Paris

Famous Places

Since Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world, it’s no wonder there are a lot of world-known places. Let’s move on!

Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower became the most visited attraction on Earth in 2015 and that by the time it was built, was the highest construction in the world?
Its popularity and historical status has caused the to world associate France with this famed tower. It certainly deserves to be considered a symbol of a country since it represents the art of both architecture and controversy. Despite the fact that the Eiffel Tower faced a lot of criticism, the concept was pursued and finally built.
There are three levels and you may visit each of them and have fun in the restaurants. To ascend the Eiffel Tower, you will have two options – either take a lift or climb the stairs.
A funny fact, by the way, is that in Hollywood movies, the Eiffel Tower is always seen from every window of the French capital.
Statistics show that around 25 thousand people climb the Eiffel Tower every day.
If you dislike waiting in long lines, there is also an option to buy ticket online. Use this chance in order to become closer to the symbol of France, even before your travels begin.

Montmartre and the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur

If the Eiffel Tower is the heart of Paris, then the Montmartre is considered to be its soul. There are a lot of musicians and other kinds of artists on Montmartre Hill. It is the highest point of the Paris and is visible from almost every place in the city.
Did you know that some scenes of famous films like “Amelie” and “Moulin Rouge” were shot at Montmartre Hill?
If you are already at Montmartre, it is not possible to avoid visiting the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur (Sacred Heart). The beautiful white building is on the very top of the hill. It’s one of the most magnificent Roman Catholic churches in the entire world.
If you are an organ lover, you may listen to this musical instrument on Christmas Eve in the basilica.
Montmartre isn’t just a popular place for tourists, romantic Parisians and artists come here very often. So, while taking in the outstanding view of the city, you will often get to listen to a pleasant romantic melody.

Champ Elysees (Avenue des Champs-Élysées)

Champ Elysees is a main street in Paris, which became popular worldwide after Joe Dassin’s song about the street became famous. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most infamous streets in the world.
Champ Elysees Avenue is a popular meeting point not only for tourists, but also for local people and you will find a lot of coffee houses, restaurants and fashionable shops there.
The Place of the Concorde, which is the largest square in Paris, belongs to the avenue and is worth visiting. There is also an interesting landmark in the area, a huge obelisk decorated with Egypt hieroglyphs. If monuments aren’t your thing, you can enjoy the two fountains located on the same square.
Walking the length of the street from the Place of the Concorde, you will arrive at the Arc de Triomphe, another famous sight in Charles de Gaulle Square.
The avenue is very green, bright and crowded. Enjoy your walk!

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc is a holy place for French soldiers who struggled during the French Revolution and took part in the wars led by the Napoleon. A tomb of an unknown soldier who was killed during the First World War has been under the Arc since 1921.
The location of the Arc is very interesting itself; it is situated at the intersection of 4 streets, so, you can end your walk of Champ Elysees Avenue at the Arc de Triomphe and then decide which destination to choose afterwards. It is a good idea to visit the Defence district, because it is not far from there.
If you have a half an hour, you should go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. You can see all of Champ-Elysee Avenue and all the way to Place de la Concorde. 12 avenues start from the Place Charles de Gaulle where the Arc is situated. The names of these 12 avenues are dedicated to the great French Marshalls.

Notre Dame de Paris

It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard about the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral! It is a gorgeous building situated on an island in the city. You will enjoy seeing the stained-glass windows influenced by two different architectural styles – Romanesque and Gothic. It makes the place even more unique.
This temple inspired famous French writer, Victor Hugo to write his famous novel, “Notre-Dame de Paris”. Statues of chimeras are symbols of the cathedral and most visitors consider it their duty to take a photo of the gargoyles during sunset.
If you like the culture of the Middle Ages, you should definitely visit the Notre-Dame.
There is an option to go upstairs, but sometimes you will see quite a long queue there. However, those who have been up top will assure you that it worth the wait.
Undoubtedly, the Notre Dame deserves to be one the symbols of Paris!

Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse)

This 210m skyscraper represents the most incredible view of the center of Paris. Choose the best option for you – either enjoy the view from the 56th floor, or from the open terrace on the top of the building. It also depends on the weather. Try one of the highest lifts in the world, which ascends the tower at 60km/h. From the top, you will be able see 40km around. Even though the Eiffel Tower is more famous, most tourists prefer this view to the view from the Eiffel Tower.
The Montparnasse Tower is a favourite place for photographers. The panoramic views are incredible, so be sure to take your shots.
Visit Montparnasse during both daytime and nighttime, as they are both different and beautiful.
It is good to visit the Montparnasse Tower at the beginning of your Paris tour. The high vantage point gives you an advantage on deciding which places to visit next.

Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles)

Did you know that around 10 million people from all around the world walk around the Versailles Gardens? The suburb of the French capital has been a magnificent ensemble of famous palaces since the XVIII century.
All of Versailles’ visitors admire its marvelous design and beautiful gardens, but not all of them know that this place has been famous since the beginning of the French Revolution and is considered to be a symbol of absolute monarchy thanks to Louis XIII.
While the Palace of Versailles is important in political aspects, tourists are still allowed to come inside. You may be interested in visiting the following attractions of the Palace of Versailles:
– The Museum of the History of France;
– The Royal Opera;
– 5 chapels of Versailles;
– The King and Queen’s private apartments;
– The Hall of Mirrors;
– The gardens.
If you are going to spend a lot of time in Paris and have enough money, we recommend you to visit all the landmarks. Versailles is a small fairytale in the middle of France.

Paris Catacombs (l'Ossuaire Municipal or Catacombes officiels)

The Paris Catacombs is one of the most infamous of Paris’ museums.
Before coming inside you should be prepared: The temperature inside is only 14 degrees and it is a real catacomb built out of people’s bones. You will go downstairs to discover a true mystery of the underground world.
The total distance of the winding route is about 1.5km long. It starts with a narrow corridor, and, after 300m, you will begin to notice caves of human bones. These won’t be the first, as there are a lot of them!
It’s quite dark inside the Catacombs, so take your flashlight with you if you have one.
Tourists that have been there recommend taking a tour guide. The guide can tell you interesting historical facts about this place in a 45-minute walk that will certainly make your visit even more interesting.
If you liked the fear of the Catacombs and want to extend this feeling, go the theme shop and buy some fearsome souvenirs to remind you of the Catacombs.
Long story short, be prepared for all conditions, because it’s the real challenge for timid people!

Elysee Palace

Some people think that Elysee Palace does not deserve to be visited because it is forbidden to go inside most of the year. But, if you are already walking around the city center, you should at least stop by the Elysee Palace. It is situated close to Champ-Elysee Avenue and the still looks beautiful, even behind the fancy fence. The entire palace was constructed in an elegant and impressive style.
Elysee Palace is official residency of the President of France, which is why visitors are not allowed to go inside. There is still a possibility to visit some halls of the palace in September, so take your chance if you plan your trip to Paris in the autumn. The rest of the year you will only be able to watch a change of the guard and view the palace from behind a grand fence.

Hotel des Invalides (Hôtel national des Invalides)

The Hotel des Invalides is already an interesting building from the outside, but once inside, you will discover that it is incredibly multi-faceted as well.
Most tourists know that the Hotel belongs to the Army Museum, but the Museum is only part of the building. This extensive building belongs to French veterans and war heroes. It is their residency, hospital and architectural monument at the same time. Some veterans of World War II and the Resistance movement live in the Hotel des Invalides, even today.
It was originally designed for 1500 inhabitants, but by 1714, there were about 4000 former soldiers who wanted to reside there. Today, people associate the Hotel des Invalides the French general, Napoleon, who was buried inside the building, making the Hotel all the more famous.
Moreover, you can attend a classical concert any time of the year.
This will be a special place for those who are interested in military history and who enjoy visiting museums.

For Art Lovers

The Louvre (Musée du Louvre)

The Louvre is one is the biggest and most popular museums in the entire world. Being there, you will find around 38,000 pieces of art.
Did you know that founders of the Louvre didn’t expect the building to be a museum? It was a fortress from XII to XVIII century and only contained 537 art works!
Now, if you spend 30 seconds per piece of art without any break, you must spend no less than 100 days at the Louvre in order to visit the just main part of the museum.
The fact that 70% of the Louvre’s visitors are foreigners proves that it is an international museum.
Undoubtedly, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is the most famous painting in the museum. You will always find a crowd of tourists around this piece of art, although it is hardly bigger than an A2 format.
The Louvre’s glass pyramids became one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris. Do not forget to take photo of the Louvre’s facade.

Paris Opera (Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris)

Did you know that the world-known musical “The Phantom of the Opera” comes from the Garnier Opera?
If you like to listen to opera, the Paris Opera will make for one of the best evenings of your life! But be ready to arrive 30 minutes before your performance starts.
Even if listening to opera is boring for you, there is an option to have a tour of the Paris Opera House during the day when there are no ongoing performances inside. Besides the singing performances, you may also find other attractions there: a library, a costume exhibition, lots of halls and deluxe shops. No visitors want to miss standing on one of the grand balconies, which is why you may be faced with a large queue.
It is curious to know that Charles Garnier himself designed the chandelier in the main hall, and it is not the only piece of his work. It was Garnier’s idea to create such an elegant design, which impresses dozens of visitors every day.

