Weekend in Paris? You ‘Need’ To Do/See/Eat These 6 Things!
Weekend in Paris? Ooh la la! But first things first; better check out our need-to-know holiday packing hacks, just to ensure there’s plenty of room for that stripy tee and back beret you’ve totally sold out and bought! But moving on… As you no doubt already know, Paris is absolutely dripping in culture. And so, if it’s your first foray into the city of lights, and you’re limited to a mere 48 hours, you’re gonna be more spoilt for choice than an instagrammer trying to choose which hue of Laduree macaron best suits her feed. Which is why we’ve put together this handy list of the absolute must-dos, must-sees and well… must-eats!
One of the most famous high stree… sorry, avenues in the world, to visit Paris and not stroll along this tree-strewn stretch of shops, bars and #feedgoal-worthy cafes would be like visiting London and failing to walk down Regent Street, or neglecting to call on Time Square while in New York. Besides, not only does the Champs Élysees lead to one of Paris’s most renowned landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe, but is also home to the aforementioned Laduree bakery, which, let’s face it, is the real draw here. And FYI, don’t even think about not ordering the pistachio…
The Arc de Triomphe
Now, we’re not accusing Napoleon of small man syndrome or anything, but com’on, to commission a 164ft towering mammoth of a monument, at the very centre of 12 intersecting avenues… ok, maybe we are. Still, it’s not only an absolute spectacle to witness, but offers one of the best views of central Paris, too. Word of warning, mind; the horn-blaringly busy roundabout that surrounds it is an absolute nightmare to cross. And remember, we’re not talking semi-passive-aggressive UK drivers.
Pronounced Louvre like move (albeit with a very tiny ‘r’ on the end, if you’re wanting to sound all French-like), and not Louv-rer like hoover, this like-rocketing pyramid of a museum houses some of the world’s most iconic works of art. 38000 pieces, to be accurate. And even if most of them do end up looking like a rush of murky-green as you duck and dive your way straight to the Mona Lisa room, there’s still a chance you’ll spy the odd Picasso here and there. And as for Ms Lisa, she’s probably a fair bit smaller than you’d imagine, while the crowds will be a fair bit bigger! So make sure you take that triple-length selfie stick that’s been gathering dust, to ensure you get that all-important insta-shot!
Admittedly, this one was probably already on your list, but you know, couldn’t really omit it on that basis – most famous french landmark, and all. But unlike Mona Lisa, this one really is just as big as you’d imagine. However, the queues are horrendous, and because there’s soooo many different tour packages on offer (decide beforehand how high you wanna go, and how much you’re happy to pay to do so), it’s really easy to suddenly realise you’ve just wasted an entire hour waiting in the wrong queue. Not fun.
The Notre Dame
Yes, you kinda only want to see it because of that 90s Disney movie about the hunchback, as opposed to, you know, the fact it’s one of the finest examples of medieval Gothic architecture in the world, but that’s ok. Cos it’s an absolutely amazing site either way, and thanks to the time-washed walls and contrast-loving detail, it’s almost impossible to take a bad insta shot of it. Once again, anticipate lonnnng queues if you want to visit the towers, which, if you’re only spending a weekend in the city, probably isn’t worth the hour-min wait.
Time to spare? Yes, you could visit one of Paris’s other 130 tourist-bustling museums. Or, and we’re just putting this out there, you could chillax at one of the Paris Plages. These artificial beaches are built along the river Seine over summer, past which floats a giant floating swimming pool. You know where to find us.
Consider yourself somewhat of an honorary Parisian? Whether it’s a little unknown cafe that serves the most instagrammable ice-creams, or the quaintest little bookshop in the bohemian district of Montmartre, jot it down in the comments below. As for those of you about to visit the culture capital, better make sure your wardrobe’s up to scratch. First port of call: New In.
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