Paris is the called the city of lovers, the home of fine wine, great bread, and quaint architecture. But what is there to do here? For this #throwbackthursday I’ve compiled a list of 5 of my favorite things that everyone should experience when traveling to Paris!
1- Visit the Eiffel Tower
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. If you’re going to Paris, it’s on your list. It was the main reason I wanted to travel to France! The Eiffel is very impressive to see and you will not be disappointed! I suggest visiting it twice; once during the day and another time at night, as it has a light show that is pretty fun to watch!
If you’re looking for some good angles to take a picture, try walking around the outskirts of it, or catching it between streets a few blocks away. It’s been photographed to death, so getting an original shot ain’t easy, but that’s part of the fun of going to see it!
2- The Louvre is for Walking
My wife and I almost got kicked out of the Louvre, so my first piece of advice is don’t bring your tripod with you or they will immediately assume you are there to smash the statues with it like a hammer (they actually told me this). But aside from getting yelled at, the Louvre is a fantastic museum which you will not be able to do in one day. Be prepared to walk, because there is plenty of ground to cover!
Also, be aware of your surroundings while visiting the museum, especially the Mona Lisa, as when we went, someone’s phone was stolen while they were being squished in the crowd. Thieves love crowds, and this painting attracts big ones, so just be careful =)
As a quick side quest, before going to the Louvre, get a padlock, write your name on it (or something clever) place it on the bridge that’s close to the museum, and keep the key as a memory!
3-Get creeped out at the Catacombs of Paris
My wife DID NOT like the catacombs. And who can blame her? It’s not for everyone. Kilometers of skeletons, all stacked to make walls and decorations? Creepy. But I found the whole place fascinating! There are over 6 million people on display, it’s about 19 meters underground, they only let a few people go at a time (so as to keep the intimacy I guess?) and the whole thing covers most of Paris, which is why the city has a hard time creating tall buildings.
4- Buy Some Bread!
I’m actually not a huge fan of bread, but when we were staying in Paris, my wife bought bread (and wine) every day, and it was actually quite good! Better yet, however, was the experience of finding different bakery shops or visiting the markets and getting our fix. Add some French wine, some cheese and a small desert and you’ve got yourself a meal!
5- Walk to La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre
La basilique is a large church with an amazing view of the city of Paris if you climb to the top! While they do not allow for photography inside the church, you can get some pretty stunning pictures of the city once you climb to the top. This was a nice surprise, as I had no idea that the place even existed (thanks to both Heather and Christiana for showing me the way!)
Bonus! – Find the Space Invaders!
I wrote an entire blog about finding the space invaders, but the gist of it is that a urban artist by the name of Invader (very original lol) has placed a lot of pixelated mosaics all over the city, and they are surprisingly very fun to try and find! It also helps you keep a sharp eye on the city as a whole, as you will always be appreciating buildings and their landscapes!
Get lost in Paris! Find the Moulin Rouge! Discover hidden stairways! Visit the Arc! Spot the Ferris Wheel! It’s a fantastic city with so much to do and see, you will not be disappointed! Come back to the blog next Thursday for another city guide! Special thanks to Cristiana for being an amazing host while my wife and I stayed here, you really made us feel incredibly welcome and we can’t thank you enough ^_^
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