Travel may still be a ways off for some of us; but, it’s never too early to start planning your next trip. When the opportunity for that dream trip arises, you’ll be prepared! If Paris is on your travel wishlist, I highly recommend the experiences below!
Jardin du Luxembourg
Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. I usually access the park from Rue de Vaugirard (the longest street within Paris). Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV, began creating the gardens for the Luxembourg Palace in 1612.
When you follow the pathway to the palace, you’ll see the Le Grand Bassin where children are often seen sailing miniature sailboats in the water. If you are traveling with children, you can bring them to the puppet show in the park. Medici Fountain, which was built in 1620, is also a must-see.
I love pulling up a Fermob chair and admiring the beautiful flower beds, people watching, or reading a good book. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoying some chocolates from Hugo & Victor or a meringue always elevates the experience. Just be sure you don’t sit on the lawn! Aside from the lawn in the southeast corner, sitting on the lawn is not allowed.
After relaxing, walk around and admire the many statues and sculptures within the park. (And sometimes you can even catch the Parisian firefighters jogging!)
The Cafés of the 6th Arrondissement
Some of the most iconic cafés in Paris are in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Quartier de l’Odéon. Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, Les Editeurs, Le Comptoir and Le Hibo are some examples to check out. Even if you visit Paris in the winter, you can still enjoy these experiences. I went in December once and the weather was chilly, but mild enough to enjoy sitting outside.
The Palais Garnier is one of the most beautiful and magical places I’ve ever stepped foot in. Located in the 9th arrondissement, the opera house was built in the 19th century for the Paris Opera and commissioned by Napoleon. It’s worth a visit just to see the outside, but if you can score tickets to the opera or ballet while you’re in town I highly recommend it.
The Banks of the Seine
There is nothing quite like strolling along the banks of the Seine. Not only do you get to see the beauty of the river and many landmarks, but you will encounter scenes of Parisian life. Joggers jogging, friends enjoying a picnic, dancers dancing, guests enjoying a party on a passing boat…it’s so full of life. I usually start at the Eiffel Tower and make my way to Notre-Dame, cross the river to the Hôtel de Ville, and walk back to the Trocadéro. If you have a particular interest in the Seine, I have a book recommendation for you: The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino.
The Eiffel Tower
And last, but certainly not least! The Eiffel Tower! If you’ve never been to Paris before, seeing the Eiffel for the first time will take your breath away. My first glimpse of it after a long flight perks me up more than any shot of caffeine ever could. I recommend enjoying a picnic at Champ de Mars or coming to see the lights twinkle at the top of the hour at night.
Very important! It’s easy to relax and let your guard down when enjoying the beauty of Paris. While out and about, be sure to pay attention to your surroundings and beware of pickpockets. Robberies and pickpocketing are common in Paris so leave your valuables at home and watch your personal belongings.
Photo credits: Living Frenchly