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Eiffel Tower

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited attractions in the world. It welcomes almost seven million visitors per year and will be 130 years old next year in March.

Since its opening more than 250 million people have visited the tower.

Completed on March 31st, 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years. The completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930 then overtook that record. Its construction took two years, two months and five days – 180 years fewer than Paris’s other great attraction, Notre Dame.

Did you know that Eiffel died while listening to Beethoven’s 5th symphony?

Disneyland

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisDisneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort is in Marne-la-Vallée, located 32km east of the centre of Paris.

It comprises of two theme parks, many resort hotels, a shopping, dining, entertainment complex and a golf course. In addition to the park there are several additional recreational and entertainment venues.

Disneyland Park is the original theme park of the complex, opening with the resort on 12 April 1992. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. Disneyland Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.

In 25 years, 320 million people visited Disneyland Paris. The resort is the second Disney park to open outside the United States following the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983.

The Louvre

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Louvre or the Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris.

You’ll find it on the right bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st district. 2017, the Louvre was the world’s most visited art museum, receiving 8.1 million visitors.

Located in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a castle in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II.

Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. Due to the urban expansion of the city, the fortress eventually lost its defensive function. Francis I converted it into the main residence of the French Kings.

1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.

Palace of Versailles

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682. Firstly, under Louis XIV until the start of the French Revolution in 1789 under Louis XVI. It is located in Yvelines, about 20 kilometres southwest of Paris

The palace is now a historic monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notable for the ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera and the royal apartments.

In 2017 the Palace of Versailles received 7,700,000 visitors, making it the second-most visited monument just behind the Louvre.

Arc de Triomphe

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces are the names of French victories and generals.

Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Designed by Jean Chalgrin 1806, its iconographic program pits heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments with triumphant patriotic messages.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisNotre-Dame de Paris meaning “Our Lady of Paris”, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral is a medieval Catholic cathedral. Widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture 12 million people visit the cathedral yearly.

The innovative use of everything inside the building sets it apart from earlier Romanesque architecture.

Build began in 1160 and completed by 1260 and modified frequently in the following centuries.

Soon after Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831, popular interest in the building revived. A major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845 and continued for twenty-five years.

Beginning in 1963, the facade of the Cathedral was cleaned of centuries of grime, returning it to its original colour. Another campaign of cleaning and restoration was carried out from 1991-2000.

Champs-Élysées

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th district of Paris. It runs between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle where the Arc de Triomphe is located.

The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology.

Throughout its history, the avenue has been the site of military parades. Most famous were the victory parades of German troops in 1871 and again in 1940 celebrating the Fall of France. Happier parades were the Allies victory in 1919 and the parades of Free French and American forces in 1944.

Moulin Rouge

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia.

Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved.

Growing into a form of entertainment of its own led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world.

The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle in France.

The Concierge

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Concierge is a building located on the west of the Île de la Cité meaning “Island of the City”.

Formerly a prison but now acts as the city’s law courts. It was part of the former royal palace, the Palais de la Cité, which consisted of the Concierge. The Concierge prison became the main penitentiary of a network of prisons throughout Paris and was the last place of housing for more than 2,700 people, who were summarily executed by guillotine.

Dank dungeons were a stark contrast to the beautiful architecture of the palace above. Trials and executions progressed in a rapid, unpredictable manner.

Condemned people would be walked through the Salle de la Toilette, where their personal belongings were confiscated. Once they reached the May Courtyard they were then brought to guillotines throughout Paris.

Paris Catacombs

Paris City Of Lights - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To ParisThe Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuary’s which hold the remains of more than six million people.

Created as part of the effort to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries. The Catacombs of Paris became a curiosity for more privileged Parisians. From their creation, an early visitor being Charles X of France during 1787.

Public visits began after its renovation into a proper ossuary. First allowed only a few times a year with the permission of an authorised mines inspector, but later more frequently.

Catholic hierarchy closed the catacombs in 1833 as they found exhibiting human remains immoral.

 

 

Hospitable Holland

The Canals

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandSimilar too many other cities that sit over water such as Venice, Amsterdam has a vibrant canal system.

The pretty waterways are one of the best loved attractions in Amsterdam and you can explore the idyllic routes. This is done by taking a boat tour or a water taxi that lets you hop around the locations.

If not a water lover, then you can still enjoy the canal sights with a leisurely stroll along the banks.

Zaanse Schans

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandAnyone out there who wish they could time travel back into Dutch history? Those who wish they could visit the Netherlands of the 17th and 18th centuries have come to the right place.

