The City of Love certainly needs no formal introduction. Dubbed as the most romantic city in the world and fueled by Hollywood’s affirmation of its transcendence, tourists, and lovers have gathered year after year to walk along the streets of Paris and soak in the distinctive Parisian air. Here, we introduce some of the top things to do in the alluring city.
Visit the Eiffel Tower at Night
The icon of France is stunning, but even more so at night when almost 20,000 light bulbs light the massive structure up for 5 minutes every hour in a spectacularly gorgeous sight. Dominating the Paris city skyline, it is noticeable from almost every corner of Paris. Take the elevator to the top to have a breathtaking view of Paris. If you have an evening to spare, grab a baguette, and some red wine, and lay out a blanket on the grassy area beneath the Eiffel Tower to have a first-class view. Alternatively, but equally enthralling, you can take an illuminating night tour of Paris to see the beautiful night lights.
Go to the Notre Dame Cathedral
The Gothic Catholic Cathedral is glorious and widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in France and all of Europe. Some of the highlights include the beautifully detailed facade; so different and missing in modern contemporary designs, and the gorgeous 10-diameter rose window; depicting Adam and Eve on its outer rim. The top features the famous 13-ton bell, made immortal through Victor Hugo’s play- The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Spend a day at the Palace of Versailles
The royal chateau is a sight not to be missed for any traveler going to Paris. Grand and sprawling over 550,000 square feet, this UNESCO World Heritage Site reflects the opulence and riches of the times during King Louis XIV’s rule. Built to excruciating detail, the central highlight is the Hall of Mirrors, boasting of 17 mirror-clad arches, each containing another 21 mirrors, that reflect the 17 arcaded windows overlooking the gardens. This dazzling room is truly a sight to behold. Outside, the Garden of Versailles, landscaped in the classic French Garden style, features immaculately manicured lawns, a plethora of flowers, and stunning fountains.
Immerse yourself in the Louvre Museum
Musée du Louvre enjoys a reputation as being one of the largest museums in the world and is the superstar of museums. Housing 35,000 pieces of art and more than 380,000 objects, one can spend the entire weekend getting lost in this massive building and its extensive collection. From Egyptian artifacts to Renaissance paintings, it is a historical record of mankind’s numerous artistic expressions across civilizations. Some of the must-see attractions of the Louvre itself include the famous glass pyramid standing over its main court and the La Pyramide Inversée, its little topsy-turvy sister, which is equally lovely.
Catch a show at the Moulin Rouge
Made legendary because of the Hollywood hit blockbuster named after it, it nevertheless showcases a different side of French culture from its usual haute image. Flamboyant and bold, the entertainment shows at the Moulin Rouge feature dancers doing the famous Can-can dance in spectacular costumes; this is the birthplace of the modern version of the dance and introduced the genre of cabaret all over the world. A memorable experience for sure, the lights, colors, and energy are enough to make spectators drunk, with or without wine.