Moulin Rouge

It is interesting to know that Moulin Rouge opened the same year as the Exhibition for which the Eiffel Tower was built. It is all about 1889. The idea of Moulin Rouge was to build a Palace dedicated to women and to dances.
Although the Moulin Rouge performances were said to be too vulgar, the Cancan dance, which requires a high level of training, has become popular worldwide and even initiated a new fashion of women’s skirts.
If you are seeking bright emotions, Moulin Rouge is the right choice for you!
It is a classic French cabaret with a well-rounded and packed dance programme.
Small tip: if you want to sit in the 1st row, you should wear elegant clothes, as it is up to staff of the cabaret to choose your place in the hall.
Anyway, if you come inside Moulin Rouge, with the help of dancers, acrobats and clowns, you will definitely experience its festive atmosphere. Let your soul relax!

Visit the Grand and Petit Palaces in One Day
Tuileries Garden

If you are not an only art lover, but enjoy nature as well, the Tuileries Garden is highly recommended. It is situated between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.
The Tuileries Garden was originally created to compliment the Tuileries Palace, which eventually burned down. After more than a century, the Garden was redesigned thanks to André Le Nôtre’s affords in 1664, and it is now landscaped in a typical French style. As a result of the French Revolution, the Garden was opened to the public.
The Tuileries Garden was created in a very strict style: there is one main alley, which connects two ponds and perpendicularly intersects with the other alleys, all smaller than the main one.
Today, the Tuileries Garden is a favourite place in the French capital not only for tourists, but for locals as well.

Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)

The Orsay Museum is a very popular museum of applied art in Paris, and the tenth most popular museum in the world. It has one of the biggest collections of the European paintings from the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries.
The main part of the collection consists of impressionist and post-impressionist painters.
If you’ve had enough of paintings by this point in your trip, the museum also suggests visitors watch performances and concerts. You may take part of the annual festival dedicated to the origination of cinema industry. Besides that, you may become a participant of a round table or a conference concerning the topic of modern art.
The Orsay Museum was created in the building of the railway station with the same name. It ceased to be a railway station in 1939, and didn’t become a museum until 1986.
The exposure of the Orsay Museum came from the Louvre, the Gallery Jeu de-pom, the Luxembourg Palace and the Small Palace, as well as a number of different patrons.
The Orsay Museum is a great choice for those who appreciate unusual art.

Orangerie Museum (Musée de l'Orangerie)

If you are in Tuileries Garden, it worth visiting the Orangerie Museum, which is located in the western part of it, close to the Place de la Concorde. Despite being quite small, visitors are very happy they decided to spend some time inside.
The museum is famous its impressionist and post-impressionist style pieces. The most precious painting of the Orangerie Museum is a series of eight “Water Lilies” (in French “Nymphéas”) made by the world-known French painter, Claude Monet. The artist depicted his own garden, and it became the piece of world heritage. Claude Monet had a good sense of humour, saying that the only things he knew is how to do was to paint and to garden. The painter gave the “Water Lilies” to the museum as a celebration of the end of World War I. These pieces of art are located in two rooms, and every visitor of the Orangerie Museum go in order to enjoy them.
Besides that, you will be impressed by Guillaume Renoir’s works.
Although the Orangerie Museum is quite small, do not forget it is situated in the very center of Paris, so if you do not like busy museums, visit it in the morning.
Let the art of the museum inspire you!

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou is yet another Modern Art Museum in Paris, and if you are the type of tourist who wants to be everywhere and do everything in the capital of France, you should definitely add the Centre Pompidou to your list.
The main difference between the Centre Pompidou and other modern art museums is that the expositions of the Centre Pompidou are impermanent. So, if you decide to stay in Paris longer, you may attend several different expositions with each visit.
When the Centre was founded in 1977, the new “hi-tech” art style caused a mixed reaction in the art society. Critics compared the new building to an oil refinery and resented nothing in the building was similar to art. Eventually, most tourists had accepted the style of the Centre Pompidou, and it became one of the symbols of Paris.
As you approach the Centre, street painters, musicians and even acrobats will surround you. At the entrance you will also notice a stravaganza fountain.
Some of people still consider the Centre Pompidou ridiculous, but for others it is fun Your own impression of your visit is up to your imagination.

Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg)

During the high season, Paris might be overcrowded, so if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be better off escaping the city and getting back to nature. The Luxembourg Garden, which is comprised of both French and English styles, is a perfect choice in that case. Beautiful tree-lined promenades, gorgeous statues, eye-catching fountains and a big pond in the Garden are just some of the pleasantries you’ll experience in the Luxembourg Garden. If you want, you may also visit the Luxembourg Palace, which now belongs to the French Parliament (Senate). The Garden is said to be more attractive outside of wintertime.
Go for a pleasant stroll with your close travel companions or new friends, discussing the places you have already visited. Moreover, a children’s space, so they won’t be bored while you are relaxing in the open-space cafe. In case you want to have fun together, you may take a pony ride, sail in the pond, play tennis or basketball or just take amazing photos in the sun.

