.travel’s Top 10 things to do while in Paris
As the .travel team prepares to go this week to Paris for the ICANN Public Meeting, we thought back to our quick trip to Paris in March for Le Map Monde. In March, we climbed the Eiffel Tower, strolled the Champs Elysees, and admired the Seine. Although, we did get to experience the City of Lights, who cannot return to Paris and revisit or even discover other reasons why the world has fallen in love with Paris. Read our tips below and please give us your suggestions for an unforgettable experience.
10) Get lost. One of the best ways to see Paris is by getting lost. Whether you take the Metro, or stroll off on your own, you are bound to find something exciting. You will never wander too far from main streets as you check out the flavors of this beautiful city.
9) Visit the Arc de Triomphe. Hailed as the largest triumphal arch in the world, many famous events have taken place underneath it, from Napoleon to Lance Armstrong on the final stage of the Tour De France. The Arc is also home to one of the most amazing traffic roundabouts in the world. Make sure you bring you camera, because this is one of the greatest photo opportunities in the city!
8) The cathedral of Notre Dame. Built in 1163 and featuring some of the world’s greatest gothic architecture and rose windows, this structure is one of the most well known Catholic cathedrals. It also is the home of point zero, which is a stone reference point for distances along the highways starting in Paris.
7) Walk the Seine. If you are fortunate to be sharing your trip with a loved one, nothing rekindles a romance faster than a stroll down the Seine. This 486 mile long river, flows from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Northern France.
6) Champs Elysees. This street has it all. By far the most famous street in Paris, you will find thousands of boutiques and restaurants that fit your every need. Endless money flows on this street with upscale eateries and huge stores featuring the likes of Armani, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Boss, and much more. There is no better location in the world to window shop.
5) Musée d’Orsay. If you are an art lover, you must visit the Orsay. This museum is actually located in an old train station and houses pieces from some of the world’s most famous artists like Monet, Van Gough, and Renoir.
4) Palais Garnier, Opera National de Paris. Built in 1875, this opera hall is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. This opera hall is best known for inspiring Gaston Leroux to write his classic gothic novel, “The Phantom of the Opera”.
3) Bike About Tours. Rated the number 1 tourist activity in Paris, Bike About Tours is a great way to orient yourself with the city of lights. As you take this tour with other riders, the guides will point out and explain the history of Parisian landmarks. Bring the whole family; Paris is a great place to take a ride!
2) Versailles. Take the train or a cab 12 miles outside of Paris to visit the famous palace at Versailles. This is one of France’s most interesting and historic sites. For 150 years, it served as the palace of the kings of France. The treaty that ended WWI was signed here in 1919. Visit the palace’s famous Hall of Mirrors and then complete your trip with a stroll around the massive, tranquil gardens.
1) The Eiffel Tower. This is a no brainer for the number 1 activity in France for tourists. Can you really just not go while you visit Paris? No. Built in 1889, this engineering marvel is one of the most famous structures in the world and is the symbol of Paris. The view at the top is breathtaking and at night it shines with thousands of flashing lights. If you could only do one activity in Paris, this should be it.