“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn, a Hollywood legend who acted in romantic movies that featured famous landmarks in Paris. With so many great motion pictures made in this European city, it’s no wonder it earns these three nicknames: The City of Love, The City of Romance, and The City of Lights.
Let’s traverse the romantic lanes in Paris and get a glimpse of the landmarks that grace it.
Gone are the days of French courtesans in the city of Paris, buton Boulevard de Clichy is still alive with the “can-can” dance that the nation invented. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor made this area more popular in the film with the same name. Watch a show or two and relive the past through glamorous cabaret performances.
Le Grand Hotel
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Le Nemours Cafe
After visiting the Louvre Museum or Palais Royal Gardens, head down to Le Nemours Café where Angelina Jolie sat down, read, and burned the anonymous letter she received before the police chased her down to the metro in the movie “The Tourist.” While the seating inside the café is nice, a table outside is a good place to watch the world go by and observe how Parisians go about their daily routines.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
This is a double-decker bridge above the Seine River and connects the 15th and 16th arrondissements. In Christopher Nolan’s 2010 movie, “Inception”, Ellen Page moves two huge mirrors and breaks them with his fingers simply by concentrating on the task that Leonardo DiCaprio was teaching him. With a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower in a distance, this is a favorite place for tourists and locals to chill and take photos. This bridge was also featured in “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and “The Last Tango in Paris.”
Celebrate the life of the renowned sculptor, Rodin, in this museum that houses his famous works and that of Camille Claudel. Behind the building is the 3-hectare garden that is a marvelous refuge from the topsy-turvy world the city is noted for. It is in this garden where a scene from the 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” was made by Woody Allen. Rodin’s “The Thinker” sculpture has a close-up shot in the film when Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the former First Lady of France, argued with Michael Sheen about Camille’s relationship with Rodin while Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams were listening.
The Louvre Museum
And of course, you can’t talk about Paris without talking about the museum where the “Mona Lisa” resides. The opening and final scene of the movie “The Da Vinci Code” was shot in the vast halls inside. Good luck finding the “rose line” that runs through the metropolis.
Paris is timeless. It’s beautiful, classic, and photogenic from every angle. You can’t find any other city in the world that is on so many people’s bucket lists. Why? Simply because Paris is always a good idea.
Where to Stay in Paris
This is a medium-priced hostel that’s a few steps from the Gare Du Nord metro stop. The hostel is reachable to a lot of cafes, restaurants, and grocery shops. The hostel itself has a fantastic bar with bulging security guards. 😉 The rooms are sizeable, clean, and well-ventilated. The bunk beds are comfy with electrical pugs and lamps.
How to Save Time and Money in Paris
Paris has an excellent transport system. There’s nothing to worry about getting from one tourist attraction to another. If you have more time in Paris, then, you can do it all on your own. And it would be cheaper and less time-consuming if you are on the Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus. However, if you only have a short time staying in the city and you want hassle-free preparation (especially avoiding long queues), then joining a Paris Tour is always a good idea!