It has long been stated that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. With a culture that is synonymous with everything encompassing the meaning of love, it is hard not to feel even just a little flutter when you arrive there. The architecture, the history, the language – it is all an amazing whirlwind which is impossible to find anywhere else on earth.
There are some obvious places that you just have to visit while you’re in Paris, but other equally as impressive sights which are lacking some much deserved attention. So instead of heading straight for the Tour D’Eiffel (or the Eiffel Tower, if you haven’t brushed up on your French yet), have a look out for the places that may just be on your way…
Musée du Louvre
Home to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, this is one of the most obvious must-see museums in Paris, if not the world – it is certainly the largest. Famous for its glass prism entrance, it was established in the late 18th century and remains the main focal point on the French arts and culture scene. The RER and metro train service is probably the most convenient method of transport to get you around the city and to the museum, as it can be hard to park in Paris near the Louvre should you want to drive – but that’s not to say it can’t be done. Other museums of interest (and there are quite a few to choose from!) include Musée d’Orsay, Musée des Arts et Métiers and Grand Palais. Immerse yourself in the culture!
Stretching 483 miles and having 37 bridges within the city dedicated to crossing it, the river Seine has been an important role in Paris’ national and international commerce throughout the ages. Boat tours along the Seine are common, and will take you past some of the more famous sights that Paris has to offer; Notre Dame lies on its banks, offering a sensational view of premium Gothic architecture as you are gently meandering along. Pop in and see for yourself what Victor Hugo was raving about…
Catacombes de Paris
Have you ever wandered along the street thinking what may lie beneath the ground upon which you are walking? For many it’s not a thought that crosses their minds, but in Paris at any one time you can be journeying across a mass network of intricately placed tunnels, housing the bodies and remains of more than 6 million people who died centuries ago. It may be easier to recognise if you are walking on or near some of the tunnels, as there are no tall buildings built on top of them for fear of subsidence due to poor stability for foundations. It’s a bit of a creepy place to go, but let morbid curiosity get the better of you; there are few things like it anywhere else in the world. It may not be the most romantic, but if you want to stray away from the norm then this will definitely be of interest!