Paris is just 300 miles away from London, and with fantastic transport links with the Eurostar, EuroTunnel and Channel Crossing Ferry, I have visited the French Capital on a number of occasions. Here are the best things to do and see in Paris
Arc de Triomphe
The icon Arc de Triomphe is found at the end of the Champes-Elysees and is a monument to the fallen during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It is found in the centre of a roundabout with 12 avenues radiating from the centre. This means this junction a little bit scary as it is very busy with cars, best to use one of the two underpasses available! Beneath the arch is the tomb of the unknown solider, from World War I that was laid in 1920, with an eternal flame to represent the unknown victims of (now) both World Wars. There is a lift to the top of the arch with stunning panoramic views over Paris.
Notre-Dame de Paris
The large Catholic Church is actually located on a small island on the River Seine (Ile De La Cite) but its very accessible with nearby Metro station and bridges. This church is a definite must for visitors to Paris, with its large vaulted ceilings and fantastic stained glass windows. Sadly the church has undergone quite an amount of damage, during the French Revolution and the World Wars, but the restoration team have done an amazing job.
Obviously one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris, the Eiffel Tower! The gigantic iron wrought constructed in 1887-89, is as tall as an 81 storey building and has three levels which you can visit. There is a lift between each level (the first level being a bit diagonal, kind of like a cable car). The top level is very narrow and if you are a bit claustrophobic I would maybe not recommend it. The ticket to the top is currently €25 and although a bit touristy, it is something that needs to be done in Paris
The world’s largest art museum, is located in Paris. With about 380,000 items, including the famous Mona Lisa and Venus di Milo. The large glass pyramid dominates the rectangular courtyard, in a mixture of modern glass (built in 1980s and 90s) with 12th and 13th century architecture.
The museum has allocated entrance times, you can book your tickets in advance with dates and time. I would recommend going early, before it gets too busy and the museum is massive so you could spend all day there. Tickets online are priced at €17.00. Please note that the museum is not open on Tuesdays.
Happy Travelling, CJeffers x