Are you currently planning a trip to Paris? Do you want to see and do as much as possible but don’t quite know how to organise your time? Don’t worry – it’s a dilemma that almost everybody who visits Paris has to face. There’s just so much to see in this city that it’s impossible to experience all of it. It’s a shame but it’s the truth. Unless you’ve got a couple of months to spend exploring this part of the world, you’re going to have to organise your time carefully and choose your excursions wisely.
You might not be able to see everything that Paris has to offer in the space of a week or two, but you can get an awful lot of sight seeing in before you have to pack up and go home. In order to make the most of your time when staying in France with Chez Nous, you should draw up a list of ten things that you want to do or see in Paris. This list doesn’t have to be definitive but it should contain all of the things that you really want to add to your list of travel achievements.
Here’s a guide to ten of the best things that you can do during your stay in Paris.
Marvel at The Mona Lisa
No ‘to do’ list would be complete without a gawp at the world’s most famous painting – the Mona Lisa. Just to warn you, the queues outside the Louvre museum will take your breath away before you’ve even entered the building. A typical wait for entry is about an hour but it is more than worth it for the sheer amount of attractions on offer inside the Louvre, says ParisPass.com.
Eat your First Snail
We British are notoriously squeamish when it comes to things like snails and frogs legs but if you’re feeling adventurous – by all means, jump in feet first. Why not order your first plate of escargot whilst relaxing outside a waterfront cafe with a glass of red wine?
Wax Lyrical at The Grevin Museum
The Grevin Wax Museum is home to over 300 wax representations of the world’s most famous people. It’s one of the funniest ways to spend an afternoon in Paris and it’s very cheap to boot.
Sup Martintis at Le Fumoir
Le Fumoir is an excellent restaurant located very close to the Louvre museum, says Time journalist Jo Lennan. Surprisingly, considering its location – it’s not ludicrously priced or uncomfortably busy. It’s a simple restaurant and cocktail bar that serves a mean martini once the sun goes down.
Browse The Shakespeare & Company Book Shop
This tiny little book shop has been open since 1918 and was featured in Ernest Hemingway’s memoir The Moveable Feast. It is an astounding building, with hundreds of books stacked ceiling high on every wall. It is a must see for anybody who loves literature, says Independent journalist Clare Dwyer Hogg.
Rent a Private Pool
The simply named L’Hotel on the rue des Beaux-Artes is one of France’s most charming boutique hotels. In recent years it has become a favourite haunt of celebrities like Johnny Depp and the hotel actually allows visitors to book an hour long private session in their indoor pool and steam room.
Catch a Film at La Pagode
This tiny 19th century cinema is a great place to catch a quirky art house movie. Do be warned though – its breathtaking decor may distract you from what’s on the screen.
Ride The Canal St Martin
Why not go for a relaxing canal boat ride down the beautiful Canal St Martin? There are few things in the world quite as calming as an evening boat ride with a cold beer or a glass of red wine in hand.
Take a Dip
Obviously, you can’t swim in the Seine itself. The Piscine Josephine Baker, however, has remedied this problem by building a swimming pool right over the river’s edge. It even has a retractable roof for when the sun comes out.
Scale The Eiffel Tower
Is there any better way to end a visit to Paris than with a trip to the top of the Eiffel tower? Just don’t look down as you’re climbing the stairs.
Cathy John is a British photography student living in Paris. She recommends every travelers for Staying in France with Cheznous to enjoy reliable, affordable holidays. Cathy can be found blogging about amazing places to visit in France.