Ahh Paris. The City of Lights and Love and … tourists. Yes, the only downside of a trip to the French capital is the number of tourists taking to the city. Unless you live there then you’ll be a tourist yourself when you visit (if you haven’t done so already) so it’s hard to really complain.
But Paris really does deserve its thousands of yearly visitors, unlike some other popular tourist destinations. The French capital has so much to enjoy that all travellers should be encouraged to pay a visit. And here’s why.
Some may argue that other parts of France serve up better French cuisine and while there are certainly some treats for your taste buds in the north, south, east and west, there is a reason why the country’s top chefs come to Paris to work.
You can begin tasting the local delicacies from early morning as you enjoy a breakfast of pastries and breads. You could visit Paris for a month and would still leave without having tried every sweet delight on the bakers’ shelves. Then pass an afternoon or evening with a fine selection of cheeses. In the capital you will find every type of French cheese you could think of and there’s nothing tastier than a glass of wine and some olives to go with a nice cheese.
Then experience the art that is a meal in a French restaurant. Some of the best chefs in the world work in Paris and that all makes for an exciting mix of local and international flavours.
Some people just aren’t too keen on museums and that’s totally understandable. In Paris, though, you can’t help but be interested by the choice of exhibitions on offer. You have, of course, to visit the Louvre, if not for the Mona Lisa, then for the impressive building itself.
Other top museums worth visiting include the Modern Art Museum at Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay for some paintings that even rival the Louvre and the Musée Carnavalet of history.
It must be so easy for any designer of French postcards as there are not just one, but several iconic sights in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is, of course, the main attraction and you should make the effort to get the top, firstly for the views and secondly just so that you can tell people you were there. The Arc de Triomphe is another iconic Parisian sight and right next to it you have the famous Champs-Elysées. And we haven’t even mentioned the 13th century Notre Dame.
And running through the city is the stunning River Seine, where many more classic postcard photos can be snapped. A boat cruise along the river is a perfect way to see many parts of Paris from a brand new angle. And you’ll see a lot more than you would if taking the Metro!
Not on everybody’s highlight list for Paris, but the Parisian people truly make the experience complete – after you actually find one amongst the crowds of other tourists.
If you spend some time away from the most touristic areas of the city you will run into a lot of locals and it is the locals who truly bring the city alive with their passion for food, art and above all, for Paris itself.
So there you have it. Just a few reasons why Paris deserves its waves of tourists and why you should be one of them. Be sure to prepare your trip some time in advance, though, as things can get booked up pretty quickly. Try All-Paris-Apartments.com and check out their range of self-catering apartments in the city. And enjoy your trip!