Synonymous with style, sophistication and romance, the city of Paris offers you priceless experience of a lifetime. The 19th century streets of the city invites people you to be a part of a sterling celebration going on for centuries now. Paris is an incredible manifestation of architecture, fashion, music and culture.
Not only is Paris is the favourite city of travelers, from across the globe, Paris is the hottest tourist holiday destination of the world. Rooted in heritage and highly treasured architecture, this dynamic city which is capital of France is a global hub for high end fashion, cuisine and music.
Exploring this gorgeous city is on everyone’s bucket list. A city of dreamers, travelers and tourists, Paris is an all-round blessing of the 19th century. In this series I am sharing my travel experience, tips and how to plan trip to Paris.
Well, my experience says that there are a few things you need to know and plan before your trip to Paris. Therefore, I have compiled a guide for your travel and some tips (in the next blog- Paris travel tips) that will help you have a memorable stay in the world of wanderlust. Let me take you to a virtual trip to Paris with me and explore this beautiful City Of Love, The magical Paris.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE CITY
The summer months of June-August are said to be the perfect time to visit Paris in terms of the weather conditions. This is also the most crowded season hence you’ll witness the maximum price hike in all aspects. If you don’t like much crowd, choose fall or spring for your vacation.
MOVING AROUND THE CITY
The best way to get around the city of Paris is by public transport that includes the bus, metro and RER. I have written a special guide post about using these three.
Learn more about public transport in Paris here:
While a hostel for a single person would cost you around €30 per night, a budget hotel’s pricing might vary from €50-€150. Rental airbnb apartments are another options and do not even cost you much more than a budget hotel, they are priced around €60-€120. Best ones are apartment hotels range from €100-€250, I like them better than any of the options because these offer best of both privacy and facilities like functional kitchen washing area of an apartment with the facilities of hotel if you want to avail.
Paris is known to be one of the expensive cities of the world. So while planning your stay there, you might wanna keep a few pointers in mind. A guide to a few money saving tips in Paris is here to your rescue:
Places not to be missed in the city.
- Eiffel tower (What a surprise!)– After being regarded with skepticism for decades after it was constructed in 1889, the Eiffel tower of Paris has gotten the recognition it deserves. It is today the most visited tourist site of the world. This architectural wonder offers stunning panoramic view of the city. So do get on those lifts to ascend the tower and catch a glimpse of Paris from the top! Also, do check out the tower once at the night, it emerges as the king of the city when it is lit up, a ravishing sight indeed!
- The Louvre Museum– A central landmark of the city, The Louvre is the prestige of Paris. It is the largest museum of the world with millions of masterpieces of artwork showcased everywhere you turn your eye. Stretched across thousands of square feet of land, this museum bridges the gap between modern and ancient art and is a perfect blend of art from both the era. The Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo et al are the most famous of the endless array of pieces of art the museum has to offer. On your visit to the Louvre, do not rush at all. Take all the time you need to explore to explore it to the fullest as you won’t get this time back.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral– An epitome of French Gothic architecture, the most important religious and pilgrimage centre of the city, the Notre Dame is a close competition to the eiffel tower in terms of the visitors it attracts. Its incomparable architectural brilliance of the middle ages definitely deserves a visit when you are visiting the city of its residence.
- The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a popular landmark in the city of paris. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Other than beautiful architecture from outside and inside, the Dome of basilica offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Basilica is easily accessible from both Metro and bus if you are staying in different areas of city. We were living near Champs Elysees and reached there comfortably by taking a metro.
- Arch of Triumph– The most iconic symbol of Paris gleams like a diamond at night. The arch of triumph, located at the centre Place Charles de Gaulle was built in honour of those who fought during the Napoleonic wars. Do climb up the stairs of this monumental marvel for some magnificent views of the city along with an insight on its glorious history.
- Champs Elysees– The most beautiful avenue in the world is the Champs Elysees of Paris. Bustling with tourists all day, this prestigious street is lined with high end luxury stores, some delightful cafes and cinemas. It runs down from the Arc of Triumph to the Louvre and is undoubtedly worth a stroll. A plus point is that it is an excellent spot for photography.
- Luxembourg Palace– The Luxembourg Palace or Palais du Luxembourg, is beautiful palace was originally built (1615–1645) It was royal residence of the mother of Louis XIII of France. 1799–1805 it was modified again into a legislative building. Petit Luxembourg is the residence of Senate president and is located within the palace compound. And, it is also surrounded by 25 hectares of lush green garden and pathways. In the centre there is big pool where you can see the children sailing the small model boats.
- Sainte-Chapelle- A treasure of the Gothic architecture, spell-binding is the aura of this chapel. With beautiful stained glass decoration, you can see the light penetrate through the windows and split into a spectrum of enchanting colours. You could also opt for audio tours available explaining the significance of the colourful windows.
- Latin Quarter– Located on the banks of Seine and near many universities, this is the perfect place to taste a little Parisian charm. Lined with some fine cafes, bistros and bars, it is a popular spot among students. A lively place that can be visited to enjoy a wonderful evening.
- Musee d’Orsay– Some great examples of impressionist works can be explored in this museum. Being home to some of the finest paintings collection, it is great tourist attraction and must not be missed.
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