While on a tour to Paris, I discovered that the city has diverse ethnic population which makes it a truely cosmopolitan world city. Diving deep into the ethnic diversity information, I found it quite interesting that the African population also makes quite a sizeable chunk.
Paris is the beautiful capital city of France, in Europe. It boasts of its reputation as one of the most romantic destinations to visit. A number of quaint locations coupled with a rich culture are some of its popular facets that attract hordes of travelers every year, significantly boosting its tourism industry. People of Paris are considered to have a distinguished sense of art, food and clothing. Besides the delectable French cuisine and picturesque locations, fashion and shopping are the next important reasons that make this place a traveling hot spot. This city is known for its impeccable fashion sense, which has created an impact on the clothing industry worldwide since decades.
Fashion Spots in the City
One of the popular shopping hot spots here is Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honore, which is located around the first arrondissement of Paris. The place is famous for its designer fashionable items, home furnishings and branded cosmetics. Some of the prominent streets for buying luxurious goods like Rue Saint-Honoré and Place Vendome are found in this area. People with a penchant for classic design can choose from the premium works of famous designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes and Versace at Saint-Honoré fashion district. Shoppers can pay a brief visit to the concept shops, such as the Colette. Next place to visit is the Paris Department Stores District, which houses the well- known Boulevard Haussmann. Shopaholics find immense pleasure, looking at the several items of the prestigious department stores of the Grands Magasins. People can find here a rich collection of apparel for both men and women, apart from jewellery and home furnishings.
The Marais quarter can be the next stop for those, who have an eye for unique and fine arts as the place is best-known for offering fine-crafted jewellery, eclectic fashionable items and spectacular antiques.
Place des Vosges and Rue des Rosiers are two of its major shopping locations. Another significant fashion juncture is positioned at the Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées, which houses a number of attractive chain stores.
Works of distinguished designers like Dior and Chanel are the speciality of Avenue Montaigne while Avenue des Champs-Elysées features the luxury items of Louis Vuitton. Travellers can have the pleasure of taking a look at the trendy chains of Zara. Vintage clothes and footwear are available at the Paris Flea Market, which is among the largest in the city, dating back to around 19th century.
Trendy boutiques can be found lined up at the Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli, which used to be the centre of a large food market. An enormous underground mall – Le Forum des Halles, is situated in this area, where a number of global chain stores are present.
Several contemporary boutiques welcome shopaholics at Rue de Rivoli.
The main streets here include Etienne Marcel, Pierre-Lescot and Rue de Rivoli. This location was transformed on a large level, in around 20th century, into a shopping destination. Being a distinguished fashion hub, the city of Paris, coupled with such splendid options, offers a delightful experience for thousands of shoppers from worldwide.
France is located in the western region of Europe and is bordered by the nations of Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Its southern part is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the western part of this nation has an extensive coastline with the Atlantic Ocean. Some of its northern borders have the English Channel, across which the United Kingdom lies. Such a locational advantage along with the numerous man-made architectural wonders and a teeming, multicultural population has made this nation a popular tourist destination. People on France holidays can look forward to visit a number of exciting locations.
Paris – Capital of France
Paris, the national capital, is one of the most attractive cities in the continent of Europe. Located on the bank of Seine River in the northern region, this city has been one of the most important centres of learning, culture, several political movements over the last few centuries. The world-renowned Eiffel Tower is located in this mega-city and attracts globetrotters from around the globe. Apart from this fact, Paris is often termed as the home of the modern fashion industry in Europe. This city was one of the main centres to host FIFA World Cup Football in the year 1998. Apart from this, every year, this megalopolis hosts the French Open Tournament on the clay courts of Roland Garros. The rich cultural heritage of this city can be seen at the Louvre, which is one of the most famous museums in the world. Paris tours are incomplete without a trip across this famous museum, which houses some of the most splendid artworks.
The Louvre Museum – Storehouse of Magnificent Artworks
The Louvre Museum or the Louvre, as it is commonly known, is regarded as a famous landmark of this place. Thousands of art lovers come to this place to witness magnificent works, which are stored here. Almost 35000 objects spanning from the historic ages to the 21st century are stored and exhibited to visitors at this museum. It spans over an area of 60000 metres with an estimated over 9.5 million enthusiasts coming to this place every year.
This gallery opened in the 1790s with over 530 paintings, most of which were of royal heritage and obtained from churches. It was closed from 1796 to 1801 due to construction problems and was reopened after this period. A number of its exhibits were increased during the reign of the Napoleon; however, after his defeat, some of the works were confiscated and returned to their owners. During the reign of Charles X and Louis XVIII, there was a huge increase in the number of artefacts in the building.
Though most of the items housed at this gallery are of exemplary standards, none is as popular as The Mona Lisa, which is a portrait of a woman by Leonardo Da Vinci, the legendary Italian artist. This half-length oil painting on a white Lombardy poplar panel is arguably, one of the most talked about and most known artwork ever. A lot of discussion has been prevalent about the painting, its source, its expressions and a number of issues, which have together made it one of the most famous works of art. This oil-work has enriched the museum and thousands come just to get a glimpse of this masterpiece.