Paris has always been one of my favourite cities in the world. I don’t know what it is or why I fell in love with it but there’s just something about it.
There’re so many places to visit that a few days is never enough, and it’s not just the sights, the cafes, patisseries and restaurants are all charming.
This was my second visit to Paris, the first time I went was when I was 18 years old and ever since then I have had a love affair with the city and have always longed to go back.
It’s more than just a city of love, it’s a city of glamour, history and a way of life that is uniquely Parisian.
If you only have a few days there then be prepared to get completely and utterly mesmerised. You’ll be exhausted from walking around but you must walk or bike around, because simply catching a cab or public transport will make you miss out on the Parisian vibe- oh yeah and the traffic is horrendous!
Normally I would make a list of all the highlights you should got see or what I went and saw, but this is Paris we’re talking about, and well the highlights of Paris are the obvious: the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Sacré Cœur and so on and so forth. But don’t forget to get out and actually experience the city. Go for a drink on one of the many floating bars along the Seine, stop and have a coffee at a little local cafe and whatever you do you must see the Palais Garnier Opera House. This building is simply breath taking and will take you back to a time before television or the internet were a mere thought.
Now you’re going to Paris, let’s not pretend you’re not going to shop! I mean really?! The Galleries Lafayette are a great place to explore and shop at. Remember take your passport with you as there are freebies for tourists and you may also be entitled to a few discounts here and there. Otherwise like I said stroll the streets there are little boutiques everywhere.
If you have more than a few days then jump on the train and go to Versailles. The palace and it’s surrounding gardens is breathtaking to say the least. If you’re going to actually see the palace- and I mean really see the palace, then you need to put a whole day aside. If you’re not up to strolling through the gardens there are options such as bicycles and buggies you can hire- and you’d probably need them if you’re taking the kids along. The gardens are absolutely huge and you can also hire a row boat at the lake.
The food in the palace grounds is reasonably priced as well considering it is a tourist destination.
If you’re stuck for transport and don’t want to pay for a cab- because their transport system can be a bit of a let down (sigh), Uber is also available around Paris.
Paris can be a city of sensory overload and can be overwhelming. You will miss out on somethings, but thats ok you can’t see everything in a few days. Trust me the first trip I was there for eight days and missed out on a few things.