Congratulations, you’re going to Paris! When travelling to such a famous city, it’s important to pick and choose the main things you want to see and do. And hopefully, this post will help!
From the Eiffel Tower to Moulin Rouge, Paris is a city full of amazing things to see and do. You’ve probably got an idea of the sites you want to see, but I’m going to share some you may have not have penciled in your schedule.
1) THE EIFFEL TOWER AT NIGHT
Okay, I’ll start with Paris’ main attraction. But you don’t want to see The Eiffel Tower at just any point in the day… but at night, because it’s truly breathtaking. There’s something so special about the way it lights up the whole city.
But of course, at any point, The Eiffel Tower is a great place to be. And as it’s such an open space, you don’t feel crammed with tourists, so it’s much more relaxing than you think it’ll be. We even had a picnic in the park looking at the tower. It’s such a unique and beautiful thing to actually see – and you want to take a picture of it every time you catch a glimpse of it which is not good for the phone memory!
Before I was planning my visit to Paris, I had never heard of Montmarte. It was only until it was recommended to me by numerous people that I decided it was well worth going to see.
Located upon a hill from Moulin Rouge is the little town called Montmarte. There’s the beautiful cathedral – which is free to enter, and is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Plus, there’s restaurants, bars where famous painters used to go to get drunk, and artists selling their work on every corner. But the most popular destination in Montmarte is the amazing view. You can see the whole of Paris. People say this view is better than paying to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
3) SIT BY THE RIVER SEINE
As the stunning River Seine runs through Paris, there’s multiple locations where you can see its beauty. That’s why I recommend going to sit by it at some point and watch the water and the boats full of tourists go by. If you’re brave enough, swing your legs round and dangle them over the water… there’s nothing stopping you! Or, you can just sit by the edge scared of falling in and enjoy the Parisian beauty like I did.
4) THE LOUVRE AND THE TUILERIES GARDENS
The Louvre is one of the most famous places in the world, and for a good reason why. But it’s also the garden that are behind The Louvre that I found equally beautiful.
There, you’ll find beautiful water fountains with chairs all around them so you can sit and relax. The gardens are also full of perfectly sculptured hedges and statues. It’s why so many people go and draw there, so its such a relaxing place to sit and admire the great city you’re in.
And of course, you can’t go to Paris and not visit The Louvre. There, you’ll see some of the world’s most prestige and famous art – including the Mona Lisa. But be careful, people aren’t bothered about nudging you out of the way to get a better view or their picture with the painting.
5) FINALLY… BE AS FRENCH AS POSSIBLE
When I was in France, I embraced the French culture as much as possible. And although I lived up to stereotypes – including wearing a beret and buying macaroons – I felt like it made my Parisian experience that tiny bit better.
So while in France, try a baguette, choux pastry, snails, frogs legs, wine, croissant, pain au chocolat and all them things… because there’s no better place in the world that does it better!
So there’s my top 5 things to see and do in Paris. Of course, there were so many more I could have added to this list, but here’s what I found to be the most special. Let me know what your fave things were do to in the French capital in the comments!
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