What To Do on a Long Weekend Visit to Paris
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the capital of romance, fashion, and sophistication for a few days, then you’re a very lucky girl indeed! The French capital has countless activities to keep even the most fidgety of people happy, and of course, you have the picturesque backdrop to keep your jaw dropping at frequent intervals.
You could be forgiven for being a bit overwhelmed and wondering what to do once you arrive, because like all other major European cities, there is so much to see and do, and you wonder how you’re going to cram it all in.
Well, put simply, you’re not, so you need to prioritise. Getting around is easy, because although Paris is big, it is quite compact, so why not hire a bike and explore by bicycle, or put on your comfiest walking shoes and get around the old fashioned way? If that sounds like far too much effort, then the Metro is easy to use and stops at all major sights.
So, what could you do during your long weekend in wonderful Paris?
Sightseeing is going to take up the majority of your time, and rightly so. A good way to see all the major sights, without wearing out your shoes or getting yourself Metro stressed, is to buy a ticket for the hop on/hop off tourist bus. This might be cliché, but it does exactly what it says on the tin, and for a short break, it’s a good way to see everything in a rapid time. Paris’ version has several routes to choose from, so you can target your bus ride to your major sights of interest, and you can wear your flashiest fashion shoes too, because you won’t be getting blisters!
The Eiffel Tower is the major sight you have to see, no visit is complete without it. You can go to the top for stunning views on a clear day, but be sure to visit early because the queues can be horrendous.
Aside from Paris’ most famous monument, a few others are certainly worth checking out. The Louvre looks stunning from the outside, and will hold your interest on the inside too; get your camera ready
for the stunning views from the top of the iconic Arc de Triomphe, as well as more views from the top of the hill at Sacre-Coeur – for a good work out, the steps will see to it!
Paris has of course long been regarded as the city of romance, so if you are visiting with your significant other, or you simply want to give yourself a bit of love, then a moonlit walk along the River Seine is a delicious way to spend your time. If you’d rather sit and watch the scenery go by, then a moonlit or daytime cruise is the way to go.
Paris is one of the major fashion hubs when it comes to worldwide haute-couture, and you’ll find all the major labels here. If you can’t afford the designer dresses, then I find window shopping to be just as satisfying! There are of course more affordable shops all around the city, as well as big named department stores, so whatever your budget, you’ll be able to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
The great thing about Paris’ nightlife is that it is certainly varied. From top class Michelin star restaurants, to dark nightclubs, you’ll find it all. The Moulin Rouge is a must visit, for a cabaret dinner show, set in the famous former windmill.
Paris offers everything a major European capital should, all with a little extra special something.