Whether you are looking for that special place for valentines or just simply want to explore a vast expanse of history, culture, and love, Paris would be hard pressed to compete with. Renowned for special one off events such as proposals to be engaged or better still marriage.
Paris is a beautiful back drop to create ever lasting memories. Here are six handpicked places you must see that suit any budget now that the Christmas period has come to an end.
The Eifel Tower is an obvious landmark yet a lot of people don’t realise that they can go to the top for as little as £8 per person aged 12-24 or £17 if you’re aged 25+. With various restaurants on offer, you can dine with the best observation of the capital. Alternatively there is a champagne bar situated at the top of the tower so if you prefer a luxury beverage this one is certainly for you.
Notre Dame is one of the most visited gothic monuments in the world and free tours are available every day of the year. Taking almost 200 years to build, the cathedral is considered one of the biggest in the world and receives over 13 million visitors a year. If you want to see a masterpiece then this amazing building is a must see during your trip.
The Arc De Triomphe standing at the western end of the Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Built in honour of those who fought for France, this landmark is the largest triumphal arch in the world. For no more than £7 per person this is a great alternative to the Eifel Tower if you do not wish to brave the crowds.
Visit Parc De Princes, the home of France’s record club; Paris Saint-Germain, and take a tour of one of the wealthiest and iconic clubs in world Football. Tours are available every day excluding days before matches, match days and Christmas Day. It may sound costly but you can snatch up tickets for Adults at a small expense of £20 each.
The Louvre Museum, originally a protective stronghold used as core residency for French Kings is the world’s largest and most visited museum attracting almost 10 million individuals annually. It is the home to around 35,000 displays of artwork including the world famous “Mona Lisa” with the oldest dating back beyond 7,000 years. Entry is free for under 18s and adult tickets only cost £13.
The Montmartre neighbourhood similarly known as “The Mountain of Martyrs” is one of Paris’ most delightful districts and is home to the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, the famous white domed church that sits at the peak of the village towering over the rest of the city. Montmartre is also notorious for its original Moulin Rouge cabaret, making it a popular site for nightlife. If you’re more of a shopper, there are some fabulous street markets where you can grab a few bargains.
Written by Patrick Hartle