Paris – it’s the city of dreams for everyone however old, young, sceptical, or romantic the person might be. For centuries, it’s been heralded as the ultimate romantic adventure and it’s definitely that and more…
There are countless things to do in Paris and there’s never a dearth of historical and cultural sights but here are some of the things we absolutely love. Put these on your itinerary and we’re sure you won’t come back disappointed :-
Cliched or not, seeing major touristy sights needs to be the first thing on your agenda when you hit Paris. It is easy to spend an entire day at the Louvre, so fashion your itinerary accordingly. You can go on top of the Eiffel Tower during the day but we just love staring at the monument when it is all lit up at night. Next acquaint yourself with the legendary River Seine and its many bridges. Seine is at the very heart of Parisian life and is enchanting, to say the least.
If you love going off-the-beaten-path, pay a visit to the Catacombs. These underground vaults and tunnels contain the skeletal remains of over six million people and make for a spooky day out.
2) Take a walk
It’s all well and good to tick the Louvre or Eiffel Tower off your checklist but you will genuinely begin to enjoy Paris when you take a leisurely walk through its alleys, which are as old as time. Examine little known historical monuments, pop into random cathedrals, explore paved pathways, learn more about the upcoming street art culture – just take a walk and watch the magic of Paris unfold in front of your eyes.
3) Take a road trip
Once you have enjoyed the hustle bustle of Paris, take a couple of days out for a road trip in France. While renting a car, make sure you have purchased a breakdown cover that will cover you in time of need. Once you have rented your car, you can whizz away to Disney World (perfect if you’re travelling with kids), Versailles (perfect if you are a culture vulture), or the Champagne Region (apt for wine lovers).
What trip to Paris would be complete without food? There are macarons, baguettes, pastries, crepes, onion soups, and countless other delectable French delights to choose from – one thing is for sure, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. Some of our favourite bakeries include Rose Bakery, Pain De Sucre, and Eric Kayser. However if you are in the mood for a gourmet sit-down meal, invest in a meal at L’Astrance or Le Meurice. The impeccable food and service at both these restaurants will leave you satiated like nothing else.
If you are on a budget try Le Reparate or The Broken Arm. Of course there are always Parisian creperies and you can never go wrong with those!
How can you leave Paris without partaking in the ultimate Parisian pass-time – a picnic by the river Seine?! You can grab sweet and savoury treats from any of the bakeries mentioned above, pick a bottle of champagne (what’s Paris without a few bubbles eh?!), and picnic by river. Choose a spot overlooking the Eiffel Towel for the ultimate Parisian experience. That is when you will realise it is impossible not to fall in love with Paris and everything it stands for.