It’s not long now until I’ll be jumping onto the Eurostar and heading to the most romantic city in the world…PARIS. It’s safe to say I can’t wait. I’m going to a festival there called Lollapalooza, but I am hoping to have a bit of free time to do some sightseeing too.
I’ve been to Paris before, both with family and friends, and whenever I go I’m always stunned by just how beautiful the city is. I think my favourite thing to do is walk along the Seine and just take in the Parisian life going on around me.
I thought I would put together a bit of a wish list, of things I want to do and see (and eat) while I’m out there…
The Wish List…
The Eiffel Tower
I’m sure this is on everyone’s list and don’t worry I’ve got some less clichéd things on this list too! But you can’t visit Paris without at least getting a little bit excited that you’ve spotted the Eiffel tower. I like going at night when it is lit up, it looks so magical!
A little bit unusual, this is like an underground quarry which holds the remains of millions of people dating back to the 18th Century. I know it sounds a bit depressing to visit what is basically an underground cemetery when you are on holiday, but I love history and I think it is a different way to see the city.
59 Rivoli used to be a squat where artists would live and work, but now consists of artists studios. I visited the studios during my last trip to Paris and it’s a really interesting place to go if you like art as you get to actually see how the artist works, rather than looking at just the finished products on the wall. You can wander around at your own pace and have a chat with the artists while they’re working too. I’m hoping I will have a chance to go back there this time.
The Tuileries Garden
During my year abroad I managed a quick trip to Paris while I was in France. It was a really sunny day and we spent some time in the Tuileries Gardens which are so gorgeous. If the weather is nice to us I’ll definitely be heading here to soak up some sun. They are just in front of the Louvre so if it does decide to rain I can spend a few hours getting lost in the art gallery instead.
Le Ciel de Paris
To add a bit of glamour to this Paris wish list I’d love to go for cocktails at Le Ciel de Paris which is on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse. You can eat there as well but imagine sipping a mojito at sunset with views of Paris spread out below you…
Last on the list is La Bellevilloise. It’s four floors of fun, consisting of a concert venue, hanging gardens, restaurant, exhibitions and art. On Sundays you can have brunch while listening to Jazz and munching on crêpes, meringues and cakes. The perfect way to spend a Sunday morning in Paris.
You can get there via Métro Gambetta and Métro Ménilmontant.
What are your favourite things to do in Paris? Let me know in the comments below.