19 January 2016

Paris To-Do List

Location: Sacre Couer, Paris, France
Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world. With beautiful views, streets to get lost in and a range of attractions to explore, it's a complete classic that never goes out of style. Last time I only had five day's in Paris, so here's a quick guide of things you can definitely see and do even if you've only got a limited amount of time.

Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame Cathedral, which began construction in the 12th century, was for me one of the first places I was keen to visit. The building is in beautiful condition and if you can bare waiting in a que, you can go inside for free. The inside is peaceful and gothic, contrasting with the brightly coloured circular stained glass windows. Notre-Dame is also situated next to the River Seine, which makes a perfect location whether walking by day or evening. You can read a little more and view more pictures of the Notre-Dame here.

Love Locks
In 2015, the world was very sad to see the removal of love locks from the Pont des Art's - a pedestrian bridge in Paris. However, you are able to still find a place to attach a lock by the River Seine, and you can find locks to buy in the little stalls that line the river. Generally they are around 3 euros, and they are usually glittery pink or gold from what I saw from the street sellers. If of course you're wanting something engraved or a little more special to lock on then I'd recommend sorting that before your trip, but if you're not fussed you can buy it there and then. You can also use a marker pen on the spot to write your message and/or initials on the lock for free.

Louvre Palace
The day I visited the Louvre, it was full of glorious sunshine, and heat. We sat a while round the fountain pictured above, and of course I made a wish on a cent and threw it in. I could have stared up at the palace for hours, the architecture is amazing. Then, as you make your way through you come out on to the Louvre Museum...

Louvre Museum
Home to exhibitions changing every season, and of course the world famous portrait the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, the museum is well worth a visit. The outside and architecture of the Louvre is just as much a feast for the eyes, surrounded by the incredible Louvre palace as well as the fountains. At night the pyramid shape of the museum is lit up, so it's great to visit both in the evening as well as the daytime if you just want to walk around it. Ticket price is 15 euros however in some instances you are entitled to free entry such as if you are under 18 or disabled for example. For these terms and also opening hours, you can check out the website here.

Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge, another one of Paris' top tourist spots. It's definitely worth visiting even if you aren't planning on doing a tour, but if you do fancy a day/night to remember courtesy of Moulin Rouge, you can find more details of the tours here. The area of town isn't as high key as say visiting the center, home of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, but there are loads of tourist shops nearby, some fun sex shops to go into, as well as some local french cafe's and restaurants.

Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe honours french soldiers, with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lying beneath. The Arc de Triomphe is at the bottom of a main and busy shopping street, so it's easy to fit into your time to go and see. However, just bare in mind it is across a busy main road before running out to take your snaps!

Eiffel Tower
Well, of course one of the most obvious places to visit, when in Paris, is the Eiffel Tower. Standing since 1889 and arguably the most notable landmark of France's capital, it's well worth visiting as the views are truly spectacular. You can pay different prices depending on how high up you want to go, and if you are scared of heights or are budgeting, you still get incredible views from just the first level. To read more on this or to book tickets, visit the website here.

Picnic by the Eiffel Tower
If you want to really immerse yourself in Parisian culture and find yourself in Paris on a dry evening, it's worth hitting the supermarket for snacks and wine and heading over to the Eiffel Tower. Around the tower are many green areas where you can sit, and street drinking is legal so you're able to enjoy a few glasses of wine or a beer. Beware for street sellers trying to sell you cigarettes, key rings and other things you probably don't need. I would recommend buying your alcohol and cigarettes from a supermarket. Street sellers will come up to you on multiple occasions, so if you're not interested in what they're selling I wouldn't engage in conversation - they're pretty persistent. It's a great place to hang out in the sunshine, watch the sunset, or enjoy the bright lights of the tower - just remember to take a hoodey so you don't freeze, especially in the evening!

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