Paris is without a doubt the best, most livable city I’ve ever visited. I had a chance to live there for a month this past summer and I almost couldn’t leave. It’s about as flawless as it gets when it comes to urban living. It’s a big city, but not too big. Unlike other bustling cities like New York, you can actually walk down the street and enjoy your surroundings. In addition to being clean and well-kept it has everything you need -from rich cultural experiences to top tier entertainment and incredible food. The weather is also relatively mild and livable year around. Summers are not too sweltering and winters are not unbearably cold. Everyone should visit Paris at least once in their life. Here are a few of the best things to do in the city of Love.
The Louvre is a great starting point for Paris and is the most visited museum in the world, with over 9 million visitors each year. It’s one of the world’s largest museums and one of the most historic. The Louvre is a cluster of palaces that were originally built in the 12th century and occupied by royalty. It contains nearly 35,000 historical objects and has a massive area of over 60,600 square metres. It’s not a site you can get through in one day, so if you really want to see The Louvre in its entirety allot at least 2 or 3 full days to see it.
Jardin Des Tuileries
This is my favorite spot in all of Paris. I’ve probably spent more time here than any other part of the city. It’s absolutely fantastic for enjoying a glass of wine, picnicking, or just sitting and reading amongst the gorgeous gardens and fountains. During the summer they also have the Carnaval De Montmarte with a ferris wheel, rides, to-die-for churros (among other tasty treats), and games. Summer is beautiful here and the sun doesn’t go down until nearly 11pm, so you’ll find tourists and locals alike picnicking, libating, and enjoying Jardin Des Tuileries well into the evening.
Day Trip To Versailles
Getting to Versailles from Paris is easy and quick via train and only costs about 8 euros round trip. It’s a spectacular site to see and is well worth the trek! Just make sure to book your tickets ahead of time and get an early start so that you can enjoy all that Versailles has to offer. During the summer they also have special evening events (that often sell out), so make sure to check the schedule ahead of time to enjoy additional activities. After you’re done exploring Versailles, go to one of the many cafes nearby to enjoy local French wines. Whatever you do, fit Versailles into your schedule -you will not regret it! Go here for train schedules and more info.
Le Marais District
This is where you’ll find legendary vintage and consignment shopping in Paris. You’ll also be able to get some of the best falafel you’ve had in your life. L’As du Fallafel is so delicious it has a perpetually long line, but the wait is well worth it. For 6 euros you can get a gigantic falafel sandwich piled high with pickled veggies, fried eggplant, hummus and whatever else your heart desires. After you’re done stuffing your face with deliciousness, head over to the surrounding vintage shops for unexpectedly affordable shopping. Like most second hand shops, you’ll have to do some sifting and digging, so allot yourself a chunk of time to really enjoy what Le Marais has to offer.
Most people don’t think of libraries when they go to Paris, which is a shame, because Parisian libraries are breathtaking! Truly spectacular sites to see for any bookworm or history buff. Paris currently has 22 libraries and they’re certainly worth visiting. A few to add to your list are: de l’Arsenal, de la Sorbonne, du cinéma François-Truffaut, historique de la ville de Paris, interuniversitaire de santé, Kandinsky, Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, Mazarine, Polonaise de Paris, and Sainte-Geneviève Library.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is probably Paris’ most beautiful, trendy district. It’s certainly the most posh and young district where you’ll find ample nightlife. This is where you’ll also find most of the high end hotels, bars, restaurants and boutique shopping.
The Classic Historic Sites
It goes without saying that you need to visit all the classic historic sites like the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Cathedral Notre Dame, Musee de L’armee, and The Sacre Coeur. All but the last (Sacre Coeur) can be visited over a day or two, and if you map it right, you can even walk from one to another. However, Sacre Coeur is off the beaten path, so you may want to plan that one separately.
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