Where other place to catch the most romantic getaway than in the cozy and welcoming embrace of the City of Love? Paris, France has so much to offer: from the exquisite sights and sceneries, mouth-watering French cuisine, endless sophisticated shopping streets and districts, grand historic monuments, even to the most amazing riverscapes – not to mention the ever-glorious Eiffel Tower, all 984 ft. of it. Put them all together? Sounds definitely like the “Vacation of your Dreams” to me!
Back in December of 2015, I was given the chance to finally visit and tour one of Europe’s most prized possessions, the beautiful city of Paris, together with my family. It was a 9-day spectacular that featured the many twists and turns of the enticing place. Every single day of our vacation was filled with the “Parisian bliss”; it turned the year’s holidays into the most lavish and elegant (and chilly) one there ever was for us. There was no place we’d rather be.
Come and jump into the warm and loving arms of the City of Love! Just as Audrey Hepburn said in her 1954 movie Sabrina, “Paris is always a good idea”.
If you’re planning on visiting the lovely city of Paris, France soon, then here are my top 8 must-visit places and things to do that should definitely be on your itinerary:
1. Dine at 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant on the Eiffel Tower
Yes, the iconic Eiffel Tower that has been on everyone’s travel bucketlist has its very own restaurant on its 1st floor that offers the most mesmerizing 360 view of the entire city! 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant is simply “to-dine-for”, with its quiet and graceful atmosphere, soft lighting, and classy interior.
Make your visit to Paris more unforgettable by not only marveling at the Eiffel Tower itself, but also relishing the most flavorful 3-course meal with the entire City of Love staring right back at you!
2. Make your childhood dreams come true at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Paris
No one is ever too old nor too young to let loose in the home of magic and fun. Witness everything from parades, rides, food, museums, and shows that feature none other than your favorite Disney characters at Disneyland Paris! Then after, visit Walt Disney Studios right next door to catch a glimpse of a behind-the-scenes experience to Disney’s world of animation and movie making that continue to catch the hearts of families all over the world.
Besides, who could say no to Disneyland?
3. Roam and get lost in The Louvre Museum
A trip to the City of Love is never complete without a tour of the legendary Louvre that has tourists swarming from different parts of the globe. Roam Paris’ central landmark, the largest museum in the world, home to numerous works of renowned artists, ancient collections and antiquities that date back to over hundreds of centuries, historic prints, and many more! Above all, take a peek at the magnificent Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci – it’s something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss!
To appreciate the Louvre and all its beauty and substance, I recommend you join a tour group as we did!
4. Stroll around Champs-Élysées + Arc de Triomphe
Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a 1.9 kilometre-long street and probably one of the most famous avenues in the world, known for its various cafés and restaurants, enormous theaters, and grandeur boutiques and commercial shopping centers. It is THE place to be, with Arc de Triomphe, another historic tourist spot in Paris, right at the end of it. When we spent a day leisurely wandering to and fro Champs-Élysées during the December of 2015, they held a winter festival that ran blocks and blocks away, it was just amazing. (Their churros were to die for!!)
My advice? Go crazy and don’t hold back on the shopping!
5. A 3-in-1 experience: dinner on a Seine River cruise
It was Christmas Eve of 2015 when we basked in the romantic evening atmosphere of the beautiful city aboard La Marina de Paris Seine River Cruise. As mentioned in my previous blog post (The Night Before Christmas @ CÉ LA VI, Singapore: https://andicion.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/the-night-before-christmas/), it has been a tradition in my family to spend our “Noche Buena” or Christmas Eve dinner at the most breathtaking places that our vacation destination had to offer. And that year, we were blessed that it was on an hour’s cruise where we rediscovered the full splendour of the river banks and monuments of Paris over a 5-course meal.
I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary for being a 3-in-1 experience: the delectable cuisine, the sights of the twinkling city at nighttime, AND a chill evening on a cruise all at once. All aboarddd!
6. Travel back in time and soak in the history of France at Château de Versailles
One of the tourist spots you couldn’t leave Paris without visiting is Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles), gateway to France’s history of political power. We were amongst a tour group when we visited this royal palace, now a museum open to the public. Picturesque and serene, the Palace of Versailles holds so much tales from the past as it is known as one of the most famous monuments of world heritage.
Don’t miss a chance to explore the Trianon estates, the Grand Canal, the Royal Gardens, and many more, and discover all the stories behind them! Idyllic cafés and restaurants such as La Petit Venice may also be found at your disposal around the Royal Gardens.
7. Visit the lock-less (but not love-less) Love Lock Bridge/Pont des Arts
The Pont des Arts or Love Lock Bridge in Paris, France has always been one of the most scenic places everyone, especially lovers, plan to visit. For a long time, it has been a tourist tradition to attach pad locks (called “love locks”) on the bridge to symbolize an everlasting relationship between the people who have placed them on the grate or railings. It has been a very sentimental location until January 2015 when the government of Paris decided to finally take the locks down as it has been creating the risk of the bridge collapsing due to the heavy weight. That was why when we came to the Pont des Arts bridge late 2015, we were disappointed by what we expected to be a bridge filled with locks, only to be an empty bridge with glass panels. However, the tourist spot remained sacred as many people still visited the place. We noticed as well that people must’ve still been trying to make a way to attach locks since there were apparently pad locks on the lamp posts. If there’s a will, there’s a way, right? haha.
Go ahead, take a look for yourselves and add this to your to-do list!
8. Marvel at the great Notre-Dame Cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral, or known as Notre-Dame de Paris, is a beautiful ecclesiastical masterpiece of the 12th century full of history and wonder. The architecture of the church was exceptional inside and out, especially the majestic glass-stained windows. When we visited the cathedral, we waited in a queue for around 15 minutes before we entered. We didn’t mind that the ongoing mass was conducted in French, too – the French language has always been quite elegant and alluring to the ears anyway! We also had the chance to light a candle to bless the hopeful year ahead (we visited on December 31, 2015) and to jot down things we were grateful for on a book ledger called Livre de Vie or “Book of Life”.
Consider allotting time on your travel schedule to feel at first-hand the tranquil and sacred ambiance of the cathedral – a worth-while experience it would be, indeed.
And that concludes my Top 8 Must-visits for the picture-perfect city of Paris! Profitez de votre séjour, enjoy your stay! For any inquiries, you may contact me or comment below. I would be more than glad to help you out in any way that I can regarding your trip.
Au revoir! Here’s to more travels!!
Live, Laugh, Travel,
P.S. Individual posts on these 8 places with more details and pictures, along with the rest of my Paris adventures, will be posted on my blog soon! I hope you anticipate them
P.P.S. Here’s one of my favorite shots!