Paris, the City of Lights

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Paris, view from the Notre-Dame cathedral.
The capital of France is one of the most visited cities in the world. Known as the City of Lights for its leading role in the arts and sciences in the 19th century (but also because it was one of the first cities to use gas street lighting on a grand scale!), Paris proves to be a major touristic hub in Europe due to instantly recognizable landmarks, world-class museums, renowned gastronomy, and that je-ne-sais-quoi that make it so unique.
Under the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is first and foremost a scenery, recognizable among all: the Seine river, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and its glass pyramid, the Notre-Dame cathedral and its gargoyles. Each of its precious monuments reflects a moment in the long history of France. But Paris is also the sum of very distinct neighborhoods, small village-like communities with strong characters and their own habits and customs: the Montmartre Hill, the Latin Quarter, the Champs Elysées, the Forum des Halles... like the many facets of the same sculpture, the many nuances of the same painting.

The Notre-Dame cathedral overlooking the Seine river.
The iconic Notre-Dame cathedral.
The world-famous Eiffel Tower.
The Alexander III bridge spans the Seine river.
View from the Pont des Arts.
The Sacré-Coeur basilica, on the top of the Montmartre Hill.

Art, fashion, literature, food, ideas... Paris stands as a symbol, a paragon of all the fine things civilization is able to offer. In Paris, da Vinci's Mona Lisa shares a room with the Aphrodite of Milos, Rodin's Thinker contemplates van Gogh's Starry Night, and Cezanne's Apples and Oranges hang out with Monet's Blue Water Lilies. But who says great art can only be seen in museums? The Belleville and Montmartre districts' walls host creations by street artists from all over the world: Banksy, Miss Van, Swoon, Invader...

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
The Louvre museum.
View from under the glass pyramid in the Louvre.
The Aphrodite of Milos, in the Louvre museum.
The Panthéon houses the remains of distinguished French citizens.

Everyone will tell you: there's something special about Paris. Some kind of energy that radiates from its core. A low, faint rumble under its cobblestone streets, almost like a metronome, a beating heart. Paris is glamorous and trashy, it is deeply traditional and strongly cosmopolitan, it is sophisticated and proletarian, proud of its culture and anti-establishment. Paris lets you celebrate the cultural differences, play with its contradictions and contrasts, be a part of its vibrant chaos. And suddenly, when you least expect it, the city shows you its real magic.

Discover Paris with the Totem Parisian Stay!
The Totem Parisian Stay is a 3-night stay in the City of Lights, with various activities, that can be tailored to your desires. Stay right in the center of Paris, discover the main landmarks with a true Parisian, explore the infamous catacombs, and enjoy an unforgettable panoramic dinner cruise.
The Totem Parisian Stay can be purchased as an option with any of Totem Moto Tours' guided motorcycle tours. Get more information about accommodation, visits and activities on the Totem Parisian Stay page!

Vincent Martinez
CEO and Founder Totem Moto Tours

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