Zaanse Schans is located around 15 kilometres to the north of Amsterdam and is styled as an open-air museum. Here you can take a stroll around a traditional Dutch village and find out how ancient craftsmen would have worked.

Just some of the sights include a shipyard, grocery store, pewter factory and a range of dainty green wooden houses.

Keukenhof Gardens

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandKeukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. Here you will find a riot of colour with blooms of every hue as far as the eye can see.

Tulips are the signature flowers of this country and the Garden of Europe. Located just outside of Lisse is the largest public garden anywhere in the world.

Covering 70 acres of land, you will find gorgeous flower exhibitions. In addition to a wide variety of flora there are daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses.

Grote Kerk

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandGrote Kerk is found in The Hague and is a large church that is built from red brick in Gothic style.

The original building here would have been built in the 13th century. It was razed to the ground in 1539 and rebuilt in the present structure.

The church has an illustrious history as the spot where many members of the Dutch royal family where baptised.

Things to look out for at the church include the dominating bell tower which is the highest in Holland. This bell tower contains 51 bells, also to be found are the ornate wooden pulpit and the huge pipe organ.

The Rijksmuseum

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandThe Rijksmuseum is the Dutch National Museum located in Amsterdam and is filled with amazing collections which date from 1809.

The building houses over 7 million items and has more than 5,000 paintings that sprawl over 250 rooms.

There’s a library here with 35,000 books. Walking around you can see some of the most impressive paintings in the world created by the ‘Old Masters’.

Much of the museum focuses on traditional Dutch artefacts like ancient handicrafts and sculptures from the medieval period.

Make sure you leave ample time to see everything as you can easily spend a full day here exploring every nook and cranny.

Anne Frank Museum

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandThe Anne Frank Museum is one of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam and makes for an extremely moving visit.

The building is the former home of Anne Frank who hid from the Nazis here during the Second World War.

Anne Frank died two months before the war ended but her diary that she wrote in the home was found. Her diary went on to become one of the most important books in the world.

The home has been restored although the hiding place in which the family lived is much as it would have been.

Absolutely not to be missed if you are in Amsterdam and offers a poignant personal view on this well-known story.

Marken Village

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandThe little village of Marken is known for being one of the prettiest spots in the Netherlands. This is due to its strategic location on the Ijsselmeer Lake.

Crowds of visitor’s flock to the town every year to take in this picture-postcard village.

In the summer months festivals are held here. The residents dress in period garb and you can see traditional crafts like clog making taking place.

Efteling Amusement Park

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandEfteling is the biggest amusement park in the Netherlands and is located at Kaatsheuvel.

The park’s divided up into zones that are known as realms and each one focuses on ancient myth’s or legends.

Efteling has the claim to fame for being one of the oldest theme’s parks in the world. Having first opened its doors in 1952 and has been entertaining visitors ever since with fast rides and lush gardens.

Highlights include the George and the Dragon as well as The Flying Dutchman and The Python.

For younger ones there’s Raveleijn. Nightly performances that tell the story of 5 siblings who battle and defeat an evil monster in a magical world.

Madurodam Model Village

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandIf you want to see the whole of the Netherlands but don’t have time, then travel to Madurodam in The Hague.

Here you will find a mini version of the Netherlands on a 1:25 scale. See all the county’s top destinations including cute windmills, main landmarks, and decorative features like bridges.

This model city even includes its own harbour as well as a railway system and an airport.

Van Gogh Museum

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandThe Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is an ode to one of the greatest artists ever to have lived.

In addition to that, the Van Gogh Museum is regularly voted one of the best art museums in the world. Art-lovers shouldn’t really leave this off their itinerary when in the city.

1.5 million visitors make visit each year and the museum have the largest collection of Van Gogh pieces in the world.

Two hundred paintings, five hundred drawings, and seven hundred letters that give you a unique insight into the life of the artist.

Heineken

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandThe Heineken Experience in Amsterdam is the place to come to if you enjoy your beer.

The experience takes place in an old Heineken brewery.

This starts from the kind of water used all the way through to the bottling process. You will also see classic examples of the iconic Heineken logo and see how it has changed over the years.

As if that wasn’t enough, sample this famous brew and end the trip with a tasting session.

Edam

Hospitable Holland - Irish Rugby Tours, Rugby Tours To HollandEdam cheese is famous the world over for its red hued rind and signature round shape.

Many people won’t realise however that Edam is actually not just the name of the cheese but also the place it comes from. The town dates back to the 12th century and has an array of cheese related sites to enjoy.

Edam cheese looks a little different here, as it is actually sold with a yellow rind rather than a red one.

Some of the signature attractions for cheese lovers here include a large cheese market and a famous cheese-weighing hall.