Enter my 16 year old self’s dream. Every minute in Paris was pure magic. Paris makes you fall in love so effortlessly. I don’t know if it’s the way the streets are planted around Eiffel, or the beautiful Seine that runs through the city, the smell of fresh Crepes, window shopping through the boutique stores, spotting those colorful macaroons through the glass in every bakery or those parisian balconies adorned by flowers. It is probably strolling through the city holding your loved one’s hand and playing hide and seek with the Eiffel while you are at it.
We visited during Autumn, and it was perfect. The tourists are gone after summer, the weather is not too chilly. The berets are out for autumn fashion and the cute looking cafes are adorable after the rain with the reflection in the water and red umbrellas everywhere. Feels like you are inside a painting right?
- River Seine Cruise – My favorite way to see the city other than walking all of it of course. Getting a hot chocolate in hand and sitting on the open air (upper deck of the boat) is a perfect way to get the tour. It was a little too windy for us as we did in Autumn but it was still bliss.
- Luxembourg gardens – This garden is goals. Visiting in Autumn means seeing the different colors. One of the parks where you can spend all day without wanting to leave!
- Watch the Eiffel tower sparkle – After sunsets, you get to see the Eiffel tower sparkle for 5 minutes when the clock hits the hour. It is absolutely beautiful.
- Louvre museum – Ok. This has been in my bucket list for so long and one day was not enough. But we managed to see all the sections that we really wanted to. The 3D Audio book is amazing. It also has a GPS tracker and tells you where are in the museum and the details of each artifact. The way the artifacts are presented drives your attention throughout. Once you get hold of how to use the nintendo 3D Audio guide, you basically gets transmitted to the past. I am not exaggerating any part. Trust me!
- Ila de la Cite – This is a small island in Paris where you can see Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame. It was a bit crowded when we visited. Visit in the morning to spot some cute cafes in this neighborhood.
- Those bridges though. Walking Pont Saint-Louis will lead you to a pleasant atmosphere and shopping area.
- Basilique du Sacré-Coeur – You can either climb up or take the funicular. You will get to highest point of Paris when you reach the top.
- Walk along Champs-Elysées – It is one of the most beautiful avenues.
- Arc de Triomphe – I loved the view of the city from the top and how the city unfolds in that perfectly planned streets can be witnessed from here.
- Oh and the museums are free every first Thursdays. I believe its night at the museum too. Check with the website before you go. You are welcome!
- Eat Street Food Crepes
- Creme Brulee
- Best chocolate eclairs are in regular patisseries
- French Onion Soup
- Cakes and all the more Pastries
- Try to get your accommodation close to the center of the city! Location matters!!
- Now do not forget, Paris is a metro city. If you are taking the metro/really exploring all parts of the city you will also see the not so glamorous part of Paris as well. So brace yourself and be open minded like a traveler and avoid being a tourist.