The City of Lights

PARIS

Four days in the city of lights. Enough to fall in love with it.

For three nights, two friends and I, stayed at “Le Marais” neighborhood. The location was perfect, very calm and residential but still busy enough.

 

Here are some tips on what to visit while staying in Paris:

 

WHAT TO VISIT?

Arc de Triomphe:

Right at the end of  Champs-Élysées, and in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, stands one of the most famous monuments of Paris.

For breathtaking sights of the city, climb the Arc de Triomphe, you will not regret it!

Champs-Élysées:

I highly recommend walking all the way from The Louvre Museum or Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe through Champs-Élysées avenue. It is well known for its cafés and luxury shops.

Notre-Dame:

Most commonly known as the Cathedral from “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, is a medieval Catholic Cathedral situated in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. Gorgeous.

Tour Eiffel:

The iconic monument of Paris. This outstanding architectonic piece is breathtaking, and very photogenic too. 

You MUST go up.

We were four friends climbing up the Tour Eiffel. Once we reached to the top, we decided to proceed with the typical Argentinian custom, to drink a “mate”. It was a once in a lifetime experience, sharing a “Mate” with three friends, at the top of the Tour Eiffel.

Sacré-Coeur:

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, located in the highest point of the city, Montmartre.

As we arrived, it started to pouring rain, but it didn’t matter as soon as we entered the church. Worth while visiting!

Jardin du Luxembourg:

My favorite gardens out of all Paris. My friends and I sat there for lunch. We had the typical “Baguette Parisienne” right in front of the Pool, across the Palais du Luxembourg. It was a sunny day, perfect to be outside.

Versailles:

The well known Palace of Versailles is one of my favorite tourist attractions out of all Europe.

Take a day, and please, visit it.

I highly recommend taking the tickets in advance or going with a tour guide. You can choose to visit the palace or the gardens, or both.

Every single room of the palace is stunning. The “Mirror Room” is my favorite, it is probably everyone’s favorite, but the interesting fact about it is that the Treaty of Versailles was signed in that same room. And the gardens, are the most impeccable gardens you’ll ever visit.

This palace is a marvelous historical sight, mostly known for being a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the ancient royal court of Paris. Marie Antoinette is one of the most fascinating characters of Versailles’ history, right before the French Revolution.

If you want to fall in love, visit Versailles!

WHERE TO EAT?

Marcelle:

Coffee, bakery and kitchen.

Offers vegan, vegetarian and healthy food. The restaurant itself is chic and stylish. I looooved it!

Check it out! 

La Cevichería: 

A very cool peruvian restaurant, with delicious plates and drinks!

If you are looking for peruvian food, this is the place to go to. The service was perfect, we had a marvelous evening!

Check it out! 

L’Escargot Montorgueil:

The perfect place to try out the well known  ESCARGOT. Part of getting to know a city, also means trying out their cuisine. This is why I tried “les escargots”, and let me tell you, they were really good.

Check it out!

Le Syndicat:

If you are looking for a cocktail bar, Le Syndicat, is the perfect place to go to. Busy, and  crowded but chic, cool and very stylish! It may not be appealing from the outside, but once you are in there, the place is very swell and interesting!

Check it out!

 

I hope that all of these small tips from Paris were useful to you!

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