Paris, the city of love, is one of the most sought after destinations of travel in the world for its rich history, iconic architecture, quaint cafes and chic fashion. A Paris trip planner would be incomplete if it did not include-
1)The Eiffel Tower- Top of any list of things to see in Paris, the Eiffel tower is the defining landmark of the city and a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel tower would be a grave injustice. Besides the viewing of the amazing wrought iron spectacle, however, the Eiffel tower has a lot to offer with its lush gardens that make the perfect picnic spot and an elevator ride to the top gives an unmatched view of the sprawling city. The best way to view the monument however is to visit in the evening so as to enjoy the tower with the absolutely amazing lighting in full bloom.
2)Palais Garnier- This opera house in Paris is the absolute pinnacle of opulence and culture which today offers brilliant ballet performances but was formerly the home of Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. The PalaisGarnier seats over 1900 and is built in classical Baroque Revival architecture, an absolutely amazing space to be seated in to view performances by some of the finest ballet troupes the world has to offer.
Another must do on the Paris journey guide, the Louvre is home to some of the most iconic pieces of art known to man. The building itself is a striking glass pyramid and is well worth the several hour wait on any day to view the most famous painting in the world that it has the honour of playing host to, The Mona Lisa. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world and can keep even the most active of tourists busy all day. As the day comes to a close one can walk to the Siene River bank to view the magnificent waters that flow through the heart of the city.
4)The Catacombs- An entry only for the more daring and adventurous vacation guide, the catacombs are the underground maze of tunnels that run for miles. Visitors are allowed to see certain parts of the catacombs under strict supervision but the trip is well worth it for a thrill unlike any other.
5)Arc de Triomphe- Definitely one of the most famous monuments in Paris, the name may not be familiar but the structure is readily recognizable from any source of popular culture featuring the city. The Neoclassical archway is a stunning piece of architecture that is an absolutely essential part of the Paris vacation, even if just for some quick afternoon sight-seeing.
6)Notre Dame de Paris-
The iconic gothic church is a well-known name and is undoubtedly one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the city. The building is a work of art with its towers and amazing cold stone walls, however the main attraction are the gargoyles that sit on the corners of the structure, looking down upon the visitors. A walk around the grounds and through this magnificent structure is sure to make for some amazing photo ops as well as a great look into Parisian history.
The vacation guide is incomplete without mentioning possibly the best shopping spot in all of France; Champs- Elysees offers a nearly 2 kilometre stretch of wide road ending with the Arc de Triomphe that will leave any shopaholic itching to go back. Lined with shops and restaurants, the Champs-Elysees is a pedestrian only street each first Sunday of the month and offers, above all, free WiFi (Yes.).