Paris is always worth a trip at any time of the year. No matter, if you want to travel alone or with your best friend. This town should be your next stop, if you haven’t made it jet. Do you know the famous childrens song: “Dix kilomètre à pied ça use, ça use, dix kilomètre a pied ça use les souliers.”? The best thing you can do in Paris is to discover the town by foot. I studied in Paris for a year in 2006/07 and I just loved to stroll around and get lost in the streets. Start your day with a fresh croissant and a coffee from any french boulangerie in walking distance of your hotel to make yourself happy. My favorite neighborhood is Marais. It’s a vibrant and creative community with lovely cafés and bars, not only for the gay scene. You will find the Musée Picasso there and my beloved Centre de dance du Marais (41 Rus du Temple / awesome African Dance Course). The best museum however is the Musée du Quai Branly, fallowed by the Musée d’Orsay – a former old train station! The best street artists perform in front of the Centre Pompidou (nick name “Beaubourg”) in the summer and you can easily spent two two hours just sitting around there with your lunch at hand. Don’t miss to walk your way along the river Seine and eat icecream in the Jardin des Tuileries. It is also a lot of fun to visit the Tour Eifel with a local Parisian, who has never down it before in his/her lifetime. I did that with a neighbor I became a friend with, thanks to the wonderful La Fete des Voisins. The view was fantastic of course (wasn’t it Christel?) and I enjoyed the time to talk while waiting in the line. In the evening it is exciting to slip into the Opéra national de Paris for a few minutes (during the intermissions), to see the impressive building from the inside for a moment. It also helps you to get an impression of the Paris style dress code. I was always underdressed! You can book a tour or by a ticket for a show too, if you have more time. Right next to the Opéra national de Paris is a massive church that is called La Madeleine and is often overlooked by tourists. For night life I would suggest the Place d’Italy. What else…there are so many things to see:
- The Palace of Versailles
- Père Lachaise Cemetery
- Théatre de la Cité Internationale
- playing Boule at Paris Plage on a summer evening
- The Catacombs (haven’t done it myself jet…the line was far too long, but friends told me, that it is great)
- … to be continued by yourself
I really enjoyed to live in Paris and I miss it from time to time. There is only one disadvantage I can come up with: The living is expensive and (therfore) a bit stressful.
Enjoy your trip and let my know what you think about this post!
PS: Believe it or not in 2006/07 I still used an analog camera, so I can’t add any digital pictures from Paris here right now.
PPS: Check out the pingback for Paris on the blog “On the Road through” to find out more travel tips for Paris.