Paris: A Weekend With A Real Je Ne Sais Quoi
Over 16 million visit the city of Paris every year to sample the city of love. To taste that je ne sais quoi. Perhaps even propose under the stunning and most romantic spot, the Eiffel Tower. Of course people don’t just visit the city to fall further in love with their partner. In fact with so much to see and do, there’s only one thing you will be falling in love with, Paris.
With glorious food, incredible shopping, and a unique and vibrant culture it’s one of the best cities in the world to spend a weekend, although just a couple of days isn’t quite long enough.
Luckily for you, we’ve pinned down all the hotspots you simply must do to have an amazing weekend in Paris.
There’s no way to start the day better in Paris than by listening to the Notre Dame bells chime at 7am sharp. Located in the eastern half of the city, the building, which is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, is a truly beautiful spectacle first thing in the morning and is certainly worth going whilst most tourists are still tucked up in their hotel beds.
Built in 1345, it has been an important part of city life for hundreds of years, and has of course found further notoriety through Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, which was later turned into a Disney film.
A morning trip to the cathedral should be completed by a stroll over to Ble Sucre, around a half an hour walk east, where the most delicious croissants are served. It’s a walk that takes in Place de la Bastille, the Temple du Marais, and spectacular views across La Seine, and is well worth the walk to taste the mouth-watering buttery pastry which has garnered quite the reputation.
If it’s a family trip to Paris, then a Disney theme should continue from that of Quasimodo and to Disneyland just a half an hour drive out of the city. Filled to the brim with the likes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Elsa, the latest Disney character to take the world by storm, it’s every child’s dream, and will certainly have adults gasping too.
Holidays to Disneyland Paris are not as pricy as you’d think either, with the likes of the Kyriad Hotel having prices start at £37.00 per night, not bad for a trip you’ll never forget.
The park has a range of brilliant rides for thrill seekers all with themes around Disney and Pixar films, with of course a nod to Ratatouille the 2007 movie set in the French capital.
Taking a step away from Disneyland though and into Paris’ deep and rich history is Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the most visited cemetery on the planet, and one of the most hauntingly beautiful scenes in Paris.
Established in 1804 it’s the largest cemetery in the city and has a host of notable burials, including composer Frederic Chopin, mime artist Marcel Marceau, rock star Jim Morrison, and writer Oscar Wilde, not to mention the hundreds of other unique and interesting tombs you’ll encounter.
It’s located on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant, and is well worth visiting, especially if you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Paris is of course well known for its art. The Mona Lisa sits proudly in the Louvre, works of Monet and Klimt hang in the Musee d’Orsay, and the Musee Rodin houses paintings from Renoir and Van Gogh. One must visit however is the Pompidou Centre.
Just a stone’s throw from the Louvre, the high-tech design is one of the finest examples of Bowellism in the world. However, inside it’s just as impressive with it home to a public information library, the national museum of modern art, and a centre for music.
It’s included exhibitions from renowned artists and is the perfect way to while away an afternoon.
There are lots of things to do off the beaten track in Paris, away from the tourists. And by evening there’s no finer way to place to be than sharing a bottle of wine on the edge of Canal St Martin.
There are very few neighbourhoods in the city that are as perfect for strolling around, and with it come some great bars and restaurants to spend the early evening. Philou bistro sits just off the banks of the canal and uses local ingredients to create authentic French cuisine. The wine menu is just as impressive, handpicking some of the finest bottles from across France.
However, if you don’t wish to splash the cash at one of the bistros, then there is no better spot in Paris to have a picnic. Grab yourself a collection of pastries, a blanket, and cap off the ultimate weekend in Paris.