Brush up on your French and take a trip to the French capital city of Paris. You have to know at least a few key phrases in French to put yourself right in the middle of Parisian settings that have so often been featured in many movies. Be très chic when you experience gay Paree in all its fame and splendour. Paris may have had bad reviews (I have complained about not having elevators at train stations). Despite, it’s still and will always be on many people’s bucket list. Whether you are visiting for 3 days, a week, a month, or if you’re staying for good, Paris’ charm will always put you in awe. You will be surprised at the many beautiful streets you will discover, and the many little things that make this French city so lovable.
Here are 5 reasons for you to visit Paris and fall in love with it.
Historic Monuments and Impressive Museums
Most popular among the landmarks of Paris are the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (or Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris).
These sights are often included as part of pre-paid passes that tourists can purchase ahead of time. Since these sights are among international tourists’ list of must-see places, these historic landmarks can get really crowded.
Paris is not Paris if the Louvre is not mentioned. Being the world’s largest museum, a visit to the Louvre is not enough with just a one-day trip, there’s just so much to see!
Fashion and Shopping
Paris is one of the world’s fashion hubs comprising the Big 4 along with cities as London, Milan, and New York. Plan your trip right around the time when the bi-annual Fashion Week events are scheduled and catch a glimpse of the next season’s fashion on the runway. Bring your pocketbook for some high end couture shopping in the 8th arrondisement or in the boutiques that line Canal St. Martin and at the Palais-Royal.
Ditch the French fries and go for authentic French cuisine served in bistros and restaurants around Paris. Put the French culinary reputation to test as you sample the fine cuisine in some of the most luxurious locales as Hotel Ritz and the Hotel de Crillon. Be ready to shell out oodles of money at these glitzy dining places, though.
If French fashion is identified as haute couture, its gastronomic department is considered haute cuisine. Foie Gras, Pommes duchesse, Coq au vin, Crème brûlée, Eclairs, macarons, Tarte Tatin, the list goes on.
For the budget conscious, street side delicacies and fair offerings will give you a good sampling of the more common French gustatory fare.
Visit the largest Parisian opera houses and choose from their mixed repertoire of classic and modern ballets and operas. Historic Opera Garnier and Opera Bastille along with Opera Comique and Theatre Lyrique should be in your opera theater itinerary while in Paris.
Not Just in the Movies
Take the time to go and see places in Paris that have been featured in one or several Hollywood films . The Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge dinner theater, and The Louvre are just some of the places that you might already have “visited” during your trips to the movies (James Bond ones, Rush Hour, The Devil wears Prada, Moulin Rouge, The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Paris, Amelie, and more).
The Seine River is a must-see too! Get to ride an excursion boat to see more of the historic city. There’s nothing more romantic than cruising this river and get a different view of the city with your loved one.
Ooopsss…make that 6 reasons!
Disneyland Resort Paris
Let the kid in you out and be a child once again at Disneyland Resort Paris…enjoy the company of Mickey and friends, tour Sleeping Beauty’s castle and enjoy the magic that is Disneyland in the city of the most romantic language. There are a lot of new rides and attraction so be sure to book not one but at least two days for you to enjoy everything!
The tourist scene in Paris can be quite busy especially when there are international events happening in the city. It would be a good idea to plan your trip to Paris early on and get your bookings ahead of time – you want to beat the long queues during peak tourism season. You might also want to take a look at buying pre-paid passes that already serves as your entry card to a list of tourist attractions in Paris. Finally, don’t forget to take a reliable camera with you to capture the beauty that is Paris.