Paris ranks as the third most visited city in the world. It has not lost its luster as a romantic and exciting city wherein any travel bucket list would not be complete without this premier French city on it.
Here are some ideas on how to make your travel to Paris a pleasant memory which stays with you your whole lifetime :
1) Create your own Paris not seen anywhere else.
Go off the less walked paths and the less researched tourist attractions in Paris. Observe the unique French culture upfront with all your senses by interacting with the locals. Learn a few phrases of French so that these folks will warm up to you. Allow yourself to get lost in the alleys and the corridors that are not in the tourism books. Allow spontaneity to surprise you with hole in the door shops, quaint bookstores and small art selling sections. Get acquainted with street food which might be favorable to your palate.
Escape from the throngs of tourists who crowd around the usual attractions which are part of travel agency itineraries. Go to lesser known parks, labyrinths and promenades of which there are several not listed in the picture books.
2) When taking photographs of famous attractions, take them from different angles and vantage points so that your pictures will not be the typical shots of these famous landmarks on social media.
One thing you could do is to take drone shots or videos which transform your visuals to a higher and more interesting level. Or you could take pictures of the Eiffel Tower from the vantage point of the Trocadero, Palais de Chaillot or from the Tour Montparnasse.
3) Go shopping in a city known for signature labels. It would be a mortal sin not to purchase anything that’s an authentic French brand in a city that’s known as a shopping paradise.
And shopping heaven is not confined to the Champs ÃˆlysÃ¨es. Detour too through the cobbled paths of the Marais or the Rue Du Commerce, have custom made luggage made for you at Goyard, and seek out designers just starting out in some quaint little shop.
4) Tourism in Paris is not complete without a museum hopping schedule.
Of course, a trip to the Louvre is a given. Add more lesser known museums to your list. Go too to the MusÃ¨e d’Orsay, the MusÃ¨e Rodin, MusÃ¨e Du Vin (wine galore) and the MusÃ¨e de l’Orangerie. You’ll say then afterwards that Paris is not just synonymous to the Louvre.
5) Go out in the splendor of the night in Paris and know why it’s called The City of Lights. Paris has never ran out of nicknames. Pantruche, Paname, Lutece and then The City of Lights.
There are many reasons why Paris has this obsession with lights. It could be about its well lighted boulevards and bridges. 33 bridges have lots of lights. It could be about nearly 300 well illuminated structures in Paris at night – hotels and churches, national buildings, fountains and statues and monuments.
During the Holidays, 2.4 kilometers of lights are lit up from the Arc De Triomphe up to the Place de la Concorde. Add to that 450 trees also with lights along the avenue and pavement.
Perhaps it’s also because of the Eiffel Tower which shines like a beacon from all angles with a total length of 40 kilometers of lighted garlands consisting of 20,000 light bulbs.
6) People watching cafe culture. Soak up all the details and events that are happening while you are ensconced in your outdoor Parisian cafe. People watching and Cafe culture are relaxing parts of a Paris lifestyle.
Read a book, chat it up with your companions, but be sensitive to the happenings around you. People say that there are no other sidewalks in the world more interesting than the Paris sidewalk while you are seated in your comfortable seat at your Paris Cafe. At that point, you feel that you are at the epicenter of the universe.
Of course, go to all the staple attractions which are the Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the PanthÃ©on, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Champs Elysees. Visit everything because you won’t know when you’ll be back again in everyone’s favorite city.