Monday, October 3, 2011

My Trip to Europe!

I had a wonderful trip to Europe last week, and I would like to tell you all about it!

The first part of my trip was to Essen, Germany to visit my great aunt and my mom's cousin. Essen is a small industrial town, and the purpose of our visit was only to spend time with our family. After a few days of relaxation we headed off to Paris where all the excitement began!

During our four day stay we visited several magnificent landmarks, such as: the Eiffel Tower, the Basilica of Sacred Heart, the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Named after it's designer, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, and is the tallest building in Paris. It is the most visited paid monument in the world, and I can see why, because it's truly magnificent. My family and I took the elevator to the top and loved the spectacular view of Paris.

The Eiffel Tower 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic church.  Located at the summit of Monmartre which is the highest point in Paris, it is a very popular landmark. Construction on the Basilica started in 1875 and was finished in 1914. Monmartre is the artistic center of Paris, where you see many artists drawing and displaying their art on the street. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at one of the many restaurants there.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums, and is the most visited art museum in the world. It is housed in the Louvre Palace and has almost 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century. My favorite painting in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa, because of her mysterious smile and because regardless of the angle, it always seems like she is looking at you!

The Mona Lisa or as the French call it  La Joconde

Arc De Triomphe is a very famous monument in Paris. It is located at the western end of Champs Elysees which is one of the most famous streets in the world. It honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars.

Arc De Triomphe

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Paris!

Have you ever been to Paris?

If so, what is the favorite place you visited?

If not, where would you want to go in Paris?

Can you add any other facts about the landmarks I mentioned in this post?