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Visit Paris with a Limoges Point of View

Visit Paris with a Limoges Point of View
By Vida Cunningham February 19, 2016 1 comment

Paris, the city of lights, is known as a global center for art, fashion and culture. The multitude of landmarks, elegant historic cityscape, art-rich museums, the café culture and the designer boutiques offer any visitor an overwhelming array of places to visit.

Those who visit Paris, especially for the first time, would love to bring back a memento or two to memorialize their special visit to this fantastic city. Although near every Paris landmark are many nick-nack booths and tourist shops, their offerings are mainly mass-produced, inexpensive items made in China. On the other hand, a Paris-themed keepsake that is both French and worthy of being proudly displayed, is a French porcelain Limoges box – a wonderful memorabilia that will evoke reflections of the wonderful sights of Paris. The famous white French porcelain Limoges boxes portray many of Paris’ landmarks in exquisite hand-painted miniature form.

Paris Landmarks Suitcase with the Eiffel Tower Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com


A SHORT LIST OF MUST-SEE PLACES IN PARIS

For a first-time visitor to Paris, there are several sites that should be first on the list to visit. Even if you only have one day in Paris, you can have an enjoyable short visit to each of these must-see landmarks.


The EIFFEL TOWER

The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris and a must-see landmark. The structure was built by Gustave Eiffel’s company for the 1889 World’s Fair and was intended as a temporary installation. However, the imposing structure gained such great significance, that it has now become Paris’ most recognizable monument. If you don't mind long lines, you can go up the top of the tower for a fantastic view of Paris.

The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Limoges Boxes | LimogesCollector.com

The artisans in Limoges have produced many styles of Limoges boxes in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. For a perfect keepsake representing Paris, you can choose from realistic to whimsical in many colors and themes to match your style.


NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris" is the most famous cathedral in France. Located in the heart of Paris, this beautiful cathedral is an important example of French Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass. The Cathedral is not only a Paris landmark but, is also an active Catholic church, a place of pilgrimage, and the focal point for Catholicism in France. Many religious events and celebrations of national significance still take place at the cathedral as well as its outer courts.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris | LimogesCollector.com

Notre Dame Cathedral with Quasimoto Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com

The Notre Dame de Paris with Quasimoto Limoges box by Beauchamp is the perfect keepsake for your visit to this magnificent Cathedral.


THE LOUVRE MUSEUM

Another highly-important landmark of Paris is the Musée du Louvre, referred to as simply the “Louvre”. Located in the heart of Paris on the right bank of the Seine river in the 1 st arrondissement, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums as well as a historic monument.

Originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century, the building was extended many times to become the Louvre Palace in 1682. King Louis XIV who chose to reside at the Versailles Palace, used the Louvre as a prominent place to display the royal collection. Through the centuries, the Louvre has grown to house the greatest collection of art and sculpture masterpieces of Europe as well as ancient Egypt.

The Paris Louvre Museum | LimogesCollector.com

Louvre Museum Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com

The Louvre Museum glass pyramid is beautifully presented in this magnificent Limoges box. The outer part of the porcelain Limoges box is hand-painted to resemble glass with a reflection of clouds. The interior of the pyramid is hand-painted with a highly-detailed image of the Louvre. The Limoges box has a surprise painting of Mona Lisa on an easel inside. The perfect memorabilia for your visit to the Louvre.


ARC DE TRIOMPHE

One of the most famous monuments in Paris is Arc De Triomphe, built between 1806 and 1836. The triumphal arch with its elaborate decorative sculptures, stands in honor of those who fought for France, especially in the Napoleonic Wars. Arc de Triomphe is located in the center of of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end the Champs-Élysées, a grand boulevard which stretches from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace to the outskirts of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe | LimogesCollector.com

Arc de Triomphe Limoges box | LimogesCollector.com

This wonderful Limoges box represents Arc de Triomphe, a great symbol of Paris - a fantastic Paris memorabilia and a Must-Have for your Limoges collection.


THE PARIS OPERA

A truly magnificent 19th-century architectural masterpiece, the Palais Garnier Opera House is on the list of definite must-see landmarks in Paris. Founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra , the palatial building was designated as an opera house in 1875 by Napolean III. The historical monument welcomes visitors during the day and continues to bring ballet and opera performances to its stage.


The Paris Opera | LimogesCollector.com


Interior of the Paris Opera | LimogesCollector.com

Heart-Shaped Paris Opera Limoges Box with Ballet Slippers | LimogesCollector.com

The Heart shape of this Limoges with the ballet slippers on top reflect the love for the arts. The interior of this magnificent Limoges box is hand-painted with an image of the Paris Opera illuminated at night - for a gala performance, no doubt!


SACRE COEUR

Walking up many uphill twisting streets and numerous steps, brings you to a truly outstanding landmark of Paris in Montmartre, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The bright white church with its round domes stands tall at the top of the hill and glistens on a sunny day. Built in 1873, the imposing basilica has a very inviting and beautiful interior with brightly decorated mosaic ceilings.

Sacre Coeur Basilica | LimogesCollector.com

Sacre Coeur Basilica Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com

Your Paris memorabilia collection must include the Sacre Coeur Basilica Limoges Box

PARIS TOUR BUS

Visiting the major sights of Paris is easy and fun when using the “Hop-On, Hop-Off” tour bus. The open top double-decker bus provides a very convenient way for visitors to visit the most prominent sites of Paris without worrying about how to navigate between the sights. You can spend as much or as little time in each location before hopping on to the bus to go to the next stop.


Paris Double-Decker Tour Bus | LimogesCollector.com

Paris Double-Decker Tour Bus Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com

The open top double-decker tour bus Limoges Box with a Paris postcard will bring back the great memories of your sight-seeing tour of Paris.


FRENCH CUISINE IN PARIS

In Paris, the romantic's idea of a good time is to while away the afternoon on a sidewalk table, with a petit noir (an espresso) and a delicious French pastry, observing passers-by. Paris’ numerous cafés, restaurants and patisseries offer visitors a vast choice for having a relaxing lunch or dinner. A visit to Paris merits enjoying the famous French cuisine and the fantastic French pastries and desserts.


Paris Cafe Restraurant | LimogesCollector.com

Pig Chef Menu Board Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com

Many French restaurants and cafés put a menu board at their entrance to attract customers. This charming Pig Chef Menu Board Limoges box will evoke the great memories of the scrumptious French cuisine.

Paris Landmarks Collection Limoges Box | LimogesCollector.com


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Blakely Sokoloff February 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM
I love your Paris collection. Such a wonderful set of tiny masterpieces in tribute to a beautiful city.