When Audrey Hepburn said; ‘Paris is always a good idea’, she definitely knew what she was saying!
A lot of things make up this bustling city and add character to its ever charming personality. Take the River Seine for instance, would Paris be Paris without it? Or even the Eiffel Tower! So many little things make up this beautiful and dreamy city. While as a visitor you will never know what it’s like to live in Paris, you can still get your holiday’s worth by immersing yourself in this city even if it’s just for a few days.
Enjoy breakfast at a pavement cafe:
Your drive from the airport to you hotel will expose you to numerous cafes lined on almost every street in Paris. Probably no other place in the world is as famous for it’s pavement cafes as Paris. A good way to start your day in Paris is to grab a proper breakfast at one of these cute little cafes.
If you love contemporary art and want to delve into the world of Picasso, Dali, Warhol and the like, then The Centre Pompidou is the perfect place for you to spend the afternoon at. The architecture of the Pompidou in itself is quite something, it’s industrial design definitely appealed to me.
Feed you inner art geek at Musee D’Orsay:
You may have had your fill of Dali and Picasso, but what’s art without Vincent Van Gogh right?! Well make your way to Musee D’Orsay to get you fill of Van Gogh and many other celebrated artists such as Monet and Rodin amongst others.
Take a shot at decoding Monalisa’s smile at the Louvre:
Take a trip to The Louvre to feast your eyes on the most famous painting int he world. Why is the Monalisa the world’s most famous painting? Well the reasons could be the that Leonardo Da Vinci used a forgotten technique called Sfumato, which is extremely tedious and time consuming. But there are so many other reasons why this painting still remains as one fo the most talked about int he world – Who is this lady? Why is her smile so mysterious? Are there really microscopic codes and numbers hidden in her eyes? Perhaps we will never know more that what we already know and maybe that’s what makes the Monalisa the most famous painting in the world.
Stuff your face with crepes:
If there was one thing we ate all the time in Paris; it was definitely Nutella Crepes. Hot and chocolatey, this Parisian street food is cheap, delicious and addictive. Guaranteed to give you some holiday weight. Be sure to grab some of these delicious crepes while in Paris.
Treat yourself to French wine:
The French love their wine and you will too! Seat yourself at one of the many happening bars or cafes at Latin Quarter or Bastille and enjoy a bottle of affordable and delicious wine.
A date with the gargoyles of Notre Dame:
If you are an admirer of gothic architecture then the Notre Dame is your best bet. One of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture famous for it’s gargoyles. The sculptures of these mythical creatures staring down at the city almost seem as if they are vigilantes of some sort. If architecture is not your thing, then visit to see breathtaking views of the city from the top of the cathedral’s towers. The 387 steps are worth the view.
Unleash your inner wine nerd:
Include a quick visit to Cave Du Louvre; a former royal wine cellar which is now a venue for wine tasting, workshops and tours. You will learn a lot about wine and how it’s made and at the end of the tour you will be given a quick wine tasting lesson with three glasses of wine of your choice from the selection available there. Take back with you some wine knowledge to show off at parties back home and also a free bottle of wine as a memento.
Picture perfect shots of The Eiffel:
Paris is synonymous with the Eiffel Tower and for good reason. While there is no monumental history behind the Eiffel, it has still managed to become an iconic structure and a place to cross off from people’s bucket lists. So cross it off yours with a visit and a special picture to take back home.
Take a walk in Pere Lachaise Cemetery:
While a cemetery may not be on most people’s itinerary while in Paris or any other country for that matter, trust me, the Pere Lachaise is a place not to be missed. This is the final resting place for many great french philosophers, poets, writers and royals amongst others. My reason to visit was to see the grave of Jim Morrison;the frontman of one of my favourite band-The Doors. But once I stepped into this place it was easy to get lost in its haunting beauty. Read more about it here.
Honestly I could go on and on about what you can do while in Paris, but I think this post is already long enough and I also don’t want to give out everything here, as I believe one must have a chance to explore and experience things the way they want to. I hope my experiences help in a way without interfering too much in what you have planned! Only one thing to say – Paris is always a good idea!