I have been wanting to visit France for a while now. Sadly, the pandemic hit and now most of us are stuck at home, without being able to travel and explore the world. Okay, let’s not be all sad and disappointed. Ultimately, it is for the betterment of ourselves and others.
I am not letting the pandemic stop me from learning and knowing more about other countries. Let me bring you on a trip to France as we explore some of the iconic landmarks and the story behind them.
Who is not familiar with the Eiffel Tower? It is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris and France. Designed by engineer, Gustave Eiffel for the World Fair in 1889, this monument is the most famous landmark with almost 6 million visitors every year.
It stands at 324 metres tall including its antenna and is known as the world’s tallest monument for 4o years. It also hosts an exhibition about the tower with restaurants and shops with an amazing view of Paris.
Due to its size, visitors can view the Eiffel Tower from wherever they are in France and for first timers in France, they can climb up the tower for a once in a lifetime experience.
Palace of Versailles
The palace is home to French Kings, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI and their courts. With a total of 2,300 rooms, this landmark is known for being one of the most beautiful castles of France. One of the rooms is called the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ with its painted roof and huge chandeliers.
Its exterior is surrounded by French style gardens, designed by Andre Le Notre, a famous landscape designer. Furthermore, it is decorated with classic sculptures, fountains and other water features. Today, it remains of the most popular places to visit in Versailles.
Chateau de Chenonceau
This next landmark is one of the best Loire castles to visit. It was built in the 16th century but had its best times after the reign of French King, Henry II. The castle was actually bought for his mistress, Diane who then created a bridge that made Chenonceau such a great site as it connected the castle on one riverbank to another.
After the king passed, his wife, Catherine took the castle from Diane and made drastic changes, building a two-storey gallery on the bridge. Its grounds now have beautifully landscaped gardens, a maze, a boat rental and even a vegetable garden. This is definitely a must-visit!
This landmark is one of most prehistoric sites in the world, with over 600 parietal paintings. This cave was actually discovered by a group of local young boys in 1940 and was open to the public later in 1963.
It received the UNESCO World Heritage recognition due to its rich historic elements. This is such a great place to visit if you love art and history. Visitors get to admire the unique quality of the paintings and the fascinating techniques and precision of the paintings. Being a huge fan of art, I would definitely visit this landmark if I was given the chance.
Le Arenes de Nimes
Our last destination if the Roman Amphitheatre called Le Arenes de Nimes. It was built in the 70 CE in the City of Nimes. It may not be the biggest Roman amphitheatre but it one of the most well-preserved ones.
Standing at 113 metres long ad 101 metres wide, it was built to host different shows and entertainment programmes for locals and visitors. It is two-storeys high and has an attic separated by a cornice.
Today, this Roman amphitheatre still organises shows for their visitors and locals and is opened for daily visits unless there is a show.
There are so many other iconic landmarks in the whole of France. If only I had the opportunity to travel and explore them.
Nonetheless, I hope that we can all travel and explore other exciting countries soon. Share this with your friends and family and don’t forget to add these landmarks into your bucket list!