Paris is the first thought for your typical city break, and if you haven’t already been you definitely know someone who has. There are so many classic activities, the key one being climbing the Eiffel Tower.
The city landscape is unmistakable with its Iron Lady, who just celebrated her 130th birthday, so it’s almost mandatory that you climb to the first floor to check out the glass viewing platform. From the tower, stroll the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe – even better if you time your visit for the first Sunday of the month when cars are banned from the avenue. Visit the designer boutiques, independent retailers, bars, cafes and theaters lining both sides of the route.
The city has many museums to visit. The Louvre is probably the most popular, for its famous feature the Mona Lisa (though be sure to check out the immense and much more imposing ‘The Wedding Feast at Cana’ on the opposite wall). Tourists flock to visit and photograph the museum’s glass pyramid exterior, so try to arrive early or pass again later after close to get an instagrammable shot without the crowds. If art isn’t really your scene, instead try the grounds of the Chateau de Versailles, the home of nightly musical fountain shows.
There a vast amount of experiences unique to Paris, not least Les Catacombes, a 20m deep series of caverns filled with the bones of Parisians long gone, after health issues arose due to the city cemeteries. It is estimated that between 6 and 7 million bodies were re homed here over a period of 12 years. The tunnels were first partially opened to the public in 1809, and the museum is under a constant cycle of regeneration improving the visitor experience. If gloom is your vibe, continue the morbid theme with a trip to Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise which is the most visited cemetery in Paris. Visitors to the necropolis hunt out famous inhabitants such as Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde.
Another famous sight on the streets of Paris, Moulin Rouge theatre attracts around 600,000 visitors a year. Under the distinctive windmill exterior, 80 artists takes part in the dazzling Feerie show, so be sure to set aside the time to bask in the ambiance with dinner and a show. The birthplace of the Cancan, the cabaret house opened in 1889 and has an extensive history to explore, through fires, the world wars, and major renovations.
One last distinctive sight, the Notre Dame is not to be missed. After suffering the devastating fire recently, the world rallied to restore the beautiful cathedral to its former glory. While she may not yet be as polished as she once was, visit the site to appreciate the epic undertaking ahead of Paris’ architects and builders and revel in the in the persevering Parisian attitude. Around the cathedral you will still find market stalls and boutiques to explore.
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