FIRST TIME IN PARIS
Best Ideas while Visiting Paris
Guest post by Lauren Feldkamp
1. The Eiffel Tower: It is interesting to think that the most famous landmark in Paris was never intended to be a permanent structure.
Originally built as a temporary attraction for the World’s Fair in 1889, it was a valuable site for military transmissions, which saved it from demolition until it established itself as a famous landmark and bustling tourist attraction.
Take an elevator to the top for a panoramic view of Paris, but be sure to come back and marvel at the tower at night, when thousands of lights illuminate it in its full glory!
Explore everything from ancient Egyptian tombs that contain actual mummies to famous Greek sculptures such as the Venus de Milo, along with the unquestionable star of the show, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of the Mona Lisa.
While you can choose to explore the Louvre on your own, guided tours are worth the extra money, as you are able to get closer to the most famous works while gaining an informed narration to boot.
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3. The Notre Dame Cathedral: Located alongside the Seine River was built in the 10th century, and is widely regarded as one of the best Gothic-style cathedrals in the entire world.
While you can find beautiful statues and impressive architecture simply by wandering around, taking the nearly 400 step long journey to the top affords for some of the best views of the city you will find anywhere!
The crypt is open to viewers as well, yet be warned that this is a famous attraction, so you want to come early or else prepare yourself for sizable lines.
4. The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery: This is the largest cemetery in the city, and one of the most beautiful in the world as well. Boasting over 100 acres, the place is full of lush green vegetation and gorgeous cobblestone paths along with three separate memorials dedicated to World War One.
Before you venture into the grounds, be sure to grab a map, as you will want to know where to find some of the cemetery’s most famous residents, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde!
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6. Le Cinq: Located in the Four Seasons Hotel at 31 Avenue George V, this place is a Michelin Star rated French restaurant that is the absolute epitome of rich, flavorful food and an exquisite dining experience.
While it is certainly not the most wallet-friendly suggestion, the overall package here makes the expense well worth it, as you are not only treated to out of this world food and drink selections, you also have the added bonus of receiving impeccable service in an elegantly gorgeous environment.
Begin your meal with the shelled spider crab or sorrel sorbet before moving onto one of their signature entrée dishes, such as sea bass paired with buttermilk and caviar or a grilled and glazed pigeon served with olive cream and mashed turnips!
For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to end the experience with the crunch coffee mousse along with a classic cappuccino.
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