Visit the Great and the Small Palaces in one day

Both palaces are situated not far from each other, which is why there is no problem visiting both in the same day.
The Great Palace (The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées) is comprised of the National Gallery and an interesting exhibition “Salon”. Situated in the basement is the French Police Station. Moreover, different activities take place in the Great Palace. For example, the World Fencing Championship has taken place inside.
The Small Palace (Petit Palais) will also delight art lovers. Basically, it is an art museum. If you’re hesitating about whether is it worth visiting the Louvre or not, go to the Small Palace first. Their collections and exhibitions are pretty similar. Moreover, the entrance to the Small Palace is free. So, it is a reasonable start in terms of getting acquainted with fine art.
If you prefer to spend time outdoors, there is one more reason to visit both Great and Small Palaces; they are surrounded with beautiful gardens. It is especially wonderful to walk there in the spring because of the trees’ smell when they are in blossom.

Army Museum (Musée de l'Armée)

The Army Museum is considered to be one of the most fabulous in the world. It is situated in the Hotel des Invalides.
In the museum you may see the most significant symbols of the achievements of the French National Army from the Middle Ages until World War II.
In detail, you may visit several exhibitions, located in separate spaces:
– Musée des Plans-Reliefs: you may see a lot of military models there;
– The Dôme des Invalides includes the church and the tomb of Napoleon;
– Old Armour and Weapons of the Medieval times;
– The Modern Department is about French history from the reign of Louis XIV to Napoleon III;
– The Contemporary Department shows the history during the period of the 2 World Wars;
– The Main Courtyard and Artillery Collections contain different types of cannons;
– The Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides includes the Veterans’ chapel;
– The Charles de Gaulle Monument dedicated to the work of the President.
Many war-history buffs are fans of weapon, artillery, technological items, uniforms, and works of art dedicated to a war and armor. All of these things are showpieces of the Army Museum.
Visiting the Army Museum will give you a chance to understand French history better.
In case aren’t interested in all things military, you may simply pass through the Army Museum on the way to Napoleon’s tomb.

Interesting Places/Attractions

RER & Metro

If you want to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, you should get to know the RER.
The RER (Réseau Express Régional d’Île-de-France) is a special kind of transportation in Paris and its suburbs. For instance, you can easily and quickly get to Disneyland or Versailles by RER.
You may notice that the RER is similar to the metro. They are actually integrated into a single payment system that helps people to use them more conveniently. However, RER lines are situated deeper than metro lines because RER stations are not used as often as metro stations. In addition, RER stations are more spacious (they are some of the most spacious in the world) in comparison to metro ones.
The RER system includes 257 stations, 40 of which are underground. More than 2 million people use the RER every day.
There are 5 zones for this kind of transportation, which influence ticket prices. You can use the same type of ticket for both the RER and the metro.

Visit the Sorbonne University (L'Université Paris-IV)

Sorbonne University is a state research humanitarian university that was founded in 1970 when the University of Paris was divided. Now, it has become one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Sorbonne University was recognized as the second best educational institution in the world in 2015.
There are 12 campuses, 7 of which are found in the Latin Quarter.
The University is situated in the building of an architectural and historical monument, the Sorbonne. The Chapel of the Sorbonne was created in baroque style, and it is hard not to notice the magnificent building while roaming the area.
The facade is beautiful, but if you want to go inside, you have to sign up for a guided tour. Group tours for 10-30 people are regularly organized inside the Sorbonne in order to give people a chance to discover its heritage. If you want to spend more time here, you can also apply to the Sorbonne University and become a student.

Walk in the Defense District (La Défense)

Although Paris doesn’t have a lot of high buildings, there is an entire district of skyscrapers in the city named The Defense. The Nobel Tower, built in 1966, was the first high rise in the Defense.
If you live in a small town or countryside, the skyscrapers of the Defense District will be breathtaking for you.
It is simply a paradise for fans of urban monuments! You will see about 60 modern sculptures there. The Grand Arch on the famous esplanade will evoke a reaction from any and every visitor. No less interesting is the Finger statue.
As you walk along the esplanade, you will notice that no two skyscrapers are alike in the Defense, making the area a unique combination of modern high rises.
Additionally, there are lots of malls and cafes in the Defense, so you can do your shopping or have lunch there.
The Defense is close to the center of Paris, and it is worth including this district in your itinerary.

Visit the Shortest and Longest Streets

The shortest street in Paris has been around since the XVII century! Its name is Rue des Degrés.
The Rue des Degrés is almost quadratic: it is 3.3m wide and 5.75m long.
Basically, the Rue des Degrés is a staircase with 14 stairs, which connect Rue de Clery and Rue Beauregard.
Although this street is unique, it is pretty quiet and usually abandoned. It will give you a great opportunity to snap a few outstanding pictures on it.

