Jim Morrison’s Grave

Apparently Jim’s grave has been cleaned up now!

Jim Morrison’s grave is located in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in the east of Paris. The closest metro stop being Pere-Lachaise/Phillippe Auguste conveniently enough, it is east of the Bastille. Not recommended as a place to hang out and drop acid to commune with Morrison’s spirit, as the line of Gendarmes keeping vigil are never amused. Graffiti abounds, candle wax has dripped everywhere and it’s a really sad sight.

The Louvre

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to one of the most magnificent museums in the world. It’s timeless elegance encases some real jewels, including the Mona Lisa, several Michaelangelos, the Venus di Milo, and so many more.

Once the palace to kings and emperors, the Louvre shelters some of the great art works of the world. The collections focus on sculptures and paintings from the European masters, as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Islamic art. They’ve also restored some of Napoleon III’s apartments complete with original furnishings which convey what it was like to live in the Louvre when it was a royal palace.

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Arc de Triomphe

One of the most famous monuments in Paris is the Arc de Triomphe, which has been a place to celebrate war victories since the time of Napoleon (who commisioned it in 1806).
Standing 50 meters above Place Charles de Gaulle, it provides outstanding 360º views including the Champs Élysées and 11 other grand boulevards which all radiate from the traffic circle around the Arch. The Arc is a beautiful sight at night especially looking down the Champs Élysées where it stands majestically lit up at one end of the boulevard.

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Eiffel Tower

Perhaps the best loved monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower attracts millions of visitor each year. Built for the 1889 World’s Fair, at 320 meters it towers above Paris and offers stunning views of the city below. For 40 years it was the world’s tallest structure until New York’s Chrysler building topped it in 1930.

Visitors can stop at any of three observation levels, 57 meters (€3.70), 115 meters (€6.90) and the big view at 276 meters (€9.90). The view at the top is worth every Euro, too.

On each platform are displays about the design, construction and history of the tower including Gustave Eiffel’s office on the top platform. You can walk around 360 degrees to take in the view. Obviously it’s best on nice, sunny days, but the views of sunset are awesome.

There’s a cafe on the 1st level, and the Altitude 95 bar & restaurant for a more involved meal, but the real treat is the Jules Verne restaurant with it’s own elevator to the 2nd level. Reservations are essential to dine in splendor there.

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