Art and Culture - Paris

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

mona lisa, the louvre, paris

by – Matt Vernick, Tour Manager, Europe

Few people travel to Europe and do not experience at least a little of the cultural and artistic offering of the French capital. Paris of course is most famous for The Louvre (home of the Mona Lisa among many others) Impressionist Art fans however cannot go past what is unarguably the greatest collection of Impressionist and modern art in the world at the Musee d’Orsay. Sculpture vultures can enjoy the Musee Rodin, home of The Thinker and other Augustine Rodin originals.

The Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe dominate the city’s skyline and are easily the most visable of Paris’ structures, however the magnificent baroque style Paris Opera House is a must see on any visit to the city. Completed in 1875 by architect Charles Garnier, it also features a ceiling painted by impressionist artist Mark Chigal.

Even before the Moulin Rouge opened it’s doors in 1889, cabaret shows have been a big part of Paris after dark. During summer many tours have the opportunity to experience the fun of the Nouvelle Eve in the heart of the city’s bohemian Montmartre district.

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