Rue de Vaugirard with its length of 4.3km is considered to be the longest street in Paris. It will take a little bit longer to go down the entire street in comparison to the Rue des Degrés, but 1-2 hours should be enough time to walk it.
Even if you do not really like walking, the Rue de Vaugirard will still be fun. You’ll see the Théâtre de l’Odéon, the French Senate building and a former Carmelite convent. Enjoy your walking tour!

Ghost Metro Stations

Even though the ghost metro stations are well known, not all Parisians have been there. The stations are not open to the public, and it is forbidden to go there. Nevertheless, some people still organize night walking tours to the ghost stations. If you do not want to defy the law, it is not recommend you go underground.
The metro system is widely spread throughout Paris resulting in it being redesigned and reconstructed several times, with a number of stations falling out of use.
There are 16 ghost metro stations in French capital due to different reasons. Some of them were closed with the beginning of World War II; the other stations have never been in use or were moved. Regardless, they make the city seem mysterious.
There was a suggestion to rebuild the ghost stations into swimming pools, and some stations were used for shooting films. Station Port des Versailles and the Victor Hugo station were rebuilt for long trains. Another interesting fact is that the station, Gare de Nord, is in use for training future drivers.

National Library (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Paris’ National Library is one of the biggest and oldest libraries in the world, and has more than 2500 employees. The National Library of France was named after François Mitterrand – the ex-president of the country.
One of the most precious items in the library is the Catalan Atlas, which is considered to be the most significant achievement of medieval cartography. Apart from the Atlas, the library receives about 150,000 new books every year.
So, if you have the opportunity to visit the National Library, take your chance!

Latin Quarter

Even if you have already visited the Sorbonne University, you should return to the area and experience the rest of its atmosphere. More attractions are waiting for you in the Latin Quarter.
Walking along narrow streets, you will meet lots of stylish students, fancy shops and cafes tucked into the alleyways. If you do not feel comfortable in crowded places, it is better to avoid being there during the high season. It is an eclectic quarter and people here correspond well with this place.
Students who studied the Latin language came up with the name of the area as far back as the middle ages. There are several universities situated in the area, whose students make the atmosphere even more vibrant.
Let’s talk about prominent landmarks of the Latin Quarter: the Cluny Museum is similar to a castle, the Pantheon is comprised of tombs of famous people who lived in Paris and Eglise Saint-Sevérin Saint-Nicolas is a grand cathedral in gothic style. So, if you are tired of the lively, outdoor atmosphere, come inside and replenish your energy.

The Asian Quarter (Quartier Asiatique)

There is an Asian diaspora in Paris that, besides its extraordinary food, attracts visitors for being incredibly picturesque and bright.
China is the largest nation in the world Chinese people and have settled in nearly every country, including France. Paris’ popular Chinatown can be found within the Asian Quarter.
Besides Chinese people, many other countries are represented in the Quartier Asiatique including Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
If you decide to visit Paris from the 20th of January to the 21st of February and are in a festive mood, you may take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations. It is an awesome, bright show with an attractive parade that winds through the streets.
While you experience parts of any Asian culture, it is not necessarily true that it absolutely belongs to the people of Asia. Even there you can come across plenty of western inventions (i.e.”McDonalds” or some shops in European style). It also makes sense, because many Asian people strive to be like their western counterparts.

Open Air Cinema

Don’t want to miss the cinema during your travels to Paris? You shouldn’t! In fact, you can watch some great films outdoors while in the city. Certainly, it is a great suggestion for visitors who come in summer time.
Going to the open-air cinema is a unique alternative to another evening sitting in a cafe or walking around the city.
If you are in Paris from the middle of July to the middle of August, you may be even luckier; there is an Open Air Cinema Festival that takes place annually in Parc de La Villette. There are a wide variety of film genres shown during the festival. One day you may find yourself watching a good classical film, while on the next, you could be attending an interesting film shot in recent years.
Watching films outdoors is amazing because you can combine your picnic with a memorable story.

Tour de France

If visiting Paris in July, you’ll have the chance to witness the last leg of the “Tour de France” race! The grand-finale of the race passes right along Avenue des Champs-Éysées, and you can stand amongst the crowd of people cheering on the bikers as they cross the finish line.
The Tour de France is one of the most popular cycling races in the world. Participants are in tremendous physical condition and overcome 2000 miles in 21 days. Leaders are usually known from the beginning, but the real race begins at the end. People all over the world want to see the finish of the Tour de France and know who the new champion will be. Some fans come to Paris at this time, specifically to attend the grand finale of the Tour de France, maybe you’ll be one of them! Enjoy the cycling!

