Palais Garnier Opera House
The Palais Garnier is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, and if you’re looking for the Parisian opera experience, this is the place to go to. Right in the heart of Paris and accessible via metro, you can stop by to have a quick look even if you don’t have time to see the opera. The building is very opulent and ornamental with neo-Baroque-ness, and built in classic Beaux-Arts style. The interiors are as decorative, with copious amounts of red velvet, gold leaf figurines, chandeliers, painted ceilings in the foyer and all. For the opera, you can check out the upcoming and current shows on Google or on their website. Most shows require advance booking, so be sure to find time and plan your visit accordingly.
The Pompidou Center or Centre Georges Pompidou is an art gallery and a cutural center, a modern gem in the historic city of Paris. The building houses many art works by notable artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvadore Dali. Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, its characteristic architecture makes it an icon. The building’s facade has a long stepped escalator taking the visitor to the top.
And here’s my picture from the top floor that has beautiful panoramic views of the city and of the Eiffel tower.
La Défense, La Grande Arche
If you’re interested in seeing modern architecture, another good place to see is La Defense, the hub of business and commerce. The famous building structure there is the Grand Arch. La Defense is a bit far from the city center, so many skip it, but it has some interesting architecture. It also houses shopping malls with major brands.
Ok, guys, that’s it for today on Paris. C’est tout pour aujourd’hui. Now, I do want to write a bit more about restaurants and shopping places in Paris, but maybe I’ll leave that for a Part Trois?!
Lemme know, what more you’d like me write about in my next part about Paris, or in my travel posts in general, and I’ll try my best to write that. 🙂 Alors, à la prochaine. Au revoir!
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