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Top 5 things to do in Paris – Exploring the illustrious city of love and romance

Paris, the fabled city of romance and the setting of many novels is a city unlike any other. Here we list down the top things to do that allow you to discover the essence of this city.

1

Musée d'Orsay

Art museums and Paris go hand in hand. You are sure to see plenty of museums while you are in the middle of one of your Paris airport transfers. The Musée d'Orsay is a museum that has the world's biggest gathering of impressionist masterworks. The artwork featured in this grand museum is made by artists like Van Gogh and Monet to name a few. Located at an old and massive railway station that features French Gothic architecture, it has two chic cafes and a beautiful restaurant set in the original state. Tours are available in English while a bookstore inside the museum is worth a peek too.

2

Musée Rodin

The location was previously the studio of the sculptor, Rodin. The dignified eighteenth century house has now been turned into a fabulous museum that houses approximately six thousand of Rodin's work including many of his finest sculptures like The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and of course, The Gates Of Hell. Furthermore, the expansive mansion houses up to eight thousand drawings. Moving on to the outside, the well manicured gardens come complete with fountains and a café. The Musée Rodin might be far for some people depending on their location but companies like Easy Go Shuttle can help you get there.

3

Palais-Royal Gardens

Located behind a seventeenth century Palace, these tranquil and formal gardens are an excellent portrayal of why Paris is called The City Of Love. Once part of the palace, it was closed to the public but is now home to many stores and perfumeries. Located right in the middle of Paris, the Palais-Royal Gardens offer refuge for anyone looking for a bit of peace and quiet. The gardens contain over five hundred trees; there is a row of red horse chestnuts that are thought to be two centuries old.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

A contemporary art museum that doubles as a cultural centre, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has a design that vaguely resembles a futuristic ship. The art museum displays the private art collection of many individuals as well as work by artists such as Pierre Huyghe and Gerhard Richter. Surrounded by centuries old trees, the massive glass structure is a masterpiece by itself.

5

Notre Dame

The location for numerous novels and most famously for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is considered the symbolic heart of the city. While the interior of the cathedral is pretty bland, the exterior features the classic (and breathtaking) Gothic architecture complete with stone gargoyles. Moreover, you are gifted a wonderful view of the city from the cathedral. A bit one history; the Notre Dame was first built in the eleventh century but was only completed two centuries later. The cathedral is not the oldest or biggest of its kind in Paris but its historical significance – many Kings were wed here and Napoleon was crowned here – and architectural brilliance make it an iconic location in the city.

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