Art, Wine and fine dine...
2 min read. Created 2016
If you've ever been to Paris before you know despite what you've heard it 10x bigger, 10x busier and 100x more beautiful. I visited Paris in Summer 2016 with my mum. We had just come from Brussels and Amsterdam and didn't know what we had coming. It was huge. The food was amazing, the people where very kind towards tourists and everyone was there for the same reason... To see the breathtaking landmarks that surround the city.
I had never been before last year, but mum had 20 years ago but boy had it changed. We pretty much were back down to basic tourist knowledge with our google maps and street signs. We stayed a fair way out of the city near Montemarte.
Id suggest it to anyone that doesn't mind moving around the city. The advantage to us staying in Montemarte we had the Sacre Coeur as well as Moulin Rouge within walking distance. The cafes and small shops in Montemarte will give you the perfect Paris experience. It is mostly populated with Parisians, we just had to respect that but we never had any trouble. We got locked out of airbnb but the lady living next door was kind enough to let us borrow her phone to call the host.
If you're looking for transport we only took the Big Bus Tour. It's the perfect way to explore the city, with a hop on and off ticket. You can do Paris at your own pace. Realistically you can do all the sites in one day but when you have more time i'd say split it up into arrangements (areas/suburbs) so you can explore the little parts of Paris most people miss. As we were only in Paris for 3 days we did most of them in on one day.
Beware of pit pockets. It isn't a very large threat so don't be too alarmed but also remember you are visiting very high populated places with foreigners.
The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Arc De Triomphe are typically the most highly populated areas, so be prepared for you to be pushed aside for those Instagram shots. If you're visiting the Arc di Triomphe the famous shopping strip is right in front of it. If you've got time definitely buy a croissant and a coffee and head down to browse the windows of much loved shops like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co among the others along The Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
The Eiffel Tower is nothing compared to what you've heard, it is so picturesque. If you aren't on a time constraint head down to the Siene river and take a cruise down to Notre Dame returning to the Eiffel Tower after an hour (give or take). I'd recommend to do this at sunset and see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night.
Public Transport is available if you don't want to use Big Bus, but it can add up to being fairly expensive plus you need to know where to get off etc. There are public transport apps you can download to your smart phone if public transport is something you are considering.
The food is Paris is 'magnifique'. The street food is so nice and can be fairly cheap compared to your average restaurant. We survived on baguettes, ham, cheeses and home made pasta, only because they were so fresh and delicious! I'd even dare you to try a snail or two!
Being a tourist in Paris was probably the easiest of all places. They have thought out ways to get everywhere easily for tourists and have all your needs and wants within these areas. I would definitely be back there sometime soon!