Top 10 Activities in Paris

Eifel Tower

You might not be able to do all of these in a single visit, but here are the top 10 outside activities to enjoy in Paris, and many of them are easy on the wallet too.

Open Air Bus Tour

If you don’t know the city that well, then a great way to take it all in at a glance is on an open air bus tour. Bus fares are very reasonable and give you unlimited access so you can hop off and hop on as you please.

Top of the Eiffel Tower

If you have a head for heights take an elevator ride or climb the steps (there are 340 of them) to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city.

Notre Dame Cathedral

A major symbol of Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité must be visited. There are even more steps to the top of the gothic tower, 387 of them, than there are at the Eiffel Tower, but the views are worth the effort.

Sainte Chapelle Church

Not far from Notre Dame Cathedral you will find the wonderfully gothic Sainte Chapelle which was built in 1248. Though considerably reconstructed, there are still vestiges of the original construction that survived the French Revolution and the Second World War.  Attend one of the candle lit concerts that are held there.

Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe

Walk down the Champs Elysees, the most famous street in Paris, from the Jardin de Tuileries towards the Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate Napoleon’s victorious wars.

Cruise on the Seine

What could be more romantic than a cruise down the Seine, especially at sunset? You will see a different side of Paris as you cruise past the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

Cruises on the Canal Saint-Martin

Cruises on the Canal Saint-Martin are also very popular. Take a canal boat from the Bastille marina and enjoy a different way to see the city.

Visit The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the finest museum and art galleries that you will find and it houses some of the world’s finest works of art. It is vast, so allow plenty of time for your visit.

Montmarte & Sacre Coeur Basilica

Montmarte must feature in your itinerary. Although once the heart of the Parisian art scene, nowadays it is a bit of a tourist trap, but still full of character. At the summit is the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the most famous Catholic Church in the city.

Dine at the Moulin Rouge

Finally enjoy a dinner show at the Moulin Rouge in Montmatre and watch the dancing girls as you enjoy your Foie Gras de Canard à la Fleur de Sel as starter.

Now that we can get to centre of Paris just by hopping on the iDBUS coach in London, and with bus fares which are considerably cheaper than any other means of transport, there is no reason to be a stranger to the city.

This is a guest post by Claire Sim a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Sim).

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