Paris might just be the most romantic city in the world. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful and enchanting. If you get the chance to visit the French capital, here are 7 Paris bucket list experiences you won’t want to miss.
Tour Art Museums
The Louvre is, of course, a must-see. If nothing else, you’ll be shocked at how small the Mona Lisa is! Touring the Louvre is a full-day experience, so plan accordingly. However, if I was forced to choose just one museum to visit in Paris, I would go with the Musee d’Orsay.
Although it isn’t quite as large or famous, it’s a gorgeous museum that houses some of the finest Impressionist art in the world.
Indulge in Pastries
Unless you’re gluten intolerant, prepare to eat your body weight in French pastries while you’re in town. The buttery and flaky croissants, the chewy and crusty baguettes… it just doesn’t get better than Parisian patisserie. Don’t forget to sample some macarons!
The palace of Versailles is a day trip outside the city, but it’s well worth carving out the time. It’s a breathtaking glimpse of the opulent past. The gardens are closed during the winter months, so plan accordingly.
Visit Monet’s Giverny
Another day trip is Monet’s beautifully preserved house and garden at Giverny. You’ll feel like you are literally strolling through the great Impressionist’s paintings. Go during late spring or early summer to see the garden at its best.
Climb Notre Dame
Sure, you could climb the Eiffel Tower instead. But for my money, the view from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral can’t be beat. You’ll slowly wind your way up the narrow, well-worn stone steps once traveled by monks all the way to the upper lookout. From there, you can see the gargoyles close up and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the city.
Are you feeling brave? Then go on a tour of the catacombs below Paris. These are the real deal–a labyrinth of underground crypts lined with bones. They’re said to contain the remains of more than six million people.
If the catacombs are a little too spooky, then check out Pere Lachaise cemetery, where you can visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, among many others.
Bargain at the Flea Markets
Paris isn’t just about high-end boutiques. While it’s fun to window-shop on the Champs-Elysee, you’re better off saving your Euros for one of the city’s famous flea markets. You can get a great deal on authentic French vintage decor, clothes, and accessories. Tres chic!