1 Visit Paris as a tourist
France is a leading tourist destination, welcoming visitors from all over the world. If you live in the United Kingdom, then this is a convenient place to start, with a short trip across the Channel. You can get there by train, via the environmentally friendly Eurostar, arriving right in the centre of Paris.
Paris is one of the most-visited cities in Europe (and the world). It is home to the Eiffel Tower – the most-visited tourist site in the country – an iconic structure which seems to represent Paris in its own right.
If you like to spend your holidays sightseeing in cities, there’s much to see and do in Paris. You can stroll up and down the Seine, and browse the bouquinistes stalls selling antiquarian books and artwork along the banks; you might stop at the Notre Dame cathedral and marvel at the architecture; or visit world-class museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay. Take your companions to the Centre Pompidou or walk up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Look in at the luxury shops along the way (good for some window shopping!). When you reach the Arc, take a moment to pause at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before climbing the monument for an unforgettable view of the city.
Activity 1 French monuments
How many Parisian monuments and attractions do you recognise? Match the names to the correct photos. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with all of them. You can make guesses, or click to reveal the answers.
Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.
The Eiffel tower / la tour Eiffel
Book and art stalls along the Seine / les bouquinistes
The Notre Dame cathedral / la cathédrale Notre Dame
The Louvre museum / le musée du Louvre
The Pompidou museum / le centre Pompidou
The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees / l’Arc de Triomphe et les Champs Elysées
The Sacré Cœur / le Sacré Cœur
- 1 = g
- 2 = a
- 3 = c
- 4 = b
- 5 = f
- 6 = e
- 7 = d