Paris is known as the city of love, when I was there, it felt like a prettier and older New York City. Which isn’t a bad thing, just not what I was excepting! But it is romantic and magical, and you do sense the romantic aura. I had an incredible time, and am dying to go back. I made a list of the six must-see spots you just have to check out when in Paris.
1. The Louvre
Oh my gosh, if you go anywhere in Paris, please let it be The Louvre! The artwork I saw in that museum was unlike anything I have ever seen. So many beautiful paintings and sculptures. And, of course, The Mona Lisa is located here. I recommend getting a tour-guide because it is huge and it’s a little complicated to get around.
2. The Palais Garnier
The Palais Garnier is one of the most gorgeous buildings I have ever stepped inside. You will become fully entranced when you enter, chandeliers and gold everywhere. The grand staircase is iconic, and reminds me of one of my favorite musicals, The Phantom Of The Opera.
3. The Eiffel Tower
Of course, you can’t go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower! I didn’t go inside, but I did get very close. It’s as large as life as you’d expect! At night, it lights up the city, and the entire tower looks like it’s glistening. It’s a wonderous sight.
4. Arc de Triomphe
It’s true what they say about the location! It is in-between intersecting streets! It’s positioned so it looks as if it’s overlooking the city, it’s incredible. The Arch honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It’s a work of art and a must-see, especially if you love history like me!
5. Moulin Rouge
This legendary cabaret is the birthplace of the can-can dance and the introduction to cabaret’s across Europe. Today, it is a tourist attraction and a place of musical dance entertainment for people all across the globe. The red windmill makes it stand out, so you can see the building a mile away! You can’t miss it!
6. Notre Dame
The Notre Dame is a medieval catholic cathedral considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. When I went to see it, it was being rebuilt due to the fire, but I still got to get a pretty good look at it, and it’s beautiful! The architecture alone sets the cathedral apart from any other one I’ve seen. It’s unique, breathtaking and a must-see when visiting Paris!
For The Louvre and Palais Garnier you do have to buy a ticket to go inside. But you can get up close for free at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge and Arc de Triomphe. You will of course need tickets to see a show at the Moulin Rouge and to go inside the Eiffel Tower. Notre Dame is still closed to the public due to the fires, it is set to re-open in 2024.
I hope you enjoyed this list and keep it in mind when you go visit the gorgeous city of Paris!