Quite possibly the most iconic city in Europe, Paris is the classic city of art and fashion. Pronounced Pa-ree by the locals, the city has a population of around 2.2 million people. It’s known to be the city of lights, and during the night time, you would be hard-pressed not to find a corner where you can sit and watch the cars, and people walk by under a glitter of street lamps, building spotlights, flashing warning lights atop the Eiffel Tower and the glossy studio lights in the shop windows. There’s so much to see and do, but just like the major capital cities of the most modern nations in the world, there’s very little time to do them all. So you have to divide your time up almost in a tactical manner because you’re constantly fighting against the traffic and the fading light. But when you’re in such a mesmerizing city, perhaps it’s best to stick to what it’s known for and experience the delights it has to offer in those respects.
The Magnifique Musée d’Orsay
The Musee d’Orsay houses some of the most valued and cherished European art in the world. Much of what’s on display is by French artists specifically from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. The architecture of the building itself is like Baroque but not quite as it’s Beaux-Arts style. It has the largest impressionist collection in the entire world so if you’re someone who values thin and delicate brush strokes and art that shines a light on the misc-en-scene, you will fall in love with the paintings on show. Textiles get attention in the museum as well as of course wherever there is art in France you’ll see fashion pieces as well. There’s very much adoration for the classic style of art and not much in the way of modern art so if you know your art history, this is something that you cannot miss.
Modern French hospitality
The thing about capital cities is that the hotels are usually all full during festive times of the year and all the other times they are almost full. Usually, you’re just paying for convenience as the closer you are to the action the more hotels charge. But the AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot is situated just outside the main thrall of Paris yet has all the modern hospitality you’d get if you were more in the centre of the city. Right across the hotel is the Palais des congrès de Paris and the Porte Maillot Metro is a short distance away for your public transport need. It’s an urban hotel with a modern design, but what you really want is what’s inside. Inside each room is a Nespresso machine to get your fueled and ready for your day. Of course, you also receive high-speed WiFi entirely free of charge. At night you can enjoy a drink at the Bar Le City while you admire the flickering lights of the Paris skyline. The overall rating by guests is a fantastic 4.5-stars, but if you want to get specific, the cleanliness is rated at 4.6-stars and the service at 4.5-stars. A great location with a supremely competitive price for rooms and modern French hospitality.
Other capital cities in Europe have been fighting to take the crown from Paris. But the city remains the most iconic city of the entire continent and for very goods reasons.