Tuesday, 8 January 2013

My top 10 things to do in Paris.

As you may know, this Christmas, myself and the boy popped off to Paris for a five days. I am a bargain hunter and an avid trip adviser user. I love nothing more than deciding on a place to visit and spending hours and hours researching the best place to stay, the best things to do, and of course the best places to eat. Some may think that I am taking the fun out of discovering a city but I see it more as fitting more things in. Believe you me I don't always follow my own rule book when it comes to my travels, if I don't stick to my own schedule its not the end of the world, you will always stumble on things that other people may not have when you are away, as they say one persons trash is another persons treasure. Well all I can say is that Paris really is a treasure, its history, architecture it has a certain  je ne sais quoi that makes you just fall in love with it. I thought I would count down for you my favorite haunts in Paris, I would like to thank my beautiful girl Amy from These girls turn heads and her mum for helping me discover these as wonderful places after sending me an extensive email list, now we all love a list don't we? Any way onto my top 10...

10
Champs-Élysées 


Perhaps the most famous street in all of Paris, a gorgeous avenue full of lovely shops, boutiques, café's when I was there over Christmas this was lined with a wonderful Christmas Market, I must admit it definitely isn't cheap but the atmosphere is wonderful, the aroma of freshly cooked crepes lingers every where and it is such a pleasant thing to do for the day.



9
The River Seine


On Christmas Day enjoyed a five course lunch cruising down the Seine. This is the river that runs through Paris and is really lovely both day and night. If you get chance I would doing a river cruise, if I went again I think I would prefer to do this at night as Paris looks beautiful after dark and it is a wonderful way of seeing all of Paris's famous sites from the comfort of a warm boat. 


8
Hotel De Ville


This is the Paris government building, built in the 19th Century it is very beautiful to look at from the outside, it is very close to Notre Dame. Inside there is an exhibition which is free running from the end of 2012. During Christmas they have an ice rink right outside the front of the building and at night it is such a perfect background for evening skating. It is around five euros to hire skates, but again there is a queue so be aware of the wait.


7
Pont des Arts

They say Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and this certainly is a romantic experience. This is a bridge in Paris where people from all over the world have come to lock their love on the bridge, and throw the key into the Seine which is a representation of an undying love for each other. The idea is you write your names on a Padlock and leave it in Paris forever, as you can see above Dan and I locked our love and it really was a special experience. Reading the messages on the other locks was so wonderful, and I would recommend this to all you love birds out there .

6
Angelina's Hot Chocolate


Thanks to Amy and her wonderful advise we wandered from the Louvre to find this infamous Cafe. I must warn you now we waited over fifteen minutes to get in , but it was certainly worth the wait. Although it may seem expensive at around 15 euros for two people having the opportunity to indulge in the most decadent hot chocolate in the world then it doesn't seem too bad. If you love the film 'Chocolate' then you will love this. 


The Louvre



The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in Paris, housed in an old Palace it holds some of the most famous art work in the world. The photo of myself above its outside the glass pyramid and it was full of people taking photos as you can see. At most it will cost you 14 Euros for a ticket inside the actual museum, but beware the queues can be very long, but this is the case with many of the tourist attractions in Paris.


4
Notre Dame

Whilst you are in Paris you must go and visit this beautiful cathedral. We were lucky enough to visit this on Christmas Eve and  were able to enjoy the Christmas Mass (which is normally filmed world wide), on screens outside. You could also queue to go inside and light a candle, which I did and it was a really special experience. I am not religious but I really enjoyed seeing this. If you are brave enough you can climb the stairs of Notre Dame to the top, with a knee injury I thought it was best I skipped that bit but I ever went back I certainly would have a go. 


3
Eiffel Tower 


Well of course while you are in Paris you have to go and see the Eiffel Tower, personally I prefer to see this at night, there is something special about seeing it glitter in all its glory, we were lucky to see it sparkle for the first time on Christmas Eve and it was so perfect. We went to the top at around dusk which is a really perfect time to get great views of all Paris, don't be put off by the really long queues they go down quite quickly. 



