Ooh La La Paris

Before you start to read this post, I recommend you listen to “Riff Cohen – A Paris”. I am hoping to give you a joy.

I have been in Paris two times. First one was just for a short trip for 2 days in 2012. I went to Paris through experiencing Eurostar, which it seemed scary for me at the beginning however it was a nice journey from London. It was a kind of strange perception that you can sleep during the journey under the sea. Second time, I was there for 4.5 months for studying purpose as being an Erasmus student in 2014.

Let’s continue with Paris.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

As many of you know, Paris is the capital city of France and it is a huge city which is divided into two parts by Seine River.

Since there are numerous places for visiting, I would like to start this post giving brief explanation on transportation in Paris. I prefer to rent a public bike (Vélib) in specifically city centre because the first 30 minutes is free of charge and there are lots of bike stations located around well-known places in Paris. So, if you like riding a bike, please don’t hesitate to rent one in Paris. Metro and RER will be another convenient modes of transportation in Paris. Paris has a broad metro and train networks which cover 5 zones. After you get a metro map (you can find it in every station), no one can prevent you from exploring Paris. I would like to make a list for Paris attractions in order to outline must-to-see places roughly.

  1. Eiffel Tower: Let’s start with the iconic symbol of this city. Firstly, you can start your journey from Trocadero which is a touristic area for photo shooting towards the Eiffel. After you explore this area, you will see Trocadero Gardens.

    Trocadero
    Trocadero – Birthday Girl

When you walk down from the hill of Trocadero, you are almost there! Make the most out of the Eiffel! You can have a rest sitting on the meadows near the Eiffel Tower. You can drink some wine with your friends and watch the lightened Eiffel’s view at night.

  1. Fontaine Saint Michel: Fountain Saint Michel is located in the middle of the lively district which can be seen as a meeting point for people in the city centre. Monnaie has a nice neighbourhood with lovely cafes and stores. If you are in this area, you can visit Notre Dame Cathedral (Notre Dame de Paris) by walk.
    Notre Dame de Paris
    Notre Dame de Paris
    The view from Notre Dame Cathedral
    The view from top of the Notre Dame Cathedral

    Also, you can go to Latin Quartier. You should visit well-known bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, around this area. It is impossible not to be impressed by the atmosphere of this bookstore.

    Shakespeare and Company
    Bookstore: Shakespeare and Company

    Since this area is quite nice, you might want to try delicious French crepes. As you will gain some calories, you can take a walk towards the Jardin du Luxembourg. Luxembourg Garden is a peaceful place in the middle of the city. You can grab a chair and sit all day long.

  2. The Louvre: I know you definitely need to see the painting of the Mona Lisa. When you go along banks of the Seine River to reach Louvre Museum, don’t forget to stop by Pont des Arts which is also known as a lock bridge. If you are with your significant other, you can lock up your love here! If you go across the bridge, you will find yourself in another nice neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-Des-Pres. You can explore the nice cafes and places within this neighbourhood also.
  3. Champs- Elysees: Don’t give up! Walk forward to the Champs- Elysees. At the end of this wide avenue, you will confront with the Arc de Triomphe, which is a monument constructed in the Napoleonic era. If you have a time, I strongly recommend that please stop by the Laduree, wait in the queue and eat sweet macarons with your friends or beloved ones. They are delicious and biting one macaron in Paris will be a different experience.
  4. Montmartre: One of my favourite districts in Paris is the Montmartre, where you can find the arts and music. I like this niche quartier with its bohemian style. img_2819You can arrive the Montmartre area by metro. Now, you are ready to discover more. In order to reach Sacre Coeur Basilica you have to climb up stairs but I guarantee that it will worth!
    Sacre Coeur Basilica
    Sacre Coeur Basilica

    After you discover colourful cafes and lovely artistic neighbourhood, you can walk down and lose yourself in the steep streets of Montmartre. While going down these streets, you might see one restaurant (Le Refuge des Fondus) which serves traditional French meals with the wine in baby bottles. Don’t forget to make a reservation for a special night!

    Le Refuge des Fondus
    Wine in baby bottle – Le Refuge des Fondus

At the bottom of the hill, you will reach the Moulin Rouge which is a famous cabaret with its windmill figure.

Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
  1. Le Pere Lachaise is a cemetery. I know that’s sounds crazy but it is a significant attraction because this is the largest cemetery in Paris, which consists of many famous graves. You can visit the graves of famous people such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Honore de Balzac, or Moliere. Don’t forget to take a map to pin the tombs which you want to visit.
  2. There are great and beautiful parks in this busy city. These two are my favourites: Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Bois de Boulogne. Enjoy the fresh air and green!
    Parc des Buttes Chaumont
    Parc des Buttes Chaumont

    Bois de Boulogne
    Bois de Boulogne
  3. The Palace of Versailles: Yet another must-to-see attraction. Chateau de Versailles is located in northwest outside of Paris. You should learn the history of the royal palace, it is amazing.
  4. The Palace of Fontainebleau: If you have time to discover Paris more, please hop on a train and go to Fontainebleau which is located outside of Paris in the southeast. It is a fascinating chateau with its long extending gardens.

    Fontainebleau
    Fontainebleau Gardens
  5. Disneyland Paris: You must to visit Disneyland, no matter what your age! I’m planning to write more about Disneyland in other blog post because I’d like to describe this magical world in depth.
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Disneyland Paris

Allez-y! Paris is waiting for you!

Cheers,

Gokce Sonmez

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