Paris is a wonderful city, especially if you are a lover of the arts, history,food, parks, or even shopping.
However Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, so make it as easy on yourself as possible by being well informed and with accomodation pre-booked and a museum pass, for priority access and way less queueing at museums like The Louvre and Musee D'Orsay.
- The Eiffel Tower (book dinner in one of its restaurants that will give you the Paris views by day and night. (We booked via City Discovery).
- The Louvre (Do not arrive first thing in the morning. Aim to go around lunchtime on its evening opening day).
- Luxenbourg gardens and Arch'd Triomphe
- Musee D'Orsay (full of impressionist paintings and wonderful clock again, arrive at lunchtime on its late opening day for minimal queueing).
- Galleries Lafayette department store and window shopping
- River Seine cruise and walks
- The Left Bank (artists and art).
- Montmartre (Bassilica Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge and impressionist artist site for many paintings).
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint-Chapelle (which predates Notre Dame Cathedral
- L'Orangerie (more fabulous art including Monet's water lillie masterpieces).
- The Pompadour Centre (worth it for the architecture as well as the contemporary art!
- Eating, enjoy the fabulous boulangeries and restaurants, including side-walk seating areas to watch and experience Paris.
- Walking. Walk everywhere and if walking is too far, make use of a hop on hop off bus, the met, Paris' underground rail system, or even take a cab!
Easily accessed by scenic train journeys, the iconoc destinations of Monet's Garden at Giverny and Versaille both offer scenic and fascinating day trips from Paris, along the Seine. Both offer further unforgettable, enjoyable insights into the history and culture of France.
- Le Clos Normand, Giverny. Monet's Garden
- Versailles. The Palace created by Louis xiv (the Sun King) and lost by Loius xvi and his wife, Marie Antoinette. Easily accessed by scenic train journeys.
- Stay as close to the centre of Paris as you can afford. Not only will you save a fortune on public transport, you will discover so much of Paris by exploring it on foot.
- Major met stations will have helpful English speaking staff to explain how their wonderful transport system works. It is useful for covering long distances.Like London, lines are colour coded.
- Learn even a little French for ordering food and basic survival,Parisiennes are delightful and helpful once you have attempted even a minor interaction in their own language.
- Avoid major museums, like the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay first thing in the morning when queues are at their peak and tour groups are entering. Go somewhere else to start your day and make the most of days these museums open late!
- Expect your Paris accomodation to be smaller than you would be used to in Australia, or the United States. Do make sure your hotel has a lift if stairs are an issue!
- Avoid the peak seasons of July and August.