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Paris: Things to Do in the City of Lights




Does any other city in the world evoke romance with just its name? Paris is an incredibly romantic city, it also has amazing architecture, artwork and food. There is SO much to see and do here, that I can’t possibly list everything. My advice is do some research and identify what is important to you to see and experience.

Paris - Opens a dialog is a large city, but if you stay centrally, you should be able to walk to most of the museums and tourist attractions. The metro is fairly easy to navigate. On my most recent visit to Paris, I noticed a generational shift. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of English spoken. The service industry is now mostly staffed by younger people who probably studied English in their school days. Many places I visited, English was spoken, at least enough to be understood. Even if you just say please and thank you in French, they appreciate the effort.

On this trip, I went to the Musee de l’Orangerie for the first time. It houses the famous murals by Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, among other impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. There are benches you can sit on and just gaze at the Water Lilies for as long as you wish, absorbing the tranquility.

    Renowned home of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is the world's second-largest museum.

    The Louvre Museum is the world’s second-largest museum and is most known for being the home of the Mona Lisa. The building was originally a palace and fortress. The facility houses more than 380,000 objects, ranging from artworks, sculptures, drawings, and archeological finds from all over the world. You will never see everything in one day, perhaps identify what you want to see the most and make a plan for that, catching other items along the way. My advice is to be well-rested and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

      Monet, Van Gogh and so much more can be seen here at the Musee D’Orsay.

      My favorite museum in Paris is the Musee D’Orsay. It is in a former train station and filled with light as much of the ceiling is skylights. It has an impressive collection of art, but is a bit more manageable for an afternoon visit, than the Louvre. The world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art will be found here. Some of the names you might recognize, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all have art hanging here. There are more than just paintings, of course, sculptures are prominently displayed and they have rotating exhibits.

        My favorite museum in Paris is the Musee D’Orsay. It is in a former train station and filled with light as much of the ceiling is skylights. It has an impressive collection of art, but is a bit more manageable for an afternoon visit, than the Louvre. The world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art will be found here. Some of the names you might recognize, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all have art hanging here. There are more than just paintings, of course, sculptures are prominently displayed and they have rotating exhibits.

          Monet, Van Gogh and so much more can be seen here at the Musee D’Orsay.

          The Arc de Triomphe is at the center of an immense traffic round-a-bout.

          Paris also has just as many things to see outside. The Arc de Triomphe, a military monument, is at the center of an immense traffic round-a-bout. I sat there for a while and just watched the traffic spin around it. There are underground tunnels to get to it and you can climb to the top for a nice view.

            A trip to Paris isn’t complete until you visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.

            Don’t forget to visit the Eiffel Tower, views from the top are especially great if the weather is agreeable. The emblem of Paris, you can’t say you’ve been to Paris unless you visit the structure, even if you stay on the ground. Looking up from underneath at its metallic girders and beams, it’s amazing to think of how this was built in the 1880s. It still stands as a beacon to the city. There is a large park next to it where you can picnic and relax. It is just as eye-catching at night. The whole structure is illuminated and at the top of the hour after dark, it sparkles for five minutes. It is a magical sight.

              Don’t forget to visit the Eiffel Tower, views from the top are especially great if the weather is agreeable. The emblem of Paris, you can’t say you’ve been to Paris unless you visit the structure, even if you stay on the ground. Looking up from underneath at its metallic girders and beams, it’s amazing to think of how this was built in the 1880s. It still stands as a beacon to the city. There is a large park next to it where you can picnic and relax. It is just as eye-catching at night. The whole structure is illuminated and at the top of the hour after dark, it sparkles for five minutes. It is a magical sight.

                A trip to Paris isn’t complete until you visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.

                We recommend the brightly colored macarons displayed in bakery windows.

                Not far outside of the city is the Palace of Versailles, Gardens of Giverny, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and yes, Disneyland Paris, which I feel is similar to Disneyland in Los Angeles. Or do as the French do and sit at a sidewalk café for a cup of coffee. Try the macarons that are brightly displayed in bakery windows. Try savory crepes in a little restaurant around the corner. Get a baguette sandwich with cheese and fruit and picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. Don’t be afraid to duck into little shops and corners and discover your own favorite experiences of Paris. Wander arm in arm with your loved one, eat odd things with your friend, or discover by yourself what you love most about this amazing city.

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                      Does any other city in the world evoke romance with just its name? Paris is an incredibly romantic city, it also has amazing architecture, artwork and food. There is SO much to see and do here, that I can’t possibly list everything. My advice is do some research and identify what is important to you to see and experience.

