Paris is the capital and the most populous city of France, as well as the capital of the administrative region of Ile-de-France. The city lies at the heart of a vast sedimentary basin with fertile soils and a temperate climate,in one of the meanders of the Seine, in the center of the Parisian basin, between the confluence of the Marne and the Seine upstream, and the Oise and the Seine downriver. As the ancient capital of an empire stretched across five continents, it is today the capital of the French-speaking world.Its inhabitants are called Parisians. Paris is also the capital of the Île-de-France region and the only French municipality which is at the same time a department. Central city of the metropolis of Greater Paris, created in 2016, it is divided into districts, like the cities of Lyon and Marseille, twenty in number. The State has special prerogatives exercised by the Prefect of Police of Paris. Paris’s position at a crossroads between land and river trade routes in the heart of a rich agricultural region has made it one of France’s major cities throughout the 10th century, benefiting from royal palaces, rich abbeys and a cathedral. Throughout the twelfth century, Paris became one of the first European foci of teaching and art. When the kings of France, and hence the court (which included a large part of the French nobility) were fixed in the city, their economic and political importance continued to grow. Thus, in the early 14th century, Paris was the most important city in the entire Western world. In the seventeenth century, it was the capital of the largest European political power; in the eighteenth century, was the cultural center of Europe and, in the nineteenth century, was the capital of art and leisure, the Mecca of Belle Époque. Its architecture, its parks, its avenues and its museums make it the most visited city in the French-speaking world in 2004, with around 25 million tourists, approximately 500,000 more than in 2003, according to the Secretariat of Tourism and Congresses of Paris. The Parisian banks of the Seine were inscribed in 1991 on the World Heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
With many monuments, for its political and economic role, Paris is also an important city in the history of the world. Symbol of French culture, a city nearly 30 million visitors a year, also occupying a preponderant place in the world of fashion and luxury. In 2007, the intramural population of Paris was 2.193.031 inhabitants of the census of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. However, the long twentieth century, a metropolitan area of Paris, developed largely within the confines of the original commune. The Greater Paris consists of 11.836.970 inhabitants approximately, one of which brings together urban agglomerations from Europe and the European Union. With a GDP of 813.364 million dollars the Paris Region is a European economic actor of the first magnitude, an old European economy. Paris is considered for many tourists as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and in the world, in general. Its historic culture, its realistic monuments, its huge cathedrals, its important museums, its beautiful architecture, its romantic streets, among other things that give Paris a big popularity. It has very beautiful places to visit and many attractions that would make everyone to fall in love of the city. Art in all its diversifications everywhere, restaurants spreading the smell of France’s typical cuisine on the streets and the lovely combination of Gothic, Morocco, Rococo, Renaissance architecture that are represented in the houses, building, churches, museums, bridges, and cathedrals in the city, make Paris the perfect place to visit in vacations, or in another moment (or always).
There are many ways of knowing Paris in taxi tours, and this is subjective because the routes that a person can take (if they do not form part of a travel agency schedule) tend to be different and depend in which place the person is planning to start the tour and in which place is planning to end it. However, many people coincide in starting theirtour over Paris at the magnificent and outstanding Eiffel Tower (one of the most common reasons why people desire to know Paris). The Eiffel Tower is the most known monuments of Paris, and of France In general, and it is generally the first thing that comes to many people’s mind when they hear “Paris”. It is an unequivocal symbol of the city, and it represents unforgettable moments for many people, especially tourists, because just by standing right in front of it for the first time gives a splendid and gratifying feeling. Walking over the square, admiring the Tower, taking lovely pictures of the beautiful landscape, among other activities are the ones the most of the tourists do.However, the most favorite activity to do in this great building of the Parisian city is getting up the stairs and reaching the highest part of the Eiffel Tower in order to admire Paris with a different and panoramic perspective; the waiting lines to the entrance can be long, though, and it can take so much time until getting into the Tower; nevertheless, it is still an amazing experience that each individual must try at least for an ephemeral moment of their lives. The most beautiful things in life are sometimes the ones that require more time, and indeed, it is like that. If the waiting line lasts hours and the tourists got into the Tower at a late hour of the day, they can be rewarded with the ineffable landscape of the Parisian sunset that can be admired from theEiffel Tower, and also the divine nocturnal landscape that paints Paris and makes it the City of Lights.
Some tourists can spend their complete day admiring and enjoying the Eiffel Tower, however, some of them prefer to go early and to know more places of Paris before the day finishes. So they take the taxi that are spread around the nearness of the Eiffel Tower and continue with their tour. Visiting the Island of the Cité, the oldest part of the city, tend to be a good option for tourists to go on with their tour after visiting the Eiffel Tower. Notre Dame is considered as the most important place to be located in this island, and it is also well known for the Gothic architecture that forms part of many Parisian buildings. The Holy Chapel is located at the other extreme of the island, which is smaller, older, and more beautiful (for some people) than the Notre Dame. It is known for having a chapel with 20 meters high, and stained glass windows that data from the 13th century that in the day, with the sunlight of the Parisian morning, create an overwhelming atmosphere. Near of the Holy Chapel, Conciergerie is located, which is the oldest palace in Paris, converted into a prison in the 15th century.And after leaving the Conciergerie, the next destination can be the Pont Neuf, which crosses the island putting together the two banks of the Seine. It is the most famous and oldest bridge of the 8 that connect the island with the city.
The Louvre Museum can be visited as well in this tour, which is the national museum of France dedicated to pre-impressionist art, both beauty arts and archeology and decorative arts. It is one of the most important in the world.Its extensive collections are the result of a double historical effort. To the collecting developed by the French monarchy along several centuries, the effort of the men of the Enlightenment, the hard work of the French Revolution, the military victories during the Napoleonic wars, and the archaeological campaigns and purchases driven throughout XIX century. The opening of the Louvre in 1793 meant, within the history of museums, the transfer of the private collections of the ruling classes (monarchy, aristocracy and Church) to galleries of public property for the enjoyment of society as a whole. That is why the Louvre was the precedent of all the great national museums, and in fact was the model for many of them. It is the most visited art museum in the world, very famous for its masterpieces, especially La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world.
The observatory of Paris is also a spectacular place to visit, where tourist can know more about astronomy and sciences facts. It is the center for researching, teaching and dissemination of the largest astronomy in France. The next destination in the taxi tour can be the Gardens of Luxembourg, a very beautiful place where it can be heard the sounds of the birds in the corresponding seasons, and the nature gives a pleasant view to every tourist that gets to appreciate it. It is a private park open to the public. It underwent numerous changes throughout its history, and the current design corresponds for the most part to the works built by the architect Jean-François-ThérèseChalgrin during the First French Empire. It was later cut by the peripheral urbanization works of Baron Haussmann. It has trees with many types of fruits, seasonal flowers and places to rest and to breathe the air of the nature (along with the romantic essence of Paris). The Palace of Luxembourg is also in the park and it must be visited, as well. The taxi tour can continue in The National Palace of the Invalides, which is an architectural complex located in the seventh district of Paris, near the Military School. Originally created as a royal residence for retired French soldiers and soldiers, it is especially known for housing the mortal remains of the Emperor Napoleon.
The Museum of Rodin is also an option to visit in this route, where the sculptures of Auguste Robin can be found, as well as the magnificent garden that rounds the building. The taxi tour can also take place in the Siene River, with the new aqua taxis that are working to provide services to the citizens and tourists. It is a lovely and incredible manner of knowing the Paris and feeling the Parisian essence from a different perspective. Tourists can take photos of every corner of the route that they are seeing, the houses, the streets, the squares, the bridges, the cathedrals and every other architectural achievements that were made in the city. Also the cuisine has to be part of the taxi tour, because another way of knowing a city and its culture is by knowing the plates and typical dishes of its cuisine. At night there is also life in Paris, so if tourists are the kind of people who enjoy nights at the fullest, they can go to the Moline Rouge, a mythical local of the city. The entrance is not so cheap, but being in one of the most expensive cities on the planet, it is an opportunity that deserves to be taken. The tour needs to have a visit to The Arc de Triomphe, which, together with the Eiffel Tower, is a characteristic symbol of Paris.
It is one of the most famous monuments of the French capital and is probably the most celebrated triumphal arch in the world. Built between 1806 and 1836 by order of Napoleon Bonaparte to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, it is located in the 8th District of Paris, on the square of Charles de Gaulle – formerly known as the Star Square or, in French, Plaza de the l ‘Étoile, redesigned by Haussmann-, at the western end of the Avenue des Champs Elysees, 2.2 km from the Place de la Concorde, at the eastern end of the avenue. It has a height of 50 m, a width of 45 m and a depth of 22 m. The large vault measures 29.19 m high by 14.62 m wide, while the small one measures 18.68 m high by 8.44 m wide. It is managed by the center of national monuments. From the top, tourists will have an impressive view of the long avenue Champs Elysees and of Paris as well. The tour can finish where it started, tourists can take a taxi and go to the Eiffel Tower to see it for a last time and say farewell of the City of Lights. There are many ways of taking a taxi tour in Paris, but the tour will depend on you, and where you want to start the trip.