A city of endless attractions
It is true that Paris is perhaps the wealthiest city on the earth when it comes to the array of attractions and sites to explore. Ascending the Eiffel Tower – although not a great idea if you struggle with heights – is one of the foremost things people do when arriving in Paris.
Then comes a relaxing saunter along the Seine, taking in the different atmospheres on both banks. Then it is on to the Louvre for a chance to see some of the greatest and most iconic art masterpieces.
Of course we haven’t even mentioned the Champ Elysees yet. This very famous avenue is the heartbeat of the city’s shopping but it is also home to cinemas and cafes aplenty.
It is quite possible to spend a whole day enjoying the charm and grandeur of this avenue. Make sure you have plenty of your holiday budget left though as you don’t want to miss out on any gift shopping during your city break in Paris.
Finally, we have to mention the Arc de Triomphe. This monument stands proud in the centre and is probably best witnessed when it is lit up at night.
Discovering more to Paris
So what do you do when you’re not sightseeing in Paris? Well discovering its partisan underbelly is one way to go about it. With all the flair of France, there are many interesting clubs and bars to visit that will give you an unrivalled atmosphere of entertainment and enlightenment.
Spending an afternoon in Montmartre will really get you in the artisan mood. Here you will find street artists showcasing their work and you could always ask one of them to draw you!
Alternatively, sipping coffees in the street cafes is a great way to enjoy yourself in Paris.
On the theme of food, there is some exemplary cuisine for you to sample. Some of the high-end restaurants are run by some of the world’s best chefs, so you can be sure that you will get a taste sensation.
For something a little different, and if you have a strong enough stomach, you could always take a boat trip on the Seine and tuck into some grub. It’s a great way to watch the city go by whilst sampling some of the finest cuisine.
Take a grand tour of the City of Light
To get a flavour of Paris of the past and present, there is nowhere better than the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank. It’s picturesque, atmospheric and buzzing, with countless enticing shops, cafés and restaurants. Admire it first from the Île de la Cite in the middle of the River Seine.
Stand in front of the lovely Notre Dame Cathedral with its wonderful rose window and tall steeple soaring up to the sky. Look up at the gargoyles and you can easily imagine hunchbacked Quasimodo (hero of the iconic Victor Hugo novel) swinging down the bell ropes to rescue the beautiful Esmerelda!
From the quai, make a detour into Rue de la Bûcherie to see the quirky Shakespeare & Company, the famous English language bookshop and library that featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.
Students and tourists fill the pavement cafés here and in fashionable Boulevard Saint Germain. Many of the cafés still have traditional wicker chairs and zinc topped tables. Stop awhile and drink in the atmosphere with your coffee as you people-watch.
For a calm stroll through some stunning gardens, make for the Jardins de Luxembourg, the second largest park in Paris, with its stunning statues, monuments, fountains (look out for the fabulous Medici fountain) and water features. The garden is a charming reminder of the Paris of the past.