10 things not to miss in Paris
I have recently come back from Paris but also already left for a new adventure in Mexico (if you’re curious to find out what it is, go to Instagram and Instagram Stories @lauracomolli). It was not my first time in the French capital, however during this trip I had the opportunity to discover a little more of the city: monuments, local and funny facts. Here is a list of 10 conventional and unconventional things that no one should miss when in Paris!
1. Flying in Paris during Fashion Week is always the most exciting adventure. Flying with Air France it is even more exciting because it allows me to take full advantage of my Parisian days. For many years now I am always used to leave from Turin with the early morning flight and then return with the evening flight. During this period you can fly over Paris just in time to see the sunrise, that from above is even more magical. To find the best rates I recommend you to check the page dedicated to the offers on Air France website because you can easily find round-trip packages from 79 €!
2. Sleep in a room with panoramic view. During my last trip to Paris, I stayed at the Hotel Splendid Etoile Paris, which I think is one of the best hotels in all Paris. The room was very big and had a corner balcony that on one side was facing the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower while the other overlooking the rooftops of Paris. The view was incredible, especially at night when at every stroke of the hour the thousands of lights that decorate the Tour start flashing. The location is strategic to reach the main points of interest of the city: it is located a few steps from the Champs Elysees and the Metro Charles De Gaulle Etoile which conveys most of the lines. Also the cuisine was very well, especially the breakfast: a really good buffet, where you shouldn’t miss the Pain Au Chocolat!
3. Walking down Rue de Rivoli to the Louvre. Three kilometers of luxury boutiques and souvenir shops that alternate with art galleries, antique shops and Cafe for lovely breaks. There are many places of interest that face the journey of those who follow Rue de Rivoli from Jardin Les Tuileries to the Palais Royal. More or less half way you’ll come across one of the most interesting and most visited museums in the world: the Louvre Museum.
4. Visit the impressive La Madeleine Church. Rows of majestic columns along the sides, a large flower-filled staircase in the center. Inside, if you are lucky, you can attend a concert of classical music (especially on Sunday afternoons). It is worth a visit if you find yourself in Paris!
5. Cross the Seine along the Alexander III bridge. Richly decorated with statues and 32 candelabra light up at night, it is definitely one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges of Paris. Perhaps my favorite!
6. Eat crêpes for lunch. Those of the Café Imperial Rivoli are a real treat! My favorite are the sweet one: if you choose to fill them with jam or nutella, you always got an extra jar in the plate, so that you can add as required! It is located in Rue de Rivoli near to the Place de la Concorde, in front of the Les Tuileries gardens. Go to Paris and do not eat at least one crêpe is a real crime!
7. Admire the elegant and refined showcases in Place Vendôme. It is said that the octagonal design of this wonderful square have inspired Coco Chanel for the realization of the edge of the bottle and the cap of the famous Chanel N°5 fragrance!
8.Visit the Paris Opéra in the Palais Garnier. Richly decorated on the outside as on the inside, it’s the symbol of Parisian glitz of the end of XXVIIth century… Imposing, elegant, regal: the Opéra is one of the places in Paris absolutely not to be missed!
9. Photographing the Eiffel Tower from the terrace of the Place du Trocadero. The most beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower is the one that can be enjoyed from the Trocadero, a wonderful and huge square with lovely gardens and a spectacular fountain. Here it is also the Carrousel, which enchants children like adults!
10. Enjoy the original macarons of Ladurée pastry. In addition to the various shops in the city there are several kiosks scattered at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport that sell these delicious and colorful pastries. Also at Terminal 2F from which left my flight to Torino there is one. Perfect to sweeten the return home or to buy a gift to take to Italy.
This is my personal list of the 10 must-see things in Paris… What do you think? What are the things not to miss in your opinion?
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VESTITO – DRESS: Carven via Tozzi Bologna
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SNEAKERS: Superga via Sarenza
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VESTITO – DRESS: Peter Langner
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