While Cuba is great, France offers a very different alternative. One of the many great things about Paris is there is so much to see and do, you can be a regular visitor and still find something to enjoy. The city is such a mixture of art, architecture, fine shopping, fine dining and stunning landmarks that there is always an interesting opportunity around every corner. Here are a few to do with your companion next time you visit.
There are some things that you have to do when you visit Paris and if you haven’t already done them, then start here. For example, you have to go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa as well as the many other amazing artworks there. The museum is one of the most famous in the world for good reason and there is something for every taste.
While you are in the area, you can also visit the Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde with its multitude of lamp posts and famous obelisk. This can also be a great place to hop on one of the many open top bus tours around the city where you can really see the best of the cityscape.
The other must-see is the Eiffel Tower. Well, you can see it from almost anywhere in the city but visiting it is something not to miss. Queues can be as spectacular as the monument but the views when you travel up through it are worth the wait.
Other top sights
Paris has no shortage of amazing places to visit and a single trip for a weekend isn’t enough to see anywhere near all of them. So prioritise on the ones you must see first.
Notre Dame de Paris is the heart of the city, both figuratively and literally. Built between 1163 and 1345, the cathedral is a classic of Gothic architecture including gargoyles, statues of saints and 13 metre high rose windows. It’s two towers are 69 metres high and if you are brave enough to climb them, they offer a spectacular view across the city. You can also go down to the crypt where excavations are being carried out that date back to Gallo-Roman times.
The Opera de Paris opened in 1875 after Napoleon wanted a new opera house for the capital city. The baroque splendour of Charles Garnier’s creation is well worth seeing and it is a symbol of luxury and the high life of the Second Empire. You can take a 1.5 hour guided tour around the building with its many paintings and sculptures.
Sacre-Coeur Basilica stands in the Montmartre area of the city and was consecrated in 1919. It sits on a hilltop overlooking the area so there’s a bit of a hike to get to it, but it is worth it and so is the view. You can also visit the Place du Tertre with its interesting shops and places to eat when you have finished.
Paris is also a great place to visit with someone or simply hire a companion to spend some time with you. The Moulin Rouge is one example, the famous cabaret that was founded in 1889 and has become a name for such acts around the world.
If you like shopping (or your companion does) then the Champs Elysees is the place to go. This is one of the most beautiful avenues in the world and dates back to 1670 when it was created to join the Place de la Concorde and the Place de l’Etoile while passing the Louvre and the Arc de la Défense. It is the place to go for many of the most famous luxury brands in the world.