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Explore the Charm of Paris: Landmarks, Shopping, and Safety

Perhaps it’s because of its proximity to the ocean. Even though it’s midsummer in August and the sun shines all over the city, the wind on the streets of Paris is still very cool. In front of the Opera House, there was a Chinese girl feeding the pigeons in the square. A group of pigeons were flapping around her, competing for food. This scene attracted many tourists who took photos.

Behind the Opera House are the famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Department Store. It is an ideal place for Chinese people to shop together, so it is also the busiest and most crowded place in Paris. Robberies of Chinese people often happen here. I witnessed with my own eyes the whole process of a Chinese young man being robbed. Fortunately, his valuable watch was not taken away, and the hysterical young couple even caught the robber. After hearing the news, police officers all over the street came and handcuffed the robbers. So it is risky to come here to shop.

In Notre Dame de Paris, its gate and the two bell towers next to the door resemble a huge H letter. Notre Dame is the oldest and most spectacular church in Paris. The church has three doors. These three doors are particularly exquisite in shape. The entire building is bronze and looks very old. As soon as we arrived here, we were reminded of the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the bell-ringer Quasimodo written by Hugo. His kindness is engraved deep in our hearts and is always beating the conscience of mankind. . There is also a wooden tower of Gothic architecture standing here. Its height and shape can be described as majestic. It is the symbol of Notre Dame and the essence of Notre Dame. You can see the rushing water from the top of this beautifully shaped tower. It is also a pleasure to overlook the Seine River and the magnificent city scenery here and be in a daze. We visited here in 2017. This unique Gothic building was destroyed by a fire on April 15, 2019. Nowadays, those who have had the chance to admire its majestic appearance are left with nostalgia, while those who have never seen its majestic appearance can only sigh and regret…

Whenever French people talk about the Eiffel Tower, their blue eyes always shine with a strange light. Because it is a symbol of Paris. There are 1,711 steps from the base to the top of the tower. This giant steel dragon towering into the sky stands on the bank of the Seine. Its total weight is 97,000 tons. Here, people line up in an orderly manner to buy tickets to climb the tower. Tickets, the stair ticket to the second floor is 7 euros, the elevator ticket is 11 euros, and the top observation deck is 17 euros (135 yuan). The first and second floors are restaurants for eating, and the top floor is a place for viewing. There are three elevators from the ground to the second floor of the tower, walking stairs at the four tower feet, and two hydraulic elevators above the second floor. From the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River is like a fairy streamer, singing and dancing, while Paris is a fairyland on earth.

The Seine is the second largest river in France. It passes through the Paris Basin, flows through Paris from east to west, and rushes past the Louvre. The development on the right bank is mainly the business district and political center, and on the left bank there are famous coffee shops and The Latin Quarter has a strong literary and artistic atmosphere. Looking at Paris from the Seine River gives you a different impression than ever before. The cheapest boat ticket to visit the Seine River is 10 euros (RMB 79.5). As long as you buy the ticket, there is no limit on the time you can take the boat. You can also take the boat for one day. The Seine River is named after the legend of the Seine Girl. The water is sparkling. Sitting on the terrace of the double-decker boat, listening to the explanations in different languages ​​and the story of the Seine Girl, it is so beautiful that your thoughts are rippling with the waves. ; Looking at the Louvre from the boat is a different feeling and a different scene; both sides of the Seine River are full of people relaxing and enjoying the cool weather. Some of them are drinking red wine, some are enjoying delicacies, and some are in pairs. The couple, we are close to each other, some are clinging to each other, and the love is endless; the people on the boat are enjoying the charming customs and beautiful scenery on both sides of the strait, and the people on the shore are enjoying the happy time on the boat and the clear blue waves of the river. On the shore and on the boat, they are enjoying each other’s scenery. , complement each other, and the beautiful Senna girl is the common beautiful yearning in people’s hearts.

The Arc de Triomphe is located in the center of Charles de Gaulle Square. This majestic building was built to commemorate Napoleon’s victory over the Russian and Austrian allied forces at the Battle of Austerlitz in December 1805. After Napoleon won the battle, he was inspired by the great arch of ancient Rome. , commissioned the construction of the Arc de Triomphe. Unfortunately the Arc de Triomphe was not completed when Napoleon died. This very finely designed, particularly tall stone door has exquisite reliefs. With the Arc de Triomphe as the center, 12 streets spread out in a radial shape, radiating in all directions, resembling stars and magnificent momentum, forming the city of lights in Paris, so it is also called the “Star Square”. At the same time, it is also an important place for France to receive foreign guests.

To the east of the Arc de Triomphe is the Champs Elysées, which is the most luxurious street in Paris. Paris, New York, London and Tokyo are among the four major international fashion metropolises in the world. Many luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton were born here, while Paris has many A source of inspiration for wonderful artistic creations; there are many brand stores on both sides of the street, leading the world’s fashion trends, including perfumes, cosmetics, ready-to-wear, etc., from niche brands to well-known brands, and the prices are particularly high; when shopping here, handbags are billed separately , the cheapest plastic bag costs 0.6 euros, equivalent to RMB 4.8. The WC charges here can be said to be the most expensive in the world, with 1.5 euros (12 yuan) for peeing and 2 euros (15.9 yuan) for a bottle of mineral water. We made a special trip to the supermarket. The prices of fruits and vegetables were quite high, 1 kilogram of carrots was 2.5 euros. My son even took a photo. The cheapest is milk, which costs 1.4 euros per kilogram.

At the east end of the Champs Elysées is the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris, also called the Place de la Revolution. This is the central axis of Paris. Going east from the Place de la Concorde is the Louvre. The Place de la Concorde is equivalent to China’s Tiananmen Square. It is an ancient Egyptian obelisk. The shape of the obelisk is in the shape of a pointed square column, which gradually shrinks from bottom to top, and the top is shaped like a pyramid tip. Wrapped in gold, copper or gold-silver alloy, when the rising sun shines on the top of the monument, it shines like the dazzling sun. As for how the ancient Egyptian obelisk arrived in France, there are no more than the following two situations: one was plundered through war; the other was plundered with money. Money is not only predatory, it can also rob people of their thinking.

Only when I arrived in France did I realize that these French people are really romantic and only do four things a year: vacation, strike, vacation again, and strike again. Robberies and thefts are rampant everywhere. Gypsy thieves steal openly and covertly. There are also many Arabs and blacks without IDs committing crimes everywhere, and the police can’t control them at all. Just like a lost bicycle in China, even if a case is filed against you, the bicycle cannot be recovered. When you arrive in France, it is best to dress more modestly and stay in a hotel in a wealthy area, where the security is relatively better. The police will also remind you that as a tourist, you must take care of yourself. Carry your backpack on your chest, don’t talk to people who have nothing to do with you, and keep your passport and valuables locked in the hotel safe.

The unique charm and connotation of Paris is just as I lamented in the poem “Impression of Paris”: “The temperament of Paris is in the corners of Venus’s mouth; the nobility of Paris is in the smile of Mona Lisa; the elegance of Paris is in the smile of Mona Lisa. On the wings of the goddess of victory…”

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