Fun Features

Smell Croissants

Although croissants are an extremely popular food in France, they were actually invented in Austria in the XIII century. Today, however, most French people have croissants for breakfast. It is a favourite dish in France and it is also a national food that you can buy nearly everywhere. Even continental breakfasts, which are very popular in hotels, usually include croissants. No wonder you can smell the croissants all around Paris. You are able to find many different kinds of croissants including sweet and salty, so there is always a croissant available for whatever you’re craving.
Once you smell the croissants, you will definitely want to taste them. It is important to buy a good quality croissant, so when choosing, pay attention to its freshness. Buy croissants only in good bakeries (or pâtisseries in French). If you liked one, try asking for a recipe to bake the same at home. By the way, it became much simpler once bakeries started using frozen dough.
Bon appetite!

Sing French Songs

It is difficult to find a person who does not like, or has never heard of talented French singers such as Joe Dassin, Edith Piaf or Lara Fabian.
French people love to sing very much. Moreover, the French language is one of the most melodious, which is why French songs about love and romance are popular all over the world
Don’t be shy – sing French songs aloud. There are a lot of tourists in Paris who do not speak French at all. If they hear you sing French songs, they will definitely appreciate that you like their mother tongue. You may even learn some French words along with the songs.
It is also a good idea to search for your favourite songs in French before you come to Paris. If you wander along the streets with a French playlist, you will feel the atmosphere of France deeply and your impression of Paris will be stronger.

Taste Real Blue Cheese

Blue cheese really has a blue or green colour making it look unpalatable to most of people. However, the French adore Blue Cheese, so you should give it a try at least once.
Blue Cheese was not invented intentionally, but nobody truly knows how exactly it came about. The most popular types of Blue Cheese have already existed for centuries. The most popular is Roquefort, which is made out of sheep’s milk.
At the first sight, you may be disgusted at the idea of eating cheese, but once you stop thinking too much and just try it, you might love it for the rest of your life.
Note that each type of Blue Cheese requires that it be produced in the region of its origin.
Blue Cheese has a different consistency depending on the type as well. It might be soft or crumbled, melted, or spread. The smell of Blue Cheese is also different depending on the bacteria used in the cheese.
Most people like Blue Cheese only after trying it in France, so if you haven’t tasted it, don’t do it before your journey. Leave it for your French discovery!

Rent a “Velib” Bicycle

Can you imagine that since the middle of 2013, there have been about 18 thousand “Velib” bicycles all around Paris not including the suburbs?
People living in Europe can easily rent a “Velib” bicycle: all you need is a credit card with an EMV chip. Then, the deposit for insurance of 150 € will be charged to your card, which you will receive back as soon as you return the “Velib” bicycle.
It is an efficient mode of transportation all around Paris; especially for locals. For 29 € per year, you may use “Velib” bicycles all year round and, if you are a student, the cost is only 19 €. Even a day pass for a bicycle is only 1.70€, which is cheaper than public transit.
As far as drawbacks go, well, if it rains, you’re definitely going to get wet. On those days it’s probably better to use public transportation and visit a museum instead of biking or walking around the city.
It is very convenient that “Velib” points are found nearly every 300m in the city, meaning you can return one bicycle and take another at a nearby “Velib” point if you want to take a break and have a walk.

Take a Boat Ride on the Seine River

Did you know that there are 37 bridges that cross the Seine River in Paris? It is worth taking a boat ride down the river to see them all from the water, isn’t it?
It is amazing to take a tour on the Seine because it flows right through the middle of the city and you can enjoy seeing the most significant attractions from the water. You do not have to walk, only sit, relax and wait until your boat brings you to the next place of interest.
Moreover, the Seine River has always been very important for Parisians. In Latin, they called the river, Sequana. Now it is the Seine, and half of the water used by the city comes from it. Entrepreneurs also use the river as a powerful waterway for moving their cargo.
You might be inclined towards fancy bridges, so pay attention to the most beautiful ones. The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris. It crosses an embankment to a small island. At any time of day you will see plenty of boats there. The Pont Des Arts is also popular in Paris. It is for pedestrians only and is completely made of metal. It is a common meeting point for Parisians. It is famous for being covered in nearly 45-tones of “love locks,” which were recently removed and replaced by a lock-proof design, as they were starting to wear down the infrastructure of the bridge. The Pont Alexandre III became a separated historical monument for its magnificence. It connects the quartier of the Champ-Elysees and Hotel des Invalides.
This is a great idea for those who have just arrived in Paris, or who are only there for a short period of time. You can enjoy the view of Paris from the window of a water taxi such as the Batobus.
You will come to learn at least a few of the Seine’s secrets during your tour.

