France. The land of top quality cheese, cured meats and booze. What more do you want in a country?
If you do want more, there’s also thousands of years of history, iconic landmarks, rolling green hills, quaint country villages, white sand surf beaches, glacial mountains full of adrenalin activities, pristine lakes with dramatic back drops, and politically aware, sophisticated people who hate authority.
I guess I better highlight the typical (and not so typical) Paris attractions below:
Things to do:
Pere Lachaise Cemetery:
It’s fun to walk around this place whilst whispering “I see dead people”. Home to 70,000 burial plots this place is massive and by the end of it, you’ll wish you were dead too. You’ll get lost, you’ll have arguments with your partner or travel companions, you’ll accidentally walk on graves….it’s a real nightmare getting around, but it is worth it.
Among the more famous bodies buried there are are Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Good luck finding them.
The Eiffel Tower:
World icon blah blah, romantic blah blah, amazing view blah blah. Originally built for a World Fair entrance in 1889, it’s now the most visited monument in the world with 7 million people going up a year. You may as well too. Go up at dusk and get both day and night.
Up the top you’ll be greeted with stunning panoramic photo opportunities and of course mandatory couple selfies aplenty…an indisputable proof of love. What these adorable photos don’t show however, is the fight you got into whilst waiting in the queue because one of you wanted to go at a less busy time……it’s always busy! Is awesome though.
Notre Dame Cathedral:
Pretty cool looking cathedral. All gothicy and shit. Look it up.
La Promenade Plantee:
This sky high 5km garden walk is well worth doing. Plus it’s free. Wander past roof tops and stunning botany is a welcome break from the tourist madness that is Paris.
It stretches from Place de la Bastille to Bois de Vincennes, so get off at Bastillle train station and go from there.
Religion isn’t for everyone, but hey some good things come out of it. Like this awesome church perched atop Monte Marte. Work off all that cheese and bread with a calorie burning walk up the steps. Take in the views and the sheer awesomeness of the 130 year old church and then duck inside and check out the impressive artwork and stained windows.
Also worth going for a drink in Montmarte at night. Quaint streets, cool bars and friendly locals.
Pont de l’Alma (The Paris Sewer Tour):
If you really want to see the under-belly of Paris, well, go to its under belly. The sewer tour doesn’t wreak Paris romanticism but it does wreak. Pretty interesting to learn the history of their 2,400km tunnel system that’s not only a sewerage system but also provides drinking and non drinking water to the city.
Fun fact: Napolean was instrumental in its planning and construction. Plus it’s only 4 Euros and 30 cents entry.