Paris is home to so many iconic places and activities. Has history, nature, stunning architecture, is fun and romantic. Thus, I feel that I would have to write too much to describe it, so I will spam you with pics and will add some descriptions and captions in the photos. Leave me your thoughts, suggestions or questions in the comments 🙂
Highlights of our trip to Paris, things we did and things we missed.
- My favorite place in Paris is the breathtaking Basilica du Sacré–Cœur. Going around and in the temple. We also climbed ~350 additional spiral stairs up to the dome, for a stunning panoramic viewing of Paris. Worth every step! Price is 6€. Extra tip: bring your binoculars, this is one of the highest points in Paris.
- The enchanted neighborhood of Montmartre, the artists square. Great place to walk around, you can have a coffee, beer or macarons while enjoying the atmosphere. Perhaps you want to have a sketch or portrait done? Prices vary around 40-50€. Notes: There is a touristic train- you must book in advance. In general, prices around here are quite high.
- Notre Dame Cathedral, make sure you walk all around it. It has beautiful details of infrastructure that some people miss because they focus only on the front facade. Entrance is free, hence the queues are crazy long.
- Wander by the Seine River and enjoy some music from the local street artists.
- The Iconic Moulin Rouge. An area with bars, restaurants, theaters and sex shops, nothing if you compare to Amsterdam’s Red Light District tho! Fun tip for the ladies: In front of the street there is a platform blowing air from below, ideal to strike the Marilyn Monroe classic pose if you are wearing a dress!
- There are quite a lot of Palaces around Paris, locate them in your map and make a route where you can walk by some and appreciate their elegant infrastructure, peaceful gardens, and rich history behind!
- A pleasant walk from the Place de la Concorde, through the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Rest in the gardens, do some shopping, eat crepes and enjoy the promenade. You can climb to the top of the Arc for 12€.
- Musée du Louvre. It is impressive to watch the exterior and can’t describe the interiors enough, quite a magnificent place! However, can be very intimidating to go in if you don’t have an idea of what you want to see aside of the Mona Lisa, of course. So google the “top pieces to see in the museum” and mark down the ones of your interest.
- Eiffel Tower. What can I say? Just enjoy the view from every possible angle and visit it at day and at night. Sadly, for safety measures, all the perimeter is now closed and you have to pass checkpoints to get in. And, get ready for the queues…
- Stay alert of your surroundings! There are always “random” monuments, statues, churches, buildings, and streets that will surprise you…
- Food! I love eating from the street stands and trying some local delicatessen! Baguettes, crepes, macarons, charcuteries & cheese, local beer & wine.
- Disneyland and Hollywood Studios Paris. This is our happy place 🏰💜 We bought the One day, Two parks pass and it was more than enough. Surprisingly, the waiting times for the attractions were not very long.
- Disney World Florida ✅
- Disneyland California ✅
- Disneyland Paris ✅
- Disneyland Tokyo and Hong Kong: Looking forward 🤩
Places we missed but might be interesting visiting: The Catacombs, Stade de France, Le Musee d’Orsay and Versailles. First three, we had them as tentative places to visit but didn’t decide after all. But Versailles was a pity one… There was a transportation strike the day we had reserved to go 😪 So check their website when planning your visit.
My honest opinion about Paris. Definitely, it’s a city that must be in everyone’s bucket list. Has beautiful impressive infrastructure, rich history and stunning landscapes that we usually only see in movies. Being in front of the Eiffel tower is quite amazing.
However, its atmosphere is not as charming as it might seem in the photos and TV. All the places are overcrowded with tourist, the metros and many streets were dirty and smelly.
Regarding service, the Parisians were nice. However in the public areas, they are not precisely in the best mood but I mean, Paris is not an amusement park! It’s just another big city with busy people, with normal lives. You are on vacations, they are commuting to work.
This said, Paris has a very special place in my heart ❤️ I had the opportunity to visit it in 2009 with my parents and brothers, and now I have visited with the love of my life. So I have beautiful memories of this city.