Walk from the East to the West of Central Paris

Walking is the best way to discover a foreign area. By wandering around the center and surrounding areas, you might even come to know them better than some local citizens. In addition, walking is very good for your health – both physical and emotional, so do not hesitate, just do it! Cross the central part of Paris: from the very East to the very West.
The total distance from East to West of the center is about 8km. You can do it in about 2 hours.
On one hand, if you’re an experienced walker and are up for some physical activity, crossing Paris in that time won’t be a problem. On the other hand, it is not easy to pass by interesting attractions and not go inside. You will probably want to visit some museums or play tennis in a park or take a photo on a bridge, or anything other number of things. All these activities take time, and unfortunately it is impossible to do everything in a day. For that reason, you should do the walking tour on the first or last day of your visit in Paris. If you do so on the 1st day, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the places you plan on visiting; on the last day, it is a great chance to say goodbye to the city you’ll have no doubt fallen in love with during your visit.

Remember your Childhood in Disneyland

Do you like Disney cartoon characters? Do you want to go on a journey into a fairytale? You’ll have the opportunity to meet your favourite characters in person while visting Disneyland Paris. It is not only an amusement park, it is a full of different activities that are interesting not only for children, but also for their accompanying adults.
Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 and is not situated directly in Paris, but rather 32km to the East. You can easily reach it by RER or TGV high-speed train.
By the way, there are a lot of discounts for visitors. For instance, if you have a child under 7 years old, entrance for him/her is free.
Disneyland Paris is very diverse as well. There are different theme parks grouped around the main attraction, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The other features are:
– Frontierland specially for those who love Westerns;
– Main Street USA, which is similar to the town where Walt Disney spent his childhood;
– Adventureland where you may become closer to Indiana Jones or Robinson;
– Fantasyland was made for the youngest visitors where they may meet Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and many other characters;
– Discoveryland that takes visitors into a future invented by Jules Vernes.
Most visitors will also want to look behind the scenes at Walt Disney Studios Park. So, don’t hesitate if you are in Paris, discover the world of magic with Walt Disney!

Hunt Gargoyles on Notre-Dame's Rooftop

Sure, you cannot physically hunt the gargoyles that protect the eaves of the Notre Dame, but you can take beautiful pictures of them.
The gargoyles are the symbols of the Notre-Dame and were made in order to prevent water pouring from the roof of the building on a rainy day. So, the gargoyles, besides adding gothic intrigue, also serve a practical purpose, decreasing potential damage to the Notre-Dame’s walls.
The sculptures became a real piece of art by themselves and were made in grotesque style.
Many visitors are curious how the name “gargoyle” was invented. It comes from a French word meaning “throat,” which is fitting considering that the gargoyles “swallow” drops of a rain.
At the same time, many use the word “gargoyle” to describe a monstrous sculpture. For instance, the French legend “Gargouille” represents the main character as a monster with the ability to make fire with its throat.
Gargoyles are also found in literature. Victor Hugo depicts them in his famous novel “The Notre-Dame de Paris”. So, take a picture of that historical sculpture.

Take a Helicopter Flight over Paris

Are you a fan of high altitudes? If the height of the Eiffel Tower or the Montparnasse building is not enough for you and if you want to enjoy the all of Paris in a single glance from a high point then a helicopter flight over Paris is the right choice for you!
The helicopter can take up to 5 people inside, so you may take four friends with you. It’s also a great chance to surprise someone special.
An average tour lasts about 30 minutes, which is enough time to fly over the central part of the French capital. You can not only fly over the city, but to go to Versailles or visit a beautiful castle by helicopter and have breakfast there.
During the helicopter tour, you will enjoy the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, La Defense, Montparnasse and many more. It is surely worth the experience!

Go Shopping

Shopping makes people relax and puts them in an excellent mood. Buying new things in a new place provides you with a memory to last a lifetime. Even if you do not remember all details of your visit, you will certainly remember the impression that the city left you. Moreover, it is hard to imagine a trip without bringing back souvenirs for friends and relatives. The items you bought in Paris will always remind you of your French journey. Hopefully, you will have good memories from there!
When buying a memorable item for yourself, it is better to choose one depending on your the brightest impression of the city. If you had finally achieved your dream of climbing the Eiffel Tower, it is a good idea to take a small keychain of the beloved tower. However, when choosing gifts for your close friends, pay attention to their needs and desires rather than your own.
You may find a lot of interesting shops while walking down the Champ-Elysee Avenue or while wandering in the Latin Quarter, which is not far from the Notre-Dame.
Remember, Paris is not about thinking hard and hurrying. Paris is about taking your time and truly feeling the ambiance!

Additional Information

Eiffel Tower
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 avenue Anatole France, 7e (Metro: Bir Hakeim or RER Champ de Mars–Tour Eiffel).
Opening hours: from the middle of June to August: lifts & stairs 9am-12.45am,
From September to the middle of June: lifts 9.30am-11.45pm, stairs 9.30am-6.30pm.
Price: Options:
1. Lift to top: Adult – 17 €, young person – 14,5 € child – 8 €.
2. Lift to 2nd floor: Adult – 11€, young person 8,5 €, child – 4€.
3. Stairs to 2nd floor: Adult – 7€, young person – 5 €, child -3€.
4. Lift from 2nd floor to top: 6€.
Contact information: +33 8 92 70 12 39.
Official website: www.tour-eiffel.fr.

