Paris is a city that will never disappoint you. You can go back again and again, and there will still be a new different and impressing place to visit, or a restaurant with a different cuisine that you haven’t tasted yet, a museum which paintings you haven’t seen, or a boutique that you’ve never heard about. Yes, probably it will take me few lives to visit every single place of this magical city, but I will never get bored of it. I’ve already been in the “city of love” twice, and soon I’ll have that honor again.
When someone asks me “Why exactly Paris?”, the only thing I can say is that even when I start thinking about that place, there is that indescribable euphoric feeling that overtakes me. For me Paris is not just a spot on the map. Paris is a feeling. I’m sure each of you have that place where everything is beyond expectations – the coffee is sweeter, the sunset is more beautiful, the sky is brighter, and your smile is wider. For me that’s the French capital.
All this French courtliness, the picturesque neighborhoods with street artists, the hundreds of museums, the romantic vibe that spreads from everywhere, the magnificent architecture, all these small cafeterias behind the corner in the hidden streets, centuries of history and mixture of different periods – that’s Paris. A small masterpiece of the European civilization and culture. No matter how spectacular it sounds, it’s true. For many people Paris is just the Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa, but I’ll have to disappoint you. You will never manage to visit everything so I’m going to make you a ‘must-do’ list for your first time visit of the city.
Set your alarm early because we are starting our tour with one of the most iconic building in Paris – Notre Dame. Unfortunately, at the moment the cathedral is closed for visitors because of the tragedy that recently happened there but I really hope soon it will be fully renovated and opened again. That building is an incredible architectural masterpiece. If you have the opportunity to visit, you should go. The entrance is 10 €.
Hidden in one of the small side streets near Notre Dame, is a beautiful little cafe called Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. Worth to stop by for a photo or even a morning coffee with croissant.
Within a small 15-minute walk is the world-famous Louvre Museum – home of Mona Lisa and a million more art pieces. I am not exaggerating! The Louvre has a collection of painting and sculptures from different parts of the world and different eras as well. You will probably need a whole month so you can see absolutely everything. The entrance is 17 €, but bearing in mind the priceless exhibits inside, that’s nothing.
ТрArc de Triumph
I’m not sure if there is more iconic shopping avenue anywhere in the world than Champs Élysées. It’s an honor for every designer to have their own boutique there. It is no coincidence that Paris has been called “fashion capital”. On Champs Élysées you can find all your favorite famous brands but for me Louis Vuitton’s store was the most impressive. That’s probably the biggest store of the brand that I’ve seen in Europe and on the street in front you can see only the latest models of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Enough with shopping! The Triumph Arch is at the West side of the avenue – that’s another famous place which is a must in your list for the day. You can take some photos in the middle of the street, but you should be really careful.
I don’t know why we didn’t take the metro from the Arch, but we were walking like more than an hour. In the middle of the day we were already dead on our feet. Our next stop was the Eifel Tower. That’s a place you can visit anytime no matter is it a day or a night. In the evening there is a light show and it’s spectacular. If you’ve decided to go to the top, you will be probably wait hours on a que for the tickets especially if it’s summer. I don’t want to disappoint you, that’s why I will tell you it’s worth every minute of waiting. It was amazing! Breath-taking! Recently I was on the top of Burj Khalifa, but again I would prefer the Eifel Tower.
While we were taking pictures on the top, I heard some commotion behind me. I turned and saw a guy kneeling in front of his girlfriend. He was proposing her, and it was so romantic. The girl of course said “Yes” and all the people around were applauding. That was inspiring.
You can also enjoy Paris from the river Seine booking a cruise. The boats are going from under the bridge between the Eifel Tower and Trocadero and reaching Notre Dame. Best thing is to have a dinner and drinking roséenjoying the sunset overt Seine.
Montmartre is a very popular area to visit in Paris – mostly because of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Apart from Sacre-Coeur, there is so much more to see in and around that area. Actually, that’s the artists district of Paris. All the modern artists are spending their time here searching for inspiration. Ironically, long time ago that place was a village and artists lived here because it has been cheaper than renting an apartment in the center of Paris. Today this neighborhood is one of the fanciest in the city. The streets are quite, and it’s not as crowded as the central part of Paris. It’s very beautiful and it has this special French vibe that inspires you. The art is still in the heart of Montmartre. This made it my favorite place in Paris. Also there are a lot of small cafes where you can spend the rest of your afternoon.
Located on a hilltop is the beautiful Basilica Sacre-Coeur where you have a panoramic view of the whole city. The entrance is free and it’s open until 10:30 pm. Another place you can visit in that area is Moulin Rouge – one of the most famous cabaret shows in the world. If you have enough time you should definitely visit one of these shows.
Jardin du Luxembourg
After visiting Disneyland on the second day of our trip, we had few spare hours before the flight back. So we decided to go to one not that popular attraction – Luxemburg Gardens. Fortunately it was early and still without crowds. That’s a very quit and peaceful area. The park is huge and in the middle of it’s the old Medici’s residence.
- Paris is not as expensive as everyone is saying. You can rent an Airbnb apartment for 50 €, or be in a 5 star hotel with a view to the Eifel Tower. It’s absolutely your choice.
- If you’ve decided to stay in Paris for more than a few days, definitely go to Versaille Palace and Disneyland as well.
- Try the French cuisine and visit a nice French bistro, where you can try good local cheeses and wines.
- For saving you time, you should buy you Louvre and Eifel Tower tickets online
- Use the metro – that’s the fastest and cheapest transport in Paris
- Be aware of pickpockets! They are all around the city so watch your bag.
- ително си купете онлайн билетите за Айфеловата кула и Лувъра, за да си спестите чакането.
- Не се притеснявайте да използвате метрото – там това е най-бързият и удобен транспорт.
- Пазете се от джебчии! Както всеки голям град по света, и Париж гъмжи от крадци.