A few months ago, I ventured across the English Channel on the Eurostar over to Paris. I actually have quite the love/hate relationship with the city. I’ve had a few bad experiences but overall, it’s a city I love to explore. You’ll probably know that I’ve been in the area quite a few times recently as I’ve been to Disneyland Paris a few times. We had an annual pass between 2016-2017 but we rarely went into the city which is only 40 minutes on the metro from Marne-La-Vallee.
Paris is so easily accessible from the UK with quick connections on the Eurostar or an hour’s flight into Charles De Gaulle. It’s an excellent option for a quick European Weekend Break. I personally think that it’s a city which is really easy to navigate and as there are so many famous sights to see, you’d be able to get round them in one weekend. I’ve put together a little post of my five favourite places in Paris – They are quite touristy but I think they are worth the visit.
Obviously The Eiffel Tower is the main tourist attraction in Paris. If climbing up to the top of the Eiffel Tower isn’t on your agenda, there’s a few places to get the picture perfect view. The Trocadero is directly opposite the structure and in September we watched the sunset from there. It was absolutely beautiful and we got some lovely photos. The Pont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge is also a pretty great place to get all your photos of the Eiffel Tower.
Montmartre is a district in Paris which I just absolutely adore. Formerly it was the artist’s village where famous names such as Picasso and Salvador Dali resided. I just love all the windy little streets, it’s all very french. Although, be warned it’s all up hill but the views from the top outside the Sacré-Cœur basilica over the city are very much worth it. Montmartre is also home to the famous Moulin Rouge which have daily cabaret shows. To see a Moulin Rouge show is certainly on my list for future visits to Paris.
Le Marais is another district in Paris which is just undeniably typically Parisian. I stayed in the area a couple of years ago and I highly recommend finding a hotel in this district. It’s just a wonderful area to explore with lot’s of trendy café’s and shops and it’s not touristy at all. The Perfect place for a lovely walk to soak in the streets of Paris.
The Champs Elysees is one of the busiest and most famous roads in Paris. Right at the top of the road, you’ll find the Arc De Triomphe which you can actually climb to the top. There is quite a lot of steps but it’s 100% worth it for the incredible views over the city. You’ll be able to see for miles including the Eiffel Tower which isn’t too far away. I believe EU Citizens under 25 get free entry.
Finally, another very famous sight in Paris. I just really love visiting The Louvre and the surrounding area. The courtyard is not only great for people watching but you can create some really fun photos. The gardens around The Louvre are also lovely to have a wander and it’s a short walk to one of my favourite café’s; Angelica’s. It would be rude not to mention the artwork in The Louvre, it’s a place you should certainly visit at least once in a lifetime. After all, it’s the home of the Mona Lisa and many other notable pieces. Similar to the Arc De Triomphe, you can get complimentary entry if you in the EU and under 25.
Who knows maybe I’ll be back in Paris in 2019. I’d definitely love to explore the foodie side of Paris as I’m very much guilty of falling for every single tourist trap in the city. I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations for Paris, where is your favourite place in the city?
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