2
Le Marais




When we were looking for some where to stay and I was doing my research I wanted to stay some where a bit different, somewhere that wasn't quite too far from everything and not too touristy. I then stumbled on Le Marais which is a the old Jewish quarter and it just totally stood out to me. There is so much to do in this area, great Jewish bakeries, vintage shops and bars. They have the best Falafal shop in Paris in this area, we waited 10 minutes in a queue for it and it was well worth the wait. I could not recommend this area more!


1
Sacré-Cœur


This was my favourite place in Paris, although it takes a lot of steps to get up to, it has the most amazing view of Paris. The Basilique du Sacré Cœur is on top of the hill of  the Montmartre area, and when at the top you will find a really small lovely  village which sells souvenirs, small restaurants, café's and market stalls. We just sat on the steps and enjoyed the view. I imagine this would be such a beautiful place to be during the summer  so if you get the chance to see Paris put this on your list of places to see. I promise it won't disappoint.




I hope that you have enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or tweet me.


12 comments:

  1. Oh Paris looks so beautiful. I will absolutely use this as a guide should I be lucky enough to go in the near future.

    Pont des Arts sounds perfect, I've seen photos before but never really realised what it is before. I would go just to do that and then put one of the keys for the lock on a necklace. Yeah, I'm a soppy moo but love rocks :) xx

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  2. Ah, this post makes me want to go back so much! I was there at the beginning of August and it was wonderful - you're right about the Sacre Coeur being beautiful in summer. There are places here I didn't discover though - Le Marais sounds amazing, when can I go back..!? xo

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  3. What a great post! I will be using your post as a reference in the near future I am sure, as I want to go to Paris for my Birthday. xx

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  4. I'm so jealous of your trip to London! I haven't been in years and this only makes me want to go back asap (if only I could afford it)

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  5. I've loved reading this post, very informative and great photos!

    I'm working in Paris next month and will have a couple of free hours to explore, so I've found this really useful.

    Stacey xx

    www.words-and-stuff.com

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  6. The sacre coure is one of my favourite views in paris, but I also really recommend going up the arc de triomph, i liked seeing all the roads sprawling out from the roundabout and also watching the hilarious driving on the only roundabout where no one is insured for accidents.

    You can try and cut the queue for tickets at the louvre by buying tickets from a shop or tabac nearby, a few of them are official ticket sellers.

    Next time i go, i will have to try the hot chocolate place!

    Nadia
    The Girl Who Looks Like a Cake

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  7. I've been to Paris so many times but there a few on this list I haven't done and really want to! Lovely post!

    caperepulchra.blogspot.com xo

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  8. My Aunt went to Paris and her photographs were lovely, just like yours! I'm finally going to Paris in November can't actually wait. I'd love to see the Ponts des Arts, so romantic. The hot chocolate looks delicious and the film Chocolat is one of my favourites. Glad you had an amazing time!

    Just Smile.
    xo

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  9. One day I will go to Paris. It looks beautiful and I disbelieve anyone who has a bad word to say about it. I could never pronounce it all correctly though!

    Laura xo

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  10. I love Paris too! Went twice last year and really want to book to go again! I've done a post on my first trip over on my blog (wwwblackstarrynight.blogspot.co.uk). Not got around to doing the second trip yet but think I'll go get started after reading your post. xx

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  11. I miss Paris so so much after reading your post. I'll need to go back soon! Thank you for sharing :)

    http://ohsewveryinlove.blogspot.ie

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  12. Excellent article, do not completely agree, but of course there's an interesting thought!)) Paris is a wonderful city, and always different, especially interesting walks along the river Seine, Excellent article, do not completely agree, but of course there's an interesting thought!)) Paris is a wonderful city, and always different, especially interesting walks along the river Seine, or even take a cruise and go to the English Channel!)) or even take a cruise and go to the English Channel!))

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