Paris, France is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Millions of people visit Cheap Ray Bans Paris every year in the hopes of getting a glimpse and a photo with the Eiffel Tower: the single most iconic tourist attraction in France, BUT there’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. I’ll be starting a blog series featuring the instagram (Follow me on Instagram @johanaguilar) worthy spots in the different cities in Europe. So first up is Paris!
I have to admit, I was pretty amazed and stoked the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower last April, 2014. This, being my second time in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was again in my things to see list together with the Louvre, which are practically in everyone’s list as well. But this time around, I wanted to explore beyond the usual tourist sites and get a glimpse of what else Paris has to offer.
Paris is such a romantic place with cafes scattered all across the city and with buildings that make you feel like you’re in a movie set. It’s just impossible to get enough of this city. During my 3 day visit, I made sure cheap oakleys sunglasses I got to visit some of the less popular, but equally as amazing places that were surely worth my time.
<span style="font-size: Грог 12pt; font-family: helvetica, arial, sans-serif;”>1.Tulleries Garden
Located just beside the Louvre is the Tulleries Garden, my personal favorite open space/park in Paris. Its location is very strategic, it’s practically sandwiched between the Louvre and Champ Elyesees. If the sun is out and the weather is good, taking a stroll in Tulleries is a must do. Don’t worry, there are benches around the park for a perfect relaxing afternoon while gazing at the man-made lake in the middle of the park. I personally just got a drink, sat down, and watched the sunset from one of the benches, while admiring how distinctly beautiful this park or Paris for that matter, really is.
2. Saint Germain des Pres Neighborhood
This neighbourhood in Paris is home to two of the most famous cafes in Paris namely: Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. These cafes have earned their reputation and prestige over time by being the meeting place of famous literary writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Saint Germain des Pres is actually a good area to simply walk around and admire the small streets of Paris. Just around the corner is a branch of Lauderee and a lot of high end boutique shops and bookstores, which give out that Parisian vibe. You can be creative when taking pictures of your Parisian cafe food or your lovely box of Lauderee macarons.
3. Ile-Saint Louis
A few minute walk from Notre Dame is Ile-Saint Louis. Here you’ll find Berthilion, which serves mouthwatering custom jerseys sorbets Cheap Jordan Sale and coffee. Ile-Saint Louis is also well-known for its colourful giant doors and small streets. Being an island, it’s surrounded by the Siene River, which makes it a good idea to walk around the riverbanks, while admiring the scenery.
4. Galerie Vero-Dodat
Also a short walk from the Louvre is Galerie Vero-dodat. It’s actually a passageway filled with boutique shops. Whenever you’re near the Louvre, it may be a good idea to visit Vero-dodat admiring the symmetric black and white tiles and checking out the boutique shops in the area.
5. Seine River and Bridges
The Siene River passes through Paris and is the reason why there are countless “love locks” bridges in the city. Recently, the locks in the Pont Des Arts bridge was taken down since it was already deemed too fragile and dangerous. Fortunately enough, it’s not the only “love locks” bridge in Paris. There are actually others that are also worth the visit such as Pont Neuf, Pont Alexander III or Passerelle Leopold Sedar-Senghor (as shown in picture). Essentially, all are equally stunning and give out the same view of Paris from the river Seine.
6. Galleries Lafayette
Galleries Lafayette is probably one of the most well-known malls in Paris. I highly recommend a visit to this place simply because of its stunning architecture. At the center of this Gallery lies a big glass dome that’s usually filled with decorations for whatever season. In my case, it was for Christmas. There’s also a view spot upstairs where you can catch a glimpse of the Notre Dame from atop.
Often overlooked and skipped since most would visit the Notre Dame, this chuch is actually located just a few blocks from Notre Dame and beside the Palace of Justice in the Island of Cite. You actually get off the same metro stop (Cite) to visit both the Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle. Make sure to go inside, and not be fooled by how it looks outside. The instagram-worthy shot is the stained glass of the chapel inside. In my opinion, the stained glass inside is prettier than the more famouse Notre Dame.
8. Top of Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the more famous tourist attractions in Paris, but in my opinion, instead of going up the Eiffel Tower, the BEST view of Paris would be atop the Arc de Triomphe since you’ll be able to get view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower. The Arc is located in the middle of Paris, which means you’ll get a 360 degree view of how beautiful this city. The picture from the top is one of my favorite photos of Paris.
9. Rue Cremieux
Last but not the least is Rue Cremieux. Located a bit further from the main tourist sites, Rue Cremieux is actually just a street in downtown Paris filled with colourful and artsy houses. It’s not usually in the places to visit in Paris, but if you love taking photos, like me, then it’s definitely worth the visit. You can take countless photos with the different houses as backdrops and admire how creative the houses were painted and designed. Always a good idea to fill your Instragram with some colourful photos!
Do take note that these places will be better appreciated if you take your time and let the moment sink in. Some of the places that made the list include: Musee d’Orsay, the Latin Quarter, Pantheon, and Opera Garnier. There’s so much places that could make the list because of how picturesque Paris is. I could honestly spend months in Paris and discover more hidden gems in the city, but this is it for now.
Photos taken using Fuji-XE 2.
Stay tuned for my next instragram worthy feature of my next destination. Ciao!