Bucket List Worthy
By Cailin O’Neil
Paris, France is a destination that many people dream of visiting, and visit, each year. With numerous museums, monuments, iconic structures, bakeries to eat in, wines to drink, and cheeses to taste, it can be quite overwhelming for first time visitors. The more time you can give yourself in Paris the better. That way you can slow down and enjoy things without having to rush around everywhere.
In my video Paris in a Minute I highlight some of my favorite things to see and do in The City of Love, which will hopefully inspire you to visit. Hit play to have your mind filled with information about Paris in only one minute. Continue reading below for more details.
It isn’t a trip to Paris without visiting or at least seeing the Eiffel Tower. Constructed in 1889 for the worlds fair it was only meant to stand for 20 years but it became so popular with visitors and important for radio transmissions that the city decided to keep it standing. It is now one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
When visiting you can take the stairs all of the way to the second floor or take an elevator all the way to the third. If heights aren’t your thing then you should at least get up close and/or view it from a few iconic spots around the city like at the Trocadéro plaza and the Champ de Mars garden.
Located on an island in the middle of the Seine in the exact centre of the city sits the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Now over 650 years old it is known for its Gothic architecture, gargoyles and the role it plays as home to Quasimodo in the popular novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
Sacré-Coeur Basilica is located at the highest point in the city in the famous Montmartre area of the city in the North. From here you can get a great view of the city as well as enjoy the interior art and mosaics as well as an even better view from the top of its dome.
Paris is also popular for its museums. At the Louvre you can be transfixed by Mona Lisa’s smile, or be intimated by extremely large paintings of Napoleon. Muśee d’Orsay has a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist artwork by the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir and more. If you are interested in something a bit more modern then the George Pompidou Centre might be for you.
There are tunnels that run under all of Paris, created by the mining of limestone and other minerals used to build much of the city. Today the abandoned mines are forbidden to be explored, except for a 1.7km area that has been used as an ossuary aka the catacombs. Since 1874 due to overcrowding in the city’s cemeteries, the skeletal remains of 6million Parisians have been stored in these underground tunnels, which have now become quite the tourist attraction. If you don’t get spooked too easily you should definitely check it out.
There are many things to see and do in Paris and there are also a few things to outside of the city. If you are feeling overloaded with the hustle and bustle, why not take a day trip to somewhere like the Palace of Versailles or visit the Loire Valley or explore the Champagne Region just to name a few.
This video and post do not even come close to highlighting everything you can see and do in Paris but hopefully it will give you a good head start.