WANDERLUST; Paris – the must see and must do list

Paris is famous because it is grand, rich in history, romantic and beautiful. To even skim all of what Paris has to offer you need to stay for at least one week, in order to explore and have a perfect balance of a touristey experience and getting to know the more hidden Paris.

Here is my list of the Parisian sights worth seeing and visiting.

The Eiffel Tower, of course. This iconic 324 metre tall tower was built for the world fair in 1889 World Fair and was originally going to be pulled down afterwards. Mum and I had lunch on the first floor whilst enjoying views out over Paris. I would recommend taking a picnic of cheese and wine and sitting on the lawns nearby on a sunny afternoon.

At 10pm, 11pm and midnight each night there is a light show that goes for five minutes. The best place to watch it from is from the viewing platform near Trocadéro metro station, in the 16th arrondissement.

Here is a very short video I made of the night show with the Miniatures iPhone app to show you how sparkley and beautiful it is.

The Arc de Triompheis 50 metres tall and on Place Charles de Gaulle, which signifies the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is 12 streets coming out of the roundabout that the Arc de Triomphe occupies.

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is two kilometres long and very wide. A lot of the French designers have their flagship stores here, including Louis Vuitton.

An American friend and I went to Ladurée – the cafe that supposedly invented macaroons – for her birthday cocktails. A visit to the Ladurée bar is guaranteed to make you feel at least slightly elegantly Parisian when sipping cocktails in it’s beautiful surrounds.

A cruise along the Seine River is a lovely way to spend an afternoon whilst efficiently learning about the history of Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral will always remind me of the Disney film (that was based on Victor Hugo’s book) The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

After visiting Notre Dame a logical next stop is Saint Germain des Prés, where Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and many of the French existentialist writers spent their time in the 1940’s. I didn’t realise the area would be so commercial and Montmartre was a lot closer to how I expected Saint Germain des Prés to be.

If you love The Doors then Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery is a must visit. Phillipe Auguste is the closest metro station and Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde are buried at there.

My next post will be about Montmartre, traditionally the artists area of Paris.

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2 Responses to “WANDERLUST; Paris – the must see and must do list”

  1. what programme do you use for your images? these are some of the most fantastic images of paris that ive seen!
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