What to See&Do in Paris?

Dear Diary,

As we described in the previous pages, Paris has a particular charm. It’s a city of history, love, culture, art, elegance, wine and cosmopolitan people. Here everyone can see, do or find something to love and enjoy. Something that we enjoyed very much in Paris is the life, the people and the vibe. But there are a lot of things to see. So here are our favourite tourist attractions of this beautiful city:

  • La Défense – it was a Saturday night and our last night in Paris. We were walking around the city’s neighborhoods and after seeing the Baroque architecture and the aged buildings of Paris, we took the metro and headed for Le Défense. When we got out of the subway the first feeling was that we were in a completely different world, in another modern city. It was like we’d made a trip from Paris to New York. It was weird, I mean I like old and new as well, but in Paris you can totally see what people can build in nowadays. This quarter is the business area where most international companies are based, but even so the place is fascinating especially in the evening. It is fascinating mostly for people who are not accustomed with skyscrapers.
  • Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile – although it’s under-appreciated, it has its charm. After taking the stairs to get up there and you get dizzy 😂, the panoramic frame is fantastic. Not only the city’s panorama is exceptional, but also the fact that it is the intersection point of twelve important boulevards, including Champs-Élysées. It’s worth the exercise up to the top. And also amazing place for photographers or film makers who have a drone.
  • Palace of Versailles – the kings former residence is really spectacular, no wonder is so appreciated all over the world. And as it is said the gardens are even more impressive. Although we visited Versailles in October and there weren’t so many flowers and vegetation, we were pleasantly surprised by the architecture of the palace, the artesian fountains and the labyrinths found in the garden. It’s an amazing place to visit, you’ll find yourself in one of Jane Austen’s book. Even if your an artist or a realist it will impress you.
  • The Eiffel Tower – yes, it is crowded and full of tourists, but we still got up there and admire the splendid view of Paris from the top. And they always say be careful at the pickpocketers, so be careful. 😂 We climbed somewhere around 6 pm in order to see also the view at night. And what was awesome is that we caught the sunset up there. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets we saw. Also it’s a very romantic place, where proposals happen quite often.
  • Notre Dame de Paris – it’s one of the most imposing cathedrals in Europe. It has a beautiful architecture being one of the most representative Gothic cathedrals. It also attracts tourists because of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame French Romantic and Gothic novel by Victor Hugo.
  • Sacré-Coeur – is a very interesting church by it’s architecture and location because it is located in an area where you can admire the entire city (we love heights and landscape as every romantic girl, or guy 😂). What was a little bit of a shock was that a guy was singing outside the church, not a religious song, and it was kind of a show. Inside though was a monumental silence, but that’s also an experience. A weird one. It’s a very nice place for family or friends, you can sit on the grass and enjoy the city’s beautiful view from another angle. The trip there was like being part of a little festival.
  • Moulin Rouge – it’s not far from Sacré-Coeur. It’s the famous cabaret, that had the Can-can dance that spread all across Europe. Unfortunately, we have not managed to get to the Can-can show, but we will definitely do it on a future visit to Paris. We saw it from outside and it’s amazing. It looks exactly how it looked 150 years ago, much of the romance of fin de siècle is still there.
  • Louvre – is one of the most famous museums in the world or it really is the most famous. Just the simple presence of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most well-known paintings shows clearly why. We recommend you to reserve at least half a day for the museum to admire the works of art. There are a lot of people at Louvre every day so it is better to but the tickets online or just be there in the morning. There are on average about 15,000 tourists a day.
  • Disneyland – If you want to take a trip into the childhood, then a visit to the park is a must, especially if you have children. They will be fascinated to see real animated characters. It’s definitely our favourite place of adventure in the world, well except some other awesome adrenaline parks. But still on the top list.

Because there are people that just prefer to live the Parisian life, get to know the culture, the food and the people of this amazing city and not hurry into seeing all possible tourist attractions, we have some other interesting activities (we love to try food too 😂).

  • Walking on the banks of the Seine – you can see all the beautiful sights of Paris as you travel through the calm waters of this river. It is one of the most wonderful experiences in Paris, not to wonder why it is included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage.
  • Walking through Belleville – Belleville is our favourite neighbourhood in Paris. It was once the independent commune of Belleville which was annexed by the City of Paris in 1860. Today, Belleville is a colourful, multi-ethnic neighbourhood and also home to one of the city’s two Chinatowns. Rue de Belleville is teeming with Tunisian, Algerian, and Moroccan restaurants, interspersed with Vietnamese, Chinese and Ethiopian cuisines. Belleville was named one of the most unique neighborhoods in the world in 2016, both to the ethnic groups and also for the multi-cultural graffiti heaven. It’s unique and it is the only place in Europe where it’s legal to draw graffitis on the buildings. It is very colourful due to this urban art. Food and beer are very cheap, and if you love Asian food this is the perfect place.
  • Enjoying a croissant and a coffee in the morning at one of Paris’s cafés is something you have to do. The Parisian pastry is great. We don’t have a particular place in mind, but it was awesome everywhere we tried it.
  • Walking or shopping on Champs-Élysées – One of the major arteries of Paris,  full of life, of elegant people, stylish shops and cafes. One of the cosmopolitan places we adore.
  • Take walks in the city, but it’s a must to see the Versailles gardens. You don’t have to go and visit the palace. But you will enjoy a coffee or a wine on a bench at Versailles admiring the lake and the graceful swans.

So much about our favourite places and activities in the capital of France. There are a lot of other cool things to do and see in the city of lights. In the following pages of the journal you will also find a small plan related to the costs of tourist attractions, metro, activities or accommodation. If you want to see some photos from our trip, you can check out our Facebook album.

A bientôt,

Alex

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