Friday, October 28, 2011

Travel Advice: Things To Do in Paris, France

Apart from being the home of the biggest fashion names, Paris has a lot of history, art, and architecture that can be enjoyed as much as the shopping and eating in gourmet restaurants.

Tip: The hop in/hop off sightseeing red bus, Les Rouges Car, that stops in the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Opera, and many more.  Get the ticket for an unlimited 2 day use.
Les Cars Rouges
 1- Musee de Louvre
One of the largest museum in the world, is in my opinion the number one place to visit.  The world's most important painting, the Mona Lisa, is there, and I advice you to rush to the painting as soon as youn enter the museum, as it is the most crowded place and you might not have a good view of it.  I also advice you to be at the ticket counter at 9 am, that's when the museum open, so you can have enough time to check all of their sections. You may need a minimum of 3 hours and up to 5 hours to enjoy the whole museum. It is closed on tuesdays. The Car Rouges stops here. Nearby is the beautiful Tuleries Gardens, created in the 16th century.  A good time to visit is early morning where you can enjoy walking or jogging.
museum website
2- Versailles Palace
This is accessed by car or through a group tour.  I had the group tour which stays one whole day inside the Versailles Palace area.  Why? Because I wanted to see not only the palace, but the gardens and summer homes including Napoleon Bonaparte's place. 
Versailles homepage

3- Eiffel Tower
What would a visit to Paris be without visiting its most famous monument.  The que line is too long, so I advice you get your ticket beforehand.  There are different types of tickets, each takes you to a different floor of the tower.  I went to the first floor, where the view is also facinating, and there's a cafe, restaurant, mini history of tower museum, and souvenier shops. The Car Rouges stops here.
Eiffel Tower website
4- Notre-Dame
The famous gothic cathedral, and yes its the same one featured in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Entry is free and people still worship there.  The Car Rouges stops here.
 5- Sacre-Coer
The Byzantine looking church on top of a hill, very much contrasting with most of Paris's monuments.

6- Champs-Elysees & The Arc de Triumph
After walking the famous streets of Champs-Elysees, you will find the famous arc that was ordered to be built by Napoleon Bonaparte at the end of the street.

7- Moulin Rouge
The number one show in Paris.
official website

8- Seine River Cruise

9- Orsay Museum
Said to be one of the most beautiful museums in Europe.  Its most famous work is Vincent Van Gogh's The Church of Auvers.

10- Opera

11- Mont Saint Michel Whole Day Trip
If you've had enough of the city, why not take a full-day tour to one of the most popular attractions in France, the fairytale island of Mont Saint Michel off the coast of Normandy.  Its listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Mont Saint Michel was said to have inspired Walt Disney's trademark castle. 

12- Shopping
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré: Paris's Sloane Street and Bond Street. I advice you to choose a hotel located on or near this street  like the new Mandarin Oriental Paris or The Westin Paris-Vendome rather than by the Champs-Elysees.
Le Bon Marche
There are ofcourse more streets and department stores, these are just my personal favorites.


  1. you're advice is very useful ;)

  2. Le lido is one of the best shows I've ever seen! A piece of art really
    everything in Paris is different . V useful advice,thank you!

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