Art and poetry: one of the stories about Paris.

Emotions in Paris are easy: we arrive in a country that brings together centuries of history, culture, art and beauty. After leaving the suitcases in one of the many hostels here, we are going to discover this magical city. We start from the Tour Montparnasse, a huge 59-storey skyscraper; we remain astonished: it is a pure pleasure for the eyes and for the soul. Up there you can see the symbol of this city, the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by its monuments and its prestigious and envied museums all over the world. And for a moment we are enveloped by the feeling of being part of it. But Paris is much more: you have to go inside the Louvre Museum to understand the greatness. Before us stands a staircase and from the entrance we can see one of the most important sculptures of the Hellenistic era, the Nike of Pythagorean Samothrace. We walk for about four hours inside the museum; paintings such as Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault and many others surround us. The Museum also contains an Egyptian section, composed of sculptures of pharaohs and ancient sarcophagi, but also Roman and Greek sections are part of the artistic magnificence of this place. Suddenly there appears Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by by Antonio Canova. Tired and hungry we go to one of the bars inside the Museum and buy a French specialty, the Paris-Brest, a sweet filling with gianduia cream. The following day we decide to go around the streets of the Montmartre district. It consists of a series of narrow avenues, many artists, souvenirs shops and all kinds of restaurants. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is one of the highest places in Paris, and so to be able to reach it we have to take the funicular. The day continues with the emblem of the French Belle Époque: Le Moulin Rouge. It stands out immediately, both for the huge mobile shovels and for the bright red color. And here that Paris appears in another guise: it is no longer just the romantic district, now it becomes more euphoric, more mischievous, lighter. On the third day we take a trip out of town and take us to one of the greatest artistic magnificences of France, the Palace of Versailles, built by the will of Louis XIV. On the fourth day we dedicate it to Notre-Dame, the most important cathedral in France, as well as one of the most visited monuments in the world and become a UNESCO site: all the Gothic architectural style arouses interest; the interior is composed of a series of chapels on the sides of the aisles and everything is so magical. After crossing the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées and admiring the Arc de Triomphe, we go into a brasserie: almost all low and colorful structures, but above all refined and elegant. After all, it is inevitable to feel the good smell of freshly baked baguettes in these streets. Smells, flavors, aromas, everything blends perfectly and adapts to the atmosphere we are now part of. And then, seeing the Eiffel Tower in the evening is even more exciting because it shines with an even more suggestive light. We decide to enter and climb to enjoy the panorama that can offer. The fifth and last day we feel satisfied but also sad for this adventure that comes to an end. We have time for the Musée d’Orsay, consisting of 5-6 floors that houses Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and more. Many galleries are dedicated to artists, including Gustave Courbet. “The starry night” by Van Gogh, “The angelus” by Millet are some examples of a vast artistic panorama. The journey has really ended, an adventure in history, culture and art. But Paris is much more: it is an artist who stops at the edge of the road, playing the guitar; it is the boat that sits gently on the Seine. It is lively, unique. “Touch a French, and a spark will come out,” wrote Anne Barratin.

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