The city of love.
The home of Dior, croissants and l’Arc de Triomphe.
I was taken for my birthday in 2013 and it rained all weekend. It was so cold that I was only at the top of the Eiffel Tower for 10 minutes before my hands had frozen clenched around my cup of hot chocolate.
But it’s incredible. There’s a reason why over 32 million people visited it in 2013.
Musée du Louvre
Just saying it brings tingles to my skin. The iconic glass pyramid welcomes you to the museum and you’re greeted by such an incredible sight that I literally stopped dead in the middle of the entrance just to stare around me.
I highly recommend getting a museum map and go as early as you can. It gets so busy, but it’s still worth it. You can actually spend all day there so take a packed lunch with you.
Also, make sure you take a camera or sketch pad if you’re particularly arty. You do NOT want to forget the incredible statues and even the tiled floors. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Yes that’s right, you can actually see a show at the Moulin Rouge! But don’t think that it looks like the film.
When I surfaced from the metro, I expected it to look exactly like the film (don’t ask me why seeing as it was set in 1900!). The original building burned down in 1919 and reopened in 1921, but it’s such a stunning building that it takes your breath away.
They do 2 evening shows (9:00pm and 11:00pm) as well as others through the day but what better way to end a day of sightseeing, than with a show? Book your tickets here and enjoy yourself!
You have not had coffee and pastries until you’ve had them in Paris.
You can follow any street and find an amazing cafe, but my favourite is Carette. The macarons… just incredible.
Don’t worry if you don’t know any French, the people are so lovely and they appreciate you trying, but I always recommend trying to learn the basics of please and thank you.
There are so many apps out there that teach you French, like Babbel, but every good bookstore sells phrase books and dictionaries so learn as much as you can. Key phrases are:
Do you speak English? – Parlez-vous Anglais? (par-lay voo on-glay)
Please – s’il vous plait (sill voo play)
Thank you – merci (mer-sea)
Don’t worry if you’re not great at languages, just give it a go!
London has the tube, Paris has the Metro.
You can buy passes at the station (this site gives you all the info) and it’s pretty easy to navigate.
As always, download the CityMapper app. It’s a blooming lifesaver!
But the best way to see Paris is obviously by foot. How else are you going to see those incredible buildings and discover the cafes down side streets? You won’t regret it.
As soon as I get back to the UK, Paris is the first place I’m going to.
When you go, let me know what you think.