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1: Paris | Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower offers incredible views of the city! We climbed 187 feet to the first level after we stood in line for an hour, only to realize our line did not offer an elevator. It was definitely worth the climb!

2: L'Hotel national des Invalides contains monuments from France's military history, including Napoleon's tomb. | A beautiful plaza stretches from the Eiffel Tower to École Militaire.

3: The Seine divides Paris into the left bank (Rive Gauche) and the right bank (Rive Droite). The Eiffel Tower provides incredible views of both.

4: Louis XIV | Louis XIV (The Sun King) began his reign at the age of four and lasted seventy-two years, three months, and eighteen days. He moved the official Royal Palace from The Louvre to The Palace of Versailles. . | Versailles

5: The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.

6: The Apollo Fountain was inspired by the legend of Apollo, the Sun gold and emblem of the king. | Flora Fountain depicts the Roman goddess of flowers, gardens and spring, symbolizing the first season of the year. | Hundreds of water features can be found in the gardens of Versailles. On weekends, Grandes Eaux – showcases all the fountains in the gardens.

7: Latona Fountain illustrates the legend of Apollo’s mother and Diana protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia, and calling on Jupiter to avenge them. He heard their plea and transformed them into frogs and lizards.

8: Thousands of statues add to the grandeur of the immense gardens. | La Colonnade with the "Abduction of Persephone".

10: The Eiffel Tours twinkles every hour on the hour. | A boat ride on the Seine is a great way to see the city. | Views from the Seine on an evening boat ride.

11: Even the bridges are filled with incredible detail and all 37 are very different.

12: Arc The Arc de Triomphe stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

13: Arc de Triomphe

14: Sacre Coeur sits at the top of Montmatre. After climbing hundreds of stairs, we discovered a tram that runs up the hill. It was a reminder of how important it is to learn the language before traveling to a foreign country. Funiculaire is not a word that we will soon forget! Still, the climb was well worth it. The basilica is beautiful and the panoramic view atop Montmatre is breathtaking.

17: N | Notre Dame | Notre Dame

18: Situated on the eastern portion of Ile de la Cité, 850 year old Notre Dame is as impressive as any building built today.

19: Constructed between 1210 and 1220, Rose Window is one of the most famous windows in the world.

20: French Architecture

21: Neo-Gothic buildings and fountains are abundant in the city.

22: Panthéon

23: The inscription above the entrance reads AUX GRANDS HOMMES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE ( "To the great men, the grateful homeland"). By burying its great men in the Panthéon, the Nation acknowledges the honor it received from them. As such, interment here is severely restricted and is allowed only by a parliamentary act for "National Heroes".

24: In 1851, physicist Léon Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth by his experiment conducted in the Panthéon, by constructing a 67 meter Foucault pendulum beneath the central dome. | Voltaire

25: King Louis XV vowed in 1744 that if he recovered from his illness he would replace the ruined church of the Abbey of St Genevieve with an edifice worthy of the patron saint of Paris. He did recover, and entrusted Abel-Franois Poisson, marquis de Marigny with the fulfillment of his vow.

26: Luxembourg Palace | Commissioned in 1615 for princess regent Marie de Medicis (now home to the president of French Senate), the palace is now called Petit Luxembourg.

27: Genesis of Freedom is one of many statues situated in the streets of Paris. The city is rich with history and boasts a culture that embraces its heritage.

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