No Brainers in Paris.
This is a beginner's list of things you HAVE to do in Paris. Some of these things you may already know about and they may be no brainers, but to some they might not have a clue about. So I am writing as if you have no clue and what my take is about all things touristy in this beautiful city.
This is probably the attraction that will take up one whole day. This is the biggest museum in the world. So many artifacts, paintings, & sculptures that you probably wont see it all because you will get tired lol. Some things get repetitive, some things you probably wont care for, however you should still bask in the history that you are walking through. It is a remarkable place and a place I appreciate heavily. Here are the few attractions that I believe are MUST SEE history. (Seperate blog post on the ten things you HAVE to see in the Louvre.)
You don’t go to Paris & NOT see the Eiffel Tower. Go have dinner by the Eiffel Tower, go eat a jambon sandwich in front of the Eiffel Tower, macaroons, a croissant. Just go sit in front of the Eiffel Tower.
There are many things in life that you don’t appreciate until you truly understand the subject at hand. Picasso was one of those things for me. I believe that the Picasso museum was just an exhibit that was only temporary, but nonetheless, if you’re around a Picasso exhibit, go. I think you will find an appreciation of his work after you spend some time with it.
Arc de Triomphe
A massive arc. An incredible piece, of what I consider, to be art. There is something about this structure that makes me go awe. The Arc de Triomphe stands at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the "Place de l'Étoile". It’s located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arch was built to honor the victories of Napoleon and they architecturally depict this. I recommend going to the top of this monument because it gives you a GREAT birds eye view of the Eiffel Tower and streets stemming from arc. MUST SEE.
This is probably one of the most recognizable avenues in the world. This is gonna be one of the main streets with the most foot traffic going on. You will have many luxury shops, theaters, and of course cafe’s. It is definitely a place to see during the day and at night. Two different vibes.
Palace of Versailles
Home of King Louis XIV & man is it an incredible sight to see. (I feel like I am saying that about everything) but it is so true! You need to go to this place and understand that grandness of it all. King Louis was a bad man in both meanings of the word. He ruled France for 72 years and turned this compound into almost everything it is today. Every room and garden in this place is truly a sight to see.
Catacombs of Paris
Who doesn’t want to see the bones of 6 million dead Parisians. Also there is still a lot of uncharted territory down there, so a lot to be explored if you’re willing to break the rules. Lol If you know the right people you can go swimming in secret swimming pools beneath the ground. (I am not joking). Marisa was too chicken. Also, there is a movie on Netflix about the catacombs. Watch it. You might not want to stray off the path after it. Definitely an attraction to see and learn about!
A gorgeous church. I am sure one that is recognizable to you all by the Disney movie Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Its a Catholic cathedral that displays French Gothic architecture very well. High ceilings with enormous stained glass windows. Regardless of religious stance, you will most certainly feel an appreciation for a place like this.
So go out, use this guide to at least plan out what you might be willing to do, and strap yourself in. I want to go so much more in depth, I also want to keep my posts short until I can really understand what it is you guys like to read and what keeps you interested. I hope you guys have a great time!