Paris, the capital city of France continues being the city of love. The affection and admiration that every tourist has for the city has tremendously increased with the past terrorist attacks that threatened to sabotage its beauty. It is nonetheless true that it has been a favourite tourist place since ages. The grandeur and glamour of Paris makes it the reason as to why the fashion world looks up to it with great reverence. Thus, Paris hosts some of the leading and renowned fashion shows around the globe. Apart from the fashion quotient, its immense charm fascinates young and old couples in love to flock to this city. It can be very justifiably said that an aura of romance and love floats in the air of this beautiful city. One might not need many reasons to pay a visit and stay for good number of days in Paris. However, here you have a complete list of ten things that you can look forward to engage with while in Paris. Reading these would surely augment your desire to visit this city of lights.
- Visit Arc de Triomphe
This one comes for the history lovers. Arc de Triomphe stands in the circular place of Charles de Gaulles at the top of the Champs Elysѐes. The arc happens to be the patriotic symbol of the French. It marks a tribute to those who died for France during the Napoleonic Wars. Name of the wars fought by France can be seen embedded in the arc. It includes the names of the generals who fought with great valor and sacrificed their lives. The arc also honors the lives of the dead soldiers of World War 1. It is a 150 feet tall arch. You may visit it any day during 10:00a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It has a good metro connectivity which leaves you with no reason to not visit it. Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Line 1 (Yellow), 2 (Blue), 6 (Green-Blue) and RER A (Red) would be the nearest to the arc.
- Take a tour of Montmarte
When in Paris you must not forget to visit this hilly area of Paris. On the top of this area you would find some beautiful cathedrals, Sacre Couѐr Cathedral being the most famous one. There is yet another church at the hill top which is believed to be the founding place of Jesuits. The nightlife of the area is a very happening one with the presence of various rock music venues and certain red light areas as well. This would be a special treat for art lovers as they get to see the landmarks that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Monet, in an Impressionist art walking tour of Paris’ Montamarte neighborhood.
- Les Halles
Situated in the center of Paris, Des Halles is a huge underground shopping center. Here you would find dozen of stores, cinema halls, amazing restaurants along with recreation and sports center. It is highly recommended that you visit this shopping complex as it offers no room for disappointment. Here you would get an amazing variety and number of products ranginf rom fashion, electronics, furnishing to gift items. This would be your one stop shopping area. Not going on a Saturday would help you avoid excessive crowd of the local Parisians. It has a metro connectivity of Chatelet-les-Halles metro line number 1, 4, 7 and 14.
- Take wine testing lessons
This might be your first ever experience with wine. But this would for sure remain the best experience ever. For all you know, you might even develop a strong taste for wine. Not only would this expand your knowledge about it but also make you learn to appreciate different varieties. A professional sommelier would help you with your wine tasting lessons. You would be served along with your wine, a platter of artisanal French bread, cheese and charcuterie. In the course of your lesson you would also get to learn about reading distinct wine labels and wine tasting techniques. There will be a choice of four sessions. You may suit yourself by selecting the one which would be preferable for you in terms of time and money. These sessions vary from one to two hours.
- Enjoy at Moulin Rogue
This world famous cabaret venue opened in 1889. If you have a joy of life then this is the right place for you. The Moulin Rogue has a huge dance floor with mirrors all around. The glittery environment is sure to sweep you off exactly like it managed to ages ago as far as the aristocrats were concerned. The beautiful showgirls add life to the glittery ambience of the Moulin Rogue. The cancan dancers with their fabulous costumes in the show is what makes Moulin Rogue so popular even today in Paris.
- Shop at La Vallѐe Village
La Vallѐe Village is a one hour drive from Paris. It is an outdoor outlet centre. You will need to hire a car to drive out of the city.Here you can find several designer stores like Ferragamo, Givenchy and Calvin Klein. If you happen to be a good browser then you may also come across through several stores offering discounted items. You can avail a discount of 10% in three stores of your choice. For that you would be required to show your transport ticket. One of the best parts of the shopping spree would be your own mini or luxury coach that would carry you around in the area. In case your shopping enthusiasm tires you, there are several cafes to turn to as well.
- Avenue des Champs- Élysées
Coming to Paris, it becomes a must for every tourist to visit and stay at this world’s most beautiful avenue. This is an amazing two kilometer stretch between Arc de Troimphe and Place de la Concorde. The area is hardly devoid of the enjoyments that you would be looking forward to when in Paris. it is inclusive of restraunts and cafes like Hard Rock Café, Ledoyen etc. When it comes to boutiques, Lois Vuitton and Mont Blanc are just to name a few. Not to forget, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées has some popular museums in Paris: the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Palais de la Découverte and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton.
- Notre Dame Cathedral
This is one of the first Gothic cathedrals aging back to 12th century. It is located on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. It is an overhwhelming building standing 420 ft tall. This location has become the religious center of the city. The cathedral is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on weekends the closing time is extended to 7:15 p.m.
- Taste Parisian specialities
You may have developed your own wishlist of the food items that you plan to taste in Paris. Try bordier butter. Its specialty lies in its ultra smooth texture and extremely rich flavour. Once you taste it you would be able to differentiate it from the butter you have had so far. Secondly what you must do is that go around looking for a fine bakery and bread shops. For this you may try baguette and croissant in Eric Kayser and Patisserie. Jacques Genin would be your place if you are looking for some simply amazing assorted chocolates.
- Climb up the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure until came in Manhattan’s Chrysler Building surpassing its height of 1,050 feet. Despite that it remains unparalleled in its splendor for it offers a spectacular view of the city from the top. Coming to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower would be a grave stupidity. It is advised for you to book tickets online so as to avoid the long queue. Be it any time of the year, you may Eiffel Tower any time between 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
You might have as well developed itinerary of your trip to Paris. But, not including even one amongst these might just cost you an experience of lifetime.