What is not to love about France, great food, a historic culture, famous sights and also lots of beautiful places to see. France is one of the most popular travel and gap year destinations in the world, this country is easy to get to and has tasty cuisine, thousands of cultural and historic attractions and lots of things to do. France, one of the world’s leading cultural centers, is home to many attractions. If you are planning a gap year, career break, backpacking adventure or would just like to travel and see more of France you can arrange an experience through our website.
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There are so many amazing gap year programs in France where you can see world famous sights and enjoy this world famous country. The country is easy and relatively inexpensive to travel to because of the amount of flights to Paris that are available out of many major airports. France’s most notable attraction is the Eiffel Tower, or La Tour Eiffel. Constructed in 1889 and visited by more than six million people annually, the Eiffel Tower has become a global icon and symbol of France. Visitors can climb steps or ride an elevator to the third and highest level of the tower, or stop at either of the first two levels. Tourists and Parisians alike enjoy lounging in the gardens and grassy lawns near the tower, leisurely having picnics or people watching. Another attraction France boasts is the Louvre Museum, or Musée du Louvre. The Louvre is one of the most visited art museums in the world and home to renown pieces of art such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo along with thousands of other sculptures, paintings, drawings, and archaeological artifacts. The museum is housed in a 12th century palace. In 1988 the famous glass pyramids were constructed in the courtyard of the Louvre.
Notre Dame, located along the Seine River, is another of Paris’s top attractions. This cathedral is considered one of the most impressive examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe. Construction of the cathedral began in 1163. Along with appreciating the architecture, visitors are able to tour the cathedral and attend services. The Arc de Triomphe is another of city’s most impressive sites. This monument was built under orders by Napoleon Bonaparte, France’s military genius. The arch is a symbol of victory for the French people. There are over 280 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, but when climbers reach the top they are rewarded. The views from the top of the arch are considered the best in Paris due to the central location of the monument. Though not as large in size as The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, is another of Paris’s top attractions. Housed in an old train station, this museum features thousands of pieces of modern art. It is the world’s largest collection of sculpture, paintings, and decorated objects between 1848 and 1912. The inside of the museum is light and airy and art is showcased in a very accessible layout, making it easy for visitors to see a lot of art in a small amount of time. The culture and beauty found in France will not disappoint visitors.