How To Doodle A Cities of Wonder Map
STEP #1 — JOT DOWN A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE PARIS LANDMARKS
Below includes a list of our top ten sites to see in Paris! You may not have space on your map to include too many handwritten notes; however, researching interesting facts about your favorite sites in Iceland may turn out to be a separate fun project in itself.
1. EIFFEL TOWER
An object of discord, desire and fascination, the Eiffel Tower never fails to impress. It was originally constructed in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and just in time for the 1889 World Fair. Built by Gustave Eiffel, construction took two years, two months and five days. Intended to be a demonstration to the world of France's technological prowess, it was originally only supposed to stand for twenty years. Today, it is the world's most visited monument, welcoming nearly 7 million visitors each year. Learn more.
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is visited by nearly 300,000 people each day, who come to admire its majestic monuments, shopping and other festive events. Nearly 2 kilometers in length, the historic thoroughfare runs from Place de la Concorde to Arc de Triomphe. It is considered "the world's most beautiful avenue". Learn more.
3. THE LOUVRE
Originally a royal palace, the Louvre is the world's most famous and largest art museum, and it is considered a historic monument in Paris. The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 works of art, and some of the museum's most celebrated works of art include the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Learn more.
Fancy a spin on the manége? That's French for "merry-go-round" or "carousel". There are several carousels throughout Paris, and one of the most well-known and charming is the Trocadéro Carousel, or the Carrousel de Paris, which is located next to the Fountain of Warsaw at the waters of the Jardins du Trocadéro. Learn more.
5. BASILIQUE DU SACRÉ - COEUR DE MONTMARTRE
The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital, from 130 metres above ground. In a Roman-Byzantine style, the Sacré Coeur is recognizable by its white colour. Inside the building, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France. Learn more.
6. ARC DE TRIOMPHE
The Arc de triomphe was begun in 1806, on the orders of Napolean I to honour the victories of his Grande Armée. Inspired by great arches of antiquity, this iconic monument bears the names of battles and generals from the Revolution and the First Empire. Every evening, the flame is lit on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the Great War. Learn more.
7. MUSEE D'ORSAY
Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic creation from 1848 to 1914. Its collections represent all expressive forms, from painting to architecture, as well as sculpture, the decorative arts and photography. A train station that looks like a palace, you are sure to be wowed by this place. Learn more.
8. LES MUSÉE DES ARTS FORAINS
An entertaining museum dedicated to special events, the Musée des Arts Forains offer four venues to host a wide range of celebrations. Filled with history, all venue spaces receive more than 200,000 visitors per year, and each area is designed around a particular theme. The Musée des Arts Forains theme is 19th Century fairgrounds. Learn more.
9. LUXEMBOURG GARDENS
Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de' Medici in 1612. The gardens cover 25 hectares of land and are split into French and English gardens. There are many activities for children such as puppets, rides and slides. Learn more.
10. NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL
After climbing the 422 steps of the towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral, visitors are rewarded with one of the most stunning panoramic views of Paris. The Salle Haute has amazing Gothic architecture with ribbed vaults; the Galerie des Chiméres enables you to get close to the famous gargoyles, including the famous Styge; and a few steps from the top, you can stop and admire the belfry, church bells and the famous 13-ton great bell, Emmanuel. Learn more.
STEP #2 — REFERENCING A DIGITAL MAP OF PARIS, LOOSELY PLOT OUT LOCATIONS OF YOUR FAVORITE LANDMARKS
No need to be perfect in your plotting, but sketching out an erasable grid and using an "x" to plot the locations of your landmarks on your paper are great starting points.
STEP #3 — DOODLE IN YOUR BEST LANDMARK ILLUSTRATIONS
Start with illustrating the place you want to visit first when you arrive to Paris, and continue to doodle until you have replaced every "x" on your plot with a beautiful drawing that represents each top spot that you have selected.
STEP #4 — WRITE IN YOUR TITLES
Label each of your chosen landmarks in your own handwriting, and don't forget to add the name of your city to your page in big, bold letters!
STEP #5 — DOODLE IN ILLUSTRATIONS OF ICONIC FEATURES
Pick out the icons that best represent your ideas of Paris city life (cafés, baguettes, art, berets, etc.) and doodle them onto the page using your imagination.
STEP #6 — FINISH UP YOUR PARIS MAP BY SKETCHING IN YOUR STREETS
Using the digital map from Step #2 as your reference, draw in the roads of Paris, connecting each landmark as you doodle.
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