Ooh la la, surely it has to be Spring…
Chatting about France is probably one of mine and Gary’s favourite subjects, and living in the southeast of the UK, we don’t need much of an excuse to jump in the car and head across the English Channel on Le Shuttle.
However, this time we’re talking about Paris and a trip to this multicultural city doesn’t come any easier than catching the Eurostar & journeying through the countryside of northern France.
So, grab your passport, brush up on your s'il vous plait & merci, and head to the city of luuuuuv. 💖
The Eiffel Tower: When you think of Paris, one of your first thoughts will probably be the Eiffel Tower, and why not? An icon of this beautiful city, standing majestically along the River Seine.
The Left Bank: Some of Paris’s most impressive architecture can be found along the Seine, take a stroll along the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) day or night and you’ll love the remarkable skyline that opens up before you.
Notre-Dame: Well, there are centuries of history in this city along nearly every boulevard. One of my favourite areas in Paris is around the Notre-Dame Cathedral and discovering the cobbled lanes and streets through Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis.
Arc de Triomphe: A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the Champs Elysees, from the Arc de Triomphe head down through the tree-lined avenue to the Place de la Concorde.
Sacré-Cœur Basilica: There so many things spring to mind when you think of Paris, and another icon is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and its intriguing surrounding streets of Montmartre. This is a lovely area to sit and watch the world pass by.
Art & Culture
The Museums: Perhaps not always on everyone’s city “to do” list, but I do enjoy visiting a gallery. If you are only in Paris for 2 or 3 days, it can be a tough choice. Will it be through the doors of the enchanting Pyramid at Louvre to visit Mona Lisa or to the Musée d'Orsay to see the masterpieces of French Impressionism? Mmmmm, I loved them both.
The Moulin Rouge: To bring your evening into full swing why not visit Moulin Rouge, another icon in this fascinating city and sure to be a highlight of your trip.
The Gardens: On any trip, you should always try to fit in some down time, Paris has some lovely gardens and parks to sit and relax in, and enjoy the family atmosphere. We particularly enjoyed Le Jardin du Luxembourg and Tuileries Garden.
A River Cruise: However, if time is of the essence catch a boat along the Seine and you can soak up the passing cultural sights while giving your feet a rest.
Food & Drink
Café Life: A highlight on any of our trips around the world is always experiencing the local delicacies, and French culinary experiences are always ones we look forward to, perhaps what arrives in front of you may not always be what you were expecting, but hey that’s the fun of it.
Pâtisseries & Boulangeries: Whether it’s cheese and bread with a crisp glass of wine or indulging into the patisseries that Paris do so well, you’ll love it.
That Book Shop: Strolling around any city, there are always things that will put a smile on your face and Paris is not short of these. I couldn’t help but have a browse around Shakespeare and Company bookstore, and I bought an old tiny French-English dictionary.
Out the front of the bookstore is one of the many Wallace drinking water fountains, which were donated by Englishman Richard Wallace. These were given due to Paris’s water system being destroyed during the 1870 Franco-Prussian war.
Parisian Style: What I also enjoyed were the little book stalls hugging the Seine and the intricate Art Nouveau Metro stations entrances.
Not so well known
A Canal Boat Trip: If you have time on your side it is certainly worth taking a canal boat trip along Canal Saint-Martin.
A little bit of Paris not always on a tourist “must see” list.
Père Lachaise Cemetery: Anyone that follows us will know that I have an unusual interest in discovering the history of local cemeteries and churchyards, and Paris was not going to escape this.
We took a metro ride to Père Lachaise Cemetery and had a wander around the weaving paths and the overgrown gravestones and discovered the resting places of Édith Piaf, Jim Morrison & Oscar Wilde (to name a few).
For next time
It’ always good to leave a destination wanting more and Paris for us is no exception. Amongst the places, we still want to visit in this enchanting city are the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Catacombs of Paris & Palace of Versailles.
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