“Paris is always a good idea.” // Audrey Hepburn
Have you ever fallen in love with a place you have never seen? Since I was little, I have dreamed of visiting the City of Lights. I am not really sure when or how this love affair with Paris started, but I can certainly say that my first visit to this place did not disappoint. My cousin and I spent six days wandering the city, and I agree entirely with my girl Audrey. Paris is always a good idea.
These are a few of the sites to see during your next visit to Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic sights of Paris, one of the most recognizable structures in the world, and the most-visited paid monument in the world. It was built to be the entrance to the 1889’s World Fair. I did not have the opportunity to go up the tower due to lines, but I did enjoy strolling the grounds beneath it and taking in the sights. I recommend grabbing a bottle of wine and soaking up the sun along the Champ de Mars.
And be sure you don’t miss the sight of it sparkling at night!
Sacré Cœur Basilica
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, also known as Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, is a Roman Catholic church. It is situated on the highest point of the city thus offering some incredible views of the city. Construction on this beautiful basilica started in 1875 and ended in 1914.
Avenue des Champs‑Élysées
The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world. The Champs-Elysées draws a perfectly straight line from the Louvre, through the Tuileries Gardens and the Place Concord. And be sure to grab a few macaroons from Ladurée as a snack during your stroll and shopping.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is another famous monument in Paris. It is located at the western end of Avenue des Champs-Elysées and in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and is home to France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Due to the crazy traffic in the roundabout, it is recommended to take one of two underpasses located at the Champs Élysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée. You can opt to take an elevator to the top or just walk around the base. Due to the lines the day we visited, we chose not to check out the view. One more thing to see when I return. If you do decide to ride to the top, it costs about 12€.
Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel located within the medieval Palais de la Cité. Construction on the chapel started sometime around 1238 and was consecrated on April 26, 1248. The building was commissioned by King Louis IV to house a collection of Passion relics.
The most stunning part of this chapel, besides its example of the Gothic architectural style, are the fifteen stunning stained glass windows in the nave and apse. It costs about 10€ to enter, but check the website for times as it varies on the season.
Thank you, Paris, for the most enjoyable introduction, and I can’t wait to come back!