Who hasn’t grown up relishing the beauty of the Eiffel Tower? It’s a city of true elegance — And honestly, being there doesn’t make it look any more real than it does in the pictures. So this year, I'm telling you to make an effort and visit the city of love!
If you need a little more convincing... the following suggestions are sure to offer an authentic, and memorable, experience in Paris!
Top Things to Do in Paris
Climb to the second tier of the Eiffel Tower
Despite the climb being 704 steps, once you reach the second tier you’ll have the satisfaction of saying you did it. Why take the elevator when you can get this once-in-a-lifetime experience?! The views are breathtaking, as well as the perfect photo opportunities!
It’s cliché, trust me, I know. But, you HAVE to go! Even though I’m not a huge fan of art, and know next to nothing about it, I still truly enjoyed my time here. And, you can finally see the Mona Lisa in real life! In addition, there’s more to this museum than meets the eye. The museum was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century. Plus, if you’ve ever seen "The Da Vinci Code," you can’t help but picture yourself as an actor in the movie while you’re strolling the long halls!
Also known for housing Napolean Bonaparte’s tomb, Les Invalides contains artifacts all relating to the military history of France. You can’t miss this gold-dome, as it shimmers in the sun wherever you’re standing in the city! Fun fact: The outside part of the dome is made of real gold!
Arc de Triomphe
This is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. The arch honors those who fought and lose their lives in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. The names of all the French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath the Arc de Triomphe lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb is honored in a ceremony every evening at 6:30 P.M.
Climb to the top of Notre Dame
Visiting Notre Dame is a given, but climbing to the top isn’t for everyone. However, the views of the city are absolutely breathtaking.
Take a boat tour
I'm a big fan of this boat tour. It gives you a unique perspective of everything from the water. Plus, if you’re tired of walking, this is a relaxing tourist option.
If you dare, go ahead and try French cuisine: Escargot, wine, cheese, and…. CREPES! Can I get a "yum?" Another tip: Don’t be afraid of the train system in Paris. It’s very easy to figure out and 100 percent the best way to get around.
Paris is a life-changing place. Between the architecture, the culture, the people and the food, it will make you come home a brand new, cultured person (and quite full if you do decide to indulge in the cuisine)!
Photo Credit: Monica Kucera