As a little girl, one of my biggest dreams (like many other little girls; no originality) was to go Paris – see the Eiffel Tower, yeah, a piece of man-made steel gave me the passion to study, work extra hard and save!
Paris needs no introduction, it’s architecturally breath taking; The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, the Notre Dame cathedral, need I say anymore? The best and most affordable way to experience Paris is to get a Paris Pass.
What is the Paris Pass?
It is a sightseeing package that allows you to fast-track lines and gets you free entry to Paris museums and monuments like the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and more. It also includes the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour to see the sights, River Cruise and tour of the Opera Garnier. The best part of the Paris Pass is the unlimited travel on the metro, RER and buses.
What to do in Paris?
Paris is celebrated for its cuisine, whether you looking for a cosy neighbourhood café or a triple-Michelin-starred restaurant, this City has you covered. Nothing beats the champagne and patisseries, which is perfect for packing into a picnic basket to enjoy at the city’s parks and gardens, which is also the most affordable option. My favourite spots were the Parc des Buttes Chaumont and the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower) – the Champ de Mars is the park facing the Eiffel Tower, you will have the best view of Paris’ iconic monument. Make sure you stay until the sun sets in order to enjoy the beautiful glittering lights on the Eiffel Tower, every hour on the hour for 5 minutes, it will leave you speechless. Many spots on the banks of the Seine are also perfect for an evening picnic, but the Quai des Tournelles is my personal favourite. The view of the back of Notre Dame Cathedral from there should make any heart melt (mine still melts typing this).
Parisians are renowned for their style. Paris remains at the forefront of fashion, and the city has plenty of designer boutiques and flagship haute couture houses. I suggest take a few hours and walk down the Champs-Élysées where all the designer outlets are situated- it will give you Goosebumps- a girl can dream right? Once you there, you have to try a legendary macaroon at Laduree, perfect for that pending Instagram post.
Palace of Versailles
One of the best days I spent in Paris was at Palace of Versailles, France’s most famous grand palace, which is about a 30 minute train ride southwest of central Paris. The château, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette dined, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot and plenty of high end fashion designers such as Dior chose as their shoot locations. It is difficult to come up with enough adjectives to describe the Palace of Versailles, and you will be mesmerized by its sheer beauty and history. Without a doubt, it should be on every visitor’s itinerary when traveling to Paris.
The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) is the most popular destination for any tourist visiting Paris. It is the most famous museum in the world, where one can find the well-known painting of Da Vinci and many other renowned artists of history. However, it gets really busy, I would reiterate my suggestion and get a Paris pass, so you can skip the queue. The museum is insanely massive – interesting fact, it has over 30 000 art works on display. So if you count one minute to see one piece of art and one more minute to walk from one piece to the next, you will need over 100 days to see all there is to see (providing the museum is open 9 hours a day). The Louvre offers an incredible collections of paintings (your eyes will marvel at the beauty) so the Louvre is simply not to be missed.
The Arc de Triomphe
One of the most famous monuments in Paris, and definitely worth the 284 steps up (no need to skip leg day)! The view from above is incredible. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all those who fought inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.