                      Paris - Opens a dialog is a large city, but if you stay centrally, you should be able to walk to most of the museums and tourist attractions. The metro is fairly easy to navigate. On my most recent visit to Paris, I noticed a generational shift. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of English spoken. The service industry is now mostly staffed by younger people who probably studied English in their school days. Many places I visited, English was spoken, at least enough to be understood. Even if you just say please and thank you in French, they appreciate the effort.

                      On this trip, I went to the Musee de l’Orangerie for the first time. It houses the famous murals by Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, among other impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. There are benches you can sit on and just gaze at the Water Lilies for as long as you wish, absorbing the tranquility.

                        Renowned home of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is the world's second-largest museum.

                        The Louvre Museum is the world’s second-largest museum and is most known for being the home of the Mona Lisa. The building was originally a palace and fortress. The facility houses more than 380,000 objects, ranging from artworks, sculptures, drawings, and archeological finds from all over the world. You will never see everything in one day, perhaps identify what you want to see the most and make a plan for that, catching other items along the way. My advice is to be well-rested and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

                          Monet, Van Gogh and so much more can be seen here at the Musee D’Orsay.

                          My favorite museum in Paris is the Musee D’Orsay. It is in a former train station and filled with light as much of the ceiling is skylights. It has an impressive collection of art, but is a bit more manageable for an afternoon visit, than the Louvre. The world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art will be found here. Some of the names you might recognize, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all have art hanging here. There are more than just paintings, of course, sculptures are prominently displayed and they have rotating exhibits.

                            My favorite museum in Paris is the Musee D’Orsay. It is in a former train station and filled with light as much of the ceiling is skylights. It has an impressive collection of art, but is a bit more manageable for an afternoon visit, than the Louvre. The world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art will be found here. Some of the names you might recognize, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all have art hanging here. There are more than just paintings, of course, sculptures are prominently displayed and they have rotating exhibits.

                              Monet, Van Gogh and so much more can be seen here at the Musee D’Orsay.

                              The Arc de Triomphe is at the center of an immense traffic round-a-bout.

                              Paris also has just as many things to see outside. The Arc de Triomphe, a military monument, is at the center of an immense traffic round-a-bout. I sat there for a while and just watched the traffic spin around it. There are underground tunnels to get to it and you can climb to the top for a nice view.

                                A trip to Paris isn’t complete until you visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.

                                Don’t forget to visit the Eiffel Tower, views from the top are especially great if the weather is agreeable. The emblem of Paris, you can’t say you’ve been to Paris unless you visit the structure, even if you stay on the ground. Looking up from underneath at its metallic girders and beams, it’s amazing to think of how this was built in the 1880s. It still stands as a beacon to the city. There is a large park next to it where you can picnic and relax. It is just as eye-catching at night. The whole structure is illuminated and at the top of the hour after dark, it sparkles for five minutes. It is a magical sight.

                                  Don’t forget to visit the Eiffel Tower, views from the top are especially great if the weather is agreeable. The emblem of Paris, you can’t say you’ve been to Paris unless you visit the structure, even if you stay on the ground. Looking up from underneath at its metallic girders and beams, it’s amazing to think of how this was built in the 1880s. It still stands as a beacon to the city. There is a large park next to it where you can picnic and relax. It is just as eye-catching at night. The whole structure is illuminated and at the top of the hour after dark, it sparkles for five minutes. It is a magical sight.

                                    A trip to Paris isn’t complete until you visit the iconic Eiffel Tower.

                                    We recommend the brightly colored macarons displayed in bakery windows.

                                    Not far outside of the city is the Palace of Versailles, Gardens of Giverny, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and yes, Disneyland Paris, which I feel is similar to Disneyland in Los Angeles. Or do as the French do and sit at a sidewalk café for a cup of coffee. Try the macarons that are brightly displayed in bakery windows. Try savory crepes in a little restaurant around the corner. Get a baguette sandwich with cheese and fruit and picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. Don’t be afraid to duck into little shops and corners and discover your own favorite experiences of Paris. Wander arm in arm with your loved one, eat odd things with your friend, or discover by yourself what you love most about this amazing city.

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                                          About the Author: The above piece was written by Julie Bindon, Merchandising Content Specialist at Costco Travel. Julie is a travel enthusiast who enjoys traveling just about anywhere in the world with her family and friends.


                                           
                                           
                                           
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