If there is any one place where I find myself constantly magnetised to, its Paris, France. With deep architectural history and a mix of modern contemporary art, Paris truly is one of the most beautiful cities of the world to visit, but if you’re short on time, heres a handy guide!
With so much ground to cover make sure you make use of their handy metro system! With the ability to buy 10 tickets for a cheaper price you can have your travel for the whole trip sorted! My favourite spot to stay is the 18th arrondissement of Montmartre, home of the traditional painting quarters and once of the most romantic places in Paris, it is the perfect place to explore if you are more of the historical type. There are many ‘Air BnB’s’ to stay in right next to the famous Sacré-Coeur – meaning sacred heart so you can feel right at home. Mine was on the 7th floor with no lift so you will get used to the traditions of Parisian architecture and get some exercise at the same time! Don’t forget, if you climb up to the Sacré-Coeur, make sure you try and find the slanted houses of Montmartre, remember though, its all in the angle!
Montmartre is definitely the place to get one of the famous macarons or even sit down and watch the world pass by while munching on a crepe (sweet of course!)
If you’re wanting to also see some of the more famous landmarks make sure you find some of the more niche spots! A great view of the Eiffel Tower can be seen from the Arc de Triomphe located at the top of the Champs-Élysées and only costs €8 for an adult. A great spot in the day time to get an excellent view of how the streets of Paris were designed, but also a great place to see the hourly lights of the Eiffel tower.
If you want a closer view of the Eiffel tower make sure you make your way to the metro stop Trocadero which brings you to the Palais de Chaillot, a perfect view of the tower from across the river. During the evening the tower lights up and sparkles for around 5 minutes every hour. It is so magical, you can see why it is one of the most romantic cities.
If you want to see some more history, head to the Notre Dame Cathedral along the river Seine. Take a picnic and sit alongside the river before you head to the cathedral and bask in the sunlight while watching the river cruises float by. Once you’ve seen the incredible architecture of the Notre Dame, head into the gothic quarter for some amazing food. With lots of places to chose from you will definitely have the best onion soup of your life. Don’t forget the Louvre housing the Mona Lisa is just across the river! Make sure you go earlier in the day to avoid the queues!
If you’re more of the arty type don’t miss the Centre Du Pompidou, whose ranging exhibitions always have something on for all art types! The centre itself is very quirky amongst the traditional architecture so isn’t hard to find! Also another cool find is the ‘Cite de la Mode et Design’ which inhabits great rooftop bars!
If you don’t have long in Paris you can definitely fit in the main ‘tourist’ points within no time, remember to try and pack picnics as food can be quite pricey in peak tourist times and don’t forget to pick up a map!
Spring and the start of Summer are brilliant times to visit Paris as the streets come alive with people and plants, but it is such an accessible city when it comes to keeping busy, so even if you find yourself there in the winter months you can always stop off if you’re feeling chilly for a croissant and a chocolat-chaud!