Paris, aka the city of love, is the capital city of France. The city is divided into districts and each has its own look at feel, the Latin Quarter has great bars, restaurants and night life and for all the sights head to Champs Elysees and Seine River Bank (districts).
There’s also plenty of things to keep the children busy as well, like Disneyland Paris where you can spend a good couple of days exploring, click on the following link for our Disneyland Paris Guide.
Whether you’re spending a weekend in Paris or longer we’re sure you’ll have an unforgettable experience. We’ve put together a brief guide to consider when heading to Paris.
Eiffel Tower: Standing 300m high it’s hard to miss this world famous monument. You can get a great view of the tower in all its glory from Trocadero (one of the metro stops). Plan to visit the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night. From sunset through to 1am, the Eiffel Tower puts on a great light show every hour on the hour.
Notre Dame Cathedral: Large Cathedral well worth visiting. Get there early if you want to climb to the top of the tower, otherwise you will be queuing for hours in tourist season.
Conciergerie: is just around the corner from the Notre Dame and also worth a visit. It is a former Palace and Prison. One of its most famous inmates was Queen Marie Antoinette. If you are into architecture is a great building inside.
Louvre Museum: Many museums under one roof, here you’ll find the Mona Lisa and other famous art pieces.
Arc de Triomphe: Famous monument and one of the largest if not the biggest roundabouts in the world, you have great views all over Paris from the top but you’ll have to climb roughly 300 stairs.
Champs Elysees: Famous shopping street and starts from the Arc de Triomphe.
Saint Chapelle: Gothic chapel, located near the Palais de la Cité, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris.
Catacombes: Underground cemetery and the remains of Paris’s stone mines.
Napoleon’s final resting place: Les Invalides, (church) The church is very beautiful and the dome is stunning.
Place de la concorde: One of the major public squares in Paris, a great place to relax after a busy day taking in the wonderful sites around you.
Basilica of the Sacré Cœur: A large Roman Catholic church and minor basilica. Worth a look
Moulin Rouge: Here you’ll find cabaret shows, but be careful in this area at night if on your own.
Jardin Luxemborg: Luxembourg Gardens is the second largest public park in Paris located in the 6th arrondissement (district)
Rodin Museum: Here you’ll see the thinker statue and other artworks.
Some other sights to consider depending on how long you have: Seine River cruise, Disney Land Paris and Versailles Palace. The hop on hop off buses are a great way to see all the sites if your short on time (Lime Green open top bus and Red double deckers).
Paris has no shortage of accommodation, when looking for a hotel/motel think about what you plan to do and see. We’ve stayed at The Residence Pelican before, located in the heart of the city and minutes from the Louve museum. It has a lovely romantic feel to it but you’ll need to be fit as there are no lifts and all rooms as accessed by a tight staircase, click on the following link to read our Residence Pelican Paris Review.
GETTING TO AND AROUND PARIS:
Getting around in Paris is easy with its vast and efficient metro system. The RER train offers a faster alternative to the metro, but stops are less frequent. If you are staying more than a week consider purchasing a combined travel pass for unlimited travel on the metro, RER and buses.
By Air: Paris has 3 airports and the main one being Charles de Gaulle airport. All the major airlines service the airport.
By Train: Pairs is well connected to all of Europe by train, the TGV high speed trains and Eurostar services direct from London in roughly two hours.
The Metro: The underground system is very good and easy to navigate, the RER trains are used a lot by commuters and Metro stations are well signed. Make sure you study the map, you can’t interchange at some stations even though the lines cross.
Points to highlight: Watch your step when walking around the city as one thing you’ll notice is the amount of dog poo left on the pavements. Fines are issued for not cleaning up after your pooch but you need to be caught in the act, as a result a number of campaigns have been put in place to reduce the poo problem.
If visiting Paris do yourself a favour and grab some Berthillon Ice Cream (luxury ice cream and sorbet) Located at 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France. You’ll know the place as you’ll see the queue of people lining up. If your based in London visiting Paris could not be easier, take the Eurostar Train from London St Pancres station and within two plus hours you'll be walking the streets of Paris.
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Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating: 4.5 out 5
By: Nick & Jackie