The classic tour in Paris
I never met a person that didn’t want to go to Paris. Actually, for casual travelers, Paris is usually one of the first destinations while planning a trip to Europe. For the europeans, is quite a common destination while traveling around. I have been to Paris for a couple of times already, specially because while driving from Berlin to Hellfest, it is my stop by before reaching the festival site. But for those who have never been there, I want to list some amusing places to see besides the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Get ready to make this virtual tour in this romantic, beautiful and charming city.
The River Seine
This river is all along Paris and cross the main touristic attractions. You can make one stop or two along the way to visit the Notre-Dame or to get impressed with the size of Louvre Museum, but reserve some time to walk along the river. It is beautiful, romantic and you can get some impressive clicks during your way. If you get too tired, you can use the benches along the way. Take your time and walk around. You won’t regret.
The Luxembourg Palace
What was once a royal house, nowadays is a governmental building. The Luxembourg Palace is where the Senators works and were the tourists and parisians come to rest and chill. The architecture of the building is superb and the garden is very pleasant to relax and enjoy the weather. The fountain right in the front of the palace is definitely the best spot to put the shoes away and feet up for a little while.
If you like churches and impressive architecture you will fall in love by the Sacred Heart Basilica. Besides the impressive building, you can also use your time to go up to the Bell Tower and make some impressive photos from the top. The church is located in the district of Montmartre, the famous and bohemien parisian neighborhood. This district is up to a hill, so the view from the basilica is indeed a privilege.
Moulin Rouge and Amelie Poulin Quartier
After – or before – visiting the Sacrè-Cour Basilica, take your time to explore the neighborhood. Montmartre is a very historical place in Paris. If you watched the musical movie “Moulin Rouge”, you will see all the wild and artistical part of Montmartre, while watching Amelie Poulin you are going to have the romantic impression of it. It doesn’t matter much what’s your style, the neighborhood will impress you. Don’t leave outside your tour plans the “Café des 2 Moulins”, the place Amelie works and also the famous Cabaret Moulin Rouge.
Graveyard Père Lachaise
This is the most visited graveyard in the world. One reason is the amount of great names buried there, like Chopin, Molière, Apollinaire, Balzac, Proust, Gertrude Stein, Collete, Simone Signoret, Sarah Bernhardt, Yves Montand, Pissaro, Seurrat, Modigliani, Delacroix, Édith Piaf and even Oscar Wilde. The other reason is a historical battle that happened in the place in 1871, where the survivals from the battle were lined up in the next morning and killed one by one and after buried in a great communal grave.
The Louvre Museum
This is a huge museum and if you really want to explore it, you can save an entire day for that. By entire day I really mean arriving at the opening time and being the last one to leave. One thing to learn about Louvre: it opens every day but on Tuesdays. Keep that in mind. Also, the museum closes only in 3 holidays in the year: 1st May, 1st November and 25 December. To have more information about the special days, free admission days and extra hours, you can visit their page and program your visit based on that. You can even buy your ticket online to a specific date, so you save some line time when getting there.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile
You don’t need to be a great fan of shopping to visit the Camps-Élysées. This is one of the most famous avenues in the world and in one of the ends is the monumental Arc de Triomphe. The charm about all this part of the tour is to really look around and live that moment. You will walk between Porsches and Ferraris, will experience some really cool stores and will enjoy those almost 2km filled with trees and fame. The Arc de Triomphe is just one of the most magnificent thing to see, I like to say that it’s so huge for an Arc that almost doesn’t fit the picture. The details on it are impressive and the view from the top is stunning.
Are you a Disney movies fan? So definitely know Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre-Dame. It is following all his adventures that you feel like visiting that stunning place where he grows. Well, fairytales apart, the church is really impressive. The square in front of it already gives you all the magnitude that the cathedral will be from the inside. Of course that like most of the cathedrals around the world you’ll have to pay to visit the entire complex, but to just make a walk around on it basis floor, it’s for free.
Of course that this is the main attraction in the city. Going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower is like going to Italy and not having a pizza. Going to Germany and not having a beer. Going to Brazil and not listen to some samba. Going to Venice and not seeing the canals. I think you got my point. Also, if you are in Paris, you don’t need to get too close to the tower to see it. But you can’t miss the visit to the top. It is definitely the best view from the city you will have. Unless you plan some helicopter tour. But don’t just use your time to see the tower and run away, enjoy the park all around it, enjoy the walking in the area and even walk to the Military School and the Musée de l’Armée museum. The buildings are beautiful and worth the visit.
Hôtel National des Invalides
The national residence of the invalids is a military and historical parisian building. It contains museums and monuments all connected to the French military history. The complex is really beautiful and even if you don’t have much time to visit it from the inside, it’s just a small walking distance from the Eiffel Tower and will impress you, just like everything else.
Paris is a beautiful city and pretty much with all the touristic points within a walking distance from each other. But even if you are not the kind that enjoy long walks, the subway in Paris is huge, covers the entire city and it’s with very fair prices. But if you enjoy the long walks, just do it. This way you will have the chance to see also some other beautiful buildings like the Orsay Museum, the National Assembly, the Royal Palace, the city gardens and parks, the Opera Garnier, the Opera de la Bastille and enjoy the several cafés that the city reserves. Paris is a unique experience that deserves to be done again and again.
We’ve been to Paris for several times. Last tour before this post was August/2016.