Apart from visiting the Eiffel Tower, Paris has some of the world’s most incredible attractions and deciding which things to actually do can be overwhelming. We advise that you have a clear idea of what you want to see before arriving in the beautiful city. This post helps to narrow down the list and leave you with the best options.
- Climb into the dome of Sacre-Coeur: Paris gives you many places to get an incredible view of her. They range from the Eiffel Tower, the Tour Montparnasse and the rooftops of the Galeries Lafayette to mention but a few. There is no one that comes close to the dome of the Sacré-Cœur. Note that there are 300 steep and narrow steps to climb before you arrive at the top of the tallest building on the city’s tallest hill. Arrive early to beat the crowds. It opens between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:30 pm, Sunday to Saturday.
- Go boating: It is not really known that Paris has a significant network of canals, some of which run underground. However, the Canal Saint-Martin, which joins the Seine to the wider waterways, is one of the city’s most vibrant areas. Boat rentals are reasonably priced, and there is also a range of cruises to choose from.
- Drink Coffee: It definitely can be a struggle to decipher the menu before you’ve actually had your coffee. We know. But trust that once you do, your options of either café au lait, (grand) café crème, the café allongé, and the café noisette, which is an espresso will definitely leave you feeling like a local in no time. Soon you’ll find yourself blending in, all thanks to coffee.
- Find treasures is Second-hand bookstores: There’s a lot going on in Paris that will please book lovers, from free short stories in train stations to some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful libraries, but one of the best things is the abundance of second-hand bookstores. Your library will definitely be glad that you visited Paris.
- Find your way to the banks of the Seine: For close to 15 years, the local government of Paris fought hard to make the highway that cuts through the centre of the city a car-free zone. It finally succeeded in 2017 and opened the newly landscaped Parc Rives de Seine. The urban garden that lines the left and right banks of the Seine is home to restaurants, sports facilities, children’s play areas and popular bars, and is a perfect place to exercise or relax in the sun.
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