paris pt. 2 – the sights

My home for four fabulous months, Paris should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

I’m going to list some sites that I believe every tourist should think about visiting when coming to this magical city. First off, Paris’ metro system is easy to navigate, but the best way to see the city is on foot.

Also, this will continually be a working list, I hope to make additions to this post as often as possible!

the sights:

  • Cite
    • this is the island in the middle of the Seine river – considered the heart of Paris and it has a lot to see, including Notre Dame
  • Le Marais
    • located in the 3rd district, this was my home for four months
    • it’s lively and hip and ultimately the coolest place in Paris!
  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame
    • 3rd best view of Paris
    • the line is l o n g, but the view of the city and the gargoyles are worth it!
  • Seine River
    • great place for a picnic – the river is so long and lively you’ll find a place you and your friends can enjoy and hangout
  • Pont des Arts
  • Pont de l’Alma
  • Tour Eiffel
    • 2nd best view of Paris
    • I would recommend climbing the steps. The line is significantly shorter than the elevator lines. If you’re in moderate shape, you can make the 660+ steps easily and feel accomplished after you climb!
  • Luxembourg Gardens
    • I would recommend taking a basket of meats, cheeses and wine to the gardens and sit on the available chairs and just hang out
  • Pere Lachaise Cemetary
    • I went on a rainy day (which happens quite often) but it was the perfect somber experience to see Oscar Wilde in his eternal resting site
  • Trocadero Gardens
    • great garden area in front of the Eiffel Tower – you can get great shots of the city and the tower!
  • Louvre Museum
    • museums aren’t my thing, so I am very biased when it comes to reviewing something like this. If it wasn’t free for me, I wouldn’t have gone.
  • Basilica de Sacre Coeur
    • best view of Paris
    • easily my favorite spot in Paris
    • it is in the Montmarte neighborhood, which is really touristy, but in reality it’s lively and fun!
  • Catacombs of Paris
    • this place is beyond creepy. It hosts the skulls of the dead and sometimes tourists take parts of a skeleton as souvenirs….
  • Petit Palace
  • Grand Palais
  • Palace de Versailles
    • tip: go on an off day, the lines are absurd even on those days, but note the garden isn’t open everyday!
  • Centre de Pompidou
    • good view of the city and from the outside looking on, it looks like a hamster cage
  • Place de la Bastille
    • this is really just a verticle structure symbolizing the battle, so not much to see but usually there’s a farmer’s market on Sunday’s around there
  • Palais de Chaillot
  • Musee Marmottan Monet
  • Pantheon
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Tombeau de Napoleon Ier
  • L’Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
    • quick climb, maybe 200 steps?
  • Foundation Louis Vuitton
  • Musee Galleria
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Paris Observatory
  • Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
    • wonderful shopping area, a lot of high end stores along with at least two Zara’s
    • my favorite part is that one section of the mall has a food court, and this is no normal food court – it is filled with high end/luxury food items and desserts (get the eclairs and anything that has matcha!!)
  • Saint-Chappelle

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  • Saint-Jacques Tower
  • Palais-Royal/Colonnes de Burren
    • if you follow any fashion bloggers, this is where they come to take pictures on the black and white vertical striped columns of varying heights
  • Pont Alexander III
    • famous bridge point, really good views of the Petite Palace and the Napolean Museum
  • Tour Montparnasse
    • 4th best view of Paris
    • one of the few skyscrapers in Paris and the right across the street are a lot of cafes frequented by famous writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald
  • Picasso National Museum
  • Rodin Museum
  • Place Denfert-Rochereau
  • Palais Garnier/Opera
    • the Paris opera house is beautiful. the art within the building is breathtaking and although the tour is pricey for such a small building, it’s something you won’t see elsewhere

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