Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Interestingly, it’s that time of the year when it’s cheapest to tour the city of love. Paris is always filled with visitors from all over the world that come to see the beautiful streets and the amazing architecture that embodies the lively spirit of the people.
There are so many ways to tour Paris with family or friends. The city is filled will all-year round with Bike tours and various Paris-in-one-day tours. You can pick from the great number of service providers to see for yourself the wonderful Eiffel Tower and the Versailles gardens.
There are so many things to do in Paris, so many places to see. Here are a few things and places you can check out while you tour the city.
It’s almost impossible to miss out this wonder of the world as you tour Paris. The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic landmark in the entire city. Crowds of tourists can be found staring at the magnificent architecture every day. It was built in 1889 and is over a thousand feet tall which is roughly about the same height as an eighty-one story building. If you find your way to the top, you can see all of the major landmarks of the city from there. If you’re lucky enough, you can see as far as the Chartres Cathedral on a clear weather day. It doesn’t really matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, the Eiffel Tower is the most-compelling sight to see every time you’re in the beautiful of love. Now, tourists from all over can enjoy a peek at the exclusive secret apartment of the infamous Gustave Eiffel, which is at the top of the tower.
Walking the Streets
What’s the point of touring the city if you’re not going to experience the beauty in the streets first-hand? It’s the best way to observe and feel the culture of Paris; the people, the personalities, the historical sights and the day-to-day patterns of the life in the city will definitely mesmerize you. The day-time is perfect for walking the streets, although the night-life of the streets is enticing in a way that lifts the spirit. You may not need help touring the city in order to experience a personal view of the culture in the streets. Some recommended routes are:
- From the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Bastille,
- Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame, and
- From the Sacre Coeur to the Luxembourg Gardens.
A Boat Cruise on the Seine
One of the most unique, stylish and easy way to see most of Paris is by taking a cruise on the Seine. The best time to go on these cruises is the afternoon because most of the companies give affordable lunch cruises. There are many paths that they take to give the ultimate Paris experience. The common ones are:
- Past the Eiffel Tower, Mursee D’Orsay, and the Louvre. Then the cruise heads to the Grand Palais and ends at the Notre Dame.
- Start from the Pont Nuef Bridge and stops there.
- Cruising by the Grand Palace, Eiffel Tower and then Notre Dame Cathedral.
You can opt for a night-cruise, especially if you’re on a romantic tour. However, the Dinner cruise is relatively more expensive. If you’re touring with kids, then you’re advised to take the ‘Enchanted cruise’ or try out ….
Disneyland Paris is the place to bring your kids to if you’re in Paris. A lot of the favorite la Francaise characters may seem familiar but they have fresh shows that feature Mickey Mouse and all his friends. It’s quite easy to find your way to the Disneyland Paris from anywhere in the city. For a lot of people, a day is not enough to explore all that the parks have to give. If you’re like this, you can check out the Disneyland Hotel Marne La Valle. It is located right before you enter the parks.
Rue du Bac
Here’s some awesome news for you, if you’re a sweet tooth. Rue du Bac is the place to enjoy some of the best pastries you can find in Paris. Essentially, it’s a three block span of sweet heaven. You can start your tour from The Pasty Shop of Dreams (La Patisserie des Reves) where you indulge yourself and your kids in their great variety of mouth-watering pastries showed under their infamous glass cloche. You may find the shop small on initial observation, but get ready to be blown away by their pink interior. Their deconstructed Baba au Rhum (assemble-it-yourself) in conjuction with their mighty sculptural brioche makes visitors feel like they’re in an edible museum. Their Paris-Brest pastry filled with fine hazelnut cream is to die for. Also in the area is Des Gateaux et Du Pain, which is a patisserie run by Claire Damon. They have unusual combos that end up blowing up taste buds with of the best pastries in Paris. You can also check out Jacques Genin to try out some of their delicious chocolate and caramel delicacies. This pastry shop made their name by supplying sweets to a good number of 5-star hotels in Paris. Patrice Chapon is another stop to consider before leaving the Rue de Bac. They sell some of best Chocolate mousses in forms of ice cream cone. Kids are definitely going to fall in love with this shop and you may find yourself coming back to Paris just for the sweetness that this neighborhood offers. Other must-visit stops include Dalloyau and Pierre Marcolini.
Chateau du Versailles
The Versailles is one the most looked forward to visits all year round because of its deep expression of the historical achievements of this City. Its beautiful palace and manicured gardens add a very majestic look to this prestigious landmark. Versailles will always appear intimidating tourists because of its massive size. It’s recommended that you rent bikes to fully explore the lengths of the infamous Chateau.
There are a lot of other noteworthy Chateaus in Paris to check out too. The beautiful village of Fontainebleau house a medieval castle that is said to once have been home to Napoleon III and Louis VII. There’s also the stunning Musee Conde in Chantilly , where you’ll find a lot of activities for the kids as you admire their detailed collection of art from the 15th and 16th century.
Other things and places to check out
There are several other hot spots in Paris where you can sight-see and breathe in the love of the city. To see the history of Paris as far back as the Roman Empire era, then you can start at the Thermes de Cluny. It’s the ruins of the 3rd century Roman baths, as far back as when Paris was still known as Lutetia. You can also experience the Gothic and Renaissance elements from the medieval Parisian architecture in the Musee National du Moyen Age. The 18th Century luminous dome known as the Pantheon. The institute du Monde Arabe is another post-modern beauty that Paris calls its own. You can also decide to take cooking classes, depending on how long you hope to tour Paris for. I personally recommend you take a food tour throughout the city. Start at the Culinary Tours of Paris and move on to ‘Paris by Mouth’ where they serve classic wine to go with their special one-course meals. There are also restaurants that give wine tours. Tour the years of romance and love bottled as classic wines, with someone you share emotions with. Paris is not the city of love for just anything.
There are so many reasons to Tour Paris and endless fun to have. From the Eiffel Tower to Disneyland Paris to the infamous Chateau de Versailles; come and tour Paris.