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Paris Orly Tourist Activities

Paris Orly Airport provides a very important gateway to the world famous attractions in the city of Paris, and to the many areas surrounding the city that are visited by millions of tourists every year. The airport handles over 25 million passengers per annum, and is a hub for a number airline companies. It is also located just 13km, or 8.1 miles from central Paris, and offers several forms of transport that are convenient for arriving passengers. Paris Orly Airport is one of the several airports that serve Paris, and plays an important role in tourism and the economy of this region in France.

France is a large country in Europe which lies to the south of the United Kingdom, to the west of Germany and Italy, and just north-east of Spain. It is also bordered by the Bay of Biscay on its western side, and has some lovely coastal areas in the south, such as Marseilles, Montpellier and Toulon. Paris is the capital city of France, and is found to the north of the country. It is surrounded by many prominent towns and cities, which include Caen, Rennes and Le Mans to the west and south-west, Amiens and Lille to the north, Tours, Dijon and Limoges to the south and Reims, Luxembourg and Metz to the east. Through the city of Paris itself, runs the beautiful River Seine, and the city is therefore divided into two sections. The river is popular for boat cruises, which take their passengers under some charming bridges, and from where many of the city’s sights can be admired. Along the river areas there are also many high-end apartments and hotels.

Paris can be described as one of the most romantic cities in Europe, and is often referred to as the ‘City of Light’. Tourists arriving at Paris Orly Airport will find an endless number of attractions to explore, ranging from the world-famous Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge to the historical museums of the city. Paris has quite a fascinating history, and many of its attractions are centred on its beautiful ancient buildings and their architectural characteristics. The city of Paris has spectacular shopping opportunities as well, for all those who prefer a more modern style of living, with large shopping centres selling the latest fashion items and accessories. Paris seldom fails to impress its visitors by its overwhelming beauty and sheer magnificence.

An attraction in Paris which has to date been visited by well over 200 million tourists is the Eiffel Tower, found to the south of the river, in an area known as the Rive Gauche. This is also the ‘Left Bank’ of the River Seine. The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ most prominent landmark and is certainly a most impressive building. It is also a building that has been standing for many years, as it was opened in 1889. Up until 1930, it was the world’s tallest structure, at over 300 metres, or 1,000 feet. The Eiffel Tower inherited its name from its designer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty. Although an elevator completes the journey to the top floor of the tower, it also has 1,665 steps, of which visitors can climb 704 to the second floor. Within the tower, there is the Jules Verne restaurant and various other shops, as well as an area dedicated to a display of Paris and Eiffel memorabilia. The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 09:30 to 23:00, or midnight during the months of July and August, and there is an entrance fee that is calculated according to which level you want to visit.

The Moulin Rouge is perhaps Paris’ second most famous attraction. This world-famous cabaret has been entertaining audiences since 1900, and today still offers two performances a night, every evening of the year. The Moulin Rouge is found at 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Place Blanche, Paris, and features the famous French cancan with dancers dressed up to the nine in feathers, shinestones and sequins. The shows are of course held in fabulous settings, and with lively and original music. Other types of performances can be enjoyed at the Opéra Garnier, Place de l’Opéra, Paris. The Palais Garnier has been a part of Paris since 1875, and was built by Charles Garnier. It is also famous for being the hiding place of the ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Today, the Garnier is mainly used for ballet performances, and is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

Other main Paris attractions include Montmartre, the Pompidou Centre, with wonderful contemporary and modern artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Pollock, the Avenue des Champs Élysées with the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, which is rich in history, and now is a busy landmark square of the city. It was here that the guillotine executed Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and Danton, as well as many other famous historical characters. The Conciergerie is another historical attraction of Paris, and is a jail where prisoners were held during the French Revolution. The stadium which is popular for football tournaments, rugby and athletics is known as the Stade de France, and is found in Saint-Denis, to the north of Paris. The stadium is able to hold up to 100,000 people, and resembles the shape of a flying saucer.

Besides the Eiffel Tower, other famous landmarks and monuments in Paris include the Notre Dame (Cathedrale de Notre-Dame-de-Paris), the Sainte Chapelle, the Panthéon and the Arc de Triomphe, with a small museum inside which documents its history, while museums worth a visit in Paris include the Musée Rodin, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de Notre Dame, the Musée Nissim de Camondo and the Musée de la Musique, with musical instruments dating back to the 16th century.

Nearby Paris is Disneyland - although not quite the Disneyland in Orlando, still an extremely entertaining establishment for adults and children alike. Disneyland Paris covers 1,500 acres of land, and features shopping and sports complexes, numerous hotels and the magnificent theme park itself. There are five ‘lands’ at this Paris attraction, including Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. Another theme park nearby Paris is the Parc Astérix, with all the favourite characters from the Asterix stories. This amusement park also features dolphins and sea lions, and a legionnaires camp with Roman soldiers.

Paris Orly provides the ideal starting point for all these wonderful attractions and more, and also offers information from their tourist offices for arriving passengers.