Many would argue that Paris is the crème de la crème of Europe but it’s time for you to make your own mind up with a visit to the French capital.
Get straight into it with a trip to one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was first commissioned as a centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle (a world’s fair) but has since become the star of many Hollywood blockbusters, the place of thousands of marriage proposals and of course an icon for Paris that has attracted more than 250 million visitors. You can admire this beautiful landmark from the ground, or from afar at the Montmare, but for a true #noregrets moment we’d suggest you head up to the first, second or even third floor where you will have magnificent views of the city. Whatever way you choose to do it, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a must-see!
Once you’ve taken in this world-famous structure it’s straight off to another one – the Louvre. The museum first opened in 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings and today it houses thousands of incredible pieces including its most famous, Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. Make like Robert Langon, aka Tom Hanks in the Da Vinci code, and join the millions of other visitors for a #noregrets moment full of amazing art, architecture and history.
With no time to waste, we must now make our way to Paris’ most famous shopping strip, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is home to many a cinema, café, luxury store and clipped horse-chestnut tree. As you make your way up the Champs-Élysées be sure to stop into the many boutique stores and also save time for a café latte and macaroon. Sit outside on the one the street-facing chairs and watch as the world quickly passes by in this bustling French strip. #noregrets and a real ‘no where else I’d rather be’ moment.
At the western end of the Champs-Élysées sits another important French monument, the Arc de Triomphe. As the named suggests, the Arc de Triomphe, is a large arch that was commissioned in 1806 to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Walls. The arch stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle and has the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its surfaces. It is also the place of the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Solider’ from World War 1, and every evening a flame is lit on the tomb a symbol of remembrance. For a moving #noregrets moment take a walk through the exhibition housed at the arch and learn about its history and symbolic importance. Then, make your way to the arch terrace where you can see beautiful views of the city and its great sweeping avenues – the perfect spot at sunset.
It’s getting late now and it would be a shame not to take in a bit of the Parisian nightlife. Head over to the infamous area of Pigalle and indulge in a visit to the Moulin Rouge. Catch a world-class cabaret show, enjoy a bottle of French wine and go on, order the cheese platter too, the perfect #noregrets finish for your busy day in Paris.
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No doubt you’ve heard a lot about Paris but what are you most looking forward to seeing and doing on your trip?