Whether it is your first or tenth trip to Paris, there is always something to see, do or eat. Not only is it one the world’s top travel destinations, but it also ranks very highly on travellers’ lists of return destinations. So what exactly draws people here in the first place and then back again? The Culture Trip’s infographic has the answer – here’s your essential guide to the main attractions found in The City of Light!
1.Where to Go
Part of the beauty of France’s capital city is its relatively compact nature. The majority of the major sights and scenes can be accessed via the city’s metro or bus systems. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try renting a bicycle or even a Segway as your primary mode of transportation in the pursuit of seeing as much as possible!
The Eiffel Tower: It’s a must to visit the Eiffel Tower at least once and to gaze up at this towering feat of engineering during a trip to the Capital. Enjoy walking around its base perimeter or venture to the very top for stunning panoramic views of the most romantic place in the world.
Notre Dame: The gothic grandeur of Notre Dame is simply breathtaking. Situated on the Seine, it is an event to see without even venturing inside. Notre Dame has seen the city at its best and worst, and its walls have tales to tell. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Quasimodo’s legendary home and hear the bells ring out in all their glory.
Luxembourg Gardens: On a sunny day, you’ll find at least half of the city’s population enjoying the city’s outdoor spaces, especially the Luxembourg Gardens. This 23-hectare urban oasis is green and lush, lined with picturesque promenades and beautiful fountains and statues. As the weather gets warmer, there is simply no better place for an afternoon of relaxation and people-watching.
2.What to Eat
Food is an important part of French culture and should be an integral part of any visit to the country. Whether you choose to sit down and eat at any one of the many restaurants or cafes or grab a bite to go, the quality of the ingredients and the taste will be impeccable.
Crepes: Thin pancakes filled with decadent treats such as strawberries and Nutella, or with savoury options like ham and cheese, are a popular meal option at any time of the day.
Pastries: A visit to a traditional Parisian patisserie is a must. The aromas alone make the trip worthwhile, with fresh breads and sublime pastries filling the display cabinets, all designed to tempt you.
Croque –Monsieur: A quintessentially French ham and cheese sandwich elevated beyond the ordinary by being dipped in beaten eggs and then grilled to perfection.
Paris is one of the world’s most beloved cities for a variety of reasons. It is impossible to see all that it has to offer in one visit. Be sure to create a list of the places that you want to see, and then start planning your trip – or return trip – to the beautiful City of Light!