A Weekend in Paris
Updated: Feb 2, 2020
A weekend in Paris is on the top of most people’s travel wish lists. This city has so much history, beauty and famous tourists, that it is a must see if you are ever travelling Europe. Trying to see everything you want to can also be very overwhelming – you could easily spend a month there and have just scraped the surface!
Here are my top 5 things to do in Paris (honestly, this list could have got up to about 50) if you only have a day or two, are looking for something off the beaten track or have no clue about the city and want to know what it’s like!
The Eiffel Tower at Night
Ok so this first one is a little cliche but name one person that doesn’t want to see the Eiffel Tower when they go to Paris for the first time. You will definitely run into your fair share of loved up couples there, but seeing the Eiffel Tower is a must. Go at night when it lights up and goes all twinkly, it’s pretty spectacular – and standing under it is free so why not!
2. Have ‘le petit dejeuner’
Le petit dejeuner, is just breakfast so hopefully you were going to do this anyway, but when you’re in Paris it’s almost mandatory that you have it ‘a la francaise’.
A traditional French breakfast consists of orange juice, coffee, a croissant or pain au chocolat and sometimes some bread with conserves. It’s simple but you’d be surprised how satisfying it is. You can find cafes on almost every corner and most will serve this – it’s a great way to start your sightseeing day!
3. Head to the Palace of Versailles
This requires the better part of a day to do, but if you have the time, catch a train to Versailles, probably one of the most beautiful royal palaces you will ever lay your eyes on.
Versailles is where Marie Antoinette lived, and as part of your tour you will be able to see the hamlet she had built for her. Apparently, this little fake village is where she would pretend to be a milkmaid so she could see what it was like to live a normal life…before she had her head chopped off!
4. Take a walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg
If the weather’s nice, (and even if it’s not), go to the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens). These grounds are picturesque and really make you feel like you’re in Paris. If you really want to feel like a Parisien, take a book and chill out, or grab a coffee and do some people watching.
5. Head up Tour Montparnasse
Tour Montparnasse (Tower Montparnasse) is not one that is super well known by tourists. The tower itself isn’t much to look at, but the view from the observation deck gives you an unobstructed 360 degree view of the whole city. It’s a great way to get your bearings, take some great photos and see all the landmarks in one go!