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Best Reasons To See Paris

Posted by on May 5, 2010 in Adventure | Comments Off on Best Reasons To See Paris

Best Reasons To See Paris

Everyone knows Paris Everyone loves it. It’s the city of love and delicious food, of fine wine and culture, of beauty and class. Paris is one of the best cities in the world. It would take a traveler weeks, if not months, to really discover it all. But that shouldn’t stop you from taking a quick visit to Paris. There are many things to see and do in the city. If you have never been to Paris, here are some things that will keep you busy.

Historic Sites Paris has Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the Palace of Versailles. This places are some of the most famous and beautiful sites in the world. They inspire awe and wonder at all who see them. They are rich in history and each place has a fabulous story that goes with it.

Fine Dining Paris could be described as the home of gourmet food and with a huge choice of restaurants and cafes offering delectable food served to perfection. As well as classic French cuisine, this city also a number of international eateries to cater to all budgets and tastes. France is also very well known for great vino and champagne. Sit outdoors drinking a glass of wine while you observe Paris go by.
Romance Paris is the city meant for lovers. It has always been and always will be. Enjoy a romantic holiday in this city by strolling cobblestone streets, lying in the grass by the Eiffel tower, having a candle light dinner, and simply just basking in all that is Paris. Paris will ignite any flame.

Shopping For tourists who love shopping, Paris is one of the best places to go, with everything from designer labels to high street brands to trendy flea markets. Designer labels including Cartier, Chanel and Christian Dior can be found all over the placein the city as Parisians love fashion. For more affordable clothes with names like Zara, H& M and the Gap, the Champs Elysee is a good choice for the more budget minded travelers.In addition, Paris also contains three big flea markets around the old gates where you are bound to find many bargains and a few unusual things.

Art Paris is full of many museums and galleries making it a haven for art lovers. The Louvre is one of the world s greatest art museums; don’t miss Michelangelo’s Slaves, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and works by Raphael, Botticelli, and Titian. The Musee d’Orsay, a former railway station houses a superb collection of French Impressionist and post Impressionist works making it a must see for any art lover. It displays France’s national collection of paintings, sculptures, objects produced between 1848 and 1914.

Architecture Paris contains many famous attractions and beautiful architecture. Besides the already mentioned Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe is the world’s largest traffic roundabout and the meeting point of 12 avenues. From the top of the arch you can see the 12 avenues radiating towards every part of Paris. Wander the streets of Paris to find cobblestone alleys, beautiful churches, and old houses to find a city that seems to come alive through its architecture.

The city has much to offer a traveler. If you haven’t traveled there yet, now is a great time to go. Paris offers a lot any time of year.

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Six things you must do in Seattle

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Travel Tips | Comments Off on Six things you must do in Seattle

Six things you must do in Seattle

Seattle, where the gleaming skyline stands etched against the saw-toothed Olympic Mountains, is one of the most attractive and offbeat of US tourist destinations.Gareth Huw Davies found a host of activities on a trip to this airy city in the Pacific Northwest.He enjoyed dinner lit by a waterfront sunset, explored the origins of a global coffee chain and checked out a charming, bustling market and a music museum that resembles a smashed-up guitar.

1…High point

ENJOY an unimpeded view in all directions from the top of Space Needle It rises 605ft above the Seattle Centre park, the site of the 1962 World’s Fair (where you can also visit the Pacific Science Centre, Aquarium and Tropical Garden).

A lift whisked me to a circular glass-sided observatory at the top, from where I could see as far as 14,411ft Mount Rainier, 54 miles away. The best way back is the automatic monorail – a pity this form of sublime above-street transport, built for the 1962 fair, never caught on.

2…full of beans

Starbucks (named after the coffee-drinking first mate in Moby Dick) was founded in 1971 by a writer and two teachers who despaired of finding decent coffee.

Their shop at 1912 Pike Place, where the original Starbucks moved in 1976, is a protected building that retains its Seventies decor.

From there I went to the Seattle Coffee Works on Pike Street, where I was served an exceptional cup. Coffee geeks will not want to miss the tasting room.

3…Test the market

With the skilled patter of street performers, the fishmongers outside Pike Place Market make an entertaining show of throwing salmon to each other and set the mood for the jolly bustle of the stalls within.

There are restaurants galore too, most overlooking Puget Sound. Ask for a window table to synchronise your meal with a glorious Pacific sunset.

4…a museum that rocks

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the sheet metal curves of the Experience Music Project (EMP) resemble a smashed-up electric guitar.

The principal backer of this temple to popular music was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

One room honours Jimi Hendrix and other musicians, and another gallery is a homage to the guitar, where you can play instruments on stage. In 2004 the Science Fiction Museum was added to the EMP.

Exhibits include Captain Kirk’s command chair in Star Trek, and the Death Star model from Star Wars.

5…wilderness wonder

A two-hour bus ride away, the Olympic National Park) is a vast tract of wilderness. Rising above unspoilt coastline, its swathes of rainforest are a sanctuary for a free-running herd of Roosevelt elk, and above are the 8,000ft glacier-capped peaks of the Olympics.

Book a lodge to experience the park’s idyllic solitude overnight. Closer by, in Mukilteo, 30 miles north of Seattle, is the headquarters of the huge Boeing factory complex, which has daily tours .

6…starry accommodation

With its handsome buff-faced brick-and-terracotta trim facade, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel evokes a Renaissance palace.

Built in 1924 and restored in the Eighties, it has hosted presidents and stars from John Wayne to Elvis. Eat at its restaurant, the Georgian (four-course lunch, £9.50).

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