Montmartre and Basilica
Address: 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre (Metro: Abbesses Anvers + Funiculaire)
Opening hours: the temple: from May to September – every day from 8.30a.m. to 8p.m.
From October to April – from 9a.m. to 5p.m.
the Basilica – 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.
Price: free of charge
Contact information: : 01 53 41 89 00
Official website: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/

Avenue Champ Elysee
Address: the Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Opening hours: all the time
Price: free of charge

Arc de Triomphe
Address: place Charles de Gaulle, 8e (metro: Charles de Gaulle–Étoile)
Opening hours: from April to September: 10am – 11pm, from October to March from 10 am to 10.30pm.
Price: adult – 12 €, child – free.
Official website: http://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/.

Notre-Dame des Paris
Address: 6 place du Parvis Notre Dame, 4e (metro: Cité)
Opening hours:
1. Cathedral: from 8am to 6.45pm (from Monday to Friday), from 8am to 7.15pm (on Saturdays and Sundays).
2. Towers: 10am-6.30pm (from Sunday to Thursday), from 10am to 11pm (on Fridays and Saturdays) in July and August, from 10am to 6.30pm (from April to June and September), from 10am to 5pm (from October to March).
3. Treasury: from 9.30am to 6pm (from April to September), from 10am to 5.30pm (from October to March).
Price: cathedral – free, towers – adult – 8.50 €, child -free, treasury – adult – 2€, child – 1€.
Contact information: +33 1 42 34 56 10
Official website: http://www.cathedraledeparis.com/.

Montparnasse tower
Address: 33 Avenue du Maine (metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe)
Opening hours: From April to September: from 9.30am to 11.30pm, from October to March: from 9.30am to 10.30pm (from Sunday to Thursday), from 9.30 am to 11pm (on Fridays and Saturdays and on eves of public holidays).
Price: adult – 15 €, young person (from 16 to 20 years) – 12 €, child (from 7 to 15 years) – 9,5 €, disable people – 7,5 €.
Official website: http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/.

Versalles
Address: Versailles, the suburb of Paris
Opening hours:
From April to October:
1. Palace: every day except Monday from 9am to 6.30pm.
2. Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate: every day except Monday from 12pm to 6.30pm.
3. Garden: every day from 8am to 8.30pm.
4. Park: every day from 7am to 8.30pm
From November to March:
1. Palace: every day except Monday from 9am to 5.30pm.
2. Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate: every day except Monday from 12pm to 5.30pm.
3. Garden: every day from 8am to 6pm.
4. Park: every day from 7am to 8.30pm
Price: You have an option:
The Passeport ticket lets you in anywhere at Versailles – 18€, but on the days of the Musical Fountains and Gardens shows – or 25€.
The 2-days Passeport ticket lets you in anywhere at Versailles over 2 consecutive days.- 25€, but on the days of the Musical Fountains and Gardens shows – 30€.
The Palace ticket lets you into the Palace of Versailles only: the full price is 15€; the reduced price is 13€.
Contact information: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00
Official website: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/.

Elysee palace
Address: 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Opening hours: it’s forbidden to go inside.

Les invalides
Address: 129 rue de Grenelle, 7e (metro: Varenne)
Opening hours: April-October: 10am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar
Prices: adult – 11 €, child – free.
Official website: http://www.musee-armee.fr/lhotel-des-invalides/lhotel-national-des-invalides.html

The Louvre
Address: rue de Rivoli & quai des Tuileries, 1er (metro: Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre)
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: from 9am to 6pm; on Wednesdays and Fridays: from 9am to 9.45pm
Prices: adult – 15 €, child – free.
Contact information: +33 1 40 20 53 17
Official website: http://www.louvre.fr/.

The Garnier Opera
Address: Place de l’Opéra (metro: Bastille station lines 1, 5 and 8, RER: Gare de Lyon station)
Opening hours: guidetours – from 11am to 2.30pm every day.
Prices: adult – 14 €, child – 6.5 €.
Contact information: +33 0825 05 44 05.
Official website: https://www.operadeparis.fr/.

Moulin Rouge
Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy (metro: Bastille station lines 1, 5 and 8, RER: Gare de Lyon station)
Opening hours: from 9pm to 1am every day.
Prices: 120 €.
Official website: http://www.moulinrouge.fr/

National library

Address: Quai François Mauriac
Opening hours: from 9pm to 1am every day.
Official website: http://www.bnf.fr/en/tools/lsp.site_map.html.

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