So, you’re planning your next vacation, but you’re not sure about the destination. City or island? Luxury or adventure? Well, let me weigh in for a sec…
Paris is a must.
It’s a must if you like food. A must if you’re looking for romance and beauty. A must if you’re into different cultures and history. Basically, it’s a must if you’ve never been there before.
And to help you get your trip rolling, here is your mini-guide of musts for the city of lights…
Paris is city full of rich history, beautiful and unique architecture; monuments, cathedrals and towers that have become nothing less than iconic. When visiting Paris, these attractions are an absolute must:
- The Eiffel Tower – This massive steel icon towers over the entire city, lighting up at night to add even more romance to the Paris view. While I don’t feel that it’s necessary to wait in line all day to climb up top, it is definitely a must to go and see it up close. The gardens below and the beauty of this tower are worth the visit.
- Arc de Triomphe – The arch of triumph is another iconic monument that is a must-see when coming to Paris. It is the biggest arch in the world and an important piece of history.
- Notre Dame – This historic cathedral, built in the 12th century, is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world and one of Paris’ must-see icons. Placed on island in the Seine River, this Gothic cathedral draws millions of tourists each year.
You can’t really go to Paris and skip out on some of the best museums in the world. Soak in some history, culture and art in these magnificent museums:
- The Louvre – The largest and most famous museum in the world, The Louvre is probably the biggest must-see destination in Paris. Stroll through the endless mazes and levels of this museum, seeing ancient artifacts of the Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires. Don’t forget about the massive classical art section and an important stop by the Mona Lisa.
- The Center Pompidou – One of the most unique structures in Paris, this museum for modern art is constructed with all the elevators, stairs, pipes and AC on the outside, leaving a hollow space indoors.
- Musée d’Orsay – This museum sits along the Seine, in an old train station, transformed into one of the most beautiful museums in Paris. Featuring classic artists such as Manet, Van Gogh and Cezanne, this museum is a must for any art-lover.
What to Eat
Paris is every foodies heaven, so come hungry and bon appetite!
- On the go – Boulangerie is French for bakery, while Patisserie is also French for Bakery. The difference? While Boulangerie is your classic bread bakery, with fresh baguettes to die for, Patisserie is a pastry bakery, specializing in croissants, eclairs and macaroons. The French take their baked goods seriously, so enjoy!
- The street cafés – Paris is packed with cozy cafés all along the city streets, with the classic round tables, two chairs facing the street and a carafe of wine to enjoy a nice, fresh meal. My personal favorite is the onion soup – nicoise salad combo…
- The classic French dining – If you’re looking to enjoy upscale French cuisine, Paris offers an endless amount of fine dining restaurants to choose from. The classic meals to be had only in Paris is escargot (snail), pigeon or ratatouille. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more conservative, you can’t go wrong with a rib-eye and French fries at the famous L’entricote, where that’s all they serve!
- Champs-elysees – This famous street, starting at Place de la Concorde, one of Paris’ biggest squares, runs through the heart of Paris and ends at Arc de Triomphe. Packed with top shops and restaurants, this street is a must… but prepare your wallet in advance!
- Galleries Lafayette – Continue your shopping spree here, with one of Europe’s most famous department stores. Luxury lives here.
- The Garden of Tuileries – This beautiful garden connects The Louvre with Champs-elysees, creating a long, strait line of joy and beauty. Start off at The Louvre and make your way through the colorful garden, full of flowers and fountains, all the way to Arc de Triomphe at the end of Champs-elysees. Now that’s what I call a day in Paris!
Now that you’re ready for your Parisian adventure, it’s time to pack up and head off…Bon Voyage!