À Paris: Where to Go, What to See

Wednesday, November 4


Now that you planned out your trip according to your budget and made it to Paris, it's time to decide what you are going to see in the city that is home to so many wonderful palaces, museums, parks, cathedrals, galleries - not to mention boulangeries, pâtisseries, exquisite department stores and charming little gardens. I tried my best to narrow my favorite places down to just 5, and oh boy that was hard! But let's do this.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim must be my favorite bridge of all - it's way less pompous and much more sophisticated than Pont Alexandre III (which I never know how to shoot properly), and I love its slightly quiter beauty. Also, it's probably one of the best spots to admire the Eiffel Tower from. Next time you're in Paris, try this route: from Palais de Tokyo to the opposite side of the Seine river via Passerelle Debilly, through the avenue de la Bourdonnais and to the Champ de Mars. Then take multiple pictures of the Eiffel Tower and head straight to quai Branly in the direction of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Beware the pickpockets!

To those that go to Paris for the very first time, I would always recommend skipping Louvre and quenching their thirst for art at Musée d'Orsay. It's not so overwhelmingly huge (you can actually see every single painting in one go if you really-really want to) and impressionism is generally easier to comprehend than, say, medieval art, meaning your companions will probably enjoy it whatever their age and background is. Don't forget to visit the terrace on the rooftop!

It was extremely difficult to choose between Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg, but I had to go with the former. I love serenity of the fountains and how beautiful the green of the chairs and foliage looks against the white of the sand. Even though it is squeezed in between of the hustle and bustle of Louvre on one side and Champs-Élysées on the other, it remains very peaceful and calm and really just a nice place to hang out at and rest your tired feet. It is also neighbors with the Roue de Paris, which is quite fabulous if you ask me (don't make the same mistake I did though - if your friends are afraid of heights, they won't enjoy wavering at a height of 60 meters even if the Eiffel Tower will be doing its best to sparkle and distract them).

I have to say, I do prefer Pierre Hermé to Ladurée when it comes to macarons, but you can't possibly go to Paris and not stop by this picture-perfect pâtisserie, can you? To enjoy the ultimate experience, visit Ladurée Royale (16-18 rue Royale, 75008 Paris). You may need to queue, don't tell me I didn't warn you, but this tea salon is so worth it! Sitting there all by myself and munching on the heavenly delicious French toasts with whipped cream made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw - remember that scene from the "American in Paris" episode in which she was having her afternoon tea accompanied by a cute four-legged fella? Speaking of tea, I suggest ordering the "Marie Antoinette" one - it is quite frankly one of the best teas I've ever had and I swear I could move to France for the sake of it.

Since I'm a girl (duh), I couldn't possibly not include a department store in the list, and my department store of choice has to be Galeries Lafayette. If shopping is not your forte, go there to admire the architecture and the view from the rooftop terrace (Christmas decorations never cease to amaze too!). In case you wanna shop but cannot afford any designer garments, there are always the likes of Zara inside - plus, I highly recommend checking out the accessories department (hats, scarves and gloves) and spending a good hour wandering from the Diptyque stand to the Chanel counter and to the jolly rows of colorful Kure Bazaar nail polishes.

Here you have it! My Top 5. Which places should have made the list in your opinion? Share in the comments section down below!

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  1. Моё лучшее место в Париже - это острова. Могу гулять там часами.

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    1. Я очень хочу на Лебединый остров! Посмотреть на уменьшенную копию Статуи Свободы) Вроде Бир-Акейм совсем рядышком, но как-то я прошла мимо, даже не заметив сам остров ;D

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  2. Возьму на заметку! Ведь так мечтаю побывать в Париже(

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    1. Влада, искренне желаю, чтобы мечта сбылась! И, надеюсь, в конечно счёте, Париж не разочарует)

      Мой совет: в свою первую поездку не старайтесь посмотреть все упомянутые в путеводителе достопримечательности - сосредоточьте внимание на трёх-четырёх и бездумно блуждайте по городу; идите, куда поведут ноги, задирайте голову и любуйтесь зданиями) Мне кажется, это лучший способ влюбиться в Париж.

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