Everyone dreams of spending a weekend in Paris at some point in their lives. However, there is an endless array of places to see and things to do in only a few short days. Here are the can’t miss spots in the City of Light!
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and home to Leonardo da Vinci’s illustrious Mona Lisa. Whether you are passionate about art or not, you cannot miss out on The Louvre. The Louvre Palace was built in the 12th century and has over 537 paintings and 35,000 pieces of artwork. With a square footage of 652,300 ft, it is said that in order to see everything in the Louvre, you would have to be there for three months, days and nights. In 2015 8.6 million people visited the museum. If that doesn’t prove the world’s love- a trip inside just might!
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris, translated to “Our Lady of Paris” is a Catholic cathedral done in French Gothic style. Most people know the church since the Disney Classic The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is based off of this beautiful cathedral. Located close to the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris is another timeless masterpiece that Paris has to offer.
Originally built for 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower is known as France’s greatest assets. Standing tall at 1,063 feet tall, it is the most-visited paid monument in the entire world with close to seven million visitors last year alone. Visitors can choose between climbing the three hundred steps to the first level or taking a short elevator ride. The second level can then be reached by another elevator ride all the way to the top. Be sure to visit at night as well to watch the light display which is done every hour on the hour from six to eleven o’clock for a few minutes.
Arc de Triomphe
Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument dedicated to those to both fought and died during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The arc can be reached easily by taking the metro system and then walking underground to the center of the traffic circle where the arc stands. Tickets may be purchased to go to the top of arc which offers a beautiful view as well.
Palace of Versailles
Only a 35-minute bus ride from Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a royal chateau and a masterpiece you truly need to see for yourself. Built back in 1623 the palace covers 87,728,720 square feet and is a symbol of France’s monarchy. Inside of the palace has hundreds of rooms with a number of different purposes. Most well-known is the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) used for different celebrations. The gardens of the palace are tremendous and filled with fountains, flowers, and statues.
Ok- not a spot to hit per say- but you can definitely enjoy one of these bad boys before hitting a sight! One of France’s best known foods, be sure to have at least one crepe during your stay in France. Whether you enjoy Nutella, fruit, or just plain powdered sugar, you can’t go wrong with this delicious treat!