Going to Paris is always a good idea
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life”
Hello, my Buffled readers. I know that you love to travel and you will be happy to have some new information’s for your next trip. With this thought in mind and with two fabulous trips done to Paris this year I collected some useful tips and tricks. So you can travel more prepared on your next trip than I was.
What to do in Paris for a city break?
Lonely or with someone? I know that maybe you are an introvert and you prefer to do everything on your own but eating macaroons alone on the Champs-Élysées it feels bad, fall in love if you want to go to Paris. I tried both options and travelling with your soul mate is priceless.
“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual”
If you live in London and you want to plan everything in advance you should have a look at the Eurostar super offers that starts at £60 for a return ticket. And save plenty of time with the security check-in. We all know that is something that is bothering us all the time. If you prefer to flight, look after EasyJet deals, from time to time they have some great £50 deals. But you need to assume yourself the security hassle:)
Once you got there, the adventure begins. But, feeling hungry, right? With the food is complicated. The bad restaurants have the same prices as the good ones. It’s a city trip, you don’t want to spend a fortune on a fancy meal that will disappoint you. I will suggest you look after international well-known restaurant names. If you don’t find anything around you, just watch for 5 minutes what the people are eating from the nearest place. If it looks good, then go for it and get some fresh energy. Do not think too much, you are there to explore not to get fat.
Now, what’s next. I will say to create a travel map. Start from your hotel and go around the most amazing Parisian place. Here are few ideas:
Musee du Louvre The Louvre
The most recognised symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveller’s prize is the Louvre. This is the world’s greatest art museum—and the largest, with 675,000 square feet of works from almost every civilisation on earth. The three most popular pieces here are, of course, the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. Beyond these must-sees, your best bet is to focus on whatever interests you the most—and don’t despair about getting lost, for you’re bound to stumble on something memorable. It would take nine months to glance at every work of inside the Louvre museum. Prioritising is key! A tour guide can help point out interesting pieces and keep you stress-free.
The crown jewel of the Paris skyline is even more spectacular up close. Booking Eiffel Tower tickets in advance will let you bypass the tourist crowds and go straight to the top. The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer Gustave Eiffel—already famous for building viaducts and bridges—spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889. Today it is most breathtaking at night when every girder is highlighted in a sparkling display originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium. The glittering light show was so popular that the 20,000 lights were reinstalled for permanent use in 2003. The tower does its electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1am.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame de Paris, French for “Our Lady of Paris,” was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists. Looming above Place du Parvis on the Ile de la Cité, the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself. Napoléon was crowned here, and kings and queens exchanged marriage vows before is the altar. There are a few things worth seeing inside the Gothic cathedral, but the real highlights are the exterior architectural details and the unforgettable view of Paris, framed by stone gargoyles, from the top of the south tower. Begun in 1163, completed in 1345, badly damaged during the Revolution, and restored by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, Notre-Dame may not be France’s oldest or largest cathedral, but in beauty and architectural harmony it has few peers—as you can see by studying the facade from the square in front.
The Champs-Élysées, the world’s most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you’ll see all those trees spectacularly lights. Make no mistake: the Champs-Élysées, while ceding some of its elegance in recent times, remains the most famous street in Paris—and, perhaps, the world. Like New York’s Times Square or London’s Piccadilly Circus, it is a mecca for travellers and locals alike. Some Parisians complain that fast-food joints and chain stores have cheapened Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but others are more philosophical, noting that there is something here for everyone. Anchoring the Champs is the Arc de Triomphe, Napoléon’s monument to himself. At the other end, the exquisitely restored Grand Palais plays host to some of the city’s grandest art exhibitions.
Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honours those who fought in the French Revolution and Napoleonic War. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views.
In the end, if you want to fall in love or find the love that you lost, don’t think twice pack your stuff and go to Paris. Let your fears, miseries, your past at home and just enjoy every single second. Be you, love, live and believe that beautiful things will happen to you.
“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant”