Traveling is one of my favourite things to do. I have always loved exploring other cities and cultures so I thought it would be good to just gather all the information I thought it would be useful for cities that I know really good, and just create a little city guide for you!
I was not sure what cities you wanted me doing first or if you had any preference so I headed over on Instagram and asked my followers what cities would be interesting having a blogger’s guide to and a lot of you said Paris, followed by Barcelona, Dublin & Belfast (coming your way). Here is what needs to be known about the city of love!
GETTING TO PARIS
Paris has 3 different airports: Charles de Gaulle, Orly & Beauvais. The two most important ones and mostly used are Charles de Gaulle & Orly. They all have great public transport connections so you can either grab a train or bus to get to Paris city centre. If not, you can always get a taxi but of course that is the most expensive option.
ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT
Like any other city, Paris is separated by neighbourhoods, called arrondissements. My favourite areas to stay are arrondissement number 8, 3 & 6, which basically translates to the area of Champs Elysees, Le Marais & Jardin du Luxembourg.
Champs Elysee is pretty expensive to stay in because of obvious reasons. Being the main avenue for luxury shopping, the prices are up to those expectations. I usually stay in Le Marais for the amount of food options you have as well as having little cute Parisian cafes everywhere you look. It is also a busy area full of shops so you really have everything.
But let’s be real, if you have a budget, you can stick to it. Of course Paris is a main city well-known all around the world but there are hostels and Airbnb available that will definitely make your stay budget-friendly. The previous two times I have visited the city I stayed:
Airbnb (I could´t find he exact one but this Airbnb is very similar)
The metro is going to be your best friend. The metro system in Paris is absolutely fantastic to say the least. You can get anywhere with it. You can buy daily cards but if you are staying for a few days, make sure you are grabbing the unlimited for 48h, 72h or whatever days you are staying.
WHAT TO DO & SEE
- Eiffel Tower. It was built back in 1889 for the World Fair taking place in Paris that year. It took a bit more than 2 years to finish the tower. It is 324 meters tall and as visitor you have the chance to go up to the top or if preferable, just up to the second floor. The views you get from it are absolutely stunning, and I personally always like seeing the cities I visit from above. If you don’t want to go up or simply don’t want to spend the money, you can still admire it from the Champs de Mars.
- Museum pass. Paris is full of different museums and I recommend getting the museum pass if you are planning on visiting a lot of them. With this pass you can get for free at more than 60 museums and monuments so you do save up a lot of money with it. If you are just interested in a few lie the Louvre & Centre Pompidou, you won’t need the pass. Also! If you are a student or less than 25 you get discounts!
- Arc de Triumph & Champs Elysees. Champs Elysees is the place to go if you want to have a taste of the luxury side of Paris. Is a busy street filled with designer shops (although if you really want to shop instead of window shopping in designer stores, I recommend Place Vendome instead). The street finishes at the Arc the Triomphe, it honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. I really recommend going all the way to the top to, yet again, see the beautiful city of Paris from above.
- Notre Dame. This Gothic cathedral is one of the most known monuments in Paris, unfortunately it burned in April and it clearly does not look the same, but at least it did not burn all the way to the ground and we are still able to enjoy this beauty. It was built back in 14th century (completed by 1345) and it has been considered the heart of the religious life of the city of Paris.
- Palais Royal. It was built in the 17th century and it was first called Palais-Cardinal. It is not located i an obvious location so it may be a little hard to spot. It is right in front of the Louvre, but you really have to go through a little hall first, so that may be a bit confusing, I know it was for me the first time. It also has some beautiful gardens where you can just stroll a bit or grab a coffee in one of the terraces.
- Bateaux-mouches. These are the boats that give you a little tour of Paris. It is nice to take the last boat so you can see the Eiffel Tower lighting up but of course, any time of day is great to enjoy and learn about Paris.
- Picnic in front the Seine. This is something you will see in Paris all the time. Groups of friends gathering by the river and eating and drinking. It is very popular, even more when summer approaches and the weather is way nicer. It is a way to enjoy Paris and take in the city’s energy and beauty while you enjoy a picnic, or a baguette with some cheese, maybe?
- Montmartre. It is the neighborhood of the painters. Each street is unique a full of frenchness: authentic barred shops, great bakeries and tiny cafés. The Sacré Coeur is a must, and you can also get great views of the city.
What is another city you would like me doing a Blogger’s City Guide? Let me know in the comments below or through Instagram 🙂