Secondary to Disneyland Paris park, Walt Disney Studios opened in 2002 and gives visitors a "behind-the-scenes" look at the magic of filmmaking. Organized into 4 different lots, as in movie lots, the park offers families a variety of attractions for all ages. For the little ones, there is Toy Story Playland with rides and attractions from the beloved film. For the older kids, there is an Aerosmith-theme rollercoaster, the deathly Tower of Terror and the thrilling Moteurs Action! live action stunt show. Everyone will enjoy taking a trip back in time and strolling through Hollywood Boulevard during the golden age of film.
This château has two significantly inspired events. One was the tragic downfall of Fouquet, a minister who paid the price of life imprisonment because King Louis XIV was jealous of his beautiful château. And under the influence of Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte became a haven for French artists, writers and sculptors who gave their all for the glory of the residence. Check the website for information on the different visits. There is a candlelight visit that is going to be apt for all the lovebirds. Hours vary throughout the year and you can buy passes for more than one day; see the website or call for more information.
The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artworks and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was built in the 12th Century as a fortress by Philip II. After Louis XIV, he decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is divided into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see some of the most famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Liberty Leading the People.
Located in the centre of the city within the Palais de Justice complex on the Île de la Cite, the Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a small Gothic chapel constructed in the Rayonnant style. Built by King Louis IX from 1238-1244, the chapel housed holy relics from the Passion believed to be Jesus' Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross. These items were purchased from the Byzantine emperor Baldwin II in 1239 for a huge sum of 135,000 Livres (the church cost 40,000 livres to build) due to the King's desire to elevate France as the leader of Western Christianity. The Sainte-Chapelle provides visitors with a spectacular visual experience since the entire upper tier of the chapel is surrounded by enormous stained glass windows.
Underneath the glaze of the Parisian sky, the Eiffel Tower captures the dazzling spirit of its French capital. A magnificent wrought iron lattice tower that was originally built as an entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, the tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel after his inspiration was fueled by the pyramidal form of Egypt's historic landmarks. This comparison was met with ardent disapproval from several eminent Frenchmen before the tower came to be the celebrated global icon that it is known as today. At a stunning height of 324 meters (1,063 feet), the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline as the city's tallest, and the country's second-tallest freestanding structure. Its majestic form sports three shades – darkest at the lowest level and colored in a light contrast as the tower ambles up to the top – an illusory mechanism adopted so as to complement its surroundings. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most winning sights in all of France, and even after more than a century, people continue to extol this monumental symbol of architectural beauty.
Perched elegantly on Île de la Cité, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is as arresting as it is imposing. One look at the spellbinding architectural details, both inside and out, and you'll understand why it took nearly a century to complete, beginning 1160. Two monumental towers rise from its western facade, marking the most intricately adorned portion of the cathedral. As a bonus, visitors can climb the 380 odd steps leading to the top of the towers for arguable the best views of the Parisian cityscape. Highlight of the cathedral's interiors are most certainly, the beautifully vivid rose windows in stained glass. History enthusiasts can also check out the archaeological crypt that exhibits interesting relics found in Paris. Considered to be a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is deservedly one of the most visited of Paris' enchanting sights.
Situated behind the Place Bellecour, the Buddhist centre follows the methods of the Karma Ling institute, founded in 1980 by the Tibetan grand master Kalou Rimpotché. The centre is not a temple in the proper sense, but it does offer regular sessions of silent meditation as well as initiation into the Dharma and Buddha's teachings. The centre is linked to the Karma Ling institute situated not far from Chambéry, which allows everyone to progress in the ways of Buddha according to their own level of achievement.
If Renaissance art is your cup of tea, then this gallery is the place to be in. An excellent selection of medieval and Renaissance antiques, which includes paintings and sculptures is on display here. There is also an exclusive collection of objects d'art from a beautiful era gone by. Art and antique lovers will cherish every moment they spend here.
France joined the UNESCO on 4th November, 1946. This building is located behind Military Academy, where you will find many hotels and commercial buildings. It also hosts exhibitions from time to time. UNESCO meetings and conferences are frequently conducted here; it is definitely worth a visit.
The Conservatoire is a center of musical education which offers classes in instruments and voice grouped by age, in classical dance, and in theater. It grew from humble beginnings in the end of the 19th Century, when military musicians of Asnières offered weekly classes in music to the youth of the town. Student and professional performances are frequently hosted in the auditorium.
The seasonal program of the Théâtre de Cachan is crafted to respond to a public with diverse tastes with a genre of artistic expression that is rapidly growing and complicating, and the theater attempts to represent the virtues of sincerity, talent, truth, and beauty. The works performed here are often classic pieces of theater by great playwrights from around the world.
The Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique is a specialized dramatic arts school located in Paris' 9th arrondissement. It provides two halls primarily used for student productions, although it loans the space from time to time. The théâtre is a grand multi-tiered structure decorated with pillars and a subtle Mediterranean color palate, while the salle Louis Jouvet is outfitted in warm wood tones and has seating for 120 people.