10 Things to do in Paris

By Elizabeth May
Posted at 15/06/2014

Paris has had a rich and diverse history, with architecture and traditions that correspond.  There are several landmarks and monuments, which are world renowned, like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Élysée Palace and Louvre Pyramid. 

People have come to Paris for centuries, seeking inspiration from the vast pool of artistic resources and galleries, and for this reason, the city is known as “The city of Art”.  Such styles as romanticism, cubism, fauvism, expressionism and impressionism have evolved in Paris.  While here, there are certain things that you really shouldn’t miss.  Aside from the Catédral Notre-Dame de Paris, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid and Arc de Triomphe, this list provides 10 things that you may not have thought of. 

 

  1. Galeries Lafayette
    Ok, so not everyone can afford to buy a ticket to attend Fashion Week in Paris, but every Friday afternoon there is a mini fashion show, with models on the catwalk showing off the latest styles and collections.  You might find something you can’t live without; it’s worth a look anyway!
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  2. Albert-Kahn Musée et Jardins
    Every first Sunday of the month, the entrance is free, otherwise it’s 4 Euros.  This is the garden which pays homage to all of the gardens of the world.  There’s a contemporary Japanese garden and mini Japanese village, along with others called the Garden of Angels, and Blue Forrest.  There’s also a museum here, so if you make it on the first Sunday of the month, you’re getting a really swell deal.
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  3. Pére Lachaise Cemetery
    So it sounds a bit weird to go to a foreign country to visit a cemetery, but this one is particularly special.  Not only is it the largest cemetery in Paris by area, it is also the eternal resting place of Georges Rodenbach, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison.  Many a woman have visited the tomb of Oscar Wilde, and kissed the monument with red lipstick.  There are several interesting headstones, like sculptures of pensive men and women, brothers kneeling while hugging, and what appears to be Egyptian Busts.  You’ll have to go see for yourself.
    www.pariscemeteries.com/pages/perelachaise.html

    Another interesting resting place to visit would be the Catacombes de Paris.  Witness more than 2000 years of history, and see actual skulls in the dark, orange glow of the depths of the catacombs.  It’s mysterious and maybe a little creepy, definitely more for the adventurous, not the faint hearted.
    www.catacombes.paris.fr/en/catacombs
     
  4. Saint James Paris Hotel
    Enjoy your stay in Paris at the grand mansion style hotel.  Gorgeously located in a garden for ultimate privacy and luxury, the ambiance is regal and elegant.  All of the rooms and suites are decorated with the leading French-chic style.  This hotel is guaranteed to drop the jaw of even the most traveled individual.
    www.saint-james-paris.com/ - /index/

    If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, like a boutique hotel, then Hotel Luxembourg Parc may be the one for you.  The classic style rooms are timeless and charming, also, the location is impeccable.  It’s between the Luxembourg Gardens, which are a must visit, and the Saint Sulpice Church.  It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Louvre Museum and the Orsay Museum, both of which are fabulous attractions.  This hotel is ideal for discovering the sites that Paris has to offer.
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  5. Le Jardin Français
    A more spontaneous reflection of Paris, you can enjoy a light breakfast or lunch, or an informal dinner in this tasteful restaurant.  On a nice day, you can sit outside in the garden and have some afternoon tea.  The venue is splendid, and there’s also Le Bar du Bristol, that serves fabulous drinks in the evening, although a sports jacket is required for gentlemen.  The restaurant Epicure is also recommended for delicious French cuisine.
    www.lebristolparis.com/eng/restaurants-and-bars/
     
  6. O Chateau
    Here you will be able to experience the finest wines of France, through their intimate classes of wine tasting.  This place boasts an elegant, unique, and open ambiance, perfect for a wine bar. Obviously many others think so too, because they’ve won the “Best Wine Bar in Paris” award.  This is the place to eat and drink well, their menu changes every week, along with the selection of 40 wines by the glass.  Perfect way to spend an afternoon and evening!
    www.o-chateau.com
     
  7. The Wall of Love
    This is a place for all lovers, or hopeless romantics, to visit.  The wall is 40 square meters and composed of 612 squares of enameled lava.  The wall features “I Love You”, 311 times, in 250 languages.  The specks of red found on the wall represent pieces of a broken heart, symbolizing how the human race has been torn apart, and which the wall tries to bring back together.  This unusual monument is dedicated to love, in the city of love, on the square at Place des Abbesses in Montmartre.  Find the “I Love You” in your language!
    www.lesjetaime.com/english/lemur.html
     
  8. Parc de la Villette
    A unique, urban culture park.  Here, there is a free, open-air cinema from July-August.  Not only is this place an open-air cinema, but it also hosts dance exhibits, music festivals and other cultural activities.  It’s well worth checking out, since most of the activities are free, and the location is quite nice.  For those of you who are environmentally conscious, this is an eco-responsible park, meaning they “promote, conserve and develop”.
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  9. La Promenade Plantée
    Built on the former railway line, this new walking path mixes areas of wild vegetation with modern landscaped areas.  It’s a delightful 4.5 km pathway for walking or jogging.  You’ll find lime and hazelnut trees, climbing plants, rosebushes and other greenery.  It’s open everyday, and free to the public, and it is never very crowded.  This would be a nice place to experience some fresh air, while watching the changing architectural buildings that line the path. 
     
  10. Montparnasse Tower
    If you’re looking for a great view of Paris, this is your place.  The panoramic view room is located on the 56th floor, and the terrace is 200 meters above the ground.  From here, you can see all of the sites of the city, in one stop.  They’ve even got viewing scopes so you can see the monuments clearly.  It’s a nice place to take the family to see the entirety of Paris.
    www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/ - /home