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 Romano-Byzantine Sacre Coeur Basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris's most picturesque districts. Its distinctive travertine stone dome rises up over the rooftops, allowing visitors to the basilica the perfect vantage point from which to survey the city. Within Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, often called Sacré-Cœur, visitors will find several interesting sites, including a mosaic of Christ, an elegant organ constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and a crypt. Commissioned by the Catholic Church, construction began in 1875 under the watchful eye of architect Paul Abadie, and was finally completed in 1914.
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.
Quasi due e mezzo milioni di visitatori vengono ogni anno per vedere la più ampia collezione al mondo di pittura impressionista, esposta nello splendido Musée d'Orsay. L'edificio stesso, che si chiamava Gare d'Orsay, venne costruito in occasione della Esposizione mondiale del 1900. Durante la seconda guerra mondiale, venne utilizzato per accogliere i prigionieri liberati di ritorno dal fronte. Quando la stazione del treno (la Gare) entrò in disuso e l'hotel adiacente venne chiuso nel 1973, esisteva la minaccia che l'edificio venisse demolito. Alla fine venne deciso di trasformarne l'uso trasformandolo in uno spazio per esporre una collezione d'arte di opere della seconda metà del XIX secolo. Venne inaugurato nel 1986 durante la presidenza di François Mitterand. La galleria principale del piano terra, lunga 138 metri e alta 32, ricorda ai visitatori quella che fu la storia dell'edificio. Fra i capolavori esposti ci sono lo scandaloso "Enterrement à Ornans" di Gustave Courbet e le "Glaneuses" opera di Jean-François Millet. I patiti dell'impressionismo dovrebbero dirigersi direttamente al 5° piano dove le opere dei grandi maestri del genere sono appese nelle stanze che vanno dalla 29 alla 48. In ordine di apparizione, "La Classe de danse" di Degas, Natura morte di Manet tra cui "L'Asperge", "Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette" di Renoir, e "La Gare Saint-Lazare", "La Cathédrale de Rouen" or le "Nymphéas" di Claude Monet. Opere di Van Gogh si trovano nella galleria 35 e Cézanne nella 36 e seguenti, le ottime gallerie 37 e 38 espongono dei pastelli di Degas, e le gallerie 43-44 sono dedicate ai quadri di Tahiti di Gauguin. Le arte decorative trovano il loro spazio alcuni piani più sotto, specialmente degna di essere visitata per l'impressionante collezione di Art Nouveau. Mentre ci si trova a questo piano non bisogna perdersi la "Terrasse Rodin", dove è possibile ammirare "L'Homme qui marche", ed è consigliabile prendersi il proprio tempo per vederlo con calma. Per una breve pausa che permetta assorbire la meravigliosa collezione, si può fare un salto al "Café des Hauteurs" che si trova al 3° piano o al ristorante che si trova al 6°. Non dimenticarsi di arrivare fino al bellissimo Hotel Le Belle Chasse, che si trova a una breve distanza a piedi. - Aurélie Pichard
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.
Set against an adventurous backdrop where both kids and adults can enjoy, Davy Crockett's Adventure Park makes for a perfect weekend outing. A tight rope bridges the gap between two trees in the park, and visitors can traverse this distance in the utmost safe and fun manner. The park comprises of several play areas, with varying difficulty levels for adults and kids. There is also a zip-line suspension for a more thrilling experience.
Inaugurated in November 2006, this cultural center facilities cultural performances ranging from concerts to puppet shows and houses an auditorium that has a seating capacity for more than 230 people. It possesses latest sound equipment and has a cozy atmosphere. The performances held at the venue are entertaining to the core and are a major crowd puller. Contact for event updates and more details.
The Commons Farm which is also known as La Ferme des Communes in the local language is the cultural center. A number of local artists perform to exhibits their talent. It has a decent seating which can accommodate a number of people with good light and acoustic arrangements. Do visit the center if you want a local culture experience.
This rustic hall is actually an old grange transformed into a cultural center in 1995. It was named after a member of the community who died in 1992. Consult the tourist office for information.
Born out of a desire to create a complete cultural center, the File 7 is a super venue that hosts concerts, dance performances, exhibitions and even workshops and business meetings. The formal and industrial sounding name of the venue apparently is a reference to a particular area or a 'file' during the construction of the building where the team faced many problems and difficulties. It serves a nostalgic purpose. No problems are faced anymore at this venue, with its four sub venues: the Salle de concert, Côté Kfé, two recording studios, and Le Point Infos / Centre de resources de File 7, all equipped with modern facilities that make any event here a success. So do checkout the schedule of this happening venue in the Val d'Europe and enjoy an evening filled with memorable entertainment. The venue does not accept credit cards, so do carry cash.