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7. Luxembourg Garden - Paris

Luxembourg Gardens is essentially a park with a difference and the difference it houses Museums within its fold. It is Central Paris's largest park, situated in the Left bank, close to Chic Montparnasse neighborhood and also the government offices. Tourists cannot hence miss this attraction and the park though crowded yet does not make one feel crowded because of its capacity to hold play grounds that cater to adults and children, the art museum, strolling paths including quiet spots behind the bushes that affords everyone a privacy, the citadels, the artists who plan a scene and the beauty of the park is that it would not engage beyond 20 minutes of the time of the tourists. Whether for fun, appreciation of arts, eating it out from the kiosks or from two of the cafeterias or to just lie on the chairs spread all over the park to just unwind, it is ‘the’ place for a casual visitor or a tourist

8. Centre George Pompidou - Paris.

Located in between the Halles district and the Marais, this centre and since its opening in 1997, has consistently been attracting over seven million visitors a year by virtue of the fact that it is a house of culture having characteristics of workshops. A whole range of diverse activities takes place in the form presentation of art, architecture, literature and music in an interactive environment. The tourists have a choice of touring the centre itself or opt for individual activities as scouting for special exhibitions, visiting the National Museum of Modern Art or the contemporary music. Each of the six floors have something to offer in the form of concerts, operas including experimental ballets and outside the forecourt, a lively mix of entertainments are hosted by buskers (the street performers who perform for gratuitous rewards) and fire-eaters. In short, it is place that binds creative people including the visitors but those who are lesser inclined with creativity need not shy visiting it as it is more seen as a spot that would foster a relationship with the artists and the public.

9. Arc de Triomphe - Paris

The US tourists can pride themselves by paying a visit to Arc de Triomphe to identify them with the then US President John F.Kennedy who visited it in 1961 to pay a tribute to an unknown soldier. It is located at the west-end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the eighth arrondissement, open to the public all the days, 10.00 a.m. to 11 p.m. during April-September and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between October and March. It is however totally not accessible to dis-abled. Best time to visit the place is after 6.30 p.m. because from then onwards it affords an opportunity to witness the flame of an unknown soldier, the grandeur of the Champs-Elysees decked in lights and the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur Church. Ordered to be constructed in the year 1806 by Napoleon I, completed in 1836, under Louis Philipe and essentially a place for commemorating the French soldiers, its chief attraction is the Francois Rude's "La Marseillaise" that depicts the iconic French Woman "Marianne" prompting the people to battle.

10. Marais/Bastille - Paris

For the tourists who want to have a feel of a West Village in Manhattan yet to see a different architecture, Marais is the place. Its medieval lanes come alive with restaurants, bars fashion boutiques that affords every pocket, trendy and no so trendy shops, art galleries and museums all spread in a crammed area. The architecture is medieval and consists of several pre-revolutionary buildings and streets which have not been touched upon later though the civic officials almost tried to do that. Prior to the revolution, it was dwelled by wealthy, but the aftermath of revolution changed all that with the rich leaving and the poor occupying. Its cobblestones would remind the tourists of how the Paris looked before Napoleon showed up there. Bastille fort which saw the first of French Revolution has not retained its historical fortress and is now left with few bricks. The glass Opera house built by Mitterrand is touted to be a major future attraction. There is a canal right at de la Bastille which runs underground. The Place des Vosage is worth the visitor’s salt as a beautifully built square by Henry the IV. The list is long and the tourists would not be short of choices.

1. Opera House - San Francisco

Known for its architectural excellence that traces back the construction to 1832, which can more than match any other Old World Theaters and with a capacity to entertain an audience of 3146 at any given time, the War Memorial Opera house is home to San Francisco Opera, the second ranking opera company in size in the USA and also for the San Francisco Ballet which enjoys the third position in size. It also represents the spirit of America in her capacity to rebuild from any calamity as that of the 1906 earthquake that shook San Francisco out of its shape. The excellence infused by Arthur Brown, Jr., the chief architect resulted in not only aesthetically separating the Memorial Court from the Opera House which has brought in a harmonious balance between the two but also bringing to the construction a grandiose look to the length, breadth and height of the building with unique lines , marble foyers, breathtaking balconies, and tall ceilings which are all beyond description and make it a must visit for the tourists.

2. Embarcadero - San Francisco

Seeded by the gold rush but born out of the urban renewal, the Embarcadero has a curious mixture of failed ambitions, chaotic living and administrative haul ups. The Barbary Coast by which name the area was known then was shut up, thanks to Major James and the urban renewal started with Planner Justin Herman, and Embarcadero Center came into being in a phased manner comprising of four buildings with the first one in 1968 and the last one in 1983. With further expansions taking place over the western side of the buildings, it has become a status symbol of many a corporate in the Downtown Waterfront District. Besides being a symbol of status for the corporate, it comprises more than 120 shops and restaurants, showcasing from the local to international brands, offering quality, diverse and specaility cuisines. The Center's cinema is known for its unique manner of entertaining the visitors with foreign and art films, language and holder of a number of events round the year right from festivals to exhibits to shows to health and wellbeing oriented fairs. Its holiday ice filed that serves as an athletics area needs a special mention.

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