest intact buildings in the city. The Notre Dame Cathedral is a showcase of Gothic architecture while the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur is a combination of Romanesque and neo-Byzantine design. The Eiffel Tower remains an enduring symbol of Paris.
Another attraction in the city is Champs-Elysees, the main shopping street of Paris where popular brands like Louis Vuitton can be found.
The Chateau de Versailles or Versailles Palace is a wealthy suburb of Paris. Versailles is famous not only for its building and gardens but as a symbol of monarchy during the ancient regime. Its Hall of Mirrors is regarded as one of the most famous rooms in the world. It has 17 mirror clad arches that reflect the 17 arcade windows that overlook the gardens.
Lucerne, a city in north central Switzerland, was a pleasant surprise to me. It has beautiful natural landscapes – Lake Lucerne is beautiful and serene and the views of Mount Pilatus, Mount Stanserhorn and the Swiss Alps are simply majestic.
In the city, the most famous landmark is the Chapel Bridge which was built in the 14th century. The long wooden bridge is the longest covered bridge in Europe.
Another popular attraction in the city is the Lion Monument. It is a carving of a dying lion created to commemorate the hundreds of Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution in 1792.
Switzerland is also popular for its unique architecture and high quality watches. There was a huge selection of high quality Swiss watches at Bucherer but I ended up buying a Swiss knife instead as a souvenir.
After a long walk in the city taking photographs, I was lucky to find an Irish Pub and enjoyed a pint of Guinness at the end of the day!