With its museums, monuments... the city of Paris offers a rich cultural
and touristic life covering all the majors artistic disciplines.
The Eiffel Tower
Paris, Notre Dame, it is there between the two banks of the river
that it all began during the second Iron Age, when the Parisii settled
in the city.
The heart of Paris : a bronze plaque marks the zero mile for all the
country's roads. It is also the starting point for most visits of
Discover the Louvre
The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated
central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western
edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew.
The dark fortress of the early days was transformed into the modernized
dwelling of François I and, later, the sumptuous palace of the Sun
King, Louis XIV. Here we explore the history of this extraordinary
edifice and of the museum that has occupied it since 1793.
L'Arc de Triomphe
One of the landmarks of Napoleon's imperial capital, the Arc de Triomphe
offers an admirable perspective of Paris and the twelve avenues
converging in a star shape.
The balls at the Moulin Rouge quickly became highly
prized events. For the grand finale, the public discovered, with
overwhelming enthusiasm, a new dance, the French Cancan with its dancers,
the Chahuteuses (the unruly girls), and its boisterous rhythm, which, to
the great displeasure of some people, really made heads turn !!! In the
Guide to Paris nightlife, edition 1898, the French Cancan dancers are
described as an army of young girls in Paris who dance this divine
hullabaloo the way its fame demands it... with such an elasticity when
they launch their legs upwards that we are allowed to presume that they
are at least as flexible with morals...
Amongst these figureheads of Parisian life, some will go down in history,
like the famous La Goulue, immortalised by Toulouse-Lautrec.
The Dome Church houses the sepultures of two of Napoléon's
brothers, Jérôme and Joseph Bonaparte, Napoléon's son, the so-called
eaglet, as well as the more recent ones of marshals Foch and Lyautey.
The name signifies " mount of martyrs " because by tradition it is the place of the martydom of Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris (late 3rd century) and his companions.
Today, Montmartre remains alive with six million visitors who like to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets of old Paris while taking in the historical and cultural atmosphere.
At every turn one always meets a painter or filmaker in this place of artistic creation. The Cabaret the « Divan Japonais » is nowadays the « Divan of the music of all over the world » and dancers are no longer applauded at the « Moulin Rouge » but at the theatre of the City where one can see a current show.