ZINVO's Favorite Destinations: Paris
We can't very well have a Favorite Destinations Series without visiting one of the most culturally important spots in the world—Paris. Donning our chic and fashion-forward ZINVO Blade watches, we hit the streets of this striking city.
Paris; some call it the City of Light, and some call it the City of Love. Whatever your preference, Paris is one of the planet’s most iconic cities. It has been shaped by a long and rich history that spans thousands of years and many empires.
Paris’ culture of language, art, food, fashion, film, philosophy, spirituality, and even watchmaking, just to name a few, has inspired many to emulate its achievements to humanity. However, it is much easier just to visit this fascinating city, and enjoy it in all its glory.
The Eiffel Tower
Arguably the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower was constructed between 1888 and 1889 for the World’s Fair. When it was being built it 1888, it shocked Parisians and the world. Even today with modern skyscrapers, it still a wonder to look at and experience. Standing at 1,064 ft. (324 meters), it is the tallest building in Paris. At its time, it surpassed the Washington Monument as the tallest human-made structure, until the Chrysler Building was built 41 years later.
More than 250 million visitors have visited the Eiffel Tower since 1889, with almost seven million visiting in 2015. As with most tall structures, one can enjoy a remarkable ride upwards, followed by a panoramic view of Paris helping you eye your next destination.
Established in 1793 and welcoming almost 10 million visitors a year, the Louvre Museum is the largest museum in the world. A Parisian monument and icon that's been shaped by a turbulent history, the grand palace that houses the museum dates back to the 12th century.
Once the home of royalty and heads of state, today’s Louvre allows visitors to discover Western art and architecture from the middle-ages until 1848. The Louvre’s fame dramatically increased after the release of the Hollywood film, “The Da Vinci Code,” but its vast size can accommodate even more.
One cannot miss the famous glass pyramid—which serves as its entrance and pictured seen here behind the ZINVO Blade Gunmetal—the impressive Louvre courtyard, and the inverted glass pyramid inside the shopping mall. So much can be seen at the Louvre that an entire day can be spent there, just like this next Paris destination.
Formally known as Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris was conceived in 1984 (after the success of Disneyland Japan in 1983) and opened in 1992. Despite some growing pains and financial concerns, today Disneyland Paris has generated over 37 billion Euros in tourism and supported 55,000 jobs annually.
The resort includes Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park, which is similar to Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, CA. Classic rides, such as Autopia, Big Thunder Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Indiana Jones can be enjoyed by visitors young and old.
If you feel like leaving the old world behind for some guilty modern-day pleasures, then Disneyland Paris is a great destination. Sometimes the young-at-heart just need that fix before being able to contemplate the deeper meanings of life hidden in Paris’ architecture and monuments.
Paris is a city that is not easy to replicate. Its people and culture have traveled the world and have spread their language and food across continents throughout recent history—and we are thankful that they shared their passion for life with us all